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Now Playing is a wonderfully bizarre audio visual experience that sees you exploring a street full of procedurally generated bands playing procedurally generated music.

The street that you walk along is littered with small music clubs, each of which has a different procedurally generated band playing in it, each with their own style, moves and name.  As you can imagine there are some pretty weird tunes coming from these bands, but occasionally you’ll come across something that resembles real music.

Much like Secret Habitat, Now Playing is a fun experience that finds beauty in randomness.  A wonderful place to visit and listen to some beautiful bizarre beats.

Play Now Playing, Free (Win, Mac & Linux)

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Super Mario Bros NES Game & Builder allows you to easily build, share and play your very own Mario games, in a pixel perfect simulation of the original Super Mario Bros Game.

There have been a few Mario game building tools released in the past, but nothing that matches the ease of use and authentic feel of Super Mario Bros NES Game & Builder.  Complete novices can pick it up and build a Mario level in minutes (although there is obviously a bit of skill in crafting a good level).  All the authentic tile sets from the Original Super Mario Bros are there, complete with enemies, pipes, warps and power-ups, as well as The Lost Levels tile set if you’re feeling a little more experimental.

Once your levels (or full games) are completed, you can then share them with friends and upload them to the official website, or download new user created games to play through yourself.  The real joy is in building the levels, but it’s also great to have an infinite amount of user created Mario levels to play though.  Nintendo are planning to release their Mario Maker game this year, with a bit of luck it’ll be as comprehensive and easy to use as this magnificent fan made Mario building toolkit!

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The Blind Griffin

Release date (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
English: April 4th, 2015

“It’s the roaring 20’s. Alcohol-loving Americans are chafing underneath the restrictions of Prohibition, but speakeasies have thankfully risen to fill the void with ill-begotten booze. The Blind Griffin is one such speakeasy in San Francisco, California, but it’s about to go out of business…because its employees are a den of magicians who are more concerned with their magical studies and experiments than moonshine! Desperate not to lose the building that has become their haven, they hire the first streetsmart guttersnipe they find with some experience to help turn things around, but could she perhaps turn out to be the strongest magician of them all?”

This is a free game created for NaNoRenO 2015 by Asphodel Quartet! You can get it from the official website here.

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The Stranger is a wonderfully quirky first person puzzle adventure, in which you explore a beautiful cel shaded tropical island and meet some very odd characters.

Your ‘guides’ on this journey are a grumpy Triangle-on-a-stick thing called Headwall and a mischievous little squirrel who wants you to join his ‘bone squad’.  Headwall want’s you to leave the island well alone as you may upset the balance, but the squirrel wants to take you on an adventure.  No prizes for guessing which option you choose!

Taking around half an hour to complete, you journey around the island you’ll activate strange mechanisms, uncover secrets and find lots of strange trinkets which must of washed up on the island – from energy drinks to a musical keyboards.  

It’s a real joy exploring the vibrant island, full of life and charming characters for you to meet.  It’s well worth a download – you won’t regret spending time with this beautiful stranger!

Play The Stranger, Free (Win, Mac & Linux)

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Stilt Fella is a super tough QWOP-Like  in which you have to traverse 14 increasingly tough levels atop two independently controlled stilts.  Be warned, stilt waling is surprisingly tricky you will fall on your face a LOT!

Forget the daredevil feats of agility in in the GIFs above, when you first start out in Stilt Fella, you’ll be lucky to walk a few steps without falling on your face.  Best played with a 360 controller, each analogue stick controls an independent side, while the trigger buttons are used to lift the stilts off the floor.  This may sound fairly simple, but it really isn’t.

As daunting as they may seem, each level is actually possible, complete them all and you’ll even unlock a secret character.  The key in Stilt Fella is perseverance, with a bit of practice, things start to click and you’ll be a stilt walking pro (well maybe not a pro, but you’ll fall on your face a little less!).

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Ishara: Bane of the Seas

Release date (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
English: April 2nd, 2015

“The story is about a woman who took a few wrong turns in her life, leading to her exile from her own family. They promised her a ship, but instead gifted it to her twin sister, Cendre. Ishara vows to get her ship back at all costs.

Her attempts to steal the ship are thwarted by another bandit gang who wished to take it for their own. She’s thrown on an adventure to get the ship back with someone she does not want to be adventuring with!

She becomes stuck with either her twin sister Cendre, whom she hates, or Félix, her sister’s fiancé … that has something he is hiding.”

This is a free RPG/otome game created by Happy Backwards for NaNoRenO 2015! You can get it here.

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Seventh Saga is an surprisingly fast-paced, turn-based rogue-lite RPG that sees you controlling a demonic overlord as you conquer the world, corrupting it and ridding it of all the human scum.

For such a simple looking game, there’s a surprising amount of depth, you level up as you defeat enemies, kill wildlife for health, gain minions from captured bases and gain attack bonuses when standing on corrupted land.  Seventh Saga can get pretty challenging as you attempt to take over bases, and human knights pour out and attack you – you have to be especially careful here, if they surround you, you’re pretty much dead (much better to lure them to your bases and let your minions attack them).

Seventh Saga is pretty simple but very addictive, with charming pixel art animation and a surprising amount of depth.  It’s a challenging game, but nobody said being an evil demonic overlord was easy!

Play Seventh Saga, Free (Win, Mac & Linux)

Green Eyed Monster

Release date (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
English: April 1st, 2015

“Lana, a college student and ex-magical girl, has spent the last four years trying to forget about her fantastical past. A call from her old partner, Jory, forces her back into action, and with it come old wounds and grievances. Will they be able to put aside their differences for long enough to survive one last fight, or will they destroy themselves in the end?”

This is a free game created for NaNoRenO 2015! You can get it from itch.io here.

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Vapor is a virtual interpretation of Samsara, in which players will find themselves wandering through the cycle of reincarnation, through means of exploration and visual inference.

Similar to LSD: Dream Emulator, the player is dropped in worlds laced with intricacy, one after another, progressing further into a void saturated with uncertainty. The subconscious knowledge that the developer is holding the reigns of our experience completely dissolve, and we’re left with nothing but an alien environment, unfamiliarity, and our own thoughts to get through it all.

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Sunrise

Release date (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
English: April 1st, 2015

“Once upon a time, in a world that is much like our own, there lies a relic of ancient Europe in the middle of a desert in the Wild Wild West.

There, kings and queens still rule the land, and in one such kingdom the sovereign lord has recently died.

Two brothers, princes, remain. One is drawn by the old ways and the other is swept up in the winds of change.

Abel, the eldest, is set to inherit the throne.

The younger, Shiye, plans to marry their childhood friend… Sofia.

All fairy tales are supposed to have a happy ending…

This is not that kind of story.

This is a free game created for NaNoRenO 2015 by Lucky Sun Scribes! You can get it here.

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