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Platform Win, Mac, Linux Publisher Analgesic Productions Developer Analgesic Productions Release Date 2013-02-04

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Anodyne review: pixel logic

You play as Young (that’s it, just “Young"), a silent protagonist with white hair, Coke Bottle glasses and a trusty broom in place of a sword. You are given a quest by a mysterious sage figure to search “the land," collecting cards and defeating foes as you go, in order to prepare yourself to meet the mystical briar. It’s all hokum, and Anodyne knows it, literally signposting your journey with sarcastic signs that poke fun at the pretentious questline. The various lands are a mix of the familiar and the uncanny. Fields and forests and castles are joined by a deranged black-and-white vision of suburbia and a rat-infested hotel. Fantasy and reality exist adjacent to one another, highlighting the central theme of disconnection nicely. Presented in top-down 2D with an isometric tilt, A...

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Friends List: Why haven't you heard of Anodyne?

Today on Friends List Editor-at-Large Chris Plante asks Senior Reviewer Danielle Riendeau why haven't you heard of Anodyne? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: What's the story behind the stories? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download our theme song, "Hangout" by Tolecover.

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Anodyne's creators talk Pirate Bay promotions and Steam Greenlight success

Twenty-four hours before Anodyne successfully broke into the next list of 10 Greenlit titles, the game was sitting in line somewhere around number 45. Analgesic Productions, better known as two-man team Sean Hogan and Jonathan Kittaka, credit much of their Greenlight success to their recent Pirate Bay Promo. According to Hogan, the ad on the file-sharing site might have even been the determining factor — besides that people actually seem to enjoy Anodyne, of course. "[In terms of] traffic, The Pirate Bay brought us a ton of votes," Hogan said. "That is what helped us get on Valve's radar, I believe ... The Pirate Bay is probably the biggest reason we got on [Greenlight], but it wasn't totally luck. We still finished the game." For Hogan and Kittaka, who are both preparing to graduate...

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Anodyne, Surgeon Simulator 2013, more officially Greenlit on Steam

Valve announced its fifth set of accepted Steam Greenlight games today, including Anodyne, Surgeon Simulator 2013 and more. The full roster includes the following:AnodyneDistanceEvolandHuntsman: The OrphanageKingdom RushLegends of DawnOrgan Trail: Director's CutReceiverSurgeon Simulator 2013War Thunder All 10 games "will be released independently" in the months to come, as all are in different levels of completion. Surgeon Simulator 2013 was created by a four-man team during the Global Game Jam in January. As "ordinary guy" Nigel Burke, players find themselves suddenly forced to perform amateur heart surgery. Anodyne recently garnered attention through its "Pirate Bay Promo," a response to the game turning up on file-sharing site The Pirate Bay. The game is already available through...

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Anodyne’s Pirate Bay Promo more than doubled revenue, developers say

Anodyne's recent Pirate Bay Promo yielded double the amount of revenue during its weekend run than the game made the previous 10 days, co-designer Sean Hogan revealed during a post-mortem on the game's dev blog. "The promo bay far exceeded what our sales cycle would have been if we just went on as normal — sales were dying down around the start of the promo," Hogan wrote. The Pirate Bay Promo was the developer's reaction to the game's appearance on file-sharing website The Pirate Bay. Rather than protest, both Hogan and his partner Jon Kittaka embraced it by running a 72-hour promotion on the site's front page linking directly to the game. Buyers who took advantage of the sale could contribute $1 or more. According to Hogan, the duo paid $7 to run the promo, which paid for bandwidth....

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Anodyne now $1 until Monday for 'Pirate Bay Promo'

Indie adventure game Anodyne is on sale now through Monday for $1 as part of the "Pirate Bay Promo." Buyers who take advantage of the sale can choose how much they'd like to pay. The game's creators also recommend $1.70 to "beat the average for good vibes," or the normal price of $10 "for really good vibes." The sale is a response the game's recent appearance on file sharing website The Pirate Bay. Co-designer Sean Hogan posted on Reddit earlier this week, explaining that piracy is "inevitable, so it's better to embrace it." On the game's sale page, Hogan and fellow designer Jonathan Kittaka explained that they want to make the game available to those who might not be able to afford it otherwise. "We want to keep making games for people to experience, so if you're able to, please...

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Anodyne developer explains why embracing piracy can help small developers

It is better to embrace inevitable piracy than to fight it, Anodyne co-designer Sean Hogan stated on Reddit under his online handle seagaia. This statement follows the appearance of the developer's 2D title Anodyne on file sharing website The Pirate Bay. Rather than fighting back, Hogan began to share download codes for the game, explaining through Reddit: "Yeah, piracy is inevitable so it's better to embrace it — plus, it gives lots of people who couldn't normally afford the game the opportunity to play it. "I think when you're a small group of developers (only my friend Jon [Kittaka] and I made Anodyne), it's better to have lots of people able to experience your game. We hope enough people will like it and the word will get out, eventually allowing us to get onto Steam, which then...

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Top-down adventure game Anodyne available now, Steam keys available if Greenlit

Anodyne, an adventure game from two-man team Analgesic Productions, is available now directly from the developer's website. In Anodyne, players explore different locations in the subconscious of a man named Young. The game features 16-bit visuals and abstract, urban and nature-themed areas. A free demo is also available on the website, and the game's soundtrack is purchasable for $4 on Bandcamp. The game is currently awaiting approval on Steam Greenlight, but anyone can pick it up on sale for $8, $2 off its usual price tag. If Anodyne is Greenlit, Analgesic will hand out Steam codes to existing customers. Anodyne is available for Windows PC, Mac and Linux. Its current sale will last until Feb. 12.

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  • Windows
    • Released 02/04/2013
    • Publisher Analgesic Productions
    • Developer Analgesic Productions
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    • Released 02/04/2013
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    • Released 02/04/2013
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