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Platform Win, Mac, Linux Publisher Demruth Developer Alexander Bruce Release Date 2013-01-31

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Antichamber review: mobius trip

Though its methods and puzzles are often quite obscure, Antichamber's end goal could not be more clear: You need to move forward. Though its maze-like, often cyclical corridors are difficult to keep straight, your progress is noted on a map accessible through the game's central hub — the titular antichamber, a room, map and menu you access at any time with one stroke of the Escape key. That map, which lets you warp between rooms at will, is absolutely essential, because the world of Antichamber is a complete mindfuck. Sure, for the most part, individual puzzles have been neatly organized into rooms — rooms that are reset when you back out to the Antichamber, ensuring your mistakes are punishing, but not permanent. But the entrances and exits of those rooms are unpredictable....

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PAX Aus 2014 Indie Showcase submissions open

The organizers of PAX Aus 2014 are accepting game submissions for the Indie Showcase, according to an announcement on Penny Arcade. Australian and New Zealand developers have until July 6, 2014 to apply for a place in the showcase and selection notifications will be sent via email by July 21. To be eligible, developers must not have an existing publisher-developer partnership or be funded by an outside party, excluding government grants and crowd sourcing. Last year, a panel of gaming industry peers chose six games out of 60 titles submitted by Australian and New Zealand independent developers, including Alexander Bruce's Antichamber, Man Fight Dragon's Black Annex, Kumobius' Duet, Endgame Studios' Fractured Soul, Impromptu Games' Influx and Brawsome's MacGuffin's Curse. The six...

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A warning about contracts from the sidelines of the most expensive game jam in history

As any terrible legal story starts, this one starts not much longer than a week ago. It's the third day of  the Game Developers Conference, almost two weeks ago when I'm posting this. A bunch of independent developers are sitting in a local restaurant having a meal, and one of them is mentioning a contract that they're unsure about. The contract is for something called GAME_JAM. I had been told about the idea: a Polaris-run reality show about game jams, an exciting venture for everybody involved. Not only will it help demystify development a bit more, it will expose the massive audiences of Polaris to an important part of game dev culture. It's an exciting idea, and like Amnesia Fortnight or Super Game Jam, GAME_JAM has tremendous potential to do good for our scene. GAME_JAM is...

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Humble Bundle 11 adds Fez, Beat Buddy, Starseed Pilgrim

The Humble Bundle 11 has added Fez, Beat Buddy and Starseed Pilgrim to its collection of acclaimed indie games available at a pay-what-you-want price. The Humble Bundle 11 launched Feb. 18. Anyone interested in adding those three titles will need to beat the bundle's average (currently around $4.58), while buyers who previously bought above the average will receive them automatically. In addition to the aforementioned titles, buyers will also get Antichamber, Dust: An Elysian Tale, Guacamelee! Gold Edition, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine and The Swapper. Games are available DRM-free for Linux, Mac and Windows PC — with the exception of Giana Sisters, which is currently only available for Windows PC. Buyers who pay more than $1 will also receive Steam keys....

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Monaco surpasses half a million sales, poor XBLA results

Pocketwatch Games' action-stealth game Moncao: What's Yours Is Mine surpassed 520,000 sales across four platforms, founder Andy Schatz announced, revealing that only 36,000 of that figure was from Xbox Live Arcade. "Sales update: We're well over half a million units of Monaco sold! (~520K), only includes about half the HIB [Humble Indie Bundle] sales since we are BTA," Scahtz tweeted, referring to the game's inclusion the latest Humble Indie Bundle. He later wrote that 36,000 sales were on Xbox 360 with the remaining figure spread across Windows PC, Mac and Linux. Monaco initially launched on Steam for Windows PC on April 24 with the Xbox Live Arcade version slated for a simultaneous release. The console version was delayed a day before its launch when a bug that disconnected...

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The Swapper, Guacamelee, more featured in Humble Indie Bundle 11

The Humble Indie Bundle 11 offers pay-what-you-want pricing for six well-regarded indie games on PC, including Facepalm Games' The Swapper and DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee, the Humble Bundle announced today. All buyers will receive DRM-free copies of four games: The Swapper, the Gold Edition of Guacamelee, Humble Hearts' Dust: An Elysian Tail and Black Forest Games' Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams. Those who pay at least $1 will also receive keys to redeem those titles on Steam. And anybody who pays more than the average purchase price, which sits at $3.85 as of this writing, will get copies of Alexander Bruce's Antichamber and Pocketwatch Games' Monaco: What's Yours is Mine as well. The games are all downloadable on the customer's choice of Linux, Mac and Windows PC, except Giana...

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Indie Fund backs Loveshack Entertainment's Framed

Indie Fund, the funding source for independent developers, announced today that it is supporting Loveshack Entertainment's comic panel switching game, Framed. As part of the support, Indie Fund will financially back Loveshack based on the studio's budget needs to complete Framed. Indie Fund's investment model gives its developers lots of flexibility with no long term obligations, no milestones and a repayment system that offers the developer a share of the game's revenue. Indie Fund has previously thrown its support behind games like Dear Esther, Antichamber, Monaco and The Swapper. The fund itself was created by a group of independent developers that includes Jonathan Blow (Braid, The Witness), Ron Carmel (World of Goo), Kellee Santiago (Flower, Journey) and Nathan Vella (Super Time...

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Antichamber, League of Legends, Steam Family Sharing: Speed Run

Our latest feature charts the sometimes treacherous course of development for Alexander Bruce's Antichamber. We've got a viewer's guide to help you through the upcoming League of Legends World Championships. And Valve unveiled Steam Family Sharing today, which will allow you to share your games with "close friends and family members." Antichamber and the journey of life A Viewer's Guide to the League of Legends World Championship Steam Family Sharing to let users share their games with others

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New movie focuses on indie revolution

GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is a new feature-length documentary that investigates the growth in popularity of non-AAA games by independent studios, brought about by open distribution platforms, Kickstarter and other enablers. Produced by StudioBento in Australia, the film has launched its own Kickstarter to fund the film's completion, aiming to raise $50,000 that can pay for, among other things, filming expeditions to various gaming events. The team has thus far interviewed EA founder Trip Hawkins, Chris Avellone (Obsidian), David Helgason (Unity), Alexander Bruce (Antichamber), Luke Kuskat (Halfbrick) among other developers and commentators on the indie scene. (Note: Polygon's editor-in-chief Chris Grant has also been interviewed and appears in the film's Kickstarter video.) "...

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See Antichamber through the eyes of an Oculus Rift in this video

YouTube user Vaecon has taken a VR tour of Alexander Bruce's high contrast "psychological exploration game" Antichamber with the Oculus Rift and posted it online. Check out the video above to see the first few levels of Antichamber rendered in stereoscopic 3D. It's also Vaecon's first time paying the game, so you'll get to see him suss out the puzzles in real time as the game's recently released double album soundtrack plays in the background. For more on the game, be sure to check out Polygon's Antichamber review. You can learn more about the VR headset by reading our impressions of the 1080p version of the Oculus Rift from E3 2013.

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Antichamber twin album available to stream, purchase now

Antichamber's double album, which includes music from award-winning composer Siddhartha Barnhoorn and Deep Sea and SoundSelf creator Robin Arnott, is available now to stream or purchase as a complete or separate package. Barnhoorn's nine-track album, which includes "Beginnings 1," "Antichamber Suite 1" and "The Core," is available for stream or purchase through Bandcamp. The album can be downloaded as FLAC, MP3 or "just about any other format you could possibly desire" and costs $6. Barnhoorn's album is a compilation of music from Antichamber. According to the album's description, the music "is made up of layers which crossfade into each other, creating an evolving piece of ambient music which never has the same elements / layers on top of each other." Arnott's contribution is an...

Antichamber Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 2013-01-31
    • Publisher Demruth
    • Developer Alexander Bruce
    • Score 9
  • Mac
    • Released 2014-02-18
    • Publisher Demruth
    • Developer Alexander Bruce
  • Linux
    • Released 2014-02-18
    • Publisher Demruth
    • Developer Alexander Bruce
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