27
Feb 17

Sonny Coming to Steam

4/18/2017: Sonny is now available on Steam!

Remember when we released Sonny on iOS earlier this year? Remember when you were all, “You should release it for Steam”? And remember when we were all, “We’ll make an announcement as soon as we have everything finalized and know for sure”? Well… surprise! Announcement time.

Sonny is coming to Steam! And not even, like, “eventually” or “next year” or “if you wish upon a star”. But soon! You can check out Sonny right now on iOS. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far!

As on iOS, Sonny will release on Steam with a single flat fee. The game’s interface is currently being tweaked and polished to make the transition to desktop, along with other small changes, though at the moment our primary concern is balancing the game to address player comments about overall difficulty and balance. This extra polish means we don’t have an exact date for you yet, but we will let you know as soon as we do. In the meantime, thank you for your support of indie developers.

For more on Sonny, get Sonny on iTunes, check out Sonny’s official press kit, check of the official Sonny Launch Trailer, visit Sonny on Indie DB, follow the official Sonny Twitter account, and follow Armor Games on Twitter and Facebook.

17
Feb 17

Warfare Online on Steam Early Access

Con Artist Games have been making fine and free Flash games for over a decade now, and while over fifty million players know them from free MMORPG The Last Stand – Dead Zone, but fans have been clamouring for a counterpart to Warfare 1917 and Warfare 1944 for years. Well, good news, soldier! Warfare Online is now free on Steam in Early Access for Windows computers.

You’ll need to register for a free Con Artist Games account to play, which takes just a moment and only requires an e-mail address for activation. The in-game tutorial will take you through the basics, but Warfare Online is a multiplayer real-time strategy game where you deploy and direct your troops against your opponent, utilizing cover, support, and the proper units to achieve victory by destroying your opponent’s base before they can destroy yours.

The game is free to play, though you can choose to buy a premium subscription for varying lengths of time that boosts not just what you earn in terms of experience and credits, but also provides a small boost in experience earned for the people you play against. Who says war isn’t about togetherness?

As it’s still in Early Access, Warfare Online is looking to get some feedback and support from players to fine-tune the game with more content and balancing. We hope you’ll check it out and post in the game’s forums to help the team refine the game and let them know what you think. Get Warfare Online on Steam, and be sure to play Con Artist Games’ other titles right here free on Armor Games.

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Get Warfare Online on Steam, visit the official website, follow Warfare Online on Twitter, and follow Armor Games on Twitter and Facebook.

07
Feb 17

Soda Dungeon Now on Steam!

Thirsty for some desktop-based adventure? Rejoice, traveler, because Soda Dungeon, the addictive casual RPG enjoyed by millions on iTunes and Google Play, is now available free on Steam! Soda Dungeon on Steam shares all of the same content and gameplay of its mobile counterparts, though there are no ads whatsoever in the Steam version. Want to support Armor Games? You can opt to pay for the game’s upgrades with real cash, though everything in the game is earnable without spending.

Been playing Soda Dungeon on mobile? Don’t want to start all over again on your desktop? Well, good news! The Steam version introduces the save file transfer system, which is currently in Beta, and we hope to have available on Android and iOS by the end of the month. With it, you’ll be able to upload and download your game to your various devices to play on the go or relaxed at your computer.

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If you’ve never tried Soda Dungeon before, there’s no time like the present. Free to play without any annoying timers or pay to win aspects, Soda Dungeon is all about filling your tavern full of things and soda types to attract powerful heroes whom you’ll then use to raid the massive nearby dungeon filled with monsters… and of course, powerful equipment and lots and lots of treasure.

Combat can be played like a classic turn-based RPG, or set to “auto” so you can kick back, relax, and let your soda schmucksIMEAN soda heroes do all the hard work while you collect the rewards. It’s simple to pick up but hard to put down, and millions of players have already knocked back a few with it. We hope you enjoy the game, and help us spread the word.

Get Soda Dungeon on iTunes, Steam, or Google Play, check out Soda Dungeon’s official press kit, visit the official website and Reddit community, follow the official Twitter account, and follow Armor Games on Twitter and Facebook.

01
Feb 17

10 Things You’ll See in Escape Games

They sound so ordinary, don’t they? Room escape games. There’s a locked door and you need to find a way to open it. Ha, easy! Too bad everybody locks their doors with elaborate mechanisms and stumbling into a dark room means you go blind. If you’ve ever played a point and click room escape game like Cube Escape: Theater or The Watchers’ Chamber, you might have seen some of the following.

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Combination locks
Some of them spin, some have keypads, some just have plain old clickable numbers. No matter what they look like your goal remains the same: enter the correct code to proceed. If you’re like the rest of us you’ll try guessing the code a few times before giving up and solving the puzzle like a real person. No cheating!

There’s something in the fireplace
Too bad you can’t reach it, not with those fumbly hands of yours. Oh, sure, you can see it just fine, and it looks like there’s enough room to drive a truck beside it. But to get that item, you’ll need some sort of grabby utensil. It’s probably in the kitchen behind the cookie jar, where most of us store grabby things.

This room is too dark
In escape games it’s impossible to do anything in a dark room except poke around for a light switch. If that carried over into the real world, going to the bathroom in the middle of the night would be an epic quest of lighting lanterns and refilling them with oil cans you found in the shed. Let’s keep it in the games.

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Weird keys
Regular keys exist in the room escape realm, you see them all the time. There are also keys shaped like triangles and leaves and burritos, and they’re all color coded so you know which lock they belong to. Seriously, can we get these in real life?

Puzzle locks for ordinary doors
Escape games love to seal off perfectly ordinary rooms with crazy locking mechanisms. This would be a catastrophic failure out in our world. Imagine nipping the store for some milk and getting stuck in the snow for an hour because you can’t solve the sliding block puzzle on your front door. Just crawl through a window.

Important items under the bed
Most real world beds have nothing underneath them except dust bunnies and that one sock that’s been missing for a month. But in escape games, that’s where you find keys, puzzle pieces, and so much more. Also, don’t forget to move the pillow to see what’s under there. Bet it’s another vital clue!

Strategically placed rugs
Have you ever spilled something on the floor and just thrown a rug over it to pretend it’s not there? Every house in every escape game is inhabited by someone who does that. They also write important information on the floor, then cover it up with a tasteful area rug. Just because you live in the warped reality of escape games doesn’t mean you can’t have good interior decorating sensibilities.

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Clocks never work
Have you ever seen a working clock in a room escape game? Ok, a few do exist, but more often than not those clockwork gizmos are frozen in place. Turning them to the correct time will unlock some sort of secret, which is far more exciting than making an annoying chime every hour. Not as practical, but who cares?!

Vines and cobwebs
Vines, cobwebs, grass, bits of string. These things might as well be concrete walls in the room escape world. The last item on your list is just visible behind a tangle of vines. You can’t just take it, though. Where’s the fun in that? Instead, go find something sharp. Didn’t you leave a pair of garden shears by the toilet?

You’ve got mail!
If there’s a mailbox, there’s something important inside. Nevermind the bills or the credit card offers, you need that hammer to open the back door of the mansion!

 

Ready to get some room escape puzzles solved? Check out tons of free point and click and escape games and you’ll never have to unlock your front door again!

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Written by JohnB, who has been kicking around the indie and browser gaming worlds since 1865. John currently lives in a hut atop a frozen lake where he tweets things about games, books, writing, and occasionally, cookies: @itsamejohn

17
Jan 17

Top 5 Challenging Games

When most people think of playing Flash games, they think of a lovely break from their day. A time to de-stress, play with friends and maybe have a good laugh as they enjoy a lovely, pleasant trip through Gamer’s Land. Others scoff at this naive idea. “Games shouldn’t be like strolling through daisies! They should challenge you to your very soul, where you question everything you know and scream at the little pixel man… Why can’t he just jump! a! little! HIGHER!”

This group of hardcore gamers know if you’ve never had your mouse slippery from sweat or haven’t felt the plastic of the keyboard vibrate below your fingers as you smash them out of rage, then you’ve never known true gaming. For when you have finally succeeded against all odds, you now know that you have won the rights to the very universe! Or perhaps just the chance to brag to your friends about your victories. Here are five of our most difficult games, so you can have that taste of victory made even sweeter through your tears of pain. Let us know if we missed a game whose victory you wear like a badge.

 

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When the game is titled with a command for you to lose, you know you’re in for a challenge. The Give Up series (with a sequel completed and a third in the works) started by John Cooney and Tasslefoot, later continued with Massive Monster, has embedded itself in our hearts just as the little blue man embedded himself on those spikes. There are really only a couple of levels and one goal; to reach that exit door. Every time you do, however, the stage restarts and something more deadly than the last is added in, or things are shuffled around to cause you to trip up… usually onto something sharp or explosive.

Actually…. I lied. The real goal of these games is for the orange computer eye to mock your failures enough that you push the always present and very easy to click “GIVE UP” button. As the challenges become nearly impossible and the A.I. snarkier than ever, you’ll find the temptation to press it grow and grow. How far can you make it before your resolve crumbles?

 

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A good warning sign that a game is going to make your blood boil is how simple the controls are. The easier the mechanics, the harder it’s going to be to win. Space is Key is testament to that as Chris Jeff takes you on a world of pain. All you need to do is tap the spacebar to fling a small box into the air to avoid anything other than stars as it moves forward without stopping.

Bright colors and upbeat, fast-paced music keep your spirits as high as your death count. Even with a more simple level design than Give Up, you’ll still have your nose glued to the screen. The action never stops and now you won’t have to either as Space is Key is also a finger-smashing app ready to go wherever your phone can. 

 

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If you need something more light-hearted and bubbly to look at as your anger grows, Bullet Heaven 1 and Bullet Heaven 2 will fulfill that need. As cute as it is deadly, Matt Roszak’s games will have you dodging literally thousands of bullets as you try to collect enough gold before you die so you can upgrade and get a little bit farther the next time you go. While there are difficulty options to chose from, you’ll find that their definition of “normal” is… not so normal. Things ramp up quickly in this fuzzy little adventure that will leave both you and your mouse out of breath.

 

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If platforming and constant deaths aren’t your thing, Bennuk’s Where Am I can give you that hair-pulling frustration before the leap of joy that comes from conquering its mind-twisting levels. In a plane of gray, you must find the exit, and the only way to do so is by hitting into the invisible walls that light up for brief moments from your blind searching, leaving you guessing where you are and where you’re headed.

The short little organ sounds of the *bings* and *bongs* as you bounce off the walls are sure to give you a smile even as you find yourself running into the same dead end again and again. The most painfully hard thing about this game is dealing with its ending that comes way too soon… the curse of all Ludum Dare games. But the silver lining is you can sneak this game into any busy day.

 

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Of course, no list would be complete without the game that ended up defining hardcore games; Jonathan Mcentee and Edmund McMillen’s Meat Boy. Playing as the squishy and drippy titular hero, you have to save your love, Band-Aid Girl, in these treacherous levels. Tight controls are hard to do when you’re a pile of uncooked flesh leaving a sludge trail on every wall you squash into, but that is what makes Meat Boy… well, Meat Boy, of course.

Not only are there levels to play (and skip when things get rough) but there’s even a custom map builder so you can try levels others have crafted or make some yourself. This is definitely a game everyone who even slightly enjoys a challenge should play. If you can’t say you’ve rage-quit Meat Boy, then you haven’t truly lived.

If these games gave you a taste of the thrill you’ve been missing in your life, check out other games that will have you raging against your machine.

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Written by Lori, who one day hopes to fill this line with many links to show off all her creativeness, but as she suffers from a serious case of procrastinitis and must do many horrible, boring things known as “adulting” it may be a while.

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Jan 17

Sonny Releasing 1/12/2017

**UPDATE** Like Sonny? Sonny 2017 is now available on iTunes for $2.99!

That’s right. After years of hard work, Sonny releases on January 12th, 2017, for $2.99 on iOS. The cult-hit RPG series has been reimagined, featuring familiar faces and places, and an all-new story for one epic adventure. It’s not a port. It’s not a remake. It’s not a remastering. It’s a game that will fight you every step of the way, with bigger and meaner challenges, and that’s exactly how we like it.

Developed by Krin Jaungbhanich with art by Jet Kimchrea and an original soundtrack by David Orr, Sonny is proudly published by Armor Games Studios. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the release of Sonny and help us spread the news, and of course, let us know what other platforms you would like Sonny to come to.

Sonny is a challenging turn-based strategy RPG that begins with its titular hero coming back from the dead. With no memories to guide him and enemies at every turn, Sonny sets out to discover the truth… and maybe save the world in the process. As the story unfolds through beautiful graphic novel-style cutscenes, players will guide Sonny and his team against enemies both bizarre and dangerous.

With new skills and mechanics to master, tactical combat against new foes in new locations that will test you, and a brand new story with twists and surprises for fans and newcomers alike, Sonny is an engaging and complex RPG that will keep you hooked. Who can you trust? And will you survive?

 

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For more on Sonny, check out Sonny’s official press kit, check of the official Sonny Launch Trailer, visit Sonny on Indie DB, follow the official Sonny Twitter account, and follow Armor Games on Twitter and Facebook.

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Jan 17

Preview: Sonny and Strategy

**UPDATE** Like Sonny? Sonny 2017 is now available on iTunes for $2.99!

When it comes to Krin’s cult classic RPG Flash series Sonny, even more than the confusingly handsome zombie heroes, the one thing the players love is the strategy. If you’ve been worrying that the upcoming Sonny game would move away from that, let this preview soothe your fevered brow. While it’s designed to be winnable without grinding for extra levels, the catch is that doing so relies on some thoughtful planning and tactics. Even players who do decide to grind an extra level or three will find the game to be a challenge if they just go in swinging thinking might makes right. Let’s take a look at how combat in Sonny works, and how skills are used to gain the upper-hand and keep you alive. Of course, we won’t be revealing everything in this article… we have to keep some things a surprise, don’t we? Visit the Sonny Press Kit for more, and follow the official Sonny Twitter account.

… uh, or in Sonny’s case, not any deader than you already are. Look, zombies are complicated, okay?!

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As you may already know, Sonny is a turn-based RPG. While the green health bar is self-explanatory (don’t let that deplete or you’ll lose the fight!), the blue bar beneath characters represents Focus. When Focus is filled, it’s that character’s turn to attack, be they friend or foe, though only Sonny can be manually directed. While every character has a basic attack they can use over and over, most skills have cooldowns so that you have to wait a few turns before you can use them again. How long you have to wait varies depending on the ability, but as Sonny levels up, you’ll unlock new abilities to use that you can choose to equip on your skill tree with a wide variety of affects. Some skills are passive, meaning they apply an automatic bonus you can’t manually activate, but can be extremely useful nonetheless… Expose, for example, gives every attack Sonny lands a chance to reduce an enemy’s defense by a large amount for the next hit.

Understanding the balance between Focus and skills can be the difference between glorious victory and painful defeat. To use a basic example from the early areas of the game, let’s say you have a powerful enemy with an attack that can K.O. whoever it hits. You could try just defending, but wouldn’t it be easier if the attack didn’t happen at all? An ability like Sonny’s Break will actually stun an enemy it strikes, making them miss their next turn, and completely cancelling the enemy’s powerful attack. You could also use this to temporarily disable an enemy who has boosted itself until its power-ups run their course.

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But what if you’re facing multiple enemies? Since you can’t order your teammates around, how do you get them to attack the target you want? Well, an ability like Sonny’s Wound not only temporarily causes incoming attacks on whoever it targets to do more damage, it also makes the other party members more likely to target that enemy as well. You can make use of skills like this to take out foes who are healing other creatures, or otherwise making a nuisance of themselves, more effectively. This is doubly helpful when considering that certain party members have skills that deal damage more easily against specific enemy types, like heavily armored baddies who may be weaker to corrosive attacks.

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Of course, all this is no good if you aren’t planning and watching your timers. Since you can’t spam skills over and over, it’s important to watch your enemies and learn how and when they use their attacks to fight back. This goes double for healing, since ways to recover health are limited, and factors like being poisoned, burned, or otherwise debuffed can put a big hamper on things. You’ll need to look for patterns, take note of how many turns pass before a certain ability is used, and of course, pay attention to any hints your party offers up. There are even certain items you can find and equip that bestow passive bonuses, like Haste or Lifesteal.

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There are a lot of other factors that come into play during combat, of course. Take the Frost Wolf in the above screenshot… notice the icon above its health and status display? That means it has the Blood Hunger ability, which allows it to recover half of all the damage it deals as health. Taken with a small enemy like this, it might not seem like such a bad thing, but when enemies come in packs with different abilities that play off of one another, they can become devastating. Many enemies, especially boss characters, will have a massive pool of hit points and much higher stats than Sonny and his teammates, so those seemingly minor buffs get a lot scarier. Add in enemies that are resistant to certain types of damage, or those that deal negative status effects, and, well, you have a game where brains rule before brawn.

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For more on Sonny, check out Sonny’s official press kit, visit Sonny on Indie DB, follow the official Sonny Twitter account, and follow Armor Games on Twitter and Facebook.

04
Jan 17

Sushi Cat Now on Android!

Accept no fishy substitutes and start off 2017 with a buddy who won’t make you blue even though he already is. That’s right… Sushi Cat is now available free with ads on Android! Why should iTunes have all the fun? That’s right… you can now put Sushi Cat on your Droid and take him with you wherever you go, and you’ll never be alone again. All it’ll cost you is a piece of nigiri or ten.

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If you’ve never met Sushi Cat before, created by Jimp and JoeyBetz, there’s no time like the present to start. He’s a snuggly but squishy blue feline who never lets a little thing like his small stature stand in the way of true love. In each level of this pachinko-styled physics puzzle game, you drop Sushi Cat from the top of the screen, where he tumbles off obstacles, nomming sushi pieces along the way, and into the multiplier slots below. You need to eat a certain amount of sushi in order to progress, and a few power-ups will help you get that score high.

Don’t have a mobile device? Don’t fret! Sushi Cat will always be free to play here at ArmorGames.com in Flash, along with its many sequels.

Check out Sushi Cat on iTunes and Google Play, as well as Sushi Cat Stickers for iMessage. Play Sushi Cat Flash games free on Armor Games. Follow Armor Games on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dec 16

Coming Soon: The Big Journey

Armor Games Studios is proud to announce that in early 2017, our fuzzy family will be growing a bit with the addition of The Big Journey. Developed by Catfishbox and releasing first on iOS with other platforms to follow, The Big Journey is a roly poly physics-based platforming adventure starring Mr. Whiskers… a snuggly, squishy blue cat who loves to eat dumplings more than anything else. When the man who makes the best dumplings in the world goes missing, Mr. Whiskers sets out to bring his buddy home, and travels across the land in the process.

The Big Journey is designed to be an all-ages game, as friendly and accessible for kids as it is gorgeous and relaxing for adults. To play, you can use the onscreen buttons to rotate the world and roll and jump Mr. Whiskers around, or tilt your device. Each new location you travel to has friends to find (including a familiar face!), bugs and dumplings to eat, baddies to avoid, and optional objectives to complete. Add in an original soundtrack and beautiful storybook visuals, and you have a recipe for one delicious adventure… assuming you like bugs and dumplings, that is. And really… who doesn’t? It’s a taste sensation!

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For more about The Big Journey, visit the official website, follow Catfishbox on Facebook and Twitter, and visit The Big Journey press kit. Follow Armor Games on Facebook and Twitter.

28
Dec 16

Gem Hunters Now on Android!

Droid users of the world, things are about to get a whole lot shinier. The free match-3 RPG adventure Gem Hunters has now made its way to Android! UYAVA’s Gem Hunters, the addictive game of maybe-maybe-not-hallucinatory talking crabs and mystical quests, has been available on iTunes for a while now, and now it comes to Android with all current content and patches. It’s free to play, with optional in-game purchases if you fancy showing your support for the developers.

If you’ve never played Gem Hunters, now is a great time to pick it up for a try. It’s a whimsical, humorous game where you’re guided by a magical talking crab only you can see (or hallucinate?) on a quest for a stolen item. You draw lines through matching adjacent coloured gems to unleash elemental damage on your enemies in turn-based content, and of course, level up and equip your character with some sweet loot… even unlocking powerful spells. We hope you’ll consider checking it out on Android and iTunes, and helping us spread the word.

Check out Gem Hunters on iTunes and Android, read up on the official Gem Hunters Presskit, and follow Armor Games on Twitter and Facebook for news and updates.

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