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10:00 PM on 03.23.2015

Rawr: TyranoBuilder lets you make your own visual novels

I may be prehistorically late to the festivities, but there's something intriguing about Nyu Media's collaboration with STRIKEWORKS. Thanks to their cooperation, TyranoBuilder, a user-friendly program that lets you create yo...

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Review: ARMED SEVEN photo
Review: ARMED SEVEN
by Elliot Gay

Fans of Japanese indie games are no strangers to shooters. To be honest, the market is probably a bit oversaturated by these kinds of games, but the reality is that they don't require massive budgets to make.

That being said, overpopulation or not, there's a ton of quality gaming time to be had if you know where to look. This is much easier said than done of course, which is why I welcome companies like Playism and Nyu Media; they're going out of their way to make these Japanese indies easier to find.

Enter ARMED SEVEN, a horizontally scrolling shooter by indie developers ASTRO PORT.

Does this mech shooter have what it takes to stand out in a crowd of similar titles?

It just might.

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11:00 PM on 10.14.2013

Get ready for Nyu Media's third wave of Doujin games

It's been a good while since Nyu Media unleashed for their second wave of doujin titles, and the company's next cataclysmic attack is even greater than before. Speaking of which, the first game to enter the tsunami is Yataga...

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Contest: Win indie games from the Doujin Bundle!  photo
Contest: Win indie games from the Doujin Bundle!
by Josh Tolentino

You like indie games? Of course you do! Japan's got a thriving indie (doujin) scene, and our pals at Groupees gave us a bunch of codes for the first Doujin Bundle to give away!

The Doujin Bundle is a Humble Bundle-style collection of localized Japanese indie games, including Cafe 0 ~The Drowned MermaidYatagarasuWar of the Human TanksYouseiCherry Tree High Comedy ClubCroixleur, and Ether Vapor Remaster

All you have to do to get your chance at winning a copy of the Doujin Bundle is leave a comment below! We'll be giving away 10 codes and select the winners at random by Thursday, August 15th at 11:59PM Central! Limit of one entry per person. Each code unlocks all seven games above as well as the unlockable bundle bonuses, which includes games, soundtracks and more!

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Review: Fairy Bloom Freesia photo
Review: Fairy Bloom Freesia
by Chris Walden

I'm going to go ahead and admit that when I first heard about Fairy Bloom Freesia, I wasn't all too thrilled. Not because it was about fairies or anything, but because it was a doujin attempt at a beat 'em up. This isn't to say that making a game in this genre is an impossible task for anyone that isn't Capcom or Namco, but more often than not indie developers just can't seem to pull off a fun fighter.

Now, this game isn't your run of the mill fighter. You aren't going to be picking characters, walking to one side of the screen and spamming fireballs at someone. Rather, it's a single-player story that has you take control of the titular Freesia, and you are going to be wailing on various monsters and people that threaten your forest. Again, it wasn't selling me.

Then I played it. 

It's safe to say that the little fairy has won me over, as her game has certainly got a lot more to offer than you might expect. I highly suggest you check the review out after the jump, especially if you want to see me die a bunch of times in a video of one of the boss fights. 

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