Greenlight District: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Dexter Ward, bit Dungeon II, VIRUS, Don’t Move, Chapters of HUE: Autumn

It’s hard to find great indie games on Steam Greenlight when the service is so inundated with garbage. To mitigate this, our discerning staff works tirelessly to find the very best games and bring them to our Greenlight District. Here they are displayed for your perusal and consideration. We hope you enjoy this week’s selection.

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H.P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (Greenlight) (Kickstarter)

Disclaimer: when I saw this game in my queue, I almost cried from happiness. When I noticed that it was made by Senscape, the team responsible for the absolutely brilliant (and terrifying) Scratches, and that it was attempting to raise a quarter of a million dollars on Kickstarter, I was beside myself. In the first official H.P. Lovecraft game, players will explore Providence, Salem and Pawtuxet, uncovering occult secrets of the tentacled variety as two playable characters. With such ace talent on board, it’s guaranteed to be a nightmare-inducing experience that will have you sleeping with the lights on.

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bit Dungeon II (Greenlight)

We know that the flood of roguelikes is reaching biblical proportions, but some just seem so damn good and bit Dungeon II is one of them. An action roguelike that seems like a blend of retro Zelda titles and Binding of Isaac, bit Dungeon II features a massive, randomly generated overworld as well as dungeons and some seriously good-looking pixel art. Avenge your fallen loved ones alone or with a buddy to Stress_tn’s chiptune soundtrack and NG+ your way to godliness.

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VIRUS (Greenlight) (Kickstarter)

Megaman-inspired platformers are making a comeback as well, and VIRUS is shaping up to be a great addition to the subgenre. As Yara, a sentient anti-virus program, you plow through the Internet to prevent malicious attacks. With a slew of new features, including side quests and various armor and weapons, VIRUS offers a fresh take on the style while maintaining a familiar feel. It even draws from Metroidvania, with certain levels requiring you to backtrack later in the story to discover hidden secrets.

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Don’t Move (Greenlight)

Do you like achievements and hate yourself? Don’t Move is the curiously addicting masochistic back-scratcher for that ill-placed itch. As a nondescript ninja, you’re given no instructions, only the opportunity to move left or right. As you decide to do so, you die. When you die, an unlockable achievement appears, requesting you attempt further. Then another. And another. On and on, goading you into giving up your life for medals and quest completion. The developer plans to release it for $1 once it passes Greenlight approval, and for the cost of an iPhone app it’s quite a bit more entertaining.

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Chapter of HUE: Autumn (Greenlight)

A story-rich first-person shooter/puzzler through a monochromatic world. Your character is driven by the desire to restore color to the bleak but beautiful world, solving puzzles in traditional ways or with the aid of a steampunk-inspired rifle. Along the way, you’ll encounter enemies straight out of fairy-tales and come to grips with the reality of the protagonist’s real-life struggles.