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Volute's Tinysasters is an entry in the Ludum Dare 23 and a slightly peculiar little 'puzzle/simulation/gestation' sort of title. Set atop an 8*8 landscape, Tinysasters demands that you figure out how best to maintain the equilibrium of the land. You see, disasters have a tendency of striking this unfortunate country at rather regular intervals. In order to stop Mother Nature from routinely decimating your surroundings, you are going to have to build a level 4 shrine. How does that work? I'm not sure. I suppose religious people have a way of placating the environment.

It's a brief, thoughtful little experience that may or may not appeal to everyone but it had me preoccupied for about fifteen minutes or so today. You can check it out here.

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If you're involved in the startup community or even just follow Hacker News, there's a pretty good chance that you've heard about "lean startups" or the "lean startup method." In his bestselling book, The Lean Startup, Eric Ries outlines a framework for small, innovative teams to more efficiently find product/market fit for new products. At its core is a focus on evaluating product design decisions based on user data gathered from scientific experiments. Eric argues ...

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[Experienced Sony Computer Entertainment Europe producer David Manuel shares the secrets he's learned from years of seeing developers fail to learn from the mistakes they've made on projects in the past, and offers suggestions on the key learnings to integrate into your production process.] Last year, in Brisbane, Australia, where I used to live, there were the worst floods for over 30 years. And yet over the last few centuries there have been several such ...

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The development team at the Jonathan Mak-headed Queasy Games announced that it will release a free trial version of its PlayStation Vita ambient platformer Sound Shapes in advance of its downloadable release this year.

Queasy Games' Jason deGroot demonstrates Sound Shapes' music-influencing gameplay in the video above, and reveals new details regarding its structure. DeGroot notes that players have unlimited lives, and describes the game as being less like a Super Meat Boy-styled challenge and more like "an experience, and a musical treat."

A release date for Sound Shapes has not yet been announced.

[via Joystiq]

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Xsyntax Studio has released its tower defense action-strategy title Uberzombie USA for Windows platforms, with an Xbox Live Indie Games version set to launch soon.

Uberzombie USA's gameplay is divided into phases; during the daytime phase, players can set landmines and fortify their central defenses. When the undead onslaught arrives at night, gameplay transforms into an action-packed twin-stick shooter. The game also features a multiplayer component in which up to four players can team up to fend off the undead armies.

Uberzombie USA is priced at $2.99. A trial version is also available via Desura.

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21st Street Games is rapidly growing our team and our scope of properties to keep up with both fan and client demand. We've recently opened a new office in Manhattan's Flatiron district on West 21st street. Our successful original titles and creative partnerships with top brands make 21st Street Games an exciting and creatively fulfilling work experience that we are looking to share with some truly talented individuals.

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