Today on Offworld: glum busting, retro Soviet arcades, domestic violence


As seems to be the case time and time again, indie devs have given us some of the best in surrealist/dreamscape gaming, and the latest — featured today on Offworld — is Justin 'CosMind' Leingang's Glum Buster, an intricately constructed PC pixel platformer that is as traditional as it is relentlessly alien — think Eric Chahi's Another World/Out of this World — and is being sold via an altruistic charity-ware setup. It'll certainly go down as one of the finest indie developments this year.


Elsewhere we took a fantastic look inside Moscow's Soviet Arcade Games Museum via their new Art Lebedev (he of the Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard) designed website that not only gives us near-pornographically beautiful shots of previously unseen 70s era Soviet arcade design, but also recreates a number of the games in Flash to play directly on the site.

We also played Noonat's Queens — a game built for a competition dealing with the theme of 'domestic violence' that manages to cleverly skate the thin ice there, and fell in love with Puit Wars, a micro/massive pixel wargame that proves hiphop emcee Aesop Rock should be making music for games, followed Nintendo DS cult puzzler star Professor Layton on Twitter, and took a new look at the mysteries of SUPERBROTHERS' rustic pixels in his Kurosawa-inspired Alpinist.