Attention all moon mutants and interstellar aliens! Be sure to stop by and like the brand new Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite SpaceFacebook page. Why, you may ask? Shouts, space news & lots more! (New players: get Weird Worlds for Win, iPad & Android here.)
Funded by the indie game community and coming soon!
The leaves have turned and there's a chill in the air. Tis the season for warm and cozy videogaming and that means it's time for the Steam Autumn Sale--right now! From today, November 27, through Tuesday, December 3, Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space (space adventure-roguelike), Data Jammers: FastForward (racing-arcade) and Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity (???!) are available from Steam at 50%-75% off, along with similar discounts on dozens of other must-play games of all kinds. So go see, have a blast, and happy holiday from Digital Eel!
Hot off the hyperwire: Big news from the Purple Void IT'S FINALLY TIME TO EAT ELECTRIC DEATH!
We like to surprise everyone, and it's about time, so here's a goodie! We're unleashing a new, though "late," game set in the Infinite Space universe. It's called Eat Electric Death! You've heard the rumors? Yes? No? Well, here's the scoop.
Eat Electric Death! is a two player turn based boardgame of starship combat based on the real time combat system from Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space. It was completed and playtested in 2007 though it has never been published. Now with the crafty help of Andrew Tullsen and Print and Play Productions, we're finally able to release a very special custom-created version of EED!, hand made using the original art created specifically for the game.
If you like old school, hex mapped, tactical battle games, Eat Electric Death! is right up your star lane while providing new wrinkles to keep things fresh. EED! is a "beer & pretzel game." It isn't difficult to play. Rather than being loaded down with details, the game plays lean, fast and deadly, more like the way dramatic and explosive movie and TV starship combats look.
Weapons and items from Weird Worlds appear and function similarly, including the dreaded/coveted Particle Vortex Cannon. Also replayability is provided for. Many scenarios are included, both goal/mission oriented and straight up head to head, and since the game isn't overly complex, new scenarios can be devised by players very easily.
Here's how we're going to do this. Right now and until November 1, this special release of Eat Electric Death! assembled by Andrew costs $40. After that, the price will increase to $45. We're not sure how long the game will be available this way but we'll see how things go.
[Update: Slordax just reminded me that you can view/download a 1280x1024 EED! box top image here.]
[Update: View and download the Eat Electric Death! rules here.]
October 7, 2013
Cool Indie Game News!
The Long Dark is a moody "first-person post-disaster survival simulation set in the Northern wilderness" that poses the intriguing question "How far will you go to survive?" Hinterland is a seasoned group of gamemakers gone indie (yay!) and they need our support to help make The Long Dark a reality. So go see what they're up to and get involved!
Also, Chris Laskowski has released his first iPad app called Sunfish. Chris, a Digital Eel "fearless tester" who we've known all the way back to working at Looking Glass Studios together, described the experience as a "delicate balancing act of conservation." Of course, when we heard about Sunfish feeding on iridium-shrooms that grow on planetoids, we were already "hooked."
Great news: Now you can get Digital Eel games at the IndieGameStand Store. In fact, DRM-free Weird Worlds is on sale there for 20% off! You must, you simply must, check out this brand new indie games portal. IndieGameStand: New bundles every four days, and now great indie games on the shelf. What could be better?! (And best of luck to Mike and Matt and all the IGS Store!) UPDATE: Read what developers have to say about IndieGameStand here.
August 13, 2013
SEA OF STARS DEVELOPMENT UPDATE #11
A quick update this month but a juicy one. Check out new ship tests (Muktian and Tan Ru), the first art poster example (Urluquai Overlord) and new music (combat) and sound (honk)! Meanwhile, development continues and the game is a foot, I mean, afoot!
MUKTIAN: A highly intelligent slug-like being. Muktians usually spend their long lives in cavern cities and tunnels deep underground. The explorer caste have returned to the surface and recently developed space travel. TAN RU: A man-sized artificially intelligent machine resembling a crab or insect. Oblivious to biological life, the Tan Ru are currently spreading across the sector, dissecting and analyzing everything they find.
Summertime, when everything is hot and steamy, and the Steam Summer Getaway Sale is no exception! (Corny, huh? But true!) From now, July 11 (the very day Robert the Bruce, John Quincy Adams and Suzanne Vega were born) to July 22 (the auspicious date when Martin Frobisher first spotted Greenland), you can get Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space (hybrid roguelike), Data Jammers: FastForward (arcade) and Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity (arcade), at insanely great discounts. Indeed, you will question our sanity, so don't miss this 12 day Marathon of Mirth. Or is it Game-a-thon of Girth? Not sure. Either way, go see before we come to our senses!
July 4, 2013
BUNDLES ROCK AND THIS ONE'S PURE INDIE!
Well, it's that time of the year. Time for celebration, fun and games! Indie 'puter games, especially. So, to start things off with a BANG, BundleStars has just released their 9th game compilation: The Pure Indie Bundle! Czech it out: For 20 days you can get Data Jammers: FastForward and Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity PLUS six more groovy independently developed games for ONLY $4.00! Go here to see--and have a terrific, and safe, holiday!
June 17, 2013
MAC GAMERS BEWARE! BRAINPIPE NOW AT THE MAC GAME STORE!
Digital Eel is happy to announce that Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity--the game that "changed" little Billy--is now available from the Mac Game Store. For those as yet unaffected by the secret mind-lasers, Brainpipe is an easy-to-pick-up first person game of real-time spatial navigation and quick reflexes. Supported by hypnotic graphics, ear tickling sound effects and immersive dreamscape music, the game's free floating, forward moving intensity gradually increases from serene to frenetic as you play. In other words, it's trippy! Mac gamers, check it out!
The lunch break roguelike of interstellar adventure!
June 4, 2013
What the...? BRAINPIPE is 25% OFF at GamersGate too!
June 3, 2013
Data Jammers is 25% OFF at GamersGate!
Data Jammers: FastForward is a continuously moving three dimensional driving and destruction game set within a retro wireframe world of impossible race tracks. Prowl twisting bitstreams amidst bizarre geometrical environments enhanced by otherworldly soundscapes as your nimble avatar encounters more dangerous denizens, hazards and boss guardians along the way!
May 27, 2013
Get Weird Worlds at GamersGate!
Attention all nebula dwellers: Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space for Windows is now available from GamersGate -and it's on sale at 25% off for one week beginning today, May 27! View the game page here, and look for more Digital Eel games at GamersGate in the future.
May 12, 2013
BE SURE TO VISIT ALL OF THE WEIRD WORLDS OF DIGITAL EEL
Infinite Space 3 is Funded! It's time to make Sea of Stars!
The Sea of Stars Kickstarter campaign has ended, and we're happy to have actually surpassed our funding goal. While we didn't quite reach the stretch goals we'd set up, the enthusiastic response has been great even after we hit the initial target of $30K!
We would like to thank everyone who pledged their support. Btw-You'll soon receive a survey to fill in details such as how you want your goodies delivered. Meanwhile we're going to go full steam ahead and make Sea of Stars the best possible game we can.
We'd also like to thank the following people and websites for publicizing our Kickstarter campaign and helping others find out about it, greatly contributing to its success:
Finally, we'd like to extend our enduring gratitude to Kevin Matheny and John Slade, Fearless Testers Union #256. They will be instrumental in guaranteeing the quality of the game, as they have been since our first releases in 2001.
Future updates and announcements about Infinite Space 3: Sea of Stars will be posted on our website right here. Watch the skies!
How much would you pay for Data Jammers: FastForward, DE's briskly-moving racing and destruction game that mixes Tron with Hot Wheels and turns the racetrack inside out and upside down like a mobius trip? Yes trip, because the landscapes and soundscapes are so trippy!
Who's to blame for this multicosmic madness? Why, IndieGameStand of course, the coolest portal in the Five Galaxies. Well, okay, maybe the Three Galaxies (we don't want to sound pretentious), but they're awesome--Thanks guys! Please note: the IndieGameStand Data Jammers Space Jam Sale starts on Friday, April 26 and ends on Monday, April 29. Perfect timing to jump in and jam!
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April 4, 2013
Digital Eel is proud to announce our new Infinite Space computer game, Sea of Stars! We are currently looking to fund its development through a Kickstarter campaign. Please consider pledging your support.
Sea of Stars is a single-player science fiction roguelike similar to Strange Adventures and Weird Worlds. Turn-based star map navigation is combined with a real-time combat system. The game provides a randomly generated open world for you to explore, and will only reveal a fraction of its secrets each time you play. There is no going back to a saved game – everything that happens is permanent. Death is frequent, but only makes you want to try again.
Although Sea of Stars builds on the universe you visited in the earlier games, it is expanded with fresh new material and gameplay. Discovering the interactions between items, alien races, characters and random events will keep you busy for years – yet each session of the game is a complete adventure that you can finish in one sitting. To extend the game’s longevity even further, we encourage people to make mods and even provide tools for it!
One thing that has advanced since Weird Worlds is technology. Iikka wrote a 3D engine for our previous game, Data Jammers: FastForward, and a lot of the code will now be reused to expand the Infinite Space universe into the third dimension. Other games and projects have resulted in a variety of subsystems, from procedural texturing to mundane data file handling.
However, what will really set this game apart from its predecessors is what we are going to do within this expanded universe. The Sea of Stars will be more alive than before, both reacting to the player’s actions and acting on its own. Locations like star bases will be real places with more to do than just trade items, and you may have to attack or defend one in combat. Individual NPCs as well as alien war fleets will go about their business that may or may not be aligned with your interests, and you will have to pick sides. Technology available to you as well as others will advance as time passes, including larger ships showing up.
Of course, we won’t forget the mod creators who helped make Weird Worlds great. Not only will all the content use standard file formats so you can use any editor of your choice, we will actually release tools to make things easier. This will ultimately evolve into a full-fledged mod editor within the game that will help you put it all together.
Just in from the Purple Nebula: It's PAX East time and Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space will be there. Where's there, when and who? Boston, MA from March 22nd to the 24th, and the who is IndieGameStand, the grooviest new no-DRM name-your-own-price game portal. They're featuring Weird Worlds at the show along with 11 other socko indie games: Gimbal, Cognition, Gnomoria, Recruits, Aztaka, Space Pirates and Zombies, Doom & Destiny, Krunch, Reprisal, Super Tower Rush and MegaByte Punch! You can read more from SeattlePI here. Visit the Penny Arcade Expo East website here.
March 4, 2013
January 18, 2013
Weird Worlds v1.30 Patch Released
Customers who have obtained Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space through Desura or Steam will receive updates to the game through the vendor. Those who bought the PC version of the game on a CD or as a direct download from Shrapnel Games can download the following file to upgrade their copy of the game. Note that you will need to tell the self-extractor the folder where the game (weird.exe) is located.
Well, tempus fugit, another yuletide season has passed and already, a new year is upon us. Not to fret, though. There's PLENTY of time to celebrate because the Digital Eel/Steam/Desura Holiday Sale continues until January 4th. Go see!
ARCADE: Cruise the holo-bitstreams where Hot Wheels meets Tron!
ARCADE: Take the Plunge to Unhumanity! Reveal your Alien Brain!
ROGUELIKE: Explore the galaxy...in 30 minutes or less!