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Hot Tin Roof, CastleMiner Z And 35 Other Games Greenlit For Steam

By William Usher 2013-10-17 11:24:21 discussion comments
Recently popularized titles in the indie space that have landed on Steam's Greenlight service have also recently been greenlit by Valve. The total headcount rounds out to 37 brand new games scheduled to become available on the Steam store, including hotly anticipated games such as Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora, Universum: Warfront and CastleMiner Z.

As noted by Valve in their post on the Steam Community page...
These titles were selected on the same criteria we have been using in the past: Votes in Greenlight give us a hugely valuable point of data in gauging community interest along with external factors such as press reviews, crowd-funding successes, performance on other similar platforms, and awards and contests to help form a more complete picture of community interest in each title.

Hot Tin Roof recently came off a successful Kickstarter campaign, where designer Megan Fox even threw the community a bone by letting them know that many of the stretch goals would still be included in the game, even though they weren't technically met during the Kickstarter drive itself. Good stuff.

CastleMiner Z is the popular XBLIG game that managed to move more than a million copies on Xbox Live last year, ranking as a heavy mover and shaker despite being an indie title with little to no promotion. The game is basically Call of Duty meets Minecraft, allowing users to build and destroy voxel blocks while fighting off zombies and other creatures of the night. The game came under some criticism for being a blatant ripoff of CoD and Minecraft but too many people were also having way too much fun to care. This controversial gem will soon find its way to the Steam Store thanks to your Greenlight votes.

Also making the cut is The Fall, the Metroidvania space exploration game that sees players trying to figure out what happened during a mining operation on a foreign planet. The game has a distinctive look and feel to it and it's well worth checking out.

Additionally, Ikaruga has also made the cut; this game was submitted by Japanese game studio Treasure... can you believe that?! Treasure? That's pretty awesome. These guys were made famous for games like Gunstar Heroes and Guardian Heroes, as well as stuff like Mischief Makers for the N64. That's pretty epic. I'm hoping they port more of their games to Steam because I would totally add them to my library.

Other games making the cut includes horror games Fran Bow and the visually poignant Neverending Nightmares, which was also recently Kickstarted. The game's art-style is inspired by Edward Gorey, a famous illustrator that had a distinctively morbid depiction of character art and atmosphere.

It's nice to see that Valve is extremely proactive in keeping pace with indie games garnering any sort of momentum on Greenlight. They're moving a lot quicker in gauging and approving titles, which means that there will be more games released more often on the Steam store.

If you want to see the total list of games greenlit for Steam, feel free to check out the full list over on the official Greenlight page.
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