The Glass Knuckle Games booth was one of the first that I visited on the day of the Boston Festival of Indie Games, and one with the greatest sense of fun and joy (only rivaled by Knight Squad, but I swear they’ve laced the controllers with something that that has kept pulling me back to that game since PAXEast 2014). The two games they were showing off both had very different styles, but you could sense the passion behind both of them.
As such, I’ll take them in turn:
Noir Syndrome is a pixelated, nostalgic (surprise) noir mystery game which a phenomenal aspect of randomization. As a detective, it is your job to catch a killer by finding clues, talking to people to determine suspects, and running around town trying to find new things. Also: Don’t get shot. Also: You will get shot.
Noir Syndrome is our procedurally generated 2D murder mystery game. You play as a detective who needs to gather clues across the city and catch a murderer before time runs out. Each round has its own set of clues, suspects, and events, making for a unique case every time.
The game now includes a fast-paced “Dinner Party” mode, a “Hunt Club” where players can become hitmen, unlockable costumes, and other additions.
Noir Syndrome feels like an intricate web you are making your way through, even if the random nature of the game does sometimes put you into situations that seem less than fair.
Thief Town is another game in which you may get shot, and in which you will get stabbed. A lot. By your friends. A perfect party game, Thief Town is all about bluffing, using your weapons wisely, and generally screwing each other over. It’s tremendous fun.
Thief Town is our multiplayer stealth action-arcade game set in the Wild West. Lurk in the crowd, emulate non-player characters, and achieve backstabbing victory.
Up to 4 players control identical avatars (the “Thieves”) in a single-screen arena (the “Town”), which is filled with other identical NPCs. Players must identify which NPCs are secretly other players and stab them for points, before being discovered and stabbed themselves!
Thief Town is fast packed, quick to learn, and has a variety of game modes that keep things interesting. Sometimes it can be problematic to keep track of your avatar, and often times this can spell your doom early on in the match, but that is kind of the name of the game in Thief Town.