We decided to share some of our favorite stories since it’s been quite an eventful Halloween week in Indie Game Land!

Downwell Amazes

Downwell is probably one of the most unassuming games of the year, and it’s easy to see why – three colors, visuals so low-res you can count the pixels, and a price tag so low you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s always on sale. Don’t let that fool you, though – Downwell is hellaciously entertaining and mechanically challenging. If you’ve not let this game drag you down into its depths yet, you might want to check out our review of it to see what you’re missing out on.

– Dakota Corley

Halloween Steam Sale

Halloween is over. Kids are safe in their homes, decorations are going down, and candy is stupid cheap. Luckily, Steam’s keeping the holiday going for the next couple days with some drop-dead gorgeous deals on tons of games, from the entire Serious Sam franchise to October’s Haven Club pick, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. The sale ends Nov. 2 at 10am PDT.

– Dakota Corley

Five Nights At Freddy’s World

Just in time for Halloween, Scott Cawthon, the developer behind indie horror hit Five Nights at Freddy’s released a trailer for its new spinoff game. Developer Scott Cawthon decided to take a break from horror and give players a colorful turn based RPG. In spite of the game’s new and cuter art direction, it still has a lot of the creepy character designs the FNAF series is known for. The game is set to come out sometime in 2016.

– Niko Berry

Divinity Original Sin: Enhanced Edition makes for great couch co-op

I bought Divinity Original Sin last year because it’s supposedly one of the best tactical RPGs out there. And while that was true, I missed the joy of co-op due to my refusal to play online. But when I got my buddy to come over, we discovered some of these enhancements in this brand new build make for some of the most intuitive couch collaboration I’ve ever seen in an RPG – and that includes Diablo 3. I’m gonna be playing this game for a long time.

– M. Joshua Cauller

White Wolf Acquisition

Far too many tabletop RPG franchises have been stagnant for far too long, and that’s why it’s great news that the Swedish games publisher Paradox Interactive has bought White Wolf, the book publisher behind franchises including our Haven Club game for this month, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. Paradox have published lots of very successful games, and I hope they’ll be able to breathe new life into these RPGs now they have the rights to them. Who knows, maybe they’ll even revive the cancelled MMO, World of Darkness.

Philip Aldous

Galak-Z releases on PC

I’ve been waiting for this Robotech-influenced roguelike for some time, and it doesn’t disappoint. I love the momentum of using my spacecraft’s thrusters, then cutting engines in zero-gravity to slip past enemy fighters. Then I transform into a space-mech, grapple the enemy ships, and hurl them into each other. It’s everything that eight-year-old-me always wanted video games to be.

– M. Joshua Cauller

No Man’s Sky Releases June 2016

While rumours of a surprise release for No Man’s Sky during Paris Games Week didn’t come to pass, Hello Games’ space odyssey has been given a release window of June 2016.

The highly anticipated title was accompanied by a new trailer that gives a stronger sense of what the game will be. It even features some new shooting mechanics.

Players can expect to farm resources from a near infinite number of planets, document the exotic creatures that live there, and shoot it out in dog fights in the far reaches of the galaxy.

–  Simon Rankin

Bob Ross on Twitch

For the next eight and a half days, people are quite literally going to be watching paint dry on Twitch. To celebrate the launch of Twitch Creative, the newest section of the popular streaming site, Twitch are streaming every single episode of Bob Ross’s popular TV show, The Joy of Painting. And with an audience consistently above 50,000, it appears people are absolutely loving it. As his stuff was never particularly big over here in the UK, I’d never actually seen any of the show, and I’ve been enjoying the hell out of it. There’s something absolutely mesmerizing about watching Ross at work. Once I start, I just can’t tear my eyes away from him as he creates his “happy little trees,” while talking in that soothing tone. I know it’s not all that related to indie gaming, but it’s just such a strange way to celebrate a new section of a streaming site, I can’t help but want to talk about it. Plus Twitch is such a huge platform for gaming, so this qualifies as games news… right?

– Philip Aldous