Greenlight District: iZBOT, Software Inc., Dynetzzle Extended, Overture, Modeled After Amanita

It’s hard to find great indie games on Steam Greenlight when the service is so inundated with garbage. To mitigate this, our discerning staff works tirelessly to find the very best games and bring them to our Greenlight District. Here they are displayed for your perusal and consideration. We hope you enjoy this week’s selection.

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iZBOT (Greenlight)

While some platformers may shamelessly flaunt the “hardcore” label while relying on luck over timing or positioning, Ruxar’s iZBOT looks to embody it with unforgiving pixel-perfect jumps and impossibly tight gaps to squeeze through. The unlucky mechanical hero has to double- and wall-jump its way through increasingly complex levels to free the world of an insidious organic infestation that threatens the robotic status quo. Challenging, rewarding gameplay backed with a high-energy chiptune soundtrack awaits those daring enough to take on iZBOT.

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Software Inc. (Greenlight)

Who hasn’t wanted to be Gabe Newell or Bill Gates? Live your dreams in this low-poly, high-depth software company simulator. You build and develop your company’s headquarters in a variety of serene environments, micromanage everything from human resources to floor layout, and ultimately outwit the competition to come out on top. It’s all about the struggle to keep your employees and clients happy as you set out to become the next billionaire software tycoon.

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Dynetzzle Extended (Greenlight)

Sudoku-esque puzzle solving meets Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters in the zen-like and difficult to pronounce Dynetzzle Extended. The premise is simple enough: unraveled die are superimposed and need to have the numbers on their opposing faces add up to seven. In practice the game’s complexity is made rapidly apparent. Already subject to much acclaim, the new and improved iteration of Dynetzzle contains additional puzzles for those seeking a satisfying challenge.

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Overture (Greenlight) (Kickstarter)

Gear up and get ready to grind in this pixelated action-roguelike. 24 classes, randomized dungeons and tons of loot await you in Overture, where every attack is rewarded by an explosion of flashing damage numbers, pixelated blood, gold and items. With infinite replay value and gameplay that feels like a cross between Rogue Legacy and Binding of IsaacOverture is a must for treasure-hungry adventurers everywhere.

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Modeled After Amanita (Greenlight)

Narrative-focused first-person adventures can be pretty hit or miss (like the divisive Dear Esther), but alternate uses of the form we’ve come to know, love and waste exorbitant amounts of time with are more than welcome. Modeled After Amanita’s rich and poetic nonlinear narrative presents a high-atmosphere, low-poly foray into the mind of a suicidal man. It’s a dark and fascinating way to dig into the roots of depression.