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Gossamer Girls by Allison James

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Kill spiders. Collect gossamer. Trip balls.

Gossamer Girls sees you, the newest member of the eponymous all-female taskforce, exploring ancient dungeons, untouched by humanity for generations and overrun by clusters of spiders that produce valuable gossamer.

Dungeons are procedurally generated, containing ever increasing quantities of spiders with escalating threat, and connected by falling sections in which you descend through dangerous but rewarding neon tunnels. Start off with a randomly generated character and upgrade her through chests found on floors and powerups found in the falls between, all the while collecting as much gossamer as you can, using some as ammunition to defeat threats.

Also features a dynamic soundtrack that fades tracks in and out for each floor and fall, because I'm an idiot and decided that a time-constrained game jam was the first time to experiment with it.

Created for #LOWREZJAM 2018.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Allison James
Fonts: Allison James (Gossamer Girls, Queen of Clubs)

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Maddening Euphoria by Allison James

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Ever feel like you're running around in circles?

Maddening Euphoria is a unique, challenging arcade game with randomly generated level design, in which you control brother and sister duet Mason and Millicent Zane as they flee from their own imagined realisation of their troubles in life - an inescapable wall of death - while avoiding bottomless pits, deadly spikes and speed-reducing pools of thick goo. Keep within spitting distance of the wall to receive a short, colourful Second Wind speed boost and gain the opportunity to be one eighth euphoric.

Not enough for you? Don your favourite fedora, go for eight pieces, and enter the multicoloured rainbow world of Euphoria where time goes even faster, spikes disappear and your survival speeds up dramatically. Or tackle some of the game's 150+ challenges ranging anywhere from trivially easy to borderline unfathomable.

Meanwhile, choose from 36 game themes (or throw it on Shuffle), each with themed poetry telling tales of your demise with anywhere from innocent whimsy to incomparable filth, and ranging from surprisingly clever to embarrassingly hideous. If you're English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, German, Spanish, Japanese, American, or from Bristol or Norwich like we are, I apologise profusely. Also have the game mock your failures in one of 51 ways of varying levels of Britishness. And all of this while other people's highscores pop up and you wonder what some people do with their time.

This is the flashiest, fleshiest Maddening to date. It even has some diamondy bits. And you can turn those off if you're only in it for the circles.

Just don't buy it if you suffer from epilepsy. (Please.)

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System: Windows, Nintendo Switch
Price: £0.99
Music: Various
Fonts: Allison James (Front Page Neue), Sickamore, Last Paradise

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“The concept of navigating through a never-ending ball-in-a-maze puzzle is such a unique concept that for just $1USD, it’s a no brainer to download onto your Switch just to experience what innovating level design can offer.“ - Switchaboo
“No brainer under a $1.” - Sysgen
”A solid leaderboard chaser. […] Everything is a little over the top, but I dig it.” - Scrumpy
”A unique test of focus and visual-spatial awareness.” - MrSterious

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Four Versus The World by Allison James

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Turns out war changes.

In Four Versus The World, each adventure is unique. Travel from city to city with "The Four", the sole survivors of one of many possible catastrophes that took place shortly before the game's events.

Hunt for food, energy, health packs, skill points and car parts to keep yourselves, and your beloved vehicle, on the road.

Search scenery and dungeons and do your best not to die in the face of continuous, sometimes arbitrary dilemmas - each character only has one life; once they're dead, they're dead forever.

Make it to the final destination, the glorious British city of... well, it's different every time, just like everything else.

It's all tongue in cheek and profoundly British. Made in 72 hours for the July 2016 GMC Jam.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Doctor Vox, Nameless Warning
Fonts: Impact

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Maddening Relapse 2 by Allison James

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With Mason Zane killed in a mysterious chain of events, his perception of the world in his alter ego Madd Mann seemed doomed to die. That is, until Daryl Schuhorne, a woman with an equally bizarre obsession for doing absolutely everything in a business suit with a vivid red tie, came along.

Run around in circles. Don't get killed by the wall, which is back in full force. Avoid having a spike introduce new holes into your ecosystem. You see that hole over there? Yeah, don't fall down it. And now, making their return from their appearance in 2010's Maddening, bounce off trampolines and try your best not to get slowed down in vats of thick goo!

Further improvements from Relapse 1 include the game running in native 1080p, tons of polish to everything, improved level generation bringing more variety to the table, and a new soundtrack by Meizong.

If you have a GameJolt account, Maddening Relapse 2 also contains 93 GameJolt achievements and global leaderboards. Sign in to receive them!

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Meizong
Fonts: Allison James

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Maddening Overload by Allison James

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Maddening Overload is a fast-paced endless runner where the protagonist must escape from the ever-encroaching wall of his own insanity. Run as fast as you can while dodging pitfalls, spikes and dead-ends which all can prove fatal.

Ultimately you're doomed to succumb to the madness, but with 101 challenges to beat and 13 trophies to collect, you should try to outrun it for as long as you can!

And now, with the added dimension of multiplayer, the levels of insanity are more Maddening than ever.

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System: PlayStation 4
Price: £4.99
Music: Approaching Nirvana
Fonts: Front Page Neue (Allison James)

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Dream Extension Finger by Allison James

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Clancy woke up one day to discover that, miraculously, his right index finger could extend and retract to a massive degree. Naturally, he did the only thing he believed was right. He went around poking living things to the point of spontaneous combustion.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Allison James
Fonts: Allison James (This Sucks)

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Frankenfirearm by Allison James

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Build up your gun and vanquish enemies aplenty in the procedurally-generated dungeons of Frankenfirearm!

Made for GMC Jam 15.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Savant
Fonts: DIN Schablonierschrift (DIN), Scream When You’re Ready to Die (Allison James)

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Maddening Relapse by Allison James

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Maddening Relapse is the sequel to 2009's madnessMADNESSmadness and its 2010 followups Remaddening and the YoYo Games-published spinoff Maddening.

The game is an intense endless runner with entirely procedurally-generated levels. You are a madman who simply goes by Madd Mann, and you perceive the world as a place where you run around in circles from an unrelenting wall, avoiding world gaps and spikes in the process. The wall conceals and reveals new terrain, and new to the series, wraps around the circle, always staying in view. The further you get from it, the closer you get to it!

Maddening Relapse will eventually also be available on iOS, Android, and potentially Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. I may also get around to other releases as well. Such is the power of GameMaker: Studio!

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Approaching Nirvana
Fonts: Allison James (Front Page News)

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Lab Wagon by Allison James

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Ride the Lab Wagon! Jump off to brutalise people for their money and find chests. Augment yourself and upgrade your arsenal to survive bigger threats and reap larger rewards. And upgrade the Lab Wagon's computer for automatic money harvesting.

Made for GMC Jam 12.

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Petriform
Fonts: Allison James (Kings of Kings Lynn)

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Remaddening by Allison James

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madnessMADNESSmadness 2. Go through three levels of tiered difficulty, play through a specialist level where you can't turn back, or even endure a procedurally generated level, completely randomly made and unlooped for constantly different obstacles. And if you're bored of its looks, why not recolour it to suit your visual needs?

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System: Windows
Price: Free
Music: Kita Khyber
Fonts: Will Robinson

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