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  1. [UPDATE]: The demo is also now out for the Ouya (link in the first post). Also, i've put in quotes from relevant gaming blogs that featured the game!
  2. [media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNbyHvLsDBQ[/media] "Even in an early form, it plays really well, looks great, has fantastic sound design, and is a perfect proof of concept." - Jeremy Peeples, Hardcore Gamer (http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2015/01/01/caos-trigger-golem-demo-released-on-ouya/126672/) "Metroivania is something of its own legitimate genre recently – and I tell ya, the kids love it. We also don’t have enough of them! Thankfully, Dusty Cat Media is making Caos Trigger: Golem - a Metroidvania (in case you didn’t already know) about a girl who can create, summon, and command golems." - Kurt Indovina, IndieGameMag (http://indiegamemag.com/caos-trigger-golem-attemps-classic-metroidvania-action/) "Let’s cross our fingers and hope it pulls through, because I’d really like to play this on my Ouya." - Jenni Lada, technology tell (http://www.technologytell.com/gaming/140534/caos-trigger-golem-use-kickstart/)       Support the game in kickstarter now (also includes a downloadable demo for PC and Android): https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/388262625/caos-trigger-golem   Downloads:   For Windows For Windows (Mirror) For Android For Android (Mirror) NEW! For Ouya   Or you can download it in google play directly: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dustycatmedia.caostriggergolem   Caos Trigger: Golem is a 2d, retro-style metroidvania game for multiple platforms; including PC, Android, iOS and Ouya (with more platforms coming soon!). It also serves as a tribute to TRUE and original metroidvania games (ie the PSX, GBA, and NDS Castlevania series) as it does not stray too far away from their simple but challenging gameplay and visuals combining traditional / pixel art with a slightly modern look (the likes of 2d games ranging from the SNES and the original PSX).   Players take control of the main protagonist, Anaise in classic, metroidvania style fashion. Anaise can run, crouch, jump, and slash her way through 2d, sidescrolling areas encountering various enemies and obstacles. The game’s main feature is the creation and summoning of magical beings called “golems”. In order to summon a golem, the player must acquire “Golem Scrolls”, which in turn has information on what ingredients/materials are required to summon a specific golem. They make use of the player’s Magic Points in performing their special attacks. They also grant the player / Anaise a special weapon and other various abilities.   Support the game in kickstarter now to get awesome rewards! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/388262625/caos-trigger-golem
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJi-MhWM9HM [SIZE=4][B][URL="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dustycat.gooletz&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5kdXN0eWNhdC5nb29sZXR6Il0."]Get it from Google Play[/URL] [URL="http://www.amazon.com/DustyCat-Media-Gooletz/dp/B008JQMPS2/ref=sr_1_2?s=mobile-apps&ie=UTF8&qid=1342194366&sr=1-2&keywords=gooletz"]Get it from the Amazon Appstore[/URL][/B][/SIZE] Pop as many Gooletz as you can! Use your wit and strategic skills to pop the correct Gooletz and end the goo menace! You can also use bombs to do widespread damage! Grab a copy of this highly addicting puzzle game now! Screenshots [IMG]http://dustycatmedia.com/image/obj88geo84pg1p8.png[/IMG] [IMG]http://dustycatmedia.com/image/obj95geo91pg1p8.png[/IMG] [IMG]http://dustycatmedia.com/image/obj97geo93pg1p8.png[/IMG] You can also get the LITE version here: [B][URL="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dustycat.gooletzlite&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5kdXN0eWNhdC5nb29sZXR6bGl0ZSJd"]From Google Play[/URL] [URL="http://www.amazon.com/DustyCat-Media-Gooletz-Lite/dp/B008JIFHPI/ref=sr_1_1?s=mobile-apps&ie=UTF8&qid=1342194366&sr=1-1&keywords=gooletz"]From the Amazon Appstore[/URL][/B]