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MindShaft Games is an independent game studio out of Seymour, CT, founded in 2013 by Nicholas DiMucci. Nicholas DiMucci has been making games since 2009 and is currently hard at work on MindShaft Games first major release, Demons with Shotguns. The goal with MindShaft Games is simple: to make games we really want to play, and hope others want to play too!

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Souls, Rain, Devils & 1UPs

Souls, Rain, Devils & 1UPs

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Build 0.2.6 is now available, featuring lots of polish and a new 1UP system in End of Times.

Better Gibs & Gluttonous Enemies

Better Gibs & Gluttonous Enemies

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A new enemy was added to the End of Times game mode, along with some improvements to the gibs system and readability in the Hell arenas.

End of Times

End of Times

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We've been making great progress on Demons with Shotguns singleplayer mode, End of Times! See the new enemy types.

Demons with Shotguns Singleplayer Mode

Demons with Shotguns Singleplayer Mode

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We've started exploring adding a singleplayer/local co-op game mode to Demons with Shotguns.

Demons with Shotguns Blast onto Steam!

Demons with Shotguns Blast onto Steam!

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Long last, Demons with Shotguns invades Steam Early Access!

Demons with Shotguns Comes to Steam June 25

Demons with Shotguns Comes to Steam June 25

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Mark your calendars! Demons with Shotguns comes to Steam Early Access June 25.

Death Hides in the Shadows

Death Hides in the Shadows

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Dynamic lighting has been added to Demons with Shotguns. See how we're making use of the new system.

We've been Greenlit!

We've been Greenlit!

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Demons with Shotguns has been Greenlit. So...what next?

PAX East Build

PAX East Build

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We're getting ready for PAX East this weekend and made some additional changes and polishes.

Sneak Preview of the Metro Arenas

Sneak Preview of the Metro Arenas

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Work is underway of the Metro arenas. Come see a sneak preview of the work in progress. Also, if you'll be in the Boston PAX East weekend, be on the lookout...

Further Tarot Card System Changes

Further Tarot Card System Changes

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I decided to revisit the decision to remove all negative, power-down tarot cards.

Strong Greenlight Start & Tarot Card Design Changes

Strong Greenlight Start & Tarot Card Design Changes

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Demons with Shotguns hit Greenlight strong with over 1,000 Yes votes in just the first week! We've also made a major change to the Tarot Card system.

Demons with Shotguns on Steam Greenlight Now!

Demons with Shotguns on Steam Greenlight Now!

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Demons with Shotguns has finally hit Steam Greenlight!

These Environments Aren't So Hazardous

These Environments Aren't So Hazardous

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Results of recent playtests have resulted in the decision to remove environmental hazards from arena levels.

Looking for Feedback - The Hell Levels

Looking for Feedback - The Hell Levels

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Five Hell levels have been designed and we're looking to get feedback on them.

Fight With Me In Hell - Part 2

Fight With Me In Hell - Part 2

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We've made some improvements to the Hell level design since last post.

Fight With Me In Hell

Fight With Me In Hell

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Level design for the Hell levels is fully underway!

The Level Design - Choose your Arena

The Level Design - Choose your Arena

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Demons with Shotguns will feature four distinct environments in which to battle it out for souls.

Going from 8-bit to 16-bit: Meet the Characters

Going from 8-bit to 16-bit: Meet the Characters

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We wrap up the 8-bit to 16-bit series by finally unveiling all of the new character designs!

Going from 8-bit to 16-bit: Part 2 - The Characters

Going from 8-bit to 16-bit: Part 2 - The Characters

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The level tiles and environment aren't the only things getting a graphics upgrade. The characters are as well!

Going from 8-bit to 16-bit

Going from 8-bit to 16-bit

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After a few iterations, Demons with Shotguns is moving away from an 8-bit look, going towards a 16-bit SNES style.

Redecorating a Cemetery

Redecorating a Cemetery

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Demons with Shotguns finally has a pixel artist on board and since it's Halloween, we decided to completely redo the Cemetery tile sheets and backgrounds...

Because Sometimes, You Just Wanna Frag

Because Sometimes, You Just Wanna Frag

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Classic Deathmatch has been added to Demons with Shotguns!

Creating Depth - Improving the Level Design

Creating Depth - Improving the Level Design

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Creating the illusion of depth is one of the best things you can do to improve 2D levels. See how we did it for Demons with Shotguns.

Balancing the Shield Bash - Yet Another Iteration

Balancing the Shield Bash - Yet Another Iteration

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The shield bash melee attack has gone through another iteration in attempts to balance the attack.

Balancing the Shield Bash

Balancing the Shield Bash

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The original shield bash melee attack design was grossly overpowered and easily spammed. Here's how we balanced it.

Melee Attack - Dashing Shield Bash

Melee Attack - Dashing Shield Bash

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Demons with Shotguns now features a brutal melee attack in the form of a dashing shield bash.

Tarot Card Series - Black Souls

Tarot Card Series - Black Souls

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Harness the power of randomly dropped Tarot Cards. You never know what luck or misfortune they will bring.

Tarot Card Series - Satan's Spawn

Tarot Card Series - Satan's Spawn

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Harness the power of randomly dropped Tarot Cards. You never know what luck or misfortune they will bring.

Tarot Card Series - Apocalypse

Tarot Card Series - Apocalypse

Demons with Shotguns

Harness the power of randomly dropped Tarot Cards. You never know what luck or misfortune they will bring.

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