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Screw Drivers is out now in Early Access and free-to-play!

The time is here! Bring out your tools and start building! Screw Drivers is out now in Early Access and free-to-play!  

20 June 2024

Screw Drivers lets you explore your creativity without limits on what you can create. Combine various parts and create a quick racer, or maybe a big bulldozer that can take down the harshest obstacles in the new map!

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Screw Drivers is coming to Early Access for free on June 20th!

11 June 2024 Screw Drivers, our upcoming sandbox racing game where you design and build your own custom vehicles and race them in single- and multiplayer, is launching as an Early Access game on June 20th. Set on an isolated island populated by racing royalty, the game offers you a massive technical toolbox of engines, wheels, powertrains, wings, and more — all to give you tons of options for tearing up the track! 

Technical creations mix with crazy physics and high-speed races in Screw Drivers! Craft custom vehicles — powered by combustion, electricity, or both, coupled with axles, gears, and suspensions to propel them. With an intuitive build editor at your fingertips, unleash your creativity! Engage in challenges against pompous royals, each featuring unique mechanical marvels, and triumph against them to unlock their unique vehicle parts. Race with friends in multiplayer, embarking on adventures across an island where thrilling races and competitions await, all fueled by turbo-powered creations and boundless imagination.
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Aerial_Knight's We Never Yield is out on July 16th!

10 June 2024 It's time to take back the crown! Today, we are happy to announce the release date of Aerial_Knight's We Never Yield! Join the two brothers fighting to regain what's rightfully theirs on July 16th! 

Aerial_Knight's We Never Yield is a pulse-pounding stylized action game that challenges players to run, jump, and slide over obstacles and attack enemies in an intense single-player and two-player local cooperative mode. Heart-racing beats guide the heroic brothers through the game’s dangerous and challenging environments.

Wishlist on Steam or see the full press release here

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We are back!

And so is headupgames.com

03 June 2024 After 3 years of being a part of Thunderful Group, we can truly say that we are independent (again), as we should be. Indie games have always been the core of Headup, and will remain so as we continue our quest to bring innovative gaming experiences to gamers all over the world.

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Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition out now on PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X|S

Get in the Halloween spirit with this pumpkin-headed 3D platformer now on next-gen consoles

27 October 2021 Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition, an enhanced version of the well-received PS4, Xbox One & PC 3D platformer from Thunderful Publishing and Headup Games, has made the leap to next-gen and is now available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

Carved from the legacy of old-school 3D platformers like MediEvil and Jak & Daxter, solo developer Nicolas Meyssonnier successfully melds his love of those titles with a modern approach and sets it all in a spookily atmospheric world that finds fun in monsters, ghouls and devilish challenges. Harnessing the power of the PS5 and Xbox One Series X|S, the New-Gen Edition brings enhancements that have the eponymous Jack grinning more vibrantly than ever before.   

On PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition has a Performance Mode that targets up to 4K resolution at 60fps. On PS5 and Xbox Series X, a Quality Mode is also available that targets up to 4K resolution at 30fps, adding higher quality effects and shadows with ray-tracing.

Making this Halloween treat just that little bit sweeter is the fact that Pumpkin Jack is cross-buy on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms. So, if you already own Pumpkin Jack on PS4/Xbox One, you’ll automatically get access to the PS5/Xbox Series X|S New-Gen Edition at no extra cost!

Stepping into the shoes of the mythical pumpkin lord, Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition sees you set out on an epic quest to help evil triumph over good. 3D platforming challenges in the colourful and diverse Arc En Ciel Kingdom are mixed with fun combat encounters where you can deploy an awesome arsenal of weapons (occasionally with a snarky crow or haughty owl fighting at your side), as well as solve light puzzles and take on various mini-game challenges.

“I’m delighted to bring Pumpkin Jack to new consoles at this appropriately spooky time of year,” said Pumpkin Jack developer Nicolas Meyssonnier. “The addition of ray-tracing and other enhancements I’ve been able to make over the last-gen version makes this the definitive edition of Pumpkin Jack!”

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Surreal story-driven shooter INDUSTRIA out now on Steam

30 September 2021

INDUSTRIA, a surreal first-person shooter from Headup & Bleakmill, is available now on Steam priced at $19.99 / €19.99 / £16.99. To celebrate the announcement, a new launch trailer gives a flavour of the compelling story that drives players through an eerie and atmospheric world, where dangerous robotic foes roam the city streets in a title inspired by the classic narrative shooters of the 2000s.

INDUSTRIA is set in 1989 on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Playing as a scientist named Nora, you set out to search for your missing friend and lover, leading you into the parallel dimension city of Hakavik, where East Berlin’s brutalist architecture merges with strange technological apparatuses and futuristic robots.

The enigmatic shooter combines the imagery and themes of surrealism and science fiction to create an unforgettable world where the player will be driven forward by a compelling story, a Lynchian ambiance, and intense FPS action sequences as they work to save their missing friend and discover the secrets behind INDUSTRIA’s beguiling setting.

Players will be equipped with four firearms and a melee weapon as they roam a dystopian landscape populated by mechanical monstrosities that reflect the strange state of a city augmented by unrecognisable technology. They must also be mindful of scarce resources should they hope to survive long enough to put together the pieces that will allow them to decode the mystery at the heart of this intriguing tale.

“INDUSTRIA started as a two man-hobby project, but it’s grown into something much bigger,” reflects David Jungnickel, Co-Founder at Bleakmill. “After the hard work our now six-person team has put in over the last six years, we’re thrilled that players can finally step into the surreal sci-fi world we’ve created for them. We hope for them to discover a game ambitious in its visuals and narrative, but also streamlined in its mechanics and experience.”


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Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition brings spooky 3D platforming to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

The popular mascot platformer gets a next-gen release date

28 September 2021 Good news for Halloween: The acclaimed 3D platformer Pumpkin Jack is coming to next-gen, with Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition hitting PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on October 27th, 2021.

The fiery glow of Pumpkin Jack’s carved grin will look spookier than ever thanks to 60fps and a touch of next-gen ray-tracing, adding to the already vibrant and atmospheric world crafted by solo developer Nicolas Meyssonnier in his love-letter to the classic era of 3D platforming.

Making this Halloween treat just that little bit sweeter is the fact that Pumpkin Jack will be cross-buy on PlayStation and Xbox platforms. This means that buying the PS5 or Xbox Series X|S version will also grant you access to the equivalent last-gen one, and vice versa. So, if you already own Pumpkin Jack on PS4 or Xbox One, you’ll automatically get access to the PS5 or Xbox Series X|S New-Gen Edition respectively at no extra cost!

On your quest to help evil triumph over good, you travel through a series of eerie themed settings, master combos and dodges to defeat challenging beasts, build an awesome arsenal of weapons and solve devilish mini-games that focus on skills and puzzles.

It’s the perfect mix of old and new, melding a retro-inspired title that builds on the legacy of the likes of MediEvil and Jak & Daxter with the technological power of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. Along with fans of Pumpkin Jack who want to experience the game on next-gen, the New-Gen Edition is sure to carve out a whole new audience looking to get into the Halloween spirit. On PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition has a Performance Mode that targets up to 4K resolution at 60fps. On PS5 and Xbox Series X a Quality Mode is also available that targets up to 4K resolution at 30fps, adding higher quality effects and shadows witt ray-tracing.

“Pumpkin Jack may be a retro throwback to the golden age of 3D platformers, but it elevates it with contemporary graphics that have never looked better, thanks to the new gen’s ray-tracing enhancements,” said Pumpkin Jack developer Nicolas Meyssonnier. “This is the definitive edition of Pumpkin Jack, arriving just in time for Halloween!”

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gamescom 2021: Thunderful and Headup to attend with five titles at gamescom now, with more surprises in store across the event

Plus: AHEAD gamescom live stream event planned featuring deeper dives on all gamescom titles from Thunderful & Headup

25 August 2021

gamescom is happening digitally this year, and Thunderful as well as Headup are going to be part of the show. Expect to see five of their upcoming titles showcased on gamescom now. Free demos for White Shadows and Crowns & Pawns will also be available on Steam, so keep an eye out on their respective game pages.
 

  • In Firegirl you’ll chop through obstacles and extinguish dastardly pyro-monsters, use your hose to boost your jumps and reach normally inaccessible places to rescue trapped civilians (and cats!). Hang out at the Firehouse between missions to upgrade your equipment and hire new staff. You’ll need all the help you can get to prepare for the next fire outbreak!
     
  • Source of Madness is a side-scrolling dark action roguelite set in the Loam Lands, a twisted Lovecraftian inspired world powered by procedural generation and AI machine learning which offers ever-changing landscapes to explore and new monstrosities to face on every run. Choose a class, upgrade your skills, and unlock all manner of magic abilities as you collect loot and items left behind by those who came before you. 
     
  • White Shadows is a modern fable about escaping a dark, weird and violent world. With its striking black and white visuals, deep allegorical story and satisfying puzzles, this 2.5 platformer is a truly unique proposition.
     
  • INDUSTRIA is a surreal, narrative-based first-person shooter. Set in 1989 upon the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall, you play as a scientist named Nora who is searching for her missing loved one, Dr. Walter Rosendal. Her efforts to find him take her to a mysterious parallel dimension that merges East Berlin’s brutalist architecture with futuristic robots and mysterious apparatuses. Where are you? When are you? And what has befallen the missing Dr. Rosendal?
     
  • Last but not least, pack your bags and escape to Eastern-Europe with Crowns and Pawns, a beautifully hand-painted adventure game reminiscent of the classic Broken Sword franchise.

 
All of these games and some more will also be showcased at this week’s AHEAD gamescom live stream event, which is taking place on Thursday and Friday at 9 AM PST / 12 PM EST / 6 PM CEST. Tune in to AHEAD on TwitchYouTube, or FB Gaming and share some indie love via Twitter!  ❤️