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Indie Spotlight - Alekhine's Gun

Our weekly Indie Spotlight articles highlight one indie game that we feel is worth your attention. Every game listed has a planned console release for the Xbox One and/or PS4.

Alekhine's Gun

Named after a popular chess formation, Alekhine's Gun is set at the height of the Cold War. As a soviet assassin turned CIA ally, you must rely on espionage and combat tactics to root out the truth before things get nuclear.


As a trained assassin and spy, Alekhine is well versed in the art of tactical espionage. Infiltrate enemy compounds using disguises to hide among staff, including chefs, bartenders, and handymen. Keep to the shadows and avoid detection, relying on stealth to keep you out of enemy sight. With disguises and confidence, Alekhine can gain entrance to prohibited areas without firing a single bullet. Think outside the box—the choices are up to you as you delve into your mission with the freedom to explore a variety of play styles. Creativity and strategic thinking will get you to your goal rather than straightforward gameplay with one weapon and one objective.

Steal Documents

Infiltration isn’t your only goal—in the Cold War, knowledge is key. Sneak past guards and kingpins to steal important documents and hold off the conflict a little longer. It won’t always be peaceful. Alekhine can use deadly force if necessary—including firearms, wire garrotes, and poisons—to take out the opposition. Do whatever it takes to prevent crucial information from falling into the wrong hands.

Assassinate Targets

Some people are just too bad to live, and Agent Alekhine is well equipped to handle them. Using his arsenal of skills and weaponry, Alekhine can take down foes through a variety of methods both flashy and subtle. Weapons range from poisons and chloroform to machine guns and silent pistols, and the higher the stealth rankings the more options are unlocked to add to this arsenal. Take out key powers in a blaze of gunfire or arrange for charismatic leaders to have tricky little “accidents”—whatever route you choose, be assured that your choices will have consequences.

Explore 11 Wide-Open Levels 
• Through 11 levels set in both military and civilian locations, Alekhine will have to fight and sneak his way through highly protected zones to complete objectives.
• Enjoy the lush realism of the historical setting in levels set in Europe, America, and Cuba.
• Each immersive, non-linear level will contain multiple routes to success, rewarding players who take the time to explore and optimize their strategy. Hidden rooms and paths will help the sharp-eyed player, increasing stealth rankings, unlocking more weapons, and providing more stealthy approaches to each mission.

Engage In Espionage

Being a master spy isn’t just about knowing where to shoot and when to hide. As Agent Alekhine, you’ll be tasked with eliminating threats in all forms, including deactivating wiretaps and explosives, as well as placing a few of your own. You won’t just need to get in—escape is a crucial part of any spy mission, and it will take every tool in Alekhine’s arsenal to ensure he makes it out alive.

Exchange Information

Controlling the flow of knowledge is an important part of spy work, and Alekhine will need to tail enemies, take photos, and meet up with conspirators to ensure information gets where it’s supposed to go without interruption. Don’t get too close—in Alekhine’s Gun, enemies are intelligent, meaning they’ll be on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary. Keep it covert or risk detection.

Eliminate Key Conspirators 
• As a trained assassin and CIA operative, Alekhine boasts a wealth of abilities to dispose of enemies. • Engage in shootouts with deadly enemies or take the stealth approach with poisons, garrotes, and knives.
• Attack with straightforward combat and mow down your enemies with a selection of guns or stage “accidents” using disguises and manipulation to keep your hands clean.
• More stealth means more rewards—maximize your Stealth Rankings by completing levels undetected and gain access to powerful weapons.
• Carve your own path, choosing to blast away enemies with powerful weapons or sneak and deceive your way through each challenge—Alekhine’s Gun allows for total freedom in completing your objectives.

Explore Rich Settings

Discover the hidden secrets of detailed environments in the open-game levels of Alekhine’s Gun. There isn’t just one route to success—find hidden rooms and other advantages in the game’s open maps, allowing you to scout out the most advantageous route to close out your mission. Set in Europe, the United States, and Cuba, each location is different from the last, encouraging variations in play styles and requiring you to think before you act or risk blowing your cover.

Engage in Cold War Espionage 
• With a narrative that spans the late days of World War II to beyond the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Alekhine’s Gun puts you in the middle of a world on the brink of war.
• Uncover the bizarre truth behind the anti-government conspiracy threatening the fragile peace between Soviet Russia and the United States through total immersion in the historical conflict.
• With film noir-inspired cutscenes, Alekhine’s Gun will provide additional insight into the historical Cold War context.
• Through detailed flashbacks, you’ll learn game-changing character secrets and real history to help Agent Alekhine succeed in this covert operation before the nuclear standoff becomes nuclear war. 

Alekhine's Gun is being developed by indie studio Haggard Games and published by Maximum Games. The game is currently slated for a release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC November 10th, 2015. For more information visit the official website. For updates on the game and release, follow @MaximumGames and @HaggardGames on Twitter.
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