Check It Out, Comrade!

Check It Out, Comrade!
Games by the people, for the people.

87: West of Loathing and Subsurface Circular
Sep 2, 2017 • 54 min
Nick and Brayton, joined by Gary, talk about Bithell's newest adventure game and the western goof'em'up by Asymmetric. Stay tuned to the end for a special announcement!
86: Battle Cats / Steamworld Heist
Aug 14, 2017 • 26 min
Nick and Brayton battle some cats and heist some steamed worlds in this crackerjack episode.
85: Turmoil and Domina
Aug 5, 2017 • 30 min
Nick and Braybraybray take a look at Turmoil and Domina, a pair of steamtown dumplins.
84: Realm Grinder and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds
Jul 15, 2017 • 30 min
Nick and Braybray check out the app where kingdoms meet to fuck, as well as discover the mystery of the unknown player.
83: Emily is Away and Slime Rancher
Jul 1, 2017 • 33 min
Nick and Brayton take on two charming darlins. A real coupla Stumptown Dumplins, these.
82: Hoplite and CRAWL
Jun 11, 2017 • 30 min
Nick and Brayton look at a mobile roguelite and a multiplayer jam. Look for Crawl on the couch at Duckstream 2017!
81: FTL and Able Black
May 27, 2017 • 32 min
Nick and Brayton blast off with FTL and get mysterious with Able Black.
80: Ring Runner and Solitarica
May 13, 2017 • 29 min
Nick and Brayton check out Ring Runner and Solitarica! Join us all in welcoming brand new host Brayton Cameron! Hooray!
79: The Flame and the Flood and HEARtREAD
Apr 21, 2017 • 31 min
Nick and Gary take a look at The Flame and Flood and HEARtREAD. A not entirely successful survival game and a almost entirely unsuccessful indie game with a good gimmick. Also, stay tuned to the end for a special announcement.
78: Lone Survivor and Breakforcist
Apr 3, 2017 • 28 min
Nick and Gary do our 3rd Duckstream request game (the low fi horror game Lone Survivor) and check out our buddy Pete's mobile breakout/breakfast game.
77: Anatomy / Brigador
Mar 25, 2017 • 42 min
Nick and Gary are joined by Evan Naugle (of Megaten Marathon ) to talk about Brigador, as well as Anatomy.
76: Invisible Inc and Refunct
Mar 11, 2017 • 36 min
Nick and Gary do our first Duckstream request (Invisible Inc), an ambitious, elegant game that proved to be too tough for us, and the beautiful little charmer Refunct.
75: Tyranny
Feb 17, 2017 • 47 min
Nick and Gary get to the bottom of Obsidian's newest masterpiece.
74: Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+ and Antibirth
Feb 2, 2017 • 42 min
Nick and Gary talk about the future of their favorite game (collectively, at least), with the last bit of official content, and a sign that the fans will take care of the rest.
73: Season 3 Year End Round Up
Dec 24, 2016 • 48 min
Nick and Gary look back on another year of Check it Out, Comrade! What were we disappointed with? What surprised us? What'd we love? What are we looking forward to? Check it out here! We'll be back in a month or so, with episodes on Afterbirth+ and…
72: Killing Time At Lightspeed / Odallus
Dec 10, 2016 • 30 min
Nick and Gary check out a linear story game about social media and technology and a well above average Castlevania homage.
71: Oxenfree / They Bleed Pixels
Nov 26, 2016 • 44 min
Nick and Gary come to grips with Oxenfree's centrifuge-like qualities and then bleed the ever living shit out of some pixels.
70: LIVE! Gang Beasts and Journey
Nov 13, 2016 • 19 min
Check out this LIVE episode of Check it Out, Comrade! where Nick and Gary talk about Gang Beasts and Journey! Also, look for supplemental video coming soon!
69: Reigns / Slayer Shock
Oct 29, 2016 • 26 min
Here it is! Our Halloween special. What could be more spooky than regency? How about a Buffy sim? In this episode, Nick and Gary talk about Reigns and Slayer Shock.
68: Brett Special with Copy Kitty and Dragon: A Game About a Dragon
Oct 14, 2016 • 28 min
Two games provided by our buddy Brett that explore different strengths and weaknesses of super small indie games.
67: Factorio / Abzu
Sep 24, 2016 • 40 min
This week, the Comrades explore two extremes: Factorio, which is a crunch crafting, optimization, and survival game… and Abzu, which is a serene exploration game with ThatGameCompany DNA.
66: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Sep 10, 2016 • 51 min
If Watch Out For Fireballs! can cover Dishonored, Check It Out Comrade! can cover The Witcher 3, god damn it. Actually, this very remarkable game carries a bit of indie spirit along with a successful take on the giant grocery list genre of RPG. One of the…
65: 30 Flights of Loving / Quadrilateral Cowboy
Aug 27, 2016 • 29 min
In this episode, Nick and Gary check out a couple of games from Blendo Games, neither of which really did it for us. Wait, come back! We'll tell you why!
64: Bad Rats Show / Westerado
Aug 7, 2016 • 31 min
The Comrades talk a bit about the limits and pitfalls of irony before tackling a delightful open world nugget.
63: Ichi / INSIDE
Jul 23, 2016 • 37 min
Oh, it's just one of the best games we've done on the show. Oh, and Ichi. Ichi is also here.
62: The Howler / 80 Days
Jul 9, 2016 • 30 min
Nick and Gary take a look at a pair of mobile ports, one lackluster, one transcendent.
61: Devil Daggers / Neon Struct
Jun 11, 2016 • 29 min
The most potato of potato games joins an exceptionally stylish and worthy stealth game. Brief admin note: no episode in 2 weeks to accommodate for travel. We'll be back in a month!
60: Human Resource Machine / The Last Door: Season 2
May 28, 2016 • 31 min
Nick and Gary check out another in the line of Nick's Picks, Human Resources Machine, as well as the conclusion to the stellar Last Door series.
59: Race the Sun / Momodora 4
May 14, 2016 • 32 min
You should totally play both of these games. Nick and Gary wax ecstatic about Race the Sun and Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight.
58: Enter the Gungeon
Apr 30, 2016 • 34 min
Pfft, more like Enter the Gushing. Nick and Gary really like this game. Listen to us explain why!
57: Euclidean / The Consuming Shadow
Apr 16, 2016 • 22 min
Every time we can round up a couple of games, we're going to do a Lovecraft special. In this episode, Nick and Gary talk about Euclidean and The Consuming Shadow. It's a shorter episode but we're back in 2 weeks with a whole episode on Enter the Gungeon.
56: Pony Island / 20XX
Apr 2, 2016 • 30 min
A quick vacation to the year 20XX before vacationing again on Pony Island. Then a quick vacation in Ranttown.
55: The Talos Principle / SUPERHOT
Mar 19, 2016 • 51 min
Nick and Gary look at the most innovative shooter they've played in years and a worthy successor to Portal.
54: Darkmaus / Firewatch
Mar 5, 2016 • 43 min
Disappointment goes around and around in this episode of Check It Out, Comrade! as Nick and Gary discuss a Dark Souls clone and a highly anticipated walking sim.
53: The Magic Circle / Ziggurat
Feb 20, 2016 • 51 min
Nick and Gary dig into another attempt to make a 3D FPS Isaac and touch base with a game that's about a few too many things.
52: Underrail / Downwell
Feb 6, 2016 • 33 min
Nick and Gary are back, baby. Is it ok if I call you baby? You are a baby reading this, right? We also discuss Underrail and Downwell. We're happy to be back!
51: Season Wrap-Up
Jan 9, 2016 • 34 min
Gary and Nick take a look back at 50 episodes of indie game coverage, and talk about what's in store for the next season.
50: SOMA
Dec 26, 2015 • 50 min
It's time to go in-depth on Frictional's followup to Amnesia… Does it live up to Gary and Nick's expectations?
49: The Beginner’s Guide / Dr. Langeskov: A Whirlwind Heist
Dec 12, 2015 • 38 min
Is it great when two solo projects somehow give insight on the original collaboration? That's what we have here as The Stanley Parable is split into Head and Heart versus HaHa.
48: The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth
Nov 28, 2015 • 44 min
Edmund doesn't fuck around with new content. Each time he's decided to update this game, it's been delightful and voluminous. Listen to Nick and Gary explain what the expansion brings, why it's neat and why you should Check It Out!
47: Undertale
Nov 14, 2015 • 50 min
Nick Glauber and Gary Butterfield, "Get off my dick about Undertale."
46: Shadowrun Hong Kong
Oct 3, 2015 • 35 min
Nick and Gary hack into Shadowrun: Hong Kong. It's slightly worse than Dragonfall but that's like saying 9 dollars is slightly worse than 10 dollars. You should definitely play this one. As a quick admin note, we're going on a brief hiatus while Gary…
45: Super Time Force Ultra / Sonic Dreams Collection
Sep 12, 2015 • 35 min
Super Time Force is right up our alley. But this episode is about new directions for the show as we tackle an unreleased Sonic game.
44: Rocket League / Fingered
Aug 29, 2015 • 30 min
Nick and Gary get Fingered, then take on Rocket League. Two games marked by their simplicity but so different in terms of depth.
43: Her Story / Guild of Dungeoneering
Aug 1, 2015 • 27 min
A narrative heavy game with a very original interface and a deck building roguelike hybrid this week. Big ups to both! Note: the devs for Guild of Dungeoneering gave us review copies.
42: Towerall: Ascension / Duck Game
Jul 18, 2015 • 24 min
Couch co-op is not dead so put away your thinkpiece! Nick and Gary and Brayton play some Towerfall and Duck Game. Check out for video!
41: You Must Build a Boat / Ridiculous Fishing / TAS-100
Jul 4, 2015 • 34 min
It's a triple feature! Nick was kind enough not to make me play TIS-100. So, it's filthy casual game chat for a while before Nick talks about the newest entry in his niche of niches.
40: Pillars of Eternity
Jun 20, 2015 • 49 min
The years of golden CRPG gaming continue with this amazing Kickstarter offering. Nick and Gary finally weigh in on Pillars of Eternity and, fuck yes, is it special.
39: Axiom Verge / Year Walk
Jun 6, 2015 • 36 min
It's a discussion of that special thing that makes a game click as Nick and Gary discuss Axiom Verge and Year Walk.
38: Infinifactory / Nuclear Throne
May 16, 2015 • 29 min
Nick and Gary get mutated with Nuclear Throne and throw our brains against Infinifactory. These two games are neither A) Dark or B) Despised! Hooray! Nick and Gary take a crack at Infinifactory and Nuclear Throne.
37: Tower of Guns / Roundabout
May 2, 2015 • 33 min
Nick and Gary examine some games from yesteryear, literally. It's a break from our grimdark leanings and crankiness from last episode, though not without some crank.
36: A Good Snowman is Hard to Build / Jazzpunk
Apr 18, 2015 • 26 min
Nick and Gary roll up on A Good Snowman is Hard to Build and Jazzpunk. It's hard to find a pair of games that left us so "meh" but here we are. Listen for details.
35: Castle in the Darkness / Tonight Dies the Moon
Apr 4, 2015 • 18 min
Nick Glauber and Gary Butterfield discuss Castle in the Darkness and Tonight Dies the Moon.
34: Hotline Miami 2 / Darkest Dungeon
Mar 21, 2015 • 28 min
Nick and Gary take a shot at Hotline Miami 2 (it's actually good, fuck the haters) and get dank up in Dankest Dungeon.
33: Sunless Sea / The Last Door
Feb 28, 2015 • 35 min
In this episode, Nick and Gary discuss Sunless Sea and The Last Door. I'd call this our Lovecraft special but it's not like we're not going to do a thousand more Lovecraft-y games. This is one of the best batting averages we've had.
32: Hack ‘n’ Slash / Massive Chalice
Feb 15, 2015 • 28 min
Oh Double Fine. How much do we want to love you? Why can we only seem to love you about half of the time? Nick and Gary take a look at Hack 'N' Slash and Massive Chalice. One game that will live on in our hearts, one that will live in infamy.
31: Power Cycle / Tea Leaves
Jan 31, 2015 • 24 min
Nick and Gary take a hard look at a cyberpunk thriller and a sensitive meditation on the future, both done in the medium of Twine. Plenty of ranting within! Here are the games: POWERCYCLES: Tea Leaves:…
30: Lethal League / Lisa
Jan 17, 2015 • 30 min
In our "L" special, we talk about a game of pure mechanics and then about a game where the mechanics that both enforce and detract from the narrative. Check it out!
29: The Marvelous Miss Take / Elegy for a Dead World
Jan 3, 2015 • 34 min
Special guest Brayton Cameron joins Nick and Gary to talk about a coupla duds with a lot to recommend about them. Check out these duds! Also, check out Teenage Dirtbags, also on the network.
28: Doorkickers / This War of Mine
Dec 20, 2014 • 44 min
We're joined by Kole Ross from something or other to talk about two violent games. The "title of the year" nominee Doorkickers and the affecting This War of Mine.
27: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
Nov 29, 2014 • 47 min
Nick, Gary and Jenni Polodna from Video Games Taco gush about The Binding of Isaac Rebirth for a good, long while. A serious pro buy. Seriously. Buy it. Seriously, it's pro. Also: Jenni! She's amazing and her stuff is amazing. Check it out, comrades.…
26: Wasteland 2
Nov 14, 2014 • 57 min
Nick and Gary finally talk about Wasteland 2 in our longest episode yet. It's not really the MO of the show to cover 60 hour rpg epics from start to back but the early 2d Fallouts are special to both of us. I hope you enjoy.
25: Anniversary Time Buying Procrastination Special!
Oct 31, 2014 • 25 min
In this very special and not at all necessary episode, Nick and Gary announce our contest winner, look back on the year we've had in the indie space and look forward to what we most want to play.
24: In the Kingdom / Five Nights at Freddy’s
Oct 19, 2014 • 24 min
Nick and Gary check out two games that do interesting things with limitations. Also, contest! Review the show on iTunes and get a chance to win a copy of Binding of Isaac: Rebirth!
23: The Swapper / OlliOlli
Oct 3, 2014 • 23 min
Nick and Gary rock an 540 Olliolli off a 210 Swapper-grindcase-hate-your-dad. Also, contest! Review the show on iTunes and get a chance to win a copy of Binding of Isaac: Rebirth!
22: Broforce / Divinity: Original Sin
Sep 20, 2014 • 26 min
Nick and Gary review two games witha distinct retro sensibility, Broforce and Divinity: Original Sin.
21: Kerbal Space Program / Octodad: The Dadliest Catch
Aug 30, 2014 • 27 min
Simulations from silly to realistic. We talk about Kerbal Space Program and Octodad: Dadliest Catch.
20: The Wolf Among Us / Crypt of the Necrodancer
Aug 15, 2014 • 33 min
Games about music, games with excellent music. Nick and Gary play The Wolf Among Us and Crypt of the Necrodancer.
19: MTN / Shovel Knight
Aug 1, 2014 • 27 min
Gary and Nick talk about MTN, which is barely a game, and Shovel Knight which is a masterclass in how to make a game.
18: Battleblock Theater / Super House of Dead Ninjas
Jul 11, 2014 • 21 min
In this episode, we discuss yet another twist on the Roguelike Genre with S.H.O.D.N. and Co-Op bliss with Battleblock Theater.
17: Transistor / SUPERHOT
Jun 27, 2014 • 30 min
Nick Glauber and Gary Butterfield discuss SUPER HOT and Transistor.
16: Jason Rohrer Special
Jun 13, 2014 • 18 min
We love an auteur. In this episode, we talk about two games by Jason Rohrer: Passage and Inside a Star-Filled Sky.
15: Costume Quest / Cthulhu Saves the World
May 30, 2014 • 24 min
Here we are, Nick and Gary, discussing indie RPGs. One with solid systems and sometimes above average writing, one with amazing writing and systems so elementary as to ruin the game.
14: Bubsy 3D / Frog Fractions
May 16, 2014 • 23 min
Nick and Gary talk about two browser based anti-game masterpieces. You can and should play them!
13: Dragonfall / Mercenary Kings
May 2, 2014 • 41 min
It's another classic Comrade Dustup(tm) as Gary and Nick disagree (sort of) about Mercenary Kings. However, the whole universe sings in harmony about the miracle that is Dragonfall.
12: Escape Goat 2 / Goat Simulator
Apr 18, 2014 • 35 min
11: Thomas Was Alone / Gunpoint
Mar 29, 2014 • 23 min
Sorry this episode is late! In this episode, Nick and Gary discuss Thomas was Alone and Gunpoint.
10: Hammerwatch / The Novelist
Mar 14, 2014 • 26 min
In this episode, Nick and Gary talk about Hammerwatch and The Novelist. Hammerwatch is a delightful romp inspired by Gauntlet. The Novelist is a rock bottom remainder.
9: Risk of Rain / Horsemaster
Feb 28, 2014 • 26 min
Nick and Gary check the weather with Risk of Rain and play the indie twine game Horsemaster. You should play Horsemaster.
8: Boring Man / Paranautical Activity
Feb 15, 2014 • 25 min
Gary and Nick talk about Boring Man and Paranautical Activity. Want to get ahold of Boring Man? Sure you do. Click here.
7: Nidhogg / Dust: An Elysian Tale
Jan 31, 2014 • 30 min
We've broken our pairing due to a technical glitch and instead, we're playing two games that couldn't be more different. Or could they? They couldn't. Or is that true? In this episode we talk about Dust, an Elysian Tale and Nidhogg.
6: Volgarr the Viking / Guacamelee!
Jan 17, 2014 • 29 min
Gary and Nick struggle through the first couple levels of Vogarr the Viking (and love it) before turning to the colorful metroidvania Guacamelee!
5: Sir, You Are Being Hunted / Eldritch
Jan 2, 2014 • 55 min
In this episode, we're joined by Dennis Furia to talk about Sir, You are Being Hunted and Eldritch. It's our Randomly Generated Rogue-like-ish First Person Survival game block!
4: Don’t Starve / Shadowrun Returns
Dec 21, 2013 • 37 min
In this episode, Nick and Gary discuss Don't Starve and Shadowrun Returns.
3: Prison Architect / The Stanley Parable
Dec 6, 2013 • 42 min
In this very special episode, we're joined by Kole to talk about Prison Architect and The Stanley Parable.
2: Rogue Legacy / Amensia: A Machine for Pigs
Nov 22, 2013 • 39 min
In this episode, Nick and Gary discuss Rogue Legacy and Amnesia, a Machine for Pigs.
1: Papers Please / Brothers
Nov 7, 2013 • 34 min
In this episode, Nick and Gary talk about Papers, Please and Brothers, a Tale of Two Sons.