Hot Date Is Hatoful Boyfriend With Speed-Dating Dogs

By Emily Gera on May 30th, 2015.

It may surprise you to know that Hot Date [official site], a game about going on a series of dates with a dogs, didn’t come to my attention through my weekly Butt Dungeon newsletter. In fact, I think I in some ways I always knew that some day a game would be inspired largely by the events of my life.

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It’s Swery Time: D4 Demo Released

By Alice O'Connor on May 29th, 2015.

Last time I posted about D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die [official site], I was a bit vague about what it is. It’s an adventure game, right? But not like typical adventure games. And it has action segments. And it all has loads of QTEs that tire your character. And coming from the chap behind Deadly Premonition, it’s obviously a bit weird. It’s… look, you can see for yourself as a demo has arrived ahead of its release next week. Finally, respite from relying upon this dolt’s foolish clacking!

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Jenny LeClue: Detectivú Teaser Demo Is Rather Lovely

By John Walker on May 28th, 2015.

Jenny LeClue has been on our radar for a while. After an exemplary example of how to do a Kickstarter campaign last year, the investigative adventure game made nearly double the goal, and put a realistic release date of the end of 2016. But that’s still an awfully long wait, so it’s great to see a lengthy demo has been made available to all.

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Butcher: Ultraviolent Prototype From Makers Of Soldat

By Graham Smith on May 27th, 2015.

I can think of lots of reasons why shotgunning your way through some 2D pixels might turn your day around, but whatever the cause I recommend Butcher. It’s a three-level prototype of an ultraviolent run-and-gun platformer from the makers of Soldat and King Arthur’s Gold. You can play it in your browser now and it is distracting me from the neighbours drilling, sawing, sanding and hammering their way through their walls and my patience.

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Sweet Dreams: Swery’s D4 On PC Next Week

By Alice O'Connor on May 27th, 2015.

Whatever Hidetaka ‘Swery’ Suehiro is up to, colour me interested. An episodic adventure game about a former cop trying to solve the murder of his wife by diving back in time? Yep, I’m up for D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die [official site]. After Deadly Premonition, which he directed, I want more of whatever’s in his head. Scrape it out and offer it to us. Yes, including the idea he has for “a story about a high school girl detective who uses the imagination (fantasising) energy from masturbating to help her solve murders.” Sure thing, Swery!

For now, I’ll settle for D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, which next week comes from Xbox One to PC.

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Audiosurf 2 Surfs Out Of Early Access With Demo

By Jem Alexander on May 27th, 2015.

Audiosurf 2 [official site], the game which allows you to ‘ride’ your music on a neon futuristic racetrack, has left Steam Early Access today. It brings an updated Audiosurf experience, with new official game modes and skins alongside the 500+ already available on Steam Workshop. Not only that, but according to the developer the “UI is good now”, which is always a plus.

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Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes Of The Storm Now In Open Beta

By Alice O'Connor on May 20th, 2015.

There is, I know for a fact, a special drum in the Blizzard offices. This drum is chained in a dark oubliette “lest it awake”. Carved from glimmering red-flecked obsidian, its five-metre span is topped with a skin that feels eerily familiar. Some swear they’ve seen obscene glyphs tattooed into the skin, dark marks which vanished upon blinking. It is Blizzard’s launch trailer drum. Crows rising from the trees this morning to pelt themselves at my window mean the drum has been sounded.

Heroes of the Storm [official site] has launched into open beta, and the drum booms mightily in its launch trailer.

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Machineers Wants You To Think Like A Programmer

By Jem Alexander on May 19th, 2015.

Do you remember when you first watched Robot Wars and every time the announcer called the contestants ‘Roboteers’ you couldn’t help but picture robots with giant ears sticking out of their face? What do you mean, “What’s Robot Wars?” How old are you? Do your parents know you’re using the Internet?

For anyone who does remember, you may have a similar experience with Machineers [official site], a new episodic adventure game that wants to teach you to think like a programmer.

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Stop Helping Me: Meet Clippylike RadOS

By Alice O'Connor on May 19th, 2015.

NO GO AWAY THANKS

The ’90s revival is in full swing. Teenagers are wearing Nirvana t-shirts over denim over flannel over denim over denim, Kickstarters are reviving faded video game genres, Sleater-Kinney and Babes in Toyland have reformed, and Dale Winton has somehow been here all along. I suppose it was inevitable that someone would bring back Clippit. What utter gits Rad Sandwich Studios are.

Their short, free game RadOS [official site] offers the nightmare scenario of trying to save your work before your computer restarts to install updates, hindered by the comments and directions of a cartoon character who wants to assist you but is a total bastard and will make you lose hours of work OH MY GOSH YOU ARE THE WORST HELPER.

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Procedural Schoolgirl Intrigue: Black Closet Out With Demo

By Alice O'Connor on May 18th, 2015.

INTRIGUE!

Long Live the Queen had players fend off armies and sea monsters, but all those pale in comparison to the viciousness of a private girls’ school. That’s the setting for the latest from LLtQ developers Hanako Games, Black Closet [official site], which came out on Sunday.

Black Closet’s about mystery, scandal, secret societies, crime, and romance afoot at the illustrious St. Claudine’s. As Student Council President, you must keep things in check and save the school’s reputation by investigating procedurally-generated intrigue, and hey, living a life of your own too. It has a demo, so you can see for yourself.

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Free To Play: Demo Technobabylon Before It Launches

By Emily Gera on May 17th, 2015.

You’ve got a few days to wait before Technobabylon [official site] officially launches on Steam, but in the meantime publishers Wadjet Eye have sounded the Free Stuff klaxon and are offering a tasty morcel of demo for the price of a mere link click.

Remember this game? It might jog your memory if I say “that thing what was Blade Runner meets Police Quest.” Technobabylon is essentially a throwback to the olde point-and-click adventure of the 90s, built for the bleeding hearts of cyberpunk fandom like myself. The game will hit PC on May 21st for $14.99, but you can download a nice little demo for free from both Steam and its website.

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Free Honda: Ultra Street Fighter IV Free Weekend

By Adam Smith on May 15th, 2015.

There was a period in the mid-nineties when Rise of the Robots and One Must Fall: 2097 were the only beat ‘em ups available on PC. Believing robotic participants to be the future of combat sports, Colin Computer, CEO of PC Incorporated, banned all fighting games containing living combatants. When it became clear that people might accidentally play Rise of the Robots in a two-game market, Colin was chased out of town.

Times have changed. Now you can play the latest Dead or Alive< ! and Mortal Kombat games and a whole lot more. And this weekend, starting right now, you can play Ultra Street Fighter IV for free through Steam.

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Striking A Discord: Ossuary

By Adam Smith on May 15th, 2015.

I choose to see the funny side of Ossuary, a gloriously strange Discordian adventure game from Future Proof, home of Gregory Avery-Weir, creator of (I Fell In Love With) The Majesty Of Colours and Looming. Upon its initial release back in 2013, I found Ossuary baffling. “What could it all mean?” I asked, never expecting anybody to answer. I played it eventually and while I never managed to answer that initial query, I found a hundred more deliciously clever questions.

If you’ve ever stared at a list of upcoming releases and wished for something extraordinary to shake things up, pay attention to Ossuary. It’s coming to Steam on May 27th and deserves a second helping of devotees.

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