Almost Out Of Time (Units): Mighty Tactical Shooter

By Adam Smith on July 29th, 2014.

The first time I saw Mighty Tactical Shooter, I was at Rezzed. I was the guy in crumpled corduroy and tatty beard, and MTS was the game with the turn-based spaceship. I’d like to say it was love at first sight but MTS didn’t even notice me at first. I walked across the crowded hall, giddy with excitement, and had to stand in line to introduce myself. Sparks flew. Now that I have the demo in the privacy of my own home, sparks occasionally ignite the curtains.

Mighty Tactical Shooter is a turn-based side-scrolling space shooter. It’s smart, playable right now and yet somehow just shy of its modest Kickstarter goal with less than three days to go.

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Ben But No Dan: The Often-Ending Story

By Alice O'Connor on July 29th, 2014.

Good old character creation!

“When’s the new Ben & Dan game coming?” the crowd throbbing around Dan Marshall pleads. Something about the way his shirt is always unbuttoned, inevitably one button beyond appropriate, makes people assume he’s in control. “You know, Son of Ben & Dan, or Revenge of the Balloon-Headed Mexican, or whatever it is, when oh when oh where oh why?”

You don’t need Dan. You probably don’t even want him. Ben Ward–the good half of Ben & Dan, the one to play pool with, who only teases kindly about your love life–has released a silly Twine game.

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Get Down For Gear Up

By Ben Barrett on July 25th, 2014.

I don’t think I’ve seen a trailer quite so excited about itself as the one that follows for free-to-play multiplayer tank battler Gear Up. It’s aggressively in your face about how up-beat and colourful it is. Thankfully it also does a good job of showing off the build ‘n’ fight core and the impressively massive selection of customisation options available for your angry house. Like some sort of twisted, awesome future Robot Wars, it has walkers and tank treads and mortars and cannons and, uh, antlers. Yeah. Have a look.

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Get A Life: The Sims 2 Ultimate Edition Is Free

By Alice O'Connor on July 24th, 2014.

The Hennes Fashion Stuff, my nan calls it, yeah? Gags.

Free! It’s free! The Sims 2 is free! I don’t really know what more to say. The Sims 2 is free on Origin. You’ll get all its expansions and add-on packs too. For free. Because it’s free. It’s all free.

I mean, the technical explanation is that EA have retired support for The Sims 2 and as a parting gift gave everyone who owned it on Origin an upgrade to the all-inclusive Ultimate Edition, but didn’t have an easy way to give that to disc owners too, so they’ve just tossed a free code onto the Internet. But in short: The Sims 2 Ultimate Edition is free on Origin.

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Dramagame Technology: Velvet Sundown

By Adam Smith on July 24th, 2014.

a game about sentient hairstyles and their human hosts

As soon as I read the press release, it was inevitable that I would be spending time inside Velvet Sundown‘s ‘roleplaying game’/'social experiment’. It is the first in the ‘brand new genre of Dramagame‘ and I want to be one of the first actors in that genre. Sadly, I’m far too busy to dive in right now but the game is available, for free, on Steam. Set on board a luxury yacht, it’s a roleplaying game in all of the ways that The Crew isn’t. No action sequences, no power-ups, no collectibles – just a group of players attempting to perform the roles they are assigned. Like Spy Party, except up close and personal, and therefore open to all manner of immersion-shattering behaviour.

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Canada Route Zero: Highway Of Tears Demo

By Adam Smith on July 22nd, 2014.

Digging through the RPS archives can be rather alarming. Highway of Tears looks like the kind of game our keen eyes may have spotted so I dutifully typed the first few letters into the ‘tag’ search – ‘h-i-g-h-way To The Reich’, the form completed itself and waited for my approval. No. Bad form. Bad RPS. I’ll deal with this situation right away. I wonder what other innocent words produce a single disturbing response?

Highway of Tears caught my eye because it has a strong set of influences, including Kentucky Route Zero, True Detective and ‘the mythology of the Haida aboriginals’. That already makes for a more attractive point and click prospect than ‘comedy anti-hero’ or ‘rubbish [insert job title]‘. A demo is available.

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Grimdark Adventuring: Tormentum Demo

By Alice O'Connor on July 18th, 2014.

You bet that statue's a puzzle!

Talk is cheap. You may get people to give your game the old Steam Greenlight within 23 days, but that doesn’t mean they’ll chip in to raise $9,000 for it. And while you can say you’re making a fantasy horror adventure game, that doesn’t mean it’ll be any good. Hoping to resolve all of this, OhNoo Studio have released a short demo for Tormentum – Dark Sorrow.

It’s all grim stone fortresses, torture chambers, ornate sinewy armour, dessicated worshippers, and classic adventure game puzzles–certainly everything I expected. Grab it for Windows or Mac.

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Terratech’s Free DIY Sumo Tank Demo

By Alec Meer on July 17th, 2014.

Much as evoking robotic ball-based sci-fi puppetshow Terrahawks probably brings in a certain older crowd, they really should have called Terratech DIY Sumo Tanks. The world loves a prosaic title these days. Look out for my game ‘Little Dude Jumps On Things Simulator’ at the top of the Steam charts soon.

Terratech it is, though. We had a look at the jolly, Legoy vehicular combat game’s Kickstarter last month, but they’ve now added an appealingly ridiculous local multiplayer mode to it, and even released an updated demo to show it off. It’s The Incredible Machine does Robot Wars, basically.
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The Escape Is A Free Promotional FPS That’s… OK, Ish.

By Alec Meer on July 15th, 2014.

Is it a game? Is it marketing material for a game-creating tool? Dunno really, but you get to shoot some men in it, so there’s that. The Escape is a short, free, so-so shooter intended to demonstrate the capabilities of upcoming gamemaking-for-newbs application FPS Creator Reloaded. It looks a bit like someone made a rudimentary singleplayer game out an early version of Counter-Strike, but it has guns and men and keys and exploding barrels in it, and most importantly it doesn’t cost any of your Earth coinage to obtain.
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The Lighthouse Customer: Unturned

By Christopher Livingston on July 14th, 2014.

Can you smell what the chefs are cooking?

Each Monday, Chris Livingston visits an early access game and reports back with stories about whatever he finds inside. This week, surviving a few free-to-play DayZ days and Minecraft nights in Unturned.

Don’t let their looks fool you. Yes, the boxy zombies of Unturned are utterly adorable. On farms, they wear straw hats and overalls. In towns, they dress like chefs, construction workers, businessmen, and police officers. Creeping around a golf course in the middle of the night, I even spot one wearing a sweater vest and slacks. Adorable? Abso-cutely! Dangerous? Abso-deadly!
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Wonder At Space Wandering: Even The Stars

By Ben Barrett on July 14th, 2014.

CONTEMPLATE on GIANT COMPUTER never really made it into those classic Sierra adventures

After a hectic day of newsing all the best news there is to news, I need something to relax with. Today’s offering is Even The Stars, an esoteric exploration game lacking any real goals other than to live, die and try to enjoy it. There’s probably a message in there. Originally made for the space cowboy jam, solo dev Pol Clarissou and musician Nicholas Gaven are expanding it into a meatier morsel. It’s quite simple, you tap in coordinates for your ship to go and, if there’s a planet, you can land and spend some time there. There might be cities, a mill, cows – all the essentials. Eventually, you die, because that’s how life works, and can take a screenshot of the map of your journey, because that’s how life should work. It’s serene, pleasant and you can play it now. Venture forth to a trailer and my personal journey below.

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Breakout Most Muscular- Bubble Tennis: Infatuation

By Alec Meer on July 11th, 2014.

“Just feed her foie gras whenever she screams and don’t let her stay up later than 2am”, I bellowed to my visiting parents as I left them with my one-year-old for the evening. “I’m off to play INDEPENDENTLY-DEVELOPED VIDEOGAMES.” They started at my retreating back with awe. No-one in the whole wide world was as cool as Alec Meer, they thought, before offering my baby her bedtime pint of rum. They were correct, because I was off to the lovely Games By The Sea, an indie showcase/gathering held in Brighton earlier this week.

I played mad things that involved four people slapping a touch-screen monitor at high speed, I watched the magnificent Gang Beasts, I marvelled at the eternal splendour of Nidhogg, and I played a volleyball/Breakout/muscle beach mash-up called Bubble Tennis: Infatuation. Now you can play it too.
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Mount & Blade: Warband Saddles Up Steam Free Weekend

By Alice O'Connor on July 11th, 2014.

Have at you!

Mount & Blade: Warband is so very PC Gaming. Whatever that term means, whichever disparate games it tries to bind together, M&B is It. Or That. Or one of Them. You know what I mean. An action-RPG where you also control and equip an army and ride horses and swing swords and it’s sort of an RTS too and mods add everything from Skaven to Glaswegian gangs, oh, that’s definitely a PC Game. It’s a cracking game t’boot.

You can see for yourself, as a free weekend on Steam means all and sundry can play the full game until Sunday, and Warband’s on sale too if you want to keep it afterwards.

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