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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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Goodbye Productivity: Twenty Is The New Threes

By Jem Alexander on May 15th, 2015.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back onto the Internet, some joker launches a new super simple, ultra addictive puzzle game. For free. What a monster.

Twenty has more than a passing resemblance to Threes, and it’s similar in that you combine numbered cards in a grid to create bigger numbers without running out of space. However, numbers in Twenty are combined by dragging them freely around that grid, and new lines appear at the bottom of the screen every time you hit a time limit or run out of moves. In this way, it shifts the focus away from careful strategy and towards Tetris-like reflexive decision-making. It’s a good time.

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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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Wot I Think: Magicka – Wizard Wars

By Adam Smith on May 11th, 2015.

After a year of Early Access, Magicka: Wizard Wars [official site] has finally graduated from Hogwarts. We’ve already shared our thoughts on various versions of the game but there’s still plenty to say about this maybe-a-MOBA and its complex combo-based elemental magic system. Here’s wot I think.

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BOOM: Dirty Bomb Key Giveaway And Exclusive Video

By Adam Smith on May 11th, 2015.

Splash Damage’s Dirty Bomb [official site] takes elements from Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Brink, and combines them to create a vision of mercenary squads scrapping across a distressed near-future London. We have some keys to give away, which provide access to the closed beta, and you can watch a video guide to teamwork below. You’ll also get to see members of Splash Damage enjoying a pint.

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Digi-Arcade: Play Star Citizen Without Playing Star Citizen

By Emily Gera on May 11th, 2015.

This is a weird one: A great little free retro-shmup minigame based on the art of Star Citizen [official site], which isn’t even properly out yet. But the twee factor on Hyper Vanguard Force IV is probably worth the kind of filthy lucre it’s taking to make its point of inspiration.

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Say It Fast 3 Times: Touch Pianist Is A Fun Browser Toy

By Graham Smith on May 5th, 2015.

I own three keyboards: one for typing, two for playing music on. The one for typing is the only one I know how to use though, so I’m pleased with Touch Pianist. It’s a website in which you press any key in order to advance a piece of classical music one note at a time. It’s unlike Guitar Hero in that, if you stop typing, the music stops playing, but there’s still challenge if you need it in trying to match the rhythm of your key presses to that of the original piece. It’s quite lovely.

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Original Origin: EA Giving Away Ultima VIII For Free

By Alec Meer on April 29th, 2015.

MIND-BLOWING FULL MOTION VIDEO

Though rarely doing much with the rights to the old PC games which once made EA’s name, they do at least have this pleasant habit of occasionally making some retro delight free for a week or two. This time, it’s Ultima VIII Gold Edition, the Richard Garriot-designed roleplaying game from towards the twilight of the Origin years.
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Test ‘Em Up – Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Benchmark

By Alice O'Connor on April 28th, 2015.

Final Fantasy XIV [official site] may have launched in a sorry state, but I’ve heard good things from MMOers since its revamped relaunch with the A Realm Reborn subtitle. A big ole chunk of newsness is coming in June with the first expansion, Heavensward, and you can have an in-engine peek at that now running on your own computer thanks to a new benchmarking tool.

The free Heavensward benchmark will run through a few scenes showing off new things in Heavensward. It also includes the character creator so you can play with the new race in advance, and save your toons to use in the full release. Two months is about how long I need to perfect characters I create anyway.

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Flowers And Entropy In Free Game Menagerie

By Alice O'Connor on April 22nd, 2015.

The fine folks at Oleomingus have released another curious little free game, Menagerie [official site]. Based on a script and performance by Prayas Abhinav, Vidisha Saini, and Agat Sharma, it’s a gorgeous room filled with replicating men and deteriorating conversation. Pip and Alice had a look.

Pip: Alice, I feel like we’ve both drooled over Oleomingus screenshots and teasers and game snippets independently. What say we convene and discuss the leafy bathroom chat that is Menagerie TOGETHER? I’m launching it right now so I can tell you all about my favourite leaves, by the way.

Alice: Pip, a game about a chat which becomes increasingly incoherent sounds ideal for us. Also, it is the prettiest dang thing I’ve seen in a while.

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Jazz Jackrabbit Lives

By Alec Meer on April 21st, 2015.

Sprites as crisp as freshly-cut lettuce, eh?

Seventeen years sure is a long time to be an active fan of a shooty platformer starring a macho rabbit. But then millions of people still get excited about the ongoing adventures of floppy-spined blue hedgehogs and dumpy, child-faced plumbers – why should Jazz Jackrabbit be any different? The murderous green bunny, created by Epic long before they turned to Unrealses and Gearses, was last officially seen in 1998’s Jazz Jackrabbit 2, but has maintained enough of a community that long-running mod Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Plus is still updated to this day. They reckon it’s “the world’s premier 2D Arena Shooter”, donchaknow.
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Pleasant Puzzling In Free Game Nine

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

How do you feel about games like Samorost and Windosill? You know, quiet, gentle puzzlers in surreal worlds which follow their own rules. The sort of game where solving a puzzle is often simply a happy side-effect of playing with something interesting, and you don’t mind if what you’ve been fiddling with isn’t the correct solution, because the interaction alone is pleasing. Those games. Do you like them?

If so, do have a peek at Nine [official site]. Released last week for free and playable in your browser, it is one of those games. I enjoyed it.

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Run Through The Internet: Free Platformer 404Sight Out

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

Hack the planet!

“Auntie Alice! Auntie Alice!” the younglings cry, tugging at my skirts of badger pelts and kingfisher feathers. “Tell us again about before The Crash! Tell us again about being an Internaut.”

Ah, little ones… pure white landscapes stretched out before me, angular shapes floating in datafog, datapaths branching and merging, and I sprint down these, jumping, rolling, choosing the quickest path to deliver my precious packets while dodging and smashing The Man’s obstacles.

Well, describing free run-o-platformer 404Sight [official site] excites the younglings more than the sorry truth could. I don’t have the heart to spoil their dreams.

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