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Explore (And Die In) The New World With Pioneers

By Alice O'Connor on February 23rd, 2015.

SURVIVAL!

The new world! A whole new world unknown to anyone except all of the cultures who’ve lived there for millennia and all those who visited! How exciting! Pioneers [official site] is a top-down, turn-based explore-o-survive ‘em up about those giddy early days of colonial exploration, with wilds to wander, survival skills to practice, and folks to recruit into a rag-tag adventuring gang. We took a peek at it back in 2013, but that was aaages ago. Creator Eigen Lenk released another free version this month, the first in over a year, so hey! Let’s look again!

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Freeware Garden: Don’t Escape 2

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 23rd, 2015.

Games with zombies are righteously considered banal, whereas point-and-clickers that decide to invert the always intriguing but overused escape-the-room mechanics could be considered to be rather novel. So, what should we then make of Don’t Escape 2, a game about barricading yourself in a room and surviving a zombie raid?

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This ClickHole Text Adventure Will Terrify And Inspire You

By Shaun Green on February 21st, 2015.

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Last time I wrote about a free miniature Choose Your Own Adventure game the response was a little muted, but hopefully this time around y’all will enjoy the recommendation a bit more. Because! This one is funnier.

The Mysterious Shadows of Skullshadow Island is featured on ClickHole, which is apparently a spin-off of classic satirical organ The Onion. I’m clearly out of the loop as I’d no idea they’d done this, but ClickHole’s mission statement of parodying sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy is one I can get behind. The listicle is the bane of my Facebook feed.

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XCOM With Steamy Robots: Warmachine Tactics Demo

By Alec Meer on February 20th, 2015.

I think this was the game Jim suggested I try out a while back, given it’s an XCOM-like with steam-powered magical robots. I like XCOM. I like robots. Steam’s okay, I guess. Sadly, a few hundred nights of being repeatedly screamed awake had destroyed my ability to remember anything at that point, particularly when it came to the exact name of a game with ‘war’ in the title. Fortunately, today brought news that there’s a free demo of WARMACHINE: Tactics, prompting my bruised brain to offer a sleepy “hey, yeah, man, that might be it, y’know?”
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Freeware Garden: I Know This

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 20th, 2015.

The image of the frantically typing hacker whose fingers dance on the keyboard and make digital magic happen is a ’90s cyberpunk and tech thriller mainstay. It’s also here to stay, though in 2015 Global Game Jam Entry I Know This it’s you in the shoes of the protagonist.

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A Chiming Desktop Chum: Music Friend

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

Music Friend (Fallen Sprite) [official page] is pretty much what its name suggests: a musical little friend. Made by Brenda Neotenomie (her behind the soundtrack to Porpentine’s With Those We Love Alive), it’s a free musical diorama of a sprite (from Lily Zone’s Crypt Underworld) gently rocking out to soothing music on a rotating planetoid. I’ve enjoyed having it open in the background playing music, occasionally visiting to bang out a quick tune on the interactive bits – jabbing a cupcake, mostly.

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To The Moon Minisode 2 Is Really Very Good

By John Walker on February 19th, 2015.

To The Moon [official site] remains one of RPS’s favourite games. If all the tears this game has caused around the world were put in one place, that place would be a new ocean. Saltier than the Dead Sea. A lovely, charming, and deeply moving thing, about a pair of scientists who change a dying person’s memories to give them the life they’d always wanted, it has already been followed by one “minisode”. A free extra bit, simply called Holiday Special Minisode, it intelligently explored the relationship between the original game’s lead characters, as well as shining new light on the ethics of the company for which they work.

And now there’s a second free minisode, Sigmund Minisode 2.

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Freeware Garden: Iron Snout

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 19th, 2015.

One of the most important thing we have all learned on the internet is that pigs are both smart and awesome. Now Iron Snout is here to teach us they can also make for excellent fighters, and it does so by being a lovely, fast-paced, vividly coloured and cartoon-y fighting game pitting a single heroic pig against countless wolves.

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Hotline Miami 2 Gets Into The Sequential Art Business

By Alec Meer on February 18th, 2015.

the cover is my  favourite bit tbh

It’s difficult to accept that Hotline Miami – the sound of the future – was three long years ago. It’s more difficult still to accept that there might not have been anything which put quite such a fire under me since. This foul-mouthed ‘guide‘ is one of my favourite things I’ve ever published here, and I’d love to know how to commune again with the part of me which made it. I can’t see Hotline Miami 2 [official site] doing it, because despite controversial content the surprise factor probably isn’t going to be there. I’m sure it will be an interesting evolution of HLM’s rhythmic brutality, but can it manage OH MY GOD YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS again?

Anyway, there’s a free prequel comic out on Steam. I probably should said that to start with instead of picking fluff from my navel.
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Freeware Garden: Rocket Smash ex

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 18th, 2015.

Though obviously an homage to Ultimate Play The Game’s classic Jetpac, Rocket Smash ex is far from a straight retro remake or a Commodore 64 port of the venerable shoot-‘em-up. It is instead a brand new and excellently arcade-y shooter with contemporary design sensibilities that’s been coded for the C64 and repackaged for Windows thanks to the 8-bit focused efforts of (the wider) team RGCD.

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You’re Not Going Out Like That: (Try To) Dress Up

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

We have, somehow, ended up on the mailing lists of several browser game sites aimed at children and tweenagers. Each day brings new terrifying surgeries and new dress-up games. Those are virtual paper dolls, the fun of character creation without the tedium of then killing ten rats. I play a few, both rubbernecking for Disney characters in gruesome accidents and, well, enjoying dress-up.

Nivetha Kannan has made a game based on her experiences with dress-up games growing up, using them as a fantasy space where her parents couldn’t control what she wore. It’s called (try to) Dress Up [official site] and it’s free to play in your browser. It’s nice.

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Train Station Curation: Alice And Pip Explore Off-Peak

By Alice O'Connor on February 17th, 2015.

Alice and Pip have been playing Off-Peak [download], a free game by Cosmo D. It’s quite nice.

Alice: Pip, what’s the best bit of the train station in Off-Peak? Is it the model blue whale suspended from the ceiling or the celestial fresco it seems to swim in?

Pip: You mean the best bit of the decor or the people?

Alice: Any of it. All of them. The station is made for its people. Maybe the eerie triplets are best.

Pip: My favourite bits of architecture are the digital tunnels that bleep and flash as you walk through them near the main platforms. My favourite clumps of people are the two giants playing Netrunner – ACTUAL NETRUNNER! – and the lady looking down at the whole station from a viewing platform on the roof.

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Crusader Kings II Is Three Years Old And Free For A Week

By Adam Smith on February 17th, 2015.

Crusader Kings II [official site] is three years old, which means we’ve delayed too long. The little blighter should have been married off to its own cousin at least a year ago and is probably plotting to have us all killed even as I write this.

To celebrate the occasion, Paradox are allowing people to play the base game for free on Steam, from now until February 23rd. It’ll also be discounted by 75% throughout that period, so if you finally decide to take the plunge, you can buy in for £7.49. It’s my favourite game of the last five years and quite possibly my favourite game of all time. Here’s my review. Thoughts on its growth over the last three years below.

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