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Alice Bell

1 month ago

Feature: A farmer's work is never done

Verdant Village’s free alpha shows massive promise for this fantasy Stardew-like

Like a truffle pig, I often stick my snout in and around the internet to rootle up the rich fungus of fun life sims. Though Stardew Valley eclipses most others in the field (which you have tilled by hand and watered every day), brave contenders like Graveyard Keeper or the upcoming Witchbrook plough their own furrows. Today, though, I want to bring Verdant Village to…

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Feature: Flipadelphia

Have You Played… House Flipper?

I have mentioned this in a supporter post, but House Flipper has become a go-to game in my library for when life just gets too much, like how we all have a library of films to watch when atrociously hungover (mine included Legend and This Is Spinal Tap). It was a big day for me when I could finally afford a to flip a whole…

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Feature: Make robots, not war

Beyond A Steel Sky needs work, but it already has really great puzzles

I'm not a big one for early previews myself, but having played the demo for Beyond A Steel Sky, the new pointy-clicky 3D adventure game from Revolution Games, I will concede that it was an hour and a half of my time well spent on puzzles and robots and hacking. Beyond A Steel Sky is set in a sort of Mad-Max-meets-cyberpunk dystopian mash-up from Charles…

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Feature: Very animated

The Procession To Calvary review

"Your mileage may vary" is a term writers use a lot because it does a lot of heavy lifting. It can helpfully mean either "I liked it but I can see why others would not", or exactly the inverse of that. I can't help but feel, though, that it was a phrase invented for weirdo Renaissance painting point-and-click adventure The Procession To Calvary, because I…

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Feature: Shut up and drive

Have you played… Neo Cab?

Maybe I imagined it, but there seems to have been a bit of a thing about games noticing the economy in the past little while. Whether it's bigger, open world games adding it in as an optional cash earner on the side, or smaller indies like Night Call calling upon you to balance not starving or losing your job with solving a murder. But my…

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2 months ago

Feature: Hair today, gone tomorrow

Recreate doomed romance in The Sims 4 with these custom Life Is Strange hairdos

It's been a few weeks since I surprised and delighted you with some custom content of the week for The Sims 4. Typically, I also avoid showcasing CC for Create A Sim (or CAS). It's the part of the game I'm less interested in (I don't think that, to date, I have actually played the Sims - I just build houses, m8), and therefore the…

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Please enjoy Justin Bieber’s new house put into 90s strategy games

Earlier this week the social medias went wild over pictures of Justin Bieber's giant plastic mansion-hole. People were saying it looked like the Marvel Avengers HQ. This is the most incorrect thing I have ever heard. It clearly looks like something you'd see made out of empty Müller Corners and Fairy Liquid bottles on three successive episodes of Blue Peter.Look at it. That's the long…

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Feature: Nay, humbly request

5 things I demand from Witchbrook, Chucklefish’s new magical Stardew-like

I'm still struggling to grow a respectable pumpkin in my Stardew Valley farm, and now it seems I'll have more obstacles to contend with, as I've been diverted by Stardew publisher Chucklefish. Last week they released three (3) new screenshots for Witchbrook, their upcoming life sim set in and around a magic school. It has been described by many, not unreasonably, as "Harry Potter meets…

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Feature: Who let the locust out?

Gears Tactics will appeal to XCOM fans and classic Gears Of War fans alike

Show me someone who says I'm not a fan of our excellent VidBud team, and I'll show you a liar. Recently, VidBud Matthew got an in-depth demo of Gears Tactics, a turn-based tactical entry into the Gears Of War series, and my admiration only grew. Set 10 years before the events of the very first Gears Of War game, you'd be forgiven for thinking this'd…

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Feature: The last, long wait

I have finished the sad tamogotchi game that is The Longing

This is the last entry in my diary of playing The Longing, a "sad tamagotchi" game that can take over a year to play. As it turns out, however, it only took me a few months. The first entry in the diary series is here, and you can read all of it here. It has been... emotional. You join us as Burnsy, which is what…

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Feature: Sea to shining sea

In Other Waters review

In Other Waters is a little game about a xenobiologist named Ellery Vas exploring an alien sea, and finding it (unexpectedly) teeming with life. You don't play the biologist, you play an artificial intelligence powering and controlling her advanced diving suit, but you are essential in helping Ellery to observe and classify these new species, to collect specimens, and to navigate the seabed. Despite what…

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Feature: Robots in disguise

Unspottable challenges you to be a convincing NPC

The RPS VidBuds have put up a bunch of let's plays as part of Rezzed Digital, as this year's iteration of the usual Indies Uncovered stream, and they've already found some solid games in the pack. But one of the surprise standouts from the bunch, for me at least, is Unspottable. I hadn't heard of Unspottable before, but after watching VidBud Matthew and Hardware Queen…

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Feature: Fly, boy

Watch a man absolutely lose it because of a duck in this bird board game

As Rezzed Digital continues, I will continue to highlight some of the fine work being done by the VidBuds for Indies Uncovered. Usually a series of livestreams, the VidBuds have adapted to present circumstances by turning them into a series of lovely demo videos on the RPS YouTube channel. Another one I'm keen to highlight is the demo of Wingspan, a digital version of a…

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Feature: Indies Uncovered

Liberated is an action adventure game in a playable comic book

Rezzed Digital is in full swing, so hopefully you've already got one eye on the event's very fine website, and you may even have checked out some of the streams and talks. In any case, you can watch them all right here on RPS as they go live!But what is Rezzed, without a delicious spread of indie games to go with all of that? Our…

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Feature: Apples are awesome though?

Modding Stardew Valley to make it feel like Animal Crossing

I am not myself an Animal Crossing fan (or a "Crossie", as I believe they like to be called), but I know the game is big news at the moment, because approximately the entire rest of the RPS staff have been going on about it. They're all at it, and it's like people talking in a secret language I don't understand. Someone please buy and…

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Feature: We built this city! We built this city on bread and cheese!

After its recent update, lovely city-builder Foundation has never been better

It's been a while since I played early access medieval city-builder Foundation (shamed by the unintentional yet embarrassingly forced starvation of my villagers). January brought with it v1.5, probably one of the most substantial updates yet. Increased strain has been put upon my villagers and their supply chains, but I still find it one of the most relaxing city-builders I've ever played - surely worth…

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Feature: Spyder spyder, burning bright

Experience a burst of pure joy at this teeny tiny spider game

We must experience wonderfulness where we can these days, and last night I experienced squealing excitement like I haven't for a while when I saw footage of an in-development platformer about a tiny spider with laser eyes. The video in question was shared by developer Riley Neville, aka Sbug Games. You may have played Sbug's previous game STAB STAB STAB!, a physics-y couch multiplayer game…

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