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2 years ago

NITE Team 4 Is A Hacking Sim With A Demo

Panic ensued in Castle Shotgun when a press release arrived quite unlike like the others. "I work for Alice & Smith, developers of The Black Watchmen Alternate Reality Game." Alice! Our Alice? And Smith! But which Smith? An ARG? Suddenly, distrust filled the room. The tension was palpable. You could taste it in the tea. Alice & Smith went on to present NITE Team 4…

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Crowd-Finding: A Normal Lost Phone

It's bad enough when free games run amok and wreak havoc. But what would happen if they started... evolving? It's a regular day. You're walking down the street when you spot a phone, lying on the ground. It looks dejected and defenseless. A Normal Lost Phone [official site] branded "Accidental Queens." It's ringing. You take a closer look, and remember: you have seen this phone…

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Animal Farm Meets Donald Trump: Political Animals

Political Animals [official site] is a turn-based strategy game. It's also a colourful election simulation where candidates are replaced by cartoon animals. It should be released in time for November's US elections. No, really. As the blurb goes: "Building a wall around a country to handle migration is completely insane, except when the candidate suggesting it is a mongoose with severe hair problems, then it's…

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SpellForce 3 Coming Later This Year

Yo Dawg: SpellForce 3 [official site] is almost ready to once again put an RPG in your RTS and let you play both at the same time. Double feature! We'd barely heard from SpellForce 3 since its announcement in 2014, but now a new Steam page promises a 2016 release for this prequel. Jump the break for all the details, while I go beg Alice…

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Final Fantasy XIV Patch Promises Dragons, Fluffiness, Pompoms

If you've been browsing Cobbo's RPG scrollbars you'll have noticed how he likes to mention that Final Fantasy XIV [official site] is a pretty good MMO. That is, if you manage to beat the ARG of opening a Square Enix account and actually starting the game. The announcement of Patch 3.3: Revenge of The Horde for the 7th of June seems like a pretty good…

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London’s Modern Folklore In Teviot Tales

Hannah Nicklin, she of the wonderful RPS series A Psychogeography of Games and Even Your Mom. From October 2015, Hannah ran an art residency in Poplar, East London, trying to listen to the community and get them involved in a project that would let them tell their own stories. It culminated in a local exhibition at the end of April, and a storytelling experiment made…

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Bouncing Makes You Invulnerable In Hyper Bounce Blast

I didn't think the day would ever come, but Hyper Bounce Blast [official site] is actually a platform 'em up. That's not silly shorthand, it's half platformer, half shoot 'em up. Isn't that beautiful? Well, it's mostly a shmup, but with the added mechanic of jumping and bouncing on certain enemies: not touching the floor gives you a score multiplier and makes you invulnerable to…

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War For The Overworld Is Redecorating With Expansion

Also known as Dungeon-Keeper-without-the-copyright, War for the Overworld [official site] left Alec's glasses bright pink - it was just similar enough to the old dungeon management game to make him nostalgic of the old days, but it didn't manage to conjure up the magic of the original. Since release in April 2015, though, the developers have been busy renovating. Yesterday marked their 40th patch, and…

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Rhythm Game Neon Drive Is All The ’80s You Can Take

Super Hexagon and Audiosurf walk into a bar. Except they realize the bar is a disco, and it's having a Tron-themed party. Only neons light up the room. They're playing Europe, obnoxiously loud, and the best dancer will win an actual DeLorean. So they dance like they come from out of this world, and leave the real one far behind. That's about the kind of…

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More To Explore Is Renowned Explorers’ DLC, Duh

With its charming aesthetic and intriguing gameplay, Renowned Explorers [official site] has been one of the pleasant surprises of last year. Since its launch, devs Abbey Games have been showing love and support to their creature and the community around it, with regular patches bringing in improvements, fixes and small additions as well as weekly competitions. May 31st will see the launch of the game's…

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3 years ago

Kyratzes’ The Council Of Crows On Greenlight, The Sea On Steam

If I were to list games that truly feel like labours of love, the Lands of Dream series would probably be the first to come to mind. So I'm excited to see that another portal into its world (or point-and-click adventure, for the uninitiated) is nearing completion. After several delays, the game known as Ithaka Of The Clouds has grown into The Council of Crows…

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Find All The Adorbs In Star Surveyor

One of the greatest joys of Proteus is finding new cute and weird animals and seeing how they react to your presence. Chase the frogs! Run away from the mosquitoes! These cherry trees make weird sounds! These flowers are dancing! Star Surveyor [official site] is a 2D cuteness simulator that wants to bring back those moments, but in a more directioned fashion: you're an explorer…

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It-alien Isolation: Anna’s Sequel White Heaven

Released 4 years ago, the palindromic Anna was an interesting idea marred by poor execution: an Amnesia-like set in a single environment that begs to be explored in-depth, it was held back - Adam thought - by a lack of interesting stuff to see and do in those spaces. Still, devs Dreampainters have shown a laudable commitment to listen to feedback: first, they patched at…

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Hyper Light Drifter Is Almost Here, Lovelier Than Ever

Here I was, taking this little note about Hyper Light Drifter's [official site] latest trailer off the RPS' organisatron, thinking it'd be another relatively innocuous video showing off the gorgeous pixel art or the fluid combat and then the release date. There was no way I could want it more than I already did, right? But this last trailer took me by surprise and stopped…

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Sorcery! Part 3 Catching Up With PC In April

Sorcery! [official site] hasn't received quite as much attention as its Inkle Studios sibling 80 Days around these parts. It's mostly been Richard Cobbett praising this new and more open choose-your-own-adventure, which is based on Steve Jackson's gamebook from the '80s but has matured into its own thing. The first two parts have landed on our bigger screens in February, after starting on pocket telephones.…

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Lieve Oma Is A Quiet Story About A Beloved Grandma

What a lovely thing to stumble upon and enrich your afternoon. Lieve Oma [official site] is a short narrative experience accompanied by relaxing piano music, in which you, as a small kid, go for a stroll through a forest with your grandma. You're here to pick some mushrooms for dinner, but really, you're here because your grandma is worried about you, and how you're coping…

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Street Fighter V Updates Bring Content, Freebies, Delays

Remember: Street Fighter V [official site] is playing for the long run, trying to become a solid eSport, aiming to still be around a few years from now. At launch, our review praised the punching, but lamented that so much content would arriving months later in free updates. The first of those updates is almost here, and it's very substantial, so much so Capcom have…

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Frontier’s LostWinds Blown Towards Steam

And now, from the developers of space-sim Elite: Dangerous and the cartoony theme-park sim Planet Coaster, a colourful 2D platformer series about controlling the wind. Funny how diverse Frontier's output is. LostWinds [official site] and its sequel Winter of the Melodias came out in 2008 and 2009 for Wii. They found a positive reception, mostly thanks to their controls: players used gestures to manipulate the…

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Shelter’s Platforming Spin-off Paws Released

I enjoy cuteness tinged with tragedy, but there is a certain line past which I feel the need to be mean and cynical to balance things up a bit. I mean, if you're going to be tugging at my heart strings and squeezing my eyes for some juice, at least be decent about it. Paws [official site], a standalone spinoff from Shelter 2, came out…

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Can’t Kill The Metal: Slain! Released

You can delay the metal, even quite a bit. But kill it? Please. These devs are so hardcore they actually listed 666-666-6666 as their phone number. (Madlibs: replace "hardcore" with a word of your choice. Just don't be too mean.) You know what you're in for. Slain! [official site] is a 2D hack-and-slash platformer with a gothic aesthetic that you may find gorgeous, repulsive or…

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