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Ed Thorn

13 hours ago

Feature: Absolutely on one

Bathhouse management in Onsen Master is fun, but needs more radish demons

Featured as part of the Game Devs of Color Expo and its Gradient Convergence showcase on Steam, Onsen Master’s Ghibli aesthetics caught my eye immediately. It’s a “hot spring customer management” game where you ditch the whole ‘service with a smile’ schtick and drag your customers with speed and aggression into hot spring baths you’ve prepared especially for them.Other duties include making sure they’re cleaned…

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3 days ago

Feature: It does not grind my Gears.

Have You Played… Gears of War?

Gears Of War is a third-person shooter in which you take control of a giant man wearing a bandana and chainsaw equally giant alien creatures in half. Somehow it manages to make this an emotional, and at times, frightening affair. The game bounces between explosive set pieces, unsettling, almost survival horror exploration, and tear jerking bro moments.

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4 days ago

Feature: I want to walk them all. Well, some of them.

An Airport For Aliens Currently Run By Dogs has excellent dogs with jobs

The Game Devs of Color Expo - an inclusive celebration and showcase of the work of developers from a broad spectrum of backgrounds - took place this weekend. As well as talks from different developers, GDoCE put on Gradient Convergence, showcasing a collection of cool games on Steam. I was fortunate enough to jump into one of these and visit a universe built by Xalavier…

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1 week ago

Feature: Far from middling

The good medieval mollusc boys of Inkulinati’s turn-based strategy will leave you feeling giddy

Inkulinati is a turn-based strategy game where you take control of a Master of Living Ink, or Inkulinati, as they’re otherwise known. Inkulinati face off against one another by drawing weird and fantastical beasts on the margins of medieval manuscripts and sending them into battle. It’s basically a fight to the death, but with doodles, and it's all in a stunning art style inspired by…

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Feature: Eight legs but nowhere to run

Terminating spiders in Kill It With Fire has turned me into a monster

I don’t like spiders. Ever since I watched a documentary on TV about the leggy nasties lurking in the rainforest when I was but a high-pitched, impressionable Ed, I’ve become one of those people who scrambles for a paper and cup when a spider’s lurking about. So yes, arachnids raise my blood pressure. Every now and again I consider getting one of those cowardly spider…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Worth yelling about.

Have You Played… Screamer 2?

Graham’s already written a lovely piece on the first Screamer, but I thought I’d tackle the sequel, aptly named Screamer 2. And what a treat it is.Much like Graham, my memories of Screamer 2 are buried in a dusty tome in the back of my brain. Shake off the dust and they come flooding back, though. I can clearly recall the white and orange cardboard…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: Their first album was way better than their first album

Paradise Killer’s OST is the sound of the summer

My word, does Paradise Killer ooze style. As "investigation freak" Lady Love Dies, you're thrust into an open-world murder mystery on a tropical island. And not just any island, but one dipped in a radioactive vat of vaporwave punch. This isn’t a gaudy Hawaii after a few bevvies, though, oh no - this is a colourful, crisp Hawaii best served with headphones. Or even better,…

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Feature: Make the world misty

Mortal Shell: How to open locked chests

If you’ve played Mortal Shell, even for a little bit, you may have bumped into plenty of fishy, stone chests which refuse to open. Unlike their wooden counterparts, these things simply won’t let you in unless you’ve fulfilled a very specific request.In this guide I’ll explain how you can start cracking open these rocky presents.

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4 weeks ago

Feature: Skip the mist

Mortal Shell: How to fast travel

Getting around Mortal Shell’s map isn’t easy. The world is often veiled in mist, forks in the road add to the confusion, and many paths look identical - plus, there’s no minimap to rely upon.Thankfully there’s a way to teleport between all the Sister Genessas - she acts as a checkpoint if you’re new to the game - scattered around the world. This saves so…

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Feature: Grab them as soon as you can

Mortal Shell: All shell locations

Shells in Mortal Shell are suits of armour previously owned by warriors, and thieves, and powerful folks in general. They represent the game’s classes, each corresponding to a playstyle. For example, one Shell is particularly tanky, while another grants you the ability to dash frequently, but at the cost of lowering your health bar dramatically.There are a total of four Shells - one of which…

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1 month ago

Feature: Paint no evil

This Black Myth: Wukong art has me obsessed with a family of rats

Phwoar, Black Myth: Wukong looks a bit good eh? If you’ve not seen the gameplay trailer yet, definitely give it a watch. From the looks of things it’s an action-adventure game based on one of the great classical novels of Chinese literature, Journey to the West. You take control of Sun Wukong, a godly monkey king, and start fights with big groups of foxes with…

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Mortal Shell: Where To Find Eredrim’s Shell

Eredrim is the tankiest Shell in Mortal Shell. In this guide I’ll explain where to find it.Eredrim, the Venerable is one of four Shells in Mortal Shell. It’s the tankiest Shell out of the bunch, offering a massive bonus to your health, average Resolve, and very little Stamina to work with. Its strength lies in increased survivability, coupled with unlockable bonuses which will let you…

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Mortal Shell: Where To Find Tiel’s Shell

Tiel is Mortal Shell’s rogue. Equip this Shell and you’ll have plenty of stamina and a shadowstep dash, but at the cost of very little health. In this guide I’ll explain where to find this Shell towards the start of the game.Mortal Shell is home to four different Shells, suits of armour which each have their own unique sets of unlockable traits and stat differences.…

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Mortal Shell: Where To Find Solomon’s Shell

Solomon’s Shell offers a nice balance of health and stamina, but its unlockable abilities set it apart. In this guide I'll explain where to find it.Solomon’s Shell is similar to Harros’ at first glance, but dig deeper and you’ll find strong boosts to Resolve abilities. It has greater max Resolve, and many of his abilities centre around parries as well as Hardening. This makes the…

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Mortal Shell: How To Parry

Parrying in Mortal Shell requires the Tarnished Seal. Land a parry and you’ll deal huge damage with a riposte, so it’s definitely a skill worth mastering. Our guide will help you find the Tarnished Seal and provide some tips to help you nail those parries.Combat in Mortal Shell is brutal. A couple of hits from an enemy will chunk your health bar down to nothing…

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Mortal Shell: Where To Find Harros’ Shell

Harros is the most balanced of Mortal Shell’s Shells with no real downsides, other than, it has no standout features. In this guide I'll explain where to find it.Harros is the game’s starter Shell, offering a nice balance of health to stamina, a standard block, and no frills unlockables. This means it’s usable in every scenario, but it won’t stand out either.Here’s where you can…

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Feature: Worth shelling out?

Mortal Shell review

Mortal Shell tries desperately hard to emulate its hero Dark Souls, while also attempting to carve out its own weird niche. Expect a big toad NPC to blurt out something like "Apocryphal intestines lie in the heart of darkness!" while you’re being smacked in the bum by a crazed villager wielding a lute. But scrape away all the spooky-big-words dressing and you’ve got a fairly…

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