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Little Misfortune review

An early Halloween

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Prayer-based RPG Churchgoers descends into stores

A turn-based RPG where you're always skipped over

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21 hours ago

Feature: An early Halloween

Little Misfortune review

The thing about Misfortune Ramirez Hernandez, the titular protagonist of Little Misfortune, is that she only has a few animations, and one of them is falling flat on her face. That’s part of the lot she’s been handed in life, and as her thematically appropriate name might suggest, the rest of it isn’t great either. But for every time she takes a spill, she also…

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3 days ago

Feature: Two teams remain

Know It OWL: Dawn of the final day

I had a different opening paragraph for this article until I went looking for a header image. Now I've deleted it, and instead I'm going to talk about why I'm in love with this picture of Park "Saebyeolbe" Jongryeol. This is my 22nd and penultimate entry in this column, and choosing a lead photo is always one of my favourite parts, because there are also…

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6 days ago

Find your place in Pine’s ecosystem of intelligent animals

Open world ecological simulation Pine drops you in the shoes* of a human who lives among intelligent animals, and asks you to carve out your own niche. You’ll have to figure out how to navigate the world, craft what you need, and generally survive. And also not get stepped on by a bipedal mammoth. Take a look at the launch trailer below. *He's actually barefoot,…

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Screenshot Saturday Sundays: Darling demons, creepy chambers, and enormous ears

Screenshot Saturday! A day for seeing what’s going on with some games that are currently in development, and appreciating them for just what they are right now as well as what they might eventually be. This week: a happy little demon pal, a little combat improvement, and one very fluffy sheep.

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This, Too, Has Passed is the pensive remix to a virtually unobtainable game

This, Too, Has Passed is a melancholy thing. You wander slowly around a world, watching crunchy snow expand in a gentle creep beneath your feet, and occasionally get interrupted with portends of doom. It's a meditation on the climate crisis and collapse and savouring small things. It’s also a “B-Side remix” to a game that you almost certainly can’t play.

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7 days ago

Overcooked 2 goes to the circus in its latest DLC

One might be forgiven for thinking that Overcooked 2 is already a Carnival Of Chaos, but it’s becoming even more so with its latest DLC. As ever, there’s new levels and recipes to tackle, and new chefs to do so with. But there's also a new mechanic: huge great cannons to blast yourself out of. You know, for when your pal is on the other…

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Kind Words lets you share caring messages with strangers

The chatrooms of lo fi hip hop YouTube radio channels are often very sweet spaces. People mingle, letting each other know what they’re up to as they listen to the ambient sounds: work, studying, relaxing. Everyone doing their own thing, but united by some chillhop beats and the virtual space of the chat window. It makes sense, then, that Kind Words draws attention to the…

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Discord will end subscription games access next month

Chat app Discord is shuttering its Nitro Games catalogue next month. Subscribers will no longer be able to access a library of games as part of the service, which included titles like Battle Chef Brigade, Tyranny, and the first couple of Bioshocks. Apparently, the “vast majority” of subscribers never played the games, so Discord have decided to discontinue the approach. Makes sense, though I’m assuming…

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2 weeks ago

Find your way through the strange world of Caged Bird Don’t Fly

It is a shame that I can’t fit the full title of caged bird don’t fly caught in a wire sing like a good canary come when called into the title of this post, because it is excellent. It’s also a lovely little explore ‘em up of a game, from which you may take all sorts of meaning or may just find a neat diversion…

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Smart City Plan brings data-driven urban planning next year

If you live in the UK, you’ve probably heard those ads about smart meters that’ll tell you what bits of your home are whirring away using the most energy. Take that principle and apply it to all the stuff you might want to do in a city builder and you’ve got Smart City Plan. Conveniently, one of the ways you can offset your energy use…

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Screenshot Saturday Sundays: Ancient artefacts, risky rafting, and treacherous thaumaturgy

Screenshot Saturday! A day for gazing into the crystal ball that is Twitter to look at what some game developers are up to. Spoilers: it’s making games for us to play in the future. What industrious, forward-thinking folk. This week: a long-forgotten communication device, a cooperative boat trip, and some good old-fashioned slapstick.

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Procedurally generated apocalypse The Light Keeps Us Safe creeps out of early access

Spooky, stealthy apocalypse survival game The Light Keeps Us Safe has snuck its way out of early access. Now you can tiptoe about; avoid mean robots; and upgrade your singular line of defence, a humble torch, in its full release. It’s got a creepy new trailer to celebrate, too, so you can join me in watching this one from afar through your fingers.

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Fit For A King waltzes out

Hear ye, hear ye! 16th-century regency simulator Fit For A King is available now, bringing a taste of rulership to the masses. Step into the shoes of Henry VIII and attempt to outshine your French rival king with your money and excesses. If you don’t know what emulating Henry VIII entails, here’s a trailer that’ll elucidate. I have a history degree and I can confirm…

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Destroy a journal, defend the world in upcoming If Found…

There’s not much more that feels better than tearing up a completed to-do list at the end of the day, which is why I’ve never moved to keeping track of my tasks electronically. Destroying a diary, as you’ll be doing in If Found… might be a less appealing process, depending what’s kept inside. But the fact that doing so may just stop a black hole…

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Creature In The Well rattles into stores

One guaranteed way to jazz up pinball is by adding swords to the mix. Pinball with swords as you help out a robot pal on their dungeon-crawling quest to rid an abandoned structure of its spooky inhabitant is a stronger pitch still. That’s the premise of Creature In The Well, a hack-and-slash-y hybrid that pinged onto PC yesterday. See what awaits in the darkness of…

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Path Of Exile’s latest expansion, Blight, creeps out

Free-to-play action RPG Path Of Exile is getting a bit tower defence-y in Blight, its latest expansion that released yesterday. There’s a bunch of mind-controlled monsters about, see, and your fortresses will keep them at bay, before turning them into lovely rewards like oils you can use for enchanting. You can see it at work in the trailer/developer commentary hybrid below.

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3 weeks ago

Feature: The beginning of the 2019 season was 6 decades ago

Know It OWL: into the playoffs

The regular season of the Overwatch League is over, wrapping up with a local event in – well, in Los Angeles, where it usually is, but in a different bit of the city. Just a few weeks of playoffs to go until we crown a victor. Then we’ll get to thinking about next season, when teams will be shipped all over the globe for similar…

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4 weeks ago

Explore a pretty pastel city in Drive Me To The Moon

I didn’t understand the appeal of driving around for the fun of it until the exact moment that I laid eyes on Drive Me To The Moon, a game which is all about cruising the open road with your girlfriend in the passenger seat. Suddenly, yes, I would quite like to just hop in a car and explore around here. And maybe get out to…

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