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Laura Kate Dale

4 years ago

The Hive Mind: Ant Sim Formicarium Kickstarting

Ants are pretty fascinating creatures to just sit and watch. The ease with which they coordinate themselves to accomplish things no single ant could manage alone and their apparent sense of purpose are remarkable. Wouldn't it be interesting to experience what it's like to be the one trying to orchestrate that organisation. Fancy being the hive mind ant god and seeing if you can keep…

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Tiny Questing: Attack Of The Labyrinth Demo

Grand music and tiny adventurers have always been a thing for me; I absolutely love seeing adventurers dwarfed by the scale of their quest. Zoomed-out cameras, sweeping music with a sense of doom, a hero who seems far from a match for his surroundings... Attack of the Labyrinth was not on my radar whatsoever until this morning, but I'm now really interested in seeing more…

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Into The Unknown: Interstellaria Gets Beta Trailer

When I was growing up, I dreamt of going to space for the isolation. I was one of those weird kids who thought the idea of being somewhere quiet, undisturbed and far away from the world was quite appealing. Then I played Mass Effect and realised space is much cooler when you and a group of friends grab a ship and head off into the…

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What Are You Playing This Weekend?

This weekend I am scratching my BioWare itch by playing copious amounts of Dragon Age: Inquisition. Who needs a real social life when you have BioWare making so many virtual people for me to make friends with? Truth be told I was not going to bother with Dragon Age: Inquisition. Don't get me wrong I love the Mass Effect trilogy for all of it's obvious…

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Elaborate Safety Measures: Defense Grid 2 Gets a Demo

Alec reviewed Defense Grid 2 in September, a game about building elaborate techno mazes to try to keep waves of enemies away from magical power cores. While the first Defense Grid was a great experience wrapped up in a quiet solitude, Alec was unfortunately pretty put off by the new narration, which came a little too close to zany for his comfort. However, maybe you…

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Marie Curie Won’t Eat Her Meat: The Curious Expedition

My first few moments with The Curious Expedition were almost misleadingly delightful. Set in the 19th century, I was told to pick from a selection of charming pixel renderings of historical figures and dropped into the world, with the only stated goal of exploring the strange new randomly generated land I had found myself in. It was welcoming, colourful, and hiding a whole host of things…

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The Marvellous Miss Take Sneaks Onto Steam Next Week

It's a bright and sunny day in London, which should be your first clue that something is amiss. You come home to find your home has been ransacked and a lifetime of collecting priceless works of art is now reduced to nothing but a memory. The only solution? Don a large and fabulous hat, walk confidently into your artwork's new home and effortlessly grab armfuls…

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What Did I Just Play? A Weird Free Game About Zambonis

In a world not unlike our own, Zambonis with faces once lived side by side with mankind, until a political faction forced the ice resurfacers onto a single wooden boat to seek safe passage to the Zamboni homeland. They travel through inhospitable mountains, cross bridges guarded by terrifyingly demented stone faces, and stare death in the face. Mortality is rested on a coin flip, mourning…

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Feverishly Assembling: TerraTech Enters Early Access

How did TerraTech catch my attention when I first saw it earlier this year? It took a selection of Lego style blocks, strapped huge engines and guns to them, then made me fight other vehicles and harvest them of all their juicy wheels, motors and weapons. We've had a couple of opportunities to play the game at events since it smashed its Kickstarter goal and…

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Looking Twice At Art: Veracity & Purpose

Veracity & Purpose is a free Twine game and an exploration of the works of fictional artist Robert Ells, told entirely through the lens of someone else describing his art as they experience it. Made by Castles in the Sky writer Jack de Quidt, it initially appears to be little more than a guide book to a retrospective. You read about a piece of art, you take in what you can,…

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Satellite Reign Storming Early Access In December

You and your squad find yourselves in a neon alleyway somewhere in a dangerous electro-future and set out into the night. Your hacker hacks doors and cash machines, your infiltrator sneaks through difficult areas, while your support man heals and your soldier does what soldiers do - he shoots things real good. You're a formidable team, and one with the option to tackle missions in…

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Totally Fantasy War: Empyrean Rule Announced

I started watching trailer the announcing the existence of Empyrean Rule - Rise of the Ancients without a huge amount of excitement. "I get the idea, this is going to be an indie Total War" I thought to myself. Then, I saw a troll stroll into a human army's battle formation and stopped to take notice. It's slightly rough-looking early alpha footage, but Empyrean Rule…

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Gooooal! Football Manager 2015 Has a Demo

So, any of you football loving types out there who prefer managing spreadsheets instead of having to actually sprint about a field yourself? You know where this is going if you're a footie fan, yes I'm talking about Football Manager 2015. Our Adam was fairly torn on this year's entry, so it's probably a good thing that there's a demo on Steam. There has been…

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Game Jam Honours Creative Assembly Programmer

As someone who plays games rather than creating them, it can be easy to forget they're made by human beings with lives, friends and families. While we only usually pay attention to their work, sometimes we have to stop and pay attention to the human beings behind the games. This June, The Creative Assembly member Simon Franco unfortunately passed away. Most recently working as a…

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