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Explore Static Lagoon’s Surrealist World With One Button

Static Lagoon screenshot

Something strange for your Monday, sir? Something mystifying, miss?

Static Lagoon [official site] is a free game primarily designed for use with the Restbox, which as far as I can tell is a DIY game controller with a single input: sitting on it. In Static Lagoon this simple interaction is used to choose between taking a ‘window of opportunity’ or ignoring it.

Static Lagoon is also designed to be used with the Oculus Rift, although you can play it on a regular screen with a mouse instead, just as you can use a spacebar instead of the Restbox.

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Tune In, Zone In, Synesthesize: Quadrant

Quadrant screenshot

Music-based rhythm games: I love them and I am terrible at them. I find trying to synchronise my meatsack consciousness with audio and visual stimulus tremendously compelling. Happily for me, I’ve just been introduced to quadrant [official site].

First things first: this game is still in development, and yep it’s in Greenlight. However, there’s also a playable demo that’s actually fun.

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Make It Show: 15 Mins Of Into The Stars Gameplay

Into The Stars gameplay screenshot

Who’d be the pilot of Ark-13? More to the point, why would anyone even consider flirting with fate by numbering a starship “13”, especially after contact has been lost with previous arks? Ach, those starship engineers with their rationalist outlooks.

When last we wrote of Into The Stars [official site] it was in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign. Developers Fugitive Games won their funding back in February and are now ready to show off more of their work. Here’s a full fifteen minutes of non-narrated gameplay footage for your delectation.

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Sequencing: Cadence Demo Available Now

Cadence screenshot

It is but a few short weeks since we wrote to you of Cadence [official site], the music-based puzzle game with a creative streak.

Cadence’s Kickstarter campaign is ongoing, and developers Made With Monster Love have released a demo to help propel it forwards. You can download this over at on Itch.io.

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Gather Your Party: 10 Minutes Of Sword Coast Legends

Sword Coast Legends screenshot

Luskan! City of… of… well, mostly pirates as far as I know. But also, as evidenced in this new gameplay footage from Sword Coast Legends [official site], city of thieves, skeletons, zombies and other stock D&D nasties.

There’s also a zombie ogre in there, as if regular ogres weren’t already possessed of disgustingly low standards of hygiene.

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Zombined Arms: HL2 Mod Modular Combat On Steam

Modular Combat screenshot

Modular Combat [official site], a Half-Life 2-based multiplayer RPG-FPS, has been released on Steam. You don’t need to own HL2 to play. Players take the role of Combine, Resistance or Aperture characters and fight to the death against other factions, in free for all deathmatches, or against a variety of Half-Life monstrosities. I’m not sure why Combine Hunters and Manhacks are fighting Combine footsoldiers, but hush Shaun, it doesn’t matter when it’s fun.

There’s more information on the various game modes summed up in this handy trailer, which also goes into a little detail on the various upgrades available to players.

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Watch Life Is Strange Episode Two Launch Trailer

Life is Strange episode two screenshot

The second episode of Life is Strange [official site] is expected to finally get out of bed next week, on March 24th, probably long after noon. To that end, here’s a launch trailer (which I suppose should be strictly described as a “pre-launch trailer”)!

(Psst! Worried about spoilers? You may not need to be: I’ve not played Episode 1 yet, and having watched this I don’t feel that anything that wasn’t already fairly common knowledge has been revealed. I.e. the game stars a teenage girl with a special power, and is about her navigating her particularly dramatic high school life.)

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What Are You Playing This Weekend?

I know that you get asked this a lot, mostly by RPS and, of late, mostly by me. But come now: give me your answer, do.

I’m in the slightly awkward position of being on the cusp of a long overdue PC upgrade at the same time as being about to go on holiday. My new PC is mostly present but not yet built, and I’m trying to resist doing so before I leave the country for a week. Nothing can spoil a holiday like deep-rooted yearning for the shiny new hardware back home.

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The International 2015: Ticket Sale Dates Announced

The International 5 Aegis of Champions logo

Valve have announced more information on The International 2015 which, assuming you’ve already clicked on that headline, surely needs no introduction.

We already knew Valve’s Dota 2 tournament was being held between August 3rd and 8th in Seattle; now we know it’s returning to KeyArena, last year’s venue, and we also know when tickets are going on sale and how much they’ll cost. Read the rest of this entry »

RTSFPS Executive Assault Out On Steam Early Access

Executive Assault screenshot

It must be very lonely, being a corporate executive. You sit in your expansive office, alone with your thoughts, largely focused on acquisitions and gross revenue and profit margins and double mocha frappuccinos and flipcharts and the like.

Executive Assault [official site] goes one further, because as far as I can tell you don’t even have human playthings employees to boss about, giving you for a brief fleeting moment the joy of human contact. Nope, it’s just you. You and your army of robots.

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Tennis Elbow 2013 Served To Steam; Demo Available

Tennis Elbow 2013 screenshot

Interesting choice of name, Tennis Elbow [official site]. How many other sports games are named for associated injuries? If creators Mana Games fancy branching out I’ve a few suggestions for them: Cauliflower Ear Boxing, NHL Broken Collarbone and Probably-Faking-It Football.

Mana Games, a French studio at least partly made up of amateur tennis players, have been making Tennis Elbow games since the mid-90s. Tennis Elbow 2013 is the most recent edition; as the name suggests it’s not a recent game, but it did just crop up on Steam, so here we are bringing it to your attention.

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Descent: Underground Is Verti-Go On Kickstarter

Descent Underground concept art

You wait fifteen years for a proper Descent game, and then several come along at once. Tsk.

A group of industry vets have licensed the Descent trademark from Interplay and begun development of Descent: Underground [official site]. They launched a Kickstarter campaign a couple of days ago; as I write this they’ve already passed the 25% mark. Their pitch video follows.

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Tales From The Borderlands Ep2 Trailer: Hijinks & Violence

Tales From the Borderlands episode two screenshot

The second episode of Tales From the Borderlands [official site] should be arriving sometime next week, so to get you in the mood Telltale have released a trailer. This is a clever idea and I’m sure other games developers are likely to follow suit.

Obligatory spoiler warning: if you’ve not yet played the first episode, it’s probably best you don’t watch this.

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Trouble In Paradise: Watch Survival Horror PAMELA Teaser

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a sentient AI walks into a cryostasis unit and says “It seems things haven’t gone quite as planned in my utopia. Decant me a human please, I need their fleshling appendages to complete tasks for me.”

The sentient AI in question is called Pamela and it was the custodian of Eden, a suggestively-named sci-fi city and the setting of PAMELA [official site]. Its residents have gone a bit wrong, and it seems that they’d rather assault uninfected people than shop in Eden’s many luxurious malls. I usually end up in a mood whenever I go shopping, so I sympathise.

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The Miskatonic Proves Eldritch Horrors Can Be Adorable

The Miskatonic screenshot

The influence that H. P. Lovecraft’s writing has had since his death hugely outstrips anything he experienced during his life. That’s a bit tragic, sure, though possibly for the best; I think he’d probably be disgusted about what people do with his eldritch creeping horrors and incomprehensible nightmare realms these days. The most recent example: I’ve no idea what he’d make of The Miskatonic [official site], but the odds are good he wouldn’t feel a comedy horror game set in the eponymous University gelled with the obsessions at the heart of his own writing.

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Zombie Army Trilogy: When It Brains, It Pours

Zombie Army Trilogy screenshot

Zombie Army Trilogy [official site], the follow-up to Sniper Elite 3 as well as Nazi Zombie Army 1 and 2, is out now. As the ‘Trilogy’ in the name suggests, this package also includes Nazi Zombie Army 1 and 2, plus a third chapter based on Sniper Elite v3. Confused yet? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of delicious brains to go around.

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Space! Race! I Am Bread Adds New Game Modes

I am Bread... in space

Two new game modes have been added to Bossa Studios’ hyper-realistic staple food simulator I Am Bread [official site]: Zero G, which takes our plucky sliced hero into the final frontier, and Bagel Race, which stars an all-new fresh baked good.

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To Me, To You: Shiftlings Offers Solo Or Co-op Play

Shiftlings screenshot

“Our market research indicates that there’s a gap we can exploit,” says a faceless somebody in a suit. “There aren’t many games about janitors. We should make a game about that.”

“What about Viscera Cleanup Detail?” says someone who probably has a face. “Or Dustforce?”

The suit would look annoyed, if he had a face. “Alien janitors. That’s what I meant. Go away and make that.”

And so here we are, and there is Shiftlings [official site]. It’s a game in which you, you and a friend or – if you’re feeling brave – a complete stranger control a pair of alien janitors.

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Fly In The House: Smash It Up Until There’s Nothing Left

Fly in the House screenshot

The buzzing of a particularly obnoxious bluebottle can be an infuriating thing to have to put up with, but honestly I’m sure there are better flyswatting techniques than hurling literally all of your furniture in the direction of the offending insect.

Nonetheless, that’s the premise of Fly in the House [official site], which just came out on Steam.

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