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Unknown Pleasures: Business Time

The best new indie games on Steam

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Unknown Pleasures: Breaking views

The best new Steam games you haven't heard of

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1 week ago

Feature: The best new indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: Business Time

We don't really do themes for Unknown Pleasures, but sometimes the fates mess up and it sort of happens anyway. This week features the usual variety you've surely come to expect from our selection of the best new indie games on Steam, but fans of commerce ought to be particularly tickled. There, see? We can do an intro without banging on about what time of…

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4 weeks ago

Feature: The best new Steam games you haven't heard of

Unknown Pleasures: Breaking views

Unexpected joys? Me? Why, I can certainly help you out there. In the last week I've received a temporary cat, found an excellent red corduroy jacket for six quid, got my copy of Dessa's book signed at a gig and... oh, you meant games? Well. Well, fine. That's fine. Have a round of Unknown Pleasures instead. Spoilsports. Without even bringing up the best thing that…

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2 months ago

Feature: Impossibly virtual

Unknown Pleasures: 20% Seasonal Edition

Boo! Haha, Halloween is so easy. Although I've never understood the rules when it falls on a weekday, and like all miserable British whingers I resent its weird expansion from a few hours of hiding from unpleasant infants into an entire sodding month of pumpkins and rubbish horror. So with that in mind, let's have a spooooky Unknown Pleasures! Threatening but then being too British…

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Feature: Flights, Gatherer, Action!

Unknown Pleasures: Species of Eight

It's another transitional time, view-chums, when the students are settling, the returning TV dramas are nervously eyeing up various sharks, and I must decide which of my first ever batch of plants must be sacrificed to the ice gods. Will it be Younas, the defiant mortar tomato? Surely it couldn't be Wilfred, producer of the Great Unexpected October Chilli? Oh, the terrible burden of choice!…

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3 months ago

Feature: Pop Idol Will Eat Yourself

Unknown Pleasures: By Land, Air, and Sea

You're in for an "I can't think of an intro" intro, viewers, because the last fortnight has kept me busy with the second most important thing I've ever done in my life. I don't know about you, but while the world seems to be on a downward slide, things have been looking pretty great for me lately. When the bombs fall I shall surely rule…

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4 months ago

Feature: And I would play 500 more

Unknown Pleasures: Five more of one thousand new games on Steam

Today's selection marks the 1,000th game I've played this year. One sodding thousand. Admittedly it's a meaningless number but it might give some hope to those of you who are worried that games are going downhill or it's been a bad year. It really hasn't. There are loads and loads of great games out there. Sure, there's some rubbish too, but this column alone has…

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Feature: Cannot possess them all

Unknown Pleasures: Witness the best five new indie games on Steam

Forgive me, readers, for I have let us all down. This week I had someone over to sign a legal document as a witness, and we watched Fury Road, and I didn't say "Witness me!". There's nothing I can do to redeem myself, but before you destroy me with sticks, why not enjoy another round up of the best new, obscure games on Steam with…

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Feature: Once more unto the beach

Unknown Pleasures: Simply the Best Five New Indies on Steam

The grim prospect of shopping for PC components looms over my August like a looming, grim prospect. God I love writing. You might be surprised how demanding indie games can be on a slightly creaky video card, and not always because of ongoing optimisation. Although admittedly it's more likely the searing heat rather than some bad code that baked my video card and almost the…

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5 months ago

Feature: Desert Island Downloads

Unknown Pleasures: Defy the sun’s wrath with five new unsung games

Darkness again casts its protective cooling veil over us, and we leave the caverns to sift through the desert. As we spear lizards for sustenance, elders play cruel tricks on the children, telling tales of a mythical land where sunlight was pleasant, plants were green, and water fell from the sky. Madness. The heat claims all in time. But anyway. Don't think about the impending…

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7 months ago

Feature: If you like hot beats and doin' it in the streets

Unknown Pleasures: Ten new games you could play

Hello and welcome to the source of all digital joy. It is, of course, Unknown Pleasures, where you can find some good games you may not have heard about. Screeching a colourful stream of profanity this week: memory divers, demonic invasions, and solving a murder by killing hundreds of other people. Oh, games.

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Feature: Girls just wanna have their suitors killed

Unknown Pleasures: Another Five Great Indie Games

Healthy eating is for suckers. Here we are, at the height of a long overdue spring, and everyone here has a persistent cold. In May, no less. I've even been going outside, and just last night I ate a vegetable. Well, there'll be no more of that. Instead, a steady diet of Unknown Pleasures will surely cure all ills. Triumphantly returning to gorging on discounted…

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8 months ago

Feature: Auspicious cargo

Star Traders: Frontiers is the best space game I’ve played in ages

Pirates! Can we outrun them? Damn! Well, would they accept a bribe? What? They won't even consider it? Okay, well, drop the cargo. No? Give them the ship and they'll let us live? Oh, they're not actually pirates, they're just mindless omnicidal monsters pretending to be pirates? Well... I guess I'll just reload an old save, then. That's how some games treat pirates. It's stupid,…

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Feature: Basquiat loves empathy

Unknown Pleasures: A five-course menu of great new games

You're lucky, readers. It's an optimistic time of year, even for sour-faced mopes like myself, and I damn nearly opened with some lyrics. What can I say? The sun is singing, the birds are shining, and the latest selection of Unknown Pleasures is a zingy blend of drama, carefree fun, and creativity. I for one am feeling inspired. Fooling us into thinking Summer won't be…

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Feature: Solo adventures are optional

Unknown Pleasures: About four to six great new Steam games

It's been a strange week here at the Pleasuredome. Once again, a bud of the Hivemind prepares to detach and spread in-jokes and sinister, fungaloid thoughts about user interfaces to a new, unsuspecting host. And I'd only just confirmed he's real, too. Bye bye, Adam. Subvert from within, yeah? Still, on the plus side, I high fived Aby Wolf the other night. And now it's…

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Feature: Off the fatta the lan

Unknown Pleasures: The five best new games on Steam

Infants. Infants everywhere. Ooh, look at me, I'm like a human but smaller and I'm allowed to scream and climb on stuff if I want to, oooh. End of term holidays are when you're supposed to be indoors playing games, not studying or going outside like some sort of peon. Bah. Wake me up when they're all back in school juggling cats or bouncer baiting,…

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Feature: You think you have a backlog

Unknown Pleasures: A doughty dozen new Steam games

We're back! Unknown Pleasures has been on unplanned hiatus as I have been grotesquely ill. The lack of communication or cover was entirely my fault, and I apologise for that unreservedly (and extend further thanks to the Hivemind for their extraordinary patience). I'm sorry. Wait, hang on, Adam's leaving. I can blame him! It was Adam, everyone! Shake your indignant fists. There's a bumper of…

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10 months ago

Feature: Missed Connections

Unknown Pleasures: Almost six of the week’s best Steam games

It has been a trying week, pleasure seekers (Okay, we're not using that one again - Ed). A lovely weekend in Wales did not prepare me for a week of kafkaesque negotiating with my PC and router and whatever transdimensional demons were squatting in between them. And of course, this week everyone agreed to stop releasing tiny platformers made in Paint in favour of 5Gb…

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11 months ago

Feature: From the steam of our own clams

Unknown Pleasures: This week’s pick of new Steam releases

Winter has finally arrived in force in London, bringing with it some questions. Whose idea was it to live on the surface? Why would anyone wear a fleece without arms? What kind of monster thinks it's okay to make a coat with fake pockets, and why didn't everyone immediately kill him with spears? Alas, these are not questions that Unknown Pleasures can answer. But if…

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Feature: I'd rather have a piece of toast

Unknown Pleasures: Five more of the best new games on Steam

Overwhelming though Steam's catalogue may be, it can be a hell of a tool for testing your assumptions. I pitch this to nobody in particular: a free week of everything on Steam. Not just one or two games, but the whole lot, free to everyone. Play something you'd normally hate, I say. See also: food, music, relationships. Anyway. In the meantime, there's always Unknown Pleasures.…

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Feature: Enough space to swing a shotgun.

Unknown Pleasures: The best five unsung games on Steam this week

Studies say that this week is the best week of the year to move house for gillionth time, attempt the thirteenth Herculean task of speaking to the one human in a Royal Mail call centre, then injure your back. Anti-frustration, then, would be a perfect theme for this week's Unknown Pleasures. Washing down an inadequate course of ibuprofen this week: artificial mortality, shotgun-based exploration, and…

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