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Unknown Pleasures: The Machine Starts

Through obscurity to success

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Etherborn review

An elaborate flummox

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Eagle Island review

Close encounters of the bird kind

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15 hours ago

Feature: Through obscurity to success

Unknown Pleasures: The Machine Starts

Week 3. The invasion has failed, but I'm still alive. What cruel fate awaits those of us who assail the walls of Castle Shotgun but are not slain? But they still have to catch us first. In the meantime, I comfort myself by tearing through the endless round up of the best new games on Steam. It is time, it is always time, for Unknown…

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2 days ago

Feature: An elaborate flummox

Etherborn review

"Oooh, that looks pretty," I said, marvelling at the screen that had caught my eye. "It's called Etherborn, please turn the hose off now." Matt explained. He was right. Etherborn is very pretty indeed. It's also a splendid wee puzzle game. And unlike an uncomfortably large proportion of pretty, ethereal, dare I say 'artsy' platformy games, it didn't make my very soul sigh with a…

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1 week ago

Feature: Close encounters of the bird kind

Eagle Island review

I'm a bit torn, readers. Eagle Island has a lot going for it. It looks lovely, for one, with a rich palette fully enlivening some classic game environments. Everything sounds great, and on paper its design is timeless, as you explore an island level by level, unlocking more powers with each defeated boss. And its novel weapon should be a huge draw - instead of…

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Urban Explorer trailer promises spooky parkour climbtimes

Having seen exactly one million first person horror games, exploring old ruins that aren't the same grey mansion and/or mental hospital sounds like a blessed relief, so a sudden trailer for Urban Explorer caught my eye despite its tragic choice of music. According to its own Steam page, "Urban Explorer is a first person perspective exploration game with parkour mechanics and horror elements. Explore abandoned…

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Feature: Generational procedure

Chinese Parents review

I didn't revise in school. I didn't even take notes. Things either went in or they didn't, and there was no point pretending I'd get anywhere staring at them all day. Young Nate Elbow took much the same approach. Despite his natural talents dwarfing those of his dad (the famous novelist Brendy Elbow), his refusal to spend his final school year cramming all the subjects…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: The best lesser known games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: Crossing the Floor

Change! It is as inevitable as it is clichéd. All things must change, from your town and workplace to your bank balance and attitude towards seagulls (they are brilliant). One thing that does not change, however, is the endless deluge of games from Steam, and my place writing Unknown Pleasures. What, you thought because our conquest of Castle Shotgun has begun, we would leave behind…

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3 weeks ago

Ninja murderfest Shadowlings is now free, mandatory

Ninja-themed spheremen stabbing simulator Shadowlings was one of my favourite games of 2018 (out of the, I will never stop pointing out, over 1300 games I played for Unknown Pleasures). It is now available for zero money. This means two things: one, the funnest tiddlywink-human-hybrid fighting game ever made can be yours in just a few clicks, and two, I am legally allowed to throw…

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1 month ago

Feature: Our pick of the best new indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: access early, access often

Oh, the many things I cannot tell you, readers! They are many, and they are things. One thing I can tell you is that argh, howl, yes, I am indeed working on the enormous pile of hundreds upon hundreds of indie games that are surely aiming to destroy me. The second thing is that it's time once more for the world famous round-up of the…

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2 months ago

Feature: Ten more of the best gems in Steam's rough

Unknown Pleasures: Wanderers Edition

Sometimes you don't know what you need until you have it. Lately it turns out I've needed a lot of soothing, which is fortunate because this week's selection of the best indie games on Steam ranks highly on the alleviometer. We've the usual variety you've surely come to expect, and a bit less of the drama and thrills than average. It is time, once more,…

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3 months ago

Feature: Unjustly under-played indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: Adventurer Time

Happy New Freelance Year! The receipt-flakes are falling, the accountants are singing their carols, and in every house the children are leaving out tripwires and caltrops to delay the inevitable march of the merciless Father Taxmas. Did you have a good time at Rezzed? I didn't go - humans, right? - but that's fine because we clever ones, we get all the good footage without…

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4 months ago

Feature: The best indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: It’s a Mystery

Oooh, we've got a bit of a "mystery" theme. Between slow burning stories and the rare survival of a... ah, survival game, this week's selection of Unknown Pleasures is leaving me thoroughly unresolved. Leaving a trail of gross keyboard crumbs this week: space friends, snow lesbians, and evil geometry.

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5 months ago

Feature: More of the best indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: a fully phlegmatic rifle

It is the season for what the hell is going on out there? Do I plant my garden now? Are we going back to normal late-winter murderfrost or what? Lord, we're all doomed. If I didn't have a cold I'd have no tether to normality at all. Unknown Pleasures is, you may be aware, our round up of the best indie games on Steam that,…

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Feature: Bringing you the pick of the indies from Steam

Unknown Pleasures: A Winter’s Quail

I have cancelled February. Today, and tomorrow, and most of the next two weeks, do not exist. It has been that kind of month, and I don't think I'm the only one. Please purge responsibly, everyone. Don't guillotine anything I wouldn't guillotine. Unknown Pleasures is running a little behind, not least because there were a truly ridiculous number of games to get through earlier this…

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6 months ago

Feature: The best new indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: The Gang of Five

I need a break, readers. I am theoretically planning out my year, but I've been planning the plans instead and oh lord how does a life this boring have so much stuff in it? It's a coincidence, but this week's Unknown Pleasures, our round-up of the best indie games recently released on Steam, is a mostly low-intensity batch, with minimal planning required, so join me!…

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Feature: The best indie games on Steam this year

Unknown Pleasures: A Chinese New Year

Strange things are afoot in steamgamesland. A powerful new force has begun to show its face on Western shores. Hailing from the tiny island nation of China, a wave of intrepid indie developers are shaking off a variety of undeserved reputations and delivering a solid fifth* of the shortlist of games we consider for Unknown Pleasures, the roundup of the best new games too few…

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Feature: The best Steam games you missed over Christmas

Unknown Pleasures: The Last Gasp of 2018

We're back! Did you have a good Christmas break? Get into that backlog, did you? Yeah, me neither. Not to worry! Due to the awkward way the games industry and linear time interact, this week's selection is technically of 2018 vintage, so you're allowed to try them all without any anxiety or apologies to the other 73 unplayed games you'll totally get round to sometime…

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7 months ago

Feature: The other best games of the year

The best of Unknown Pleasures 2018

The end of the bizarre and troubling year 2018 is close, and with it comes a time of reflection. I hope you're enjoying the RPS Advent Calendar, but even that cannot hope to contain the bounty this year provided. When I joined Unknown Pleasures a year ago, I was a little fatigued with games. There were both too many to see and none that were…

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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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8 months 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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