Free Loaders: Cheat On Your High School Exams (Again)

Remember the high school examination hall? The sweat, the terror, the little crib notes you wrote on the inside of your shirt pocket. Don’t lie to me, I know you did it. There’s no way you passed physics without scribbling ‘F=MA’ on the sole of your left boot. All right, all right, let’s say you didn’t cheat…. Would you like to?

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IF Only: Stories With Texture

Screenshot of the Texture Public Library page

Newcomers to interactive fiction tend to distinguish just a couple of IF formats — Twine and parser, often, depending on whether you’re clicking or typing. Those with a little more experience might also recognize ChoiceScript and inklewriter, as options for creating games with a classic choose-your-own-adventure-style interface and some of the qualities of a gamebook. But in fact there are many other possible interfaces for IF — and the IF community has just seen the release of a new one.

Texture, designed by Jim Munroe and Juhana Leinonen, is an interactive fiction platform intended to be effective across mobile devices as well as the PC screen — unlike parser designs that require fiddly typing. Despite its simplicity, though, Texture gives the reader a little bit more control than the average hypertext piece: to interact, you drag a verb from the bottom of the screen and release it over a hotspot in the text.

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Action-RrgurgrrrPG: Soldak Release Zombasite

Teeny tiny studio Soldak make games with big dreams, action-RPGs like Din’s Curse and Depths of Peril with dynamic worlds full of living parts reacting to each other. Their latest is Zombasite [official site] and yeah, there are zombies but this isn’t another zombie game – it’s another Soldak game, with zombies. After ten months in early access, Zombasite properly launched last night. It has a demo and all.

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Suda51’s The Silver Case Demo Is Out Now

Polish your magnifying glasses, The Silver Case [official site] PC remake now has a demo. This bit of the remake was originally shown at this year’s BitSummit in Kyoto, Japan. The demo features the beginning of the first chapter of the game, Decoyman, giving you a brief chance to situate yourself in the story as a member of Republic, a Special Forces Unit. The Silver Case was Suda51’s first game, launched in 1999 on PlayStation.

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Free Loaders: Learn To Dance Like A Child On Sugar

Okay, look. I know you’re all off playing No Man’s Sky (hell, I’m playing No Man’s Sky right now) but if you could just find it in your stupid heart to look at this, you’ll be a happier person for it. You’ll drink, you’ll wear some excellent clothes, and you’ll dance (oh how you’ll dance!) Have you ever danced so hard your body started flailing like a cola-fuelled toddler? And yet, you knew, and everyone around you knew, that this – THIS – was how people truly dance. Well, that is how you will dance tonight.

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Spaceplan Is Cookie Clicker Launched Into Orbit

Everybody stop what you’re doing. It’s important. There’s this free game called Spaceplan, you see. Spaceplan will be the end of us all, just like Cookie Clicker devastated our forefathers, and Candy Box was the bane of their ancestors in turn. Spaceplan needs to be stopped. Now, before you click ‘read more’ I need to warn y– hey! Wait! You’re not ready! Don’t go in th–

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