Niche: A Genetics Survival Game

Apparently we have evolved fire. NBD.

I’ve just been pottering with the Niche [official site] demo. It’s a hex tile evolution/genetics game which piqued my interest a while ago and then I forgot about it because of post-GDC backlog and so on. Then an email arrived to tell me that the game developers had “made great progress. We recently implemented procedural islands to game, added lots of new genes and came up with a system for incest.”

I… what? That sentence was one I read while jetlagged and confused so I starred the email to come back to and make sense of on the right timezone.

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Strolling Is A Free Detective Game About Exact Thinking

Edgar Allen Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue is often considered the first modern detective short story ever written, and stars a part-time sleuth named C. Auguste Dupin. Mr Dupin solves crimes by way of ‘ratiocination’, a process of exact thinking, and this happens to be the main inspiration for Beavl’s Strolling [GameJolt page] – a lovely wee point and click adventure game that was created for AdventureJam 2016 and is available to download now. It’s also free, so I exactly think you should give it a whirl.

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Nova Alea: A Gentrification Demonstration

Nova Alea [official site] is the most recent Molleindustria game. It explores/demonstrates gentrification and property market forces through a tiny patch of city land, its skyscrapers infecting one another with wealth as they climb, at first unimpeded, then with restrictions designed to slow or stem the tide of gamified buying and selling.

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Free Loaders: Of Biker Mice And Men

Have you ever wanted to ride through the desert, just you and your bike, without a care in the world? Free from the law? Free from society? Free from those weird black trucks that follow you everywhere? Well, don’t worry. The world’s premier free games column has you covered.

(We also have a game about tyrannical cyber-Egyptians, if you’re into that instead).

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King’s Quest Episode 1 Is Now Free

A new King’s Quest [official site] was one of the first projects Activision announced after hauling the hide of Sierra Entertainment off their trophy wall and wrapping it around one of their colossal Actifingers, bringing back one of the shut-down publisher’s touchstones. With the series’ creators and makers long gone, the new episodic King’s Quest was made by P.B. Winterbottom devs The Odd Gentlemen. Three episodes are out so far, and now the first episode is free for everyone to try. Our John did not like it, but are you curious to see for yourself?

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Free Loaders: Not Safe For Work Or Your Mum’s House

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the human penis is in want of a photographer. A fundamentally interesting organ, it is versatile, yet vulnerable. Undeniably ugly and yet, somehow, ugly in all the right ways. It is this humble male appendage which brings us all together this week. Suffice to say, do not read on if your boss is sitting next to you. Unless you work for a sex shop, or like, I don’t know, a dildo factory.

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Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Open Beta Live On Windows 10

Are you my Drivatar?

I had expected the PC debut of Turn 10 Studios’ respected Xbox drive ‘em up Forza would be an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza, but I missed it happening a few days ago. Er. Well then. Forza Motorsport 6 [official site] is now available in open beta through the Microsoft Store. Yes, it is a stripped-down free-to-play version. No, it doesn’t have multiplayer. And yes, it does require Windows 10, though by now haven’t we all upgraded to 10 whether we wanted to or not? It’s a shame Forza’s PC debut is half-hearted but hey, if you want to go zoom, you now can! Its zooms are quite pretty.

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