Try Out 30 Minutes Of Mighty No. 9 Dev’s ReCore

Not so sure about ReCore [official site]? Did Mighty No. 9 leave you feeling a litle unsure about the whole Comcept and Keiji Inafune thing? No one could blame you. Microsoft seeks to rectify any uncertainty you might have about the action platformer with the introduction of a 30-minute demo that’s up for grabs on Windows 10. Or at least get your attention if you hadn’t actually heard about the game. Read the rest of this entry »

Keep Forever: Dungeon Keeper Is Free Right Now

The original Dungeon Keeper [Origin page] is free for a limited time, through Origin. If you download it before the offer expires (EA aren’t saying how long it’ll last), you can keep it forever, or until your Origin account turns to dust – whichever comes first. First released in 1997, Dungeon Keeper is a strategy game in which you manage an underground lair, protecting your treasures and killing invading adventurers. Alec thinks it’s rather good.

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500 Apocalypses: An Alien Interactive Fiction Memorial

Following Emily’s reminder that this year’s Interactive Fiction Competition entries are now playable I started to browse and found a curious and enjoyable piece called 500 Apocalypses [entry page] by Phantom Williams. It’s a fictional in-browser museum/garden curating the apocalypses of various societies as translated from an extraterrestrial resource. There’s also a cool FAQ which augments the experience nicely, toying with the fact/fiction distinction.

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Demo Of Surveillance Game Beholder Now Available

The games they are a-changin’. A beholder used to be “a floating orb of flesh with a large mouth, single central eye, and many smaller eyestalks on top with deadly magical powers”. You’d find them in dungeons, hovering about and making a nuisance of themselves. 2016’s Beholder [official site] is a man called Carl and he’s a whole lot creepier than a floating testocular monster:

“As Carl, the landlord of an apartment house employed to serve the state…your daily routine is simply to make the property attractive to its tenants. Little do they know that you have ulterior motives and will use any means available to observe, whether it’s spying, eavesdropping or wiretapping as you build tenant profiles…”

Papers, Please meets The Lives of Others? There’s a demo available now.

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IF Only: IF Comp 2016

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My friends: IF Comp 2016 is now open.

If you’re new to interactive fiction, you may not be familiar with the IF community calendar, so let me quickly explain why you’ve arrived at the best time of year.

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Free Loaders: Escape The Invaded City Of Santa Luz

Free Loaders on a Tuesday? That’s right. We don’t follow your rigid social structure here at RPS, man. We’re rule-breakers, rebels, mavericks. We follow the beat of our own cholesterol-clogged hearts. If we want to give you a list of the best free games of the past week on a Tuesday instead of a Saturday, then gorb dormit that’s what we’ll do. You’re not the boss of us.

Please come read my article.

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Dead State Dev’s Panic At Multiverse High! Gets Demo

Panic at Multiverse High! [official site] has been out for over a month already, but now you can try before you buy in a new demo. It’s Dead State developer DoubleBear’s take on a dating sim set in a high school where things are a bit… off.

Things start out normally enough. Canned music straight out of a ’90s job training video—check. A school bully named Chad—check. Said school bully is pink and has six arms—well, hold on.

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