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Feature: Fortune favours the bold

Priceless Play – 20 July 2019

Luck, happenstance, pleasant coincidence and serendipity. Good fortune feels decidedly rare in 2019, what with a burning planet and all. There are days when I wake up on the right side of the bed, and my entire to-do list gets checked off -- and then some. Why does this happen on some days and not others? Who can say. Here is a collection of games…

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Eve: Aether Wars invites pilots to next month’s 10,000 player dogfight

Whew, hard to believe it, but this will be my last news post for RPS for the foreseeable future. Fitting, then, that it's about going large and loud and blotting out the heavens themselves with explosions. Eve: Aether Wars is a collaborative tech demo/stress test run by Eve Online developers CCP and cloud networking techies Hadean, researching new ways to cram even more players onto…

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John Wick (unofficially) becomes a free 8-bit platformer

Back in my day, every action movie worth its salt spawned a licensed 8-bit platformer. Granted, most were rubbish, but it's a bit of a lost art. What would John Wick's look like? A lot like the picture above. You might have seen pixel Keanu doing the rounds back in May thanks to a mockup video by the developers of Blazing Chrome, but now you…

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Limbo is free for keepsies on the Epic Games Store right now

Spooky-ooky puzzle-platformer Limbo, the game our former Kieron (RPS in pieces) dismissed as "Rick Dangerous for Goths", is the latest giveaway on the Epic Games Store. Playdead's tale of an oft-eviscerated kid searching for his sister was very much part of the early-tensies contemporary canon. It's a game one could hardly help but own through some bundle or freebie, though now I imagine a fair…

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Feature: Chimps can be bad for your elf

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Nineteen – Crossing the Rubicon

Last time on the BoC: Due to a prolonged water shortage during a goblin siege, the dwarves finally breached the underground to slake their thirst. Despite attacks by giant bats and a mishap with a captured goblin swordsman, great treasures were unearthed below - basement founder Lorbam retrieved a feather from Tol, the great winged worm, as well as using herself as bait to catch…

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Explore a breathtaking world beset by spirits in Atma for free

You know how it is. Sometimes you’re just guarding the world with your boyfriend and then he tries to grasp at more power than is allowed and in doing so gets stuck between the worlds of the living and the dead. We’ve all been there. So, too, is Shaya, the protagonist of utterly gorgeous game Atma. Trace mantras onscreen to get past obstacles and enemies,…

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Feature: The NES carts of tomorrow, today

Priceless Play – 13 July 2019

The Famicase game jam, or A Game By Its Cover, has officially begun and will be accepting submissions for the month of July. This annual jam draws inspiration from the My Famicase Exhibition and usually shakes out to be one of my favourite jams of the year (it's co-run by my friend Dominic Johann, but what's that got to do with it!) Games run on…

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Microsoft release Windows 1.11 as a Stranger Things 3 doodad

Here’s a fun wee thing: just like the ever-encroaching evil of the Netflix banger's big bad, Stranger Things 3 is insinuating itself into our world. In what's possibly the show at its most evil, it's enacting a corporate strategic placement opportunity to promote brand growth and engagement. If you're brave enough to go on, here's how: Microsoft has released an app called Windows 1.11 that…

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Feature: The jaws that bite, the claws that catch

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Eighteen – Drubbings In The Deep

Last time on the BoC: After a wild summer in which the fortress was revamped, a ghost wrestler arrived, and the Bird Hole was finally bricked over, autumn arrived with its traditional goblin siege. This one was heavier than most: despite an attack from within the enemy ranks by a shapeshifting Werepanda, the blockade remained all season, leaving the fort without a supply of water…

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Halo fan-remake mod SPV3 re-launches with six more missions

With Halo finally coming back to PC starting with Halo: Reach, it only seems fitting for the original's small modding scene to get a second wind. Covered previously, Halo SPV3 is the biggest, most ambitious mod for the game yet. A nearly-standalone re-imagining of the first Halo, bringing it in line with Reach's tech, timeline and story. The new version (3.2) released over the weekend…

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Feature: Kat has thoughts about cyberpunk

Priceless Play – 6 July 2019

For most of my life, I've been cyberpunk ambivalent. I like speculative fiction just fine, but I feel like if there are Fantasy People and there are Science Fiction People, I am firmly in the former camp. I've never truly vibed with fiction revolving around spaceships, computers, and dystopian futures, but I never could really articulate why. Transmetropolitan? Tried it. Blade Runner? Eh. Shadowrun? Never…

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Songs Of The Lost is a dream of a future internet with some very good dogs

Songs Of The Lost is another free psychedelic interactive dreamscape from artist Paloma Dawkins and her posse. Produced for the Manchester International Festival, it's a short first-person walking sim-ish-thing about cyberspace, and maybe the internet, and perhaps heaven, if it were made of code. Honestly, I'm not entirely sure what I played, but there's a sassy mouse with wings, and trees seem like jerks. Grab…

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Jupiter Hell summons players for a weekend demo

Let's not beat around the bush; Jupiter Hell is a spiritual sequel to Doom: The Roguelike, aka DoomRL (aka DRL post-lawyering), and that's plenty of reason to play it. You can try it out right now, though the gates of hell will snap shut again at 6pm BST on Monday, July 8th. If you want to shotgun some demons in tactical, turn-based fashion, there's just one…

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Sega and Amplitude want you to pick two (of five) free Mega Drive games to keep

What 4X strategy games have to do with old Sega Mega Drive games (or Genesis, if you're uncultured), I'll never know, but Amplitude Studios (of the Endless series) are giving away a stack of old Sega stuff on their Games2Gether page this weekend. You'll have to sign up on their site and have the games automatically redeemed to your Steam account, but you can pick two…

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Ode To A Moon’s free demo is uncannily psychedelic

I'm not rad keen on the word psychedelic. It means too many different things to too many different people. One person might deploy the word as hip shorthand for "unsettlingly colourful", and another might think you're talking about a profound substance-induced journey into the inner machinations of the soul. Both of these imaginary people are being silly. That needed saying, because the free ten-minute demo…

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The Fromto demo is a lot of scribbly, messy party platformer fun

Scribbly party puzzle platformer Fromto isn't out until later this year, but its dad-and-his-kids dev team just rolled out a demo on Steam to test your friendships. Reminding me of anarchic platformer Transformice (although Studio Erikson cite Ultimate Chicken Horse, Worms and Trackmania as inspirations), it's a local or online multiplayer platform racer. Drive your bouncy car around a 2D maze, hit checkpoints, then to…

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Overcooked is free to keep on Epic Games Store this week

The Epic Game Store's giveaway du jour is the brillo Overcooked. A co-op cooking game for up to four (local only) about wobbly little chefs running around top-down diorama kitchens, preparing ingredients and serving dishes. Simple, except sometimes you're trying to serve food during an earthquake, or across a kitchen built into multiple moving trucks. Good fun, and while its sequel improved on the recipe,…

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StarCraft fan-remake mod Mass Recall for StarCraft 2 is finally complete

After some delays, StarCraft: Mass Recall is complete and ready to play. It's a StarCraft 2 mod remake of the original StarCraft's campaign, expansion, demo and more. Better still, it's compatible with the free SC2 Starter Edition, effectively making it a free game. When I last covered this and other SC2 mods, only the first three campaigns were available, with the remaining missions needing work to…

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Feature: It only took 17 episodes to acquire a bloody chimp

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Seventeen – Ape Expectations

Last Time on the BoC: With the exception of a squad of sharpshooters hurling themselves off a roof to punch an invading army, and a vast two-headed giant muscling its way into the fort (only to get thoroughly Idded), the Basement entered a period of shocking prosperity...

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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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