Flower Shop: a little utopia where flowers play fair

Flower Shop

Here is a little game-shaped gift to everyone out there who, for example, received a “grow your own plant from seed kit” and has followed the instructions TO THE LETTER but the sodding thing has stalled out at two inch saplings for A WHOLE FREAKING MONTH AND A HALF despite literally all the conditions stipulated in the care leaflet being met and the correct dosage of food being measured out and applied as per instructions and yet we are still in this awful situation and it won’t grow but it won’t die and WHAT DOES IT WANT WHY WON’T IT JUST FULFIL ITS END OF THE DEAL?

Which is why anyone in that hypothetical situation might enjoy Jezzamon’s Ludum Dare entry, Flower Shop [online Flash version]. Read the rest of this entry »

TISIC IZIEB is a cute little dino telekinesis puzzler

TISIC IZIEB

Poking around in the Ludum Dare 37 entries I found TISIC IZIEB [Itch page], a game which takes the “One Room” theme and translates it into a push-and-pull room escape puzzle. I like how neat it is and the potential for truly fiendish puzzles. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… One Chance?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Tfw you invent a cure for cancer and it becomes an unstoppable disease that starts to kill everyone on the planet. One Chance is a short scrolling story game that puts you in the role of that scientist man, John Pilgrim, as he tries to fix his own research team’s mess by making daily decisions about what to do next. If you haven’t heard of it and don’t want the entire point of the story taken away from you, then just go play it. It’s quite good. Otherwise, read on. Read the rest of this entry »

Tales and trials: Tales of Berseria demo released

Dear sirs...

A demo for Tales of Berseria [official site] is now out on Steam, offering a sample of Bandai Namco’s JRPG ahead of its full launch on January 27th. Tales may be an old series but it’s relatively new to PC, so do have a bash if you’re curious. If you’re less interested in games than options menus and framerates, hey, I can tell you about that. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Loaders: Heist, heist baby

Oh look, you’re back. Last year was interesting, wasn’t it? Hopefully 2017 has good things in store, both in terms of free games and the continuation of human history. We’re off to a strong start on the games side, anyway. Come into our digital den of dastardly downloads as we explore some of the finer details of your personality, including but not limited to:

  • Criminality
  • False consciousness
  • Bad diet
  • Poor hygeine

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Blastoff! Mass Effect 2 free on Origin

Mass Effect 2 [official site], the game I’d say mmmight be my favourite of BioWare’s fab sci-fi RPG series, is currently free through Origin. Grab it now and it’s yours for keepsies. If you’ve not played a Mass Effect before and are curious now that Mass Effect Andromeda is due in March, here you go! You’ll miss out from not having played the first game–I think a lot of ME2’s best points are built upon the first game or are interesting in juxtaposition–but I’m sure you’ll pick up what’s going on. I see that clever twinkle in your eye. Read the rest of this entry »

IF Only: Remembering Textfyre

Shadow in the Cathedral Cover

For quite a lot of the 2000s, IF enthusiasts hoped for a future in which parser IF would become commercially viable again. There were various theories about how to do that, but one company made a more serious attempt than most. Dave Cornelson put together Textfyre, a company that would create interactive fiction aimed at roughly middle school-aged children. The games would have a custom interface that resembled a book, and they’d be released as parts of a series, to encourage repeat sales. There would be handmade maps and artwork, so that these games would feel like quality products. And they’d sell for a serious price, $25 each. Read the rest of this entry »