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3 weeks ago

Memoirs Of Magic is a charming, free blend of ’90s FPS and JRPG

Last night, Memoirs Of Magic launched, a free, cute and bouncy old-school FPS by Strawberry Octopus Productions that I've been following on and off for years. Inspired by Doom and early 32-bit JRPGs, it's a large, semi-non-linear FPS and RPG hybrid, like an adorable, squishy version of Hexen. There's seven characters to play as solo or co-op, lots of monsters to zap, punch, clobber and…

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Feed a friend in the perfectly horrible Utsvulten

It's a kind thing to do, feeding a friend. You like your friend, don't you? You want them to eat? You don't mind if it gets a little intimate? A little sensual? And you don't mind if it gets a little horrifying? Of course you don't. You're a good friend. That's why you'll feel perfectly uncomfortable with Utsvulten, a wee free browser game from the…

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Feature: Take life by the horns and run an errand today

Priceless Play – 27 April

What makes an adventure? There is, of course, that romantic school of thought: the hero's journey away from home and back again through peril and plight, death and rebirth, and all the rest. (Don't forget to save the cat on page three.) But what else? What is "adventure" for the rest of us when we have no power to save the world from bosses and…

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4 weeks ago

Backbone: Prologue is a free and classy bit of animal detective adventure

Let's get this out of the way: Backbone is furry as all heck. Now I've said it, we can move on. From what I've played of its free demo, released tonight, it's also a well-written and gorgeously illustrated noir detective adventure, developed by EggNut. Set in an alternate Earth where the people are anthropomorphic animals, Howard Lotor is a raccoon P.I., on the trail of…

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Experience the first symptoms of Pathologic 2’s new demo

Fancy a little taste of surreal plague-ridden hell? Well, even if you don't, you should give the new Pathologic 2 demo a spin, because it's a dreamlike experience. Despite the number in the title, Pathologic 2 is more like a complete re-imagining of the original survival adventure. It's been delayed and possibly split into three releases, but developers Ice-Pick Lodge are in the final stretch…

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Little Misfortune demo is delightfully dark

Call me a masochist, but I'm a sucker for a depressing story - especially one that comes in a deceptively adorable package. Developers Killmonday Games cater to weirdos like me with their beautifully creepy stories, first with the Alice-in-Wonderlandesque Fran Bow and now with their latest game, Little Misfortune. Its demo launched on Steam and Itch.io today, a short tale of growing up, hell, and glitter.

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Feature: The machinery that runs the world

Priceless Play – 23 April

Ah, infrastructure -- that boring, beautiful thing. Infrastructure is what makes the world go. It is all the things we prefer to ignore when everything is going right - everything from roads to electric wiring to massive water filtration systems. As soon as there's a hiccup, however, that's when infrastructure reveals itself to be the all-encompassing lifeblood of the universe. And sometimes it seems games…

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Fear the sea in Like Gulls Crying At The Dawn

What mysteries lurk in all that ocean water? If Like Gulls Crying At The Dawn is anything to go by, you might not actually want to find out. On its surface, it’s a game about finding washed up messages from a shipwrecked traveller, but, just like the ocean, there are currents of deeper themes underneath. It also has less tortured metaphors than I do.

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A Kara Stone game recommendation, based on your horoscope

Like Alice B, I’ve been playing Ritual Of The Moon for the past few days. In case you somehow missed it, she’s been keeping a diary of her adventures as an exiled space witch in the game, which is designed to be played for a few minutes every day for a month. The game was released on Friday and I like it very much. I…

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1 month ago

Forager escapes into stores to mine wallets today

After half an hour with Forager, I can already feel its compulsion loops getting their hooks into my brain. Developed by HopFrog and released today, it's a cute single-player game about a little pixel-person mining and crafting and looting in perpetuity, continually escalating spirals of numbers, equipment and levels. There's land to buy (full of resources), dungeons to delve (full of gold to buy land)…

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Transistor free on Epic Games Store right now

Transistor is free for the next two weeks on the Epic Games Store and it is my humble opinion that you should be playing it right now, because it is a gem. Currently my favourite of Supergiant Games's all-excellent lineup (with wizard-sportsball adventure Pyre a very close second), it's part action RPG, part turn-based tactical combat, and all classy. Set in a jazzy art-deco cyberworld,…

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Atlas Reactor is powering down on June 28th

Free-to-play squad tactics game Atlas Reactor is the next on 2019's already dark-stained chopping block. Announced today, Trion Worlds have shut off all premium purchasing options in the game, and made everything available through play until the servers shut down on June 28th. They're straightforward and candid about the reason for shutting it down, saying that "Despite the support of this great group of fans,…

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Assassin’s Creed Unity goes free in honour of Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame cathedral is closed for renovation for the foreseeable future, but Ubisoft are offering everyone the opportunity to appreciate it (and clamber around it) free in Assassin's Creed Unity. From now until next Thursday, April 25th, the game is free to grab and keep forever here. Set in Paris, 1789, it offers a more co-op focused spin on the series, but was plagued by bugs…

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Annwn: The Otherworld is The Sentinel with Celtic ghosts and a demo

While it has technically been floating around Itch for a while, I've been sadly ignorant of Annwn: The Otherworld until its Steam release last night. Quantum Soul have produced a spooky Celtic take on intense 1986 stealth-puzzler The Sentinel, a formula that (from my noodling around with its demo) still holds up after thirty-three years. Players control a spirit in the underworld, unable to move,…

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Feature: The War Mayor cancels the apocalypse

Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement Of Curiosity episode nine – Titanfall

Last time on the BoC: Following near-disaster at the gristly green hands of a goblin raiding party, the War Mayor Dashmob usurped the throne of mayor Urist, and began a campaign to modernise and expand the fort’s small but spirited military. A tomb complex was built, a dead donkey was put on display at the zoo, and Amost, the daughter of fortress mascot Id, engaged…

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Wolfenstein 3D spawns three strange new games this week

It has been a bizarrely busy week for Wolfenstein 3D mods. In the past six days, there's been three impressive total conversions released for the great grandaddy of the modern FPS, two of which are entirely standalone. We've got pirates in The Golden Parrot, we've got vampires in Project X: Insurrection and we've got a bizarre tribute to an even more bizarre DOS game in…

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Kards deploys to the early access front-line

Another day, another free-to-play collectable card game, but Kards does well to set itself apart from the Hearthstone and Magic-inspired pack. Developed by 1939 Games, this one fully commits to its World War 2 setting, with faded cards bearing authentic propaganda poster art and a soundtrack featuring old jazz played through a gramophone. While the goal is familiar enough - bring the enemy HQ down…

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Axiom Soccer kicks off into free-to-play early access

If I were uncharitable, I could churlishly describe Axiom Soccer as free-to-play Rocket League with guns. Fortunately, developers Earthbound Games seems to have some clever ideas of their own, plus it reminds me a lot of old Quake 2 mod QPong. Launching into early access today, it supports 3v3 online play, up to 2v2 local play, and matches against bots. Players zip about an arena…

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Kirby makes climbing Celeste mountain look easy in Ingeste

It's the middle of the week, it's time to unwind a little, so let's take a stroll back up the spike-lined paths of Celeste mountain, but this time as Kirby. Ingeste, by EX.ULT VIDEOTAINMENT is a free, browser-friendly mod of the original Celeste for Pico-8 starring HAL Laborotory's famously friend-shaped pink puffball. It's a cute little subversion of a Matt Thorson's tough platformer, letting you float…

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Notmycar is doing donuts in early access

Quietly released on Friday, NMC Studios vehicular free-to-play battle royale shooter Notmycar launched into early access. It's immediately familiar stuff to anyone who has played any other battle royale, only there's just forty competitors, and it's somewhat harder for them to hide as they're all driving around in loud, heavily armed vehicles. After taking it for a spin for a couple rounds, I reckon that…

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