Inside opens up with demo, tears Denuvo from its guts

A demo of Playdead’s grimpretty puzzle-platformer Inside [official site] is now out. Given that John found their follow-up to Limbo a bit empty but Pip adored its animation and Alec enjoyed its dark comedy, you may have been waiting for the official centralised verdict of the RPS Advent Calendar. Our word is, of course, law but I suppose it’s fine if you start forming your own opinions as a warm-up for the forthcoming judgment. Oh, and if you’d been holding out for a DRM-free release, you’ll be glad to hear it now has one. Read the rest of this entry »

Smash up a Thanksgiving dinner in Wreck the Party!

Thanksgiving, as I understand it, is a time for family to come together. American sitcoms have taught me that everyone gathers round a roast pigskin to watch balloons, throw an egg, watch MST3K, and argue until it’s time to hit the shops and punch an octogenarian in the face so you can swipe a Two and a Half Men box set out their hands. Wreck the Party! [Itch page] simulates the dinner part. Serve the turkey by flinging it across the table, breaking things and upsetting guests. It is smashing. Read the rest of this entry »

PES 2017’s free Trial Edition joins in online PES League

Our Adam will tell you that Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 [official site] is a cracking game but one you really should play on console rather than PC if you can. For whatever reason, the PC version is still uglier and jankier. But if PC is your only option, you might fancy a punt at the free Trial Edition released today. It has the usual ‘play matches with a few teams and kick a ball around in training’ demo jazz but also lets everyone into the PES League online competition, which kicks off a new season in December. Read the rest of this entry »

IF Only: The Works of Steph Cherrywell

Cover art for Jacqueline Jungle Queen

Steph Cherrywell is the creator of web comics (not necessarily safe for work) and graphic novels, such as Pepper Penwell and the Land Creature of Monster Lake. She is also one of the standout creators of comedy parser IF from the past couple of years, carrying over into interactive fiction her skill as an illustrator and her taste for riffing on naive adventure stories.

In Jacqueline, Jungle Queen (parser, Quest 5), the eponymous heroine is a spunky reporter who winds up stranded in the jungle and needing to explore her way to freedom. It’s available to play online. The online version offers a self-updating map, a permanent inventory list, and some other nice goodies. Just be aware that the website times out if you leave it alone for too long, so don’t expect to leave the game half-finished in a tab and come back the next day.

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Shadow Tactics demo offers Commandos-y stealth

Psst. Psst! Over here, in the shadows. If you’ve been missing the top-down, squad-based stealth-o-action of games like Desperados and Commandos, have a gander at Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun [official site]. It’s similar to that sort of real-time tactical game but set in Edo-period Japan, with classes like a ninja and marksman up to no good. It’s due in a few weeks and a demo arrived today with a sneaking sample. Read the rest of this entry »

Brief Karate Foolish will fulfill your dream of fighting as a half-nude Japanese man

The motto of Brief Karate Foolish [official site] ran through Google Translate is: “First of all, discard reason. Everything is from then!” This free “super real match fighting game,” is all about the majesty and grace of brief-wearing Japanese men fighting to the death for a mystical pair of black briefs. That sounds like a typical Friday night for me, only I’d prefer to wear a unicorn head to top off the ensemble. Read the rest of this entry »

Fridges of the Pacific Northwest showcases real fridges of the Pacific Northwest in space

Fridges of the Pacific Northwest [official site] takes you to a galaxy of fridges. There are enough fridges in this game to comprise a galaxy. How is that even possible? It is. Each fridge has signage that is lovingly recreated from the results of a 2016 photojournalism project that documented refrigerators from workplaces across the Pacific Northwest. Read the rest of this entry »