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 »

Snoop ’em up Orwell’s final episode is out

If you fancied playing The Man with surveillance ’em up Orwell [official site] but are wary of episodic releases, good news: all five parts are now out. It’s set in a country recently rocked by a terrorist account, giving the player access to a mighty online snooping system to uncover and investigate a network of suspects. This final release is quite timely, given the surveillance bill Parliament just voted through. The first episode is free so all are welcome to a glimpse of our future. Read the rest of this entry »

Dreamy moonlight shadow knights in Lunem prototype

Lunem

Lunem [Itch.io page] is a ProcJam-inspired work in progress (to the point where it’s more of a sketch than a game – a proto-game, perhaps?) but I wanted to talk about it because the protogame shows off a lovely dream-like shadow puppet-ish art style and even if the game never gets any further I’m glad the idea exists. Read the rest of this entry »

Snow joke: Steep now preloading for open beta weekend

If you, like me, fancy hitting the slopes this weekend in the free open beta test for Ubisoft’s open-world xXtremewintersportsXx ’em up Steep [official site], fire up Uplay today. The beta doesn’t begin until Friday but you can now preload the game, which is handy as it’s a 19GB download. If that sounds big to you, hey, consider how big the Alps are. You could hardly take them home with you on the bus, could you? Read the rest of this entry »