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ABZÛ review

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2 years ago

Feature: Listen to these dads

Podcast: What do we play with our kids?

The dadification of games continues. So we’re going full Dad this week on the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, as we’ve been asked to talk about the games we play with our children. Alec’s daughter is excited by the unlockable characters in Rayman Legends (and she’s also strangely fascinated by Battletech). John’s son is a bit younger and likes to watch his dad diving…

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Feature: Give PC a chance

The 20 best non-violent games on PC

My nerves have been sufficiently jangled and my trigger-finger sufficiently itched by the glut of action games which landed in the closing months of last year. I crave an altogether more sedate beginning to 2018, and so my mind turns to games in which violence, reflex or any other kind of unblinking attentiveness takes a back seat. Primarily we're talking violence-free games here, but I…

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Feature: Superman 64 syndrome strikes again

Dreamy flying game InnerSpace is Abzu’s awkward cousin

There are two games in recent memory which left me with an immediate thirst for more. Not in terms of story answers or glitzier sequels - it was simply that I wanted more of the same experience. I'd play a second Inside in a heartbeat - just more strings of strange and blackly comic scenes with well-judged, lethal puzzling. And I'd leap at the chance…

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Feature: Sit down for a while

The Joy of belonging in ABZÛ

[gfycat data_id="ImpartialConsciousFlatfish" data_expand=true data_controls=false data_autoplay=true data_title=false] In ABZÛ, you play as a diver who is exploring the sublime and vibrant depths of the ocean. As you dive further down you heal and restore areas that have mysteriously decayed and help bring back their natural beauty. It’s a wonderful and emotional game that can turn even the clunkiest of players into a graceful aqua-dancer. Yet while…

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3 years ago

Feature: Chill out

10 of the most relaxing games on PC

Navigate the gallery by clicking on the left and right arrows or use the left and right cursor keys on your keyboard! Real life is rubbish sometimes, and there’s nothing that video games can do about that. But I know that if I’ve had a particularly tough day at work, then sitting down at my PC and visiting a different world can often be exactly…

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Feature: Keep your finger on the pulse without giving up sleep

The 23 best bite-size games for busy lives

I am dad, hear me whinge. Too many games, not enough spare time, for all my non-work hours are spent kissing grazed knees, explaining why you cannot eat the food in that cupboard, constructing awful Lion King dioramas out of toilet roll tubes and being terrified that the next jump from the sofa to the armchair will go fatally wrong. I'm lucky in that my…

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Feature: Absent Friends

Have You Played…ABZU?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I fell hard for languid, gorgeous diving adventure ABZU at the time, but replaying it recently with my three-year-old daughter, it's become something else entirely. Not simply delightful - also strangely harrowing.

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Feature: Down here all the fish is happy

Into The Sea: An ABZÛ Gallery

I know, you're all off exploring the stars, but please don't neglect the seas. ABZÛ [official site] is the most beautiful sight I've seen on my screen this year. I know it has its irritations - particularly, the controls leave my sense of tranquility battered and bruised - but nonetheless its explosion of undersea life and air of casual exploration pleases me enormously. I felt…

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