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Among Ripples: Shallow Waters

3 weeks ago

Feature: In which we discuss pirates, space missions, and lying about wine.

The best Steam Festival demos: management games

You know what takes a lot of managing? All the demos in the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition. There are blimmin' 900 of them. And coincidentally, I have gone through and collected some of the best demos on that theme. Rockets, monsters, pirates, wine and fish: what do all these things have in common? You're in charge of their efficiency, that's what. If someone wants…

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4 months ago

Feature: Let's just listen to a man chat about ponds for a bit

Start your day with this extremely relaxing fish video from Among Ripples

Last month, I fell somewhat in love with an ultra-gentle, early access management sim about freshwater fish. Among Ripples: Shallow Waters is, even as a proof of concept demo, a solid tycoon game. But what really took me was its take on the "tycoon" part. This isn't a game about chewing up a disposable world for resources, but about tending, shepherding and expanding ecosystems, back…

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5 months ago

Feature: A nice chat with Martin Greip

Among Ripples’ creative director on crayfish, capitalism, and 90s Star Trek

Last week I played the prototype demo of Among Ripples: Shallow Waters, and although it was in fairly basic shape, I was both enthused and touched by it. Enthused, because it proved that tycoon games don’t have to cheerlead for the idea of the natural world existing only to fuel exponential financial growth. And charmed, because it chose European freshwater fish - a lifelong, inherited…

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Feature: Compliments for fishing

Among Ripples is a tycoon game with a conscience – and pike

Well, I didn't expect to nearly burst into tears at the proof-of-concept demo for a management this week, but life is full of surprises, I suppose. The demo in question was for Among Ripples: Shallow Waters, a self-described "eco tycoon sim" slated for release next year, and I've had an eye on it for a while as part of my continuing mission to play as…

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