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Feature: All you can eat

Have You Played… Donut County?

Donut County is like Katamari Damacy, but tidier. Instead of rolling everything up into an ever-increasing ball of mess, you're sucking everything underground until the surface is bare. As an expanding hole, you eat bricks, chairs, cars, until eventually you're able to gobble up entire houses. And who doesn't love some tasty brickwork for their tea?

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Have You Played… Hoplite?

Hoplite has been an instant install on any new phone I buy since before I'd left university. It's an unassuming turn-based roguelite where you play as a Hoplite deftly moving from enemy to enemy, from tiny map to tiny map, in search of a Golden Fleece. It's also the first thing that comes to mind when I try to dredge up a list of games…

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Feature: Devil's in the details

Have You Played… Lucifer’s Atoms?

It makes me a little bit sad sometimes, when I play something absolutely fascinating that also happens to have barely any chance of getting the recognition it deserves. These games aren't confined to obscurity because of the ol' David & Goliath narrative of plucky indies and all-powerful AAA ogres, but because they seem to be made without a care for mass market appeal. Lucifer's Atoms,…

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Feature: Willamette your match.

Have You Played… Dead Rising?

I never enjoyed horror. Why would I want to engage with media specifically designed to make me anxious and uncomfortable? Not my bag, sorry. Thankfully, zombies often bring the perfect mesh of horror and goofiness that makes the genre far more easy to get into. Telltale’s The Walking Dead, for example, lets you into a world where the horror isn’t in the immediate terror, but…

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Feature: Everyday heroes

Have You Played… Legendary Gary?

Legendary Gary is a game about a super boring dude named Gary. By day he works in a vacuous supermarket. By night, he spends his precious time off playing an RPG called Legend Of The Spear in his Mum's dimly-lit basement. The RPG features isometric gameplay and a cast of characters pulling from Gary's limited roster of friends and family.

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Feature: A more thoughtful-nite

Have You Played… Realm Royale?

Let’s travel back in time. To the distant year 2018.We’re at peak Fortnite. Ninja urges a new year’s crowd to floss with him as rain beats down on his sodden bandana. Water seeps into his suit, into every fabric of his being. The flash of his smile is the only source of light, but it’s a bit too bright. He begins flossing. The sound of…

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Feature: The ol' snipple snapple

Have You Played… Sea Salt?

My mate Greg is one of those people who's phenomenally gentle and kind-hearted, but has a surprisingly brutal taste in media. He introduced me to a big chunk of the metal bands I listen to, and loves films with plenty of fights. I remember as teenagers, we spent an impossibly hot summer's day watching Gangs Of New York, then roaring Daniel Day Lewis quotes at…

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Feature: Sit up and pay attention

Have You Played… My Exercise?

At its core, My Exercise is a game about a chubby boy doing sit-ups with his dog. Specifically, into his dog. With his little round legs anchored firmly beneath his dog's tummy, chubby boy rises and falls in time with your space bar, smooshing his little chubby cheeks into the soft, plush fur of his animal companion. Sometimes he'll give it a good old nuzzle.…

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Feature: Water, water, every where / Nor any drop to drink

Have You Played… Raft?

Even though it only hit Steam in 2018, and has only existed in any form since 2016, Raft feels like one of those survival games that has been in Early Access forever. That's not a criticism, it's just very much the mood the game has. It's one of those ones you'll play a bit of, forget about, and then look back a year later, only…

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Have You Played… Borderlands 2?

The Borderlands series is aesthetically and tonally consistent. Borderlands 2 has the same exact mood as its predecessor, and its sequel, and whatever you'd call Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in that scheme of reference. It's one of those series where even though there's only four main installments (admittedly with near-infinite DLC), it becomes very difficult to remember which particular bits or characters appeared in which games,…

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Have You Played… Paunch?

Paunch is tagged “Psychological Horror” and “Sexual Content” on Steam, and while this is wrong, it also couldn’t be more accurate. Two players take control of huge sumo wrestlers called Bob and fight to the death by flinging large rocks at each other. One can also opt to charge down the opposing player and lay them out with a solid hook to the chin. It…

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Feature: Just one more early-game

Have you played… Sid Meier’s Civilization VI?

"Just one more turn." For all that the phrase is most commonly attributed to the Civilization franchise, I've never really experienced that feeling with the games. Whenever I've wanted to pack the game in and continue another day, I'm able to do so. If the phrase were instead "Just one more game," then that would much more accurately capture the influence Civilization VI in particular…

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Feature: Brain strain

Have You Played… Cortex Command?

I wish I enjoyed Cortex Command more than I do.It has a terrific premise. You're a brain, competing with other brains to mine gold from different maps by directing and remotely controlling robots. You can control them directly, flitting back and forth as needed, digging tunnels and building walls and, of course, shooting the hell out of each other in the Worm-esque fully destructible levels.…

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Feature: It does not grind my Gears.

Have You Played… Gears of War?

Gears Of War is a third-person shooter in which you take control of a giant man wearing a bandana and chainsaw equally giant alien creatures in half. Somehow it manages to make this an emotional, and at times, frightening affair. The game bounces between explosive set pieces, unsettling, almost survival horror exploration, and tear jerking bro moments.

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Feature: Red vs Blue

Have You Played… Outland?

Outland doesn't have a unique bone in its red and blue body. You can reach new areas in the world after unlocking abilities, like Metroid; you navigate the environment with the agility of the Prince Of Persia; and you take out baddies by changing the colour of your character, like Ikaruga. Its that last one that makes Outland a great 2D action-platformer, rather than just…

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Feature: Worth the space it takes up on your PC

Have you played… Call Of Duty: Warzone?

I consider myself quite the all-rounder when it comes to playing games. I've sampled a little bit of what sometimes feels like every game ever made during my five-squared years on this earth. And yet somehow, inconceivably, before last year's Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare I'd never played a CoD game before. I've no idea how it happened (or didn't happen), but it did (or…

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Have you played… Contradiction: Spot the Liar?

Contradiction: Spot the Liar! is an absolutely wonderful, hilarious, campy romp. If you haven’t played a full-motion-video (FMV) game in a while, or ever, this is the perfect starting point.Designed by Tim Follin and starring Rupert Booth as Detective Inspector Frederick Jenks, you’re tasked with getting to the bottom of the mystery behind Laura Palm- I mean Kate Vine’s death. She’s a student who has…

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