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Touhou Luna Nights freezes time, cuts prices and picks a new fight

The Touhou series is intimidating in so many ways (most of them bullet-based), so you might have skipped on brillo time-bending metroidvania Touhou Luna Nights. If you have, today is a great day to give it a stab as developers Team Ladybug just patched in one final round of goodies, as well as cutting the game's price for a week. While previously complete, this new…

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E3 2019 games – every game confirmed

They just keep coming don't they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn't know about, as well as stuff that's previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we're doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we'd put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to…

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Touhou Luna Nights slashes out of early access

Touhou and Castlevania are two great flavours that have been paired for years now, but I think that Touhou Luna Nights might be the best blend yet. A slick metroidvania by Team Ladybug (the folks behind that neat Shin Megami Tensei promo game), it's been in early access since August last year, adding a new zone every couple months. Today, the final levels were added,…

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Strange Telephone review

Entering into its deeply peculiar world, Strange Telephone offered up so many things I love. A bizarre, bulky aesthetic, creepy undertones and surreal locations, and a unique mechanic that made exploration feel novel and interesting. Until it really, really didn't. In words I never thought I'd type, this is a game that's too strange.

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Strange Telephone puzzlingly dials up PCs today

Fans of the weird, dream-like puzzling of Yume Nikki should feel right at home with Strange Telephone. It's a quiet little point-and-click adventure about a woman - Jill - exploring weird, abstract dream-realms through dialling them up on her levitating telephone pal Graham. Explore, collect items, solve problems and slowly work your way towards an ending. Or just chill out in the Candy Dimension, if…

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Touhou Luna Nights puts a stylish Metroidvania twist on the shmup mega-series

The Touhou shared universe is now pouring onto Steam. Spinoffs and fan-games aplenty have popped up recently, but Metroidvania Touhou Luna Nights seems a cut above. Licensed from original Touhou studio Team Shanghai Alice and developed by Team Ladybug (the crew behind that excellent free Shin Megami Tensei Metroidvania and others), it launched into early access today. While the cast of characters are familiar to fans of…

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La-Mulana 2 unravels mankind’s lost history this summer

It is with equal measures excitement and dread (my brain is not ready) that I tell you all that La-Mulana 2 is almost here. Nearly four and a half years after its successful Kickstarter, the sequel to Japanese indie studio Nigoro's cult hit puzzle-platformer/metroidvania has been quietly brewing in the background. Today, it officially entered the final stretch of development, along with the release of…

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FIGHTCRAB is a game about CRABS that FIGHT, okay?

FIGHTCRAB! You really can't beat that title, both for accuracy and sheer satisfaction value in shouting it aloud, hence why I insist it be capitalized. The latest from oceanically obsessed Japanese indie outfit Nussoft (they of the quite bonkers Neo Aquarium: The King Of Crustaceans and its sequel, Ace of Seafood), FIGHTCRAB has been in the works for a while now, but yesterday they released their…

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Yume Nikki: Dream Diary launches tomorrow

Time flies, eh? It feels like just a month ago that Japanese media conglomerate Kadokawa announced a successor to minimalist indie adventure Yume Nikki, working in close collaboration with Kikiyama, mysterious developer of the original game, and it's almost here already. Oh. It was just a month ago. Sneaking up on us like a particularly unsettling memory of a nightmare, Yume Nikki: Dream Diary is…

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Yume Nikki: Dream Diary revives cult series on Feb 23

I hadn't heard of Yume Nikki until a fortnight ago, when the Japanese cult classic explore-o-horror popped up on Steam after over a decade and a sequel was announced. After reading Giada Zavarise's praise of the first one, I feel I've really missed something. I'm now on a timer to catch up, as the publishers today announced that sequel Yume Nikki: Dream Diary will arrive…

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Break Arts 2: Build the anime mecha of your dreams

Giant robots are cool, I think we can all agree on that. Giant racing robots that are entirely hand-built, right down to the running lights, spinny greebles and animated widgets? The only question I have is 'Where do I sign up?' Upcoming robo-racer Break Arts 2 may technically be an expanded port of a relatively lightweight mobile mecha-racing game, but small Japanese team MercuryStudio have…

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Yume Nikki’s legacy: an invitation to dream

To see Yume Nikki appear on Steam feels like the closing of an era. This surreal game is a relic from a bygone age, when the concept of “indie” was still strange and the World Wide Web felt smaller, darker and more mysterious. It’s the stuff dreams are made of, which is fitting, since it revolves entirely around sleeping.

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First footage of Yume Nikki follow-up Dream Diary

Cult indie horror game Yume Nikki arrived on Steam this week and, more than a decade after its original release, we saw signs that the dream saga might continue. Yume Nikki is free and if you're at all interested in wandering through subtle and not-so-subtle nightmare realms while trying to decipher their strange logic, you should play it! A countdown site suggested we'd find out…

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Cult horror Yume Nikki now on Steam, follow-up teased

I'm not a card-carrying member of the Yume Nikki cult. If I were, I'd be able to tell you how to pick your way through the dreamscape, and might even be able to decipher some of the mysteries that it contains. Since it's original release over a decade ago, Yume Nikki has fascinated me but I've never spent enough time in its surreal environments to…

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Have You Played… La Mulana?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. While Lara Croft is shooting a bear in the face, Nathan Drake is hanging out the back of a plane, and Indiana Jones is squabbling with his dad, the heroes of La Mulana are doing the real work: taking notes, reading patterns, drawing…

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Blast Off With Starr Mazer DSP’s Retro-Flavored Trailer

What's better than a point-and-click adventure game with retro-inspired pixel art, a hero named Brick M. Stonewood, and the quote "truth spilled out at 60 km/s from the barrel of a gun?" Not a lot, if I'm being honest. There is one thing, though: A roguelike shmup called Starr Mazer: DSP [official site]. Fast, furious and chock-full of ultra-sexy retro graphics, it's one heaping helping of throwback…

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Momodora: Reverie Under The Moonlight Is Out Now

Besides having a wonderful name, Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight [official site] is also the fourth entry to the Momodora series. Now, before you jump to conclusions: yes, this is a 2D retro-inspired action platformer with items and spells and big bosses like the ones you've seen elsewhere; but rest assured it's a good one. Here, have a trailer.

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Neo Aquarium: The King Of Crustaceans On Steam

NEO AQUARIUM - The King of Crustaceans - [official site] is not a new game, but it is a game about laser crabs, barnacles, and lobsters fighting each other and it does have the name NEO AQUARIUM - The King of Crustaceans - and that's certainly worth another look at now it's surfaced again on Steam. Though I think I might prefer the subtitle of…

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It’s Swery Time: D4 Demo Released

Last time I posted about D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die [official site], I was a bit vague about what it is. It's an adventure game, right? But not like typical adventure games. And it has action segments. And it all has loads of QTEs that tire your character. And coming from the chap behind Deadly Premonition, it's obviously a bit weird. It's... look, you can…

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Sweet Dreams: Swery’s D4 On PC Next Week

Whatever Hidetaka 'Swery' Suehiro is up to, colour me interested. An episodic adventure game about a former cop trying to solve the murder of his wife by diving back in time? Yep, I'm up for D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die [official site]. After Deadly Premonition, which he directed, I want more of whatever's in his head. Scrape it out and offer it to us. Yes,…

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