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I’m Not A Monster re-launching with a single player campaign

I'm Not A Monster never quite drew the crowds I thought it deserved, despite being a clever mash-up of retro pulp sci-fi, parlour game Werewolf and XCOM-style tactics. I'd hazard a guess that the game only offering a bare-bones solo mode against bots to train up for multiplayer was part of what did it in. Thankfully, developers Cheerdealers aren't quite willing to throw in the…

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Beholder becomes a short film from the Papers Please movie crew

Orwellian snoop 'em up Beholder is an uncomfortable game to play, and I feel this official live-action short from Kinodom Films captures some of its uneasy tension. Produced by the same crew that gave us the live-action Papers, PleaseĀ film, this one goes the near-silent route, steadily escalating music aside. As in the game, a landlord turned snoop spies on his tenants, and tries to decide…

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Feature: The best Steam games you missed over Christmas

Unknown Pleasures: The Last Gasp of 2018

We're back! Did you have a good Christmas break? Get into that backlog, did you? Yeah, me neither. Not to worry! Due to the awkward way the games industry and linear time interact, this week's selection is technically of 2018 vintage, so you're allowed to try them all without any anxiety or apologies to the other 73 unplayed games you'll totally get round to sometime…

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Surveillance simulator Do Not Feed The Monkeys is out now

Humans are the strangest of all primates, as contradictory and panicky as they are creatures of habit. Fictiorama's darkly comical voyeurism simulator Do Not Feed The Monkeys implores you to merely observe and not interact, but you probably won't be able to resist pushing a few buttons here and there. Released yesterday and the latest in the growing genre of Orwellian panopticon simulators, Do Not…

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Tactical backstabber I’m Not A Monster infiltrates under the guise of a free weekend

I'm Not A Monster is mostly about mind-games, sometimes shooting stuff with lasers and best when you're a space-lizard chewing a friend's face off. Developed by Cheerdealers and released yesterday, it's a blend of XCOM-style tactics and parlour games like Werewolf. A crew of heroes try to rescue civilians from SPACE DANGER, but two of them are shapeshifting B-movie reptiles. Below, a launch trailer featuring…

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Experience life as a Chryssalid in I’m Not A Monster’s open beta

Turn-based space-disaster sim I'm Not A Monster is a fascinating little thing. Blending old parlour game Mafia (or Werewolf, depending on how goth you're feeling) with XCOM, a team of seven players are dispatched to rescue civilians from a spacecraft under attack. The twist: Two of those players are secretly shapeshifting alien lizards, capable of transforming others into more of their kind. While there'll be…

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What happened to Distrust’s Antarctic cruise promotion?

Distrust is just about the most John Carpenter-ish tribute game you could hope for. The indie title, which came out last year, was one of my favorite weirdo diamonds in the rough of 2017. The game's publisher ran a promotion based on in-game collectibles and a big cruise as reward. I'd never seen any follow-up on this, so I woke up this morning wondering: What…

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Beholder 2’s first trailer features EXTREME paperwork

Beholder was an interactive morality play not entirely dissimilar to Papers, Please about living the life of a prying landlord in a world where access to information can decide who lives and who dies. The sequel promises an interesting new angle on the scenario, putting you in the shoes of a minor government official with aspirations of power and control.

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