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Posts tagged “Bullfrog”

Theme Hospital vets reveal spiritual sequel Two Point Hospital – & plans for a shared universe of sim games

The Simpsons, Aardman Animations, Twin Peaks, Prison Architect and, quite naturally, Theme Hospital - these are the major inspirations behind Two Point Hospital, an upcoming sim/management game from some of the folk responsible for Bullfrog's Theme glory years. Two Point Hospital, a combination of management and comedy in a fantasy healthcare centre, is due for release - via publishers Sega - later this year, and…

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Have You Played… Populous?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Wikipedia tells me I was eight years old when Populous [GOG page] came out and it was my birthday or Christmas present around that time. I'd have been nine at most when I first played it so at least some of the blame for my current…

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Have You Played… Hi-Octane?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I didn’t have Wipeout as a young ‘un. I had Hi-Octane. As a racing game about weaponised hovercars it was probably not as good and not as popular. But see, when you changed views, to the viewpoint of sitting in your car? You…

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Feature: Almost 20 years later...

Meet the superfans still playing Populous: The Beginning

In 1998, Bullfrog released Populous: The Beginning, a quirky RTS sequel to the legendary Populous series of god games, to middling reviews. It ‘[wa]sn’t really Populous’ (Ron Dulin, GameSpot). It was ‘incredibly entertaining for about two weeks’ (Trent Ward, IGN). EA absorbed Bullfrog in 2001, and shut down the game’s multiplayer server in 2004. And that was that. So how come there’s still an active…

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Keep Forever: Dungeon Keeper Is Free Right Now

The original Dungeon Keeper [Origin page] is free for a limited time, through Origin. If you download it before the offer expires (EA aren't saying how long it'll last), you can keep it forever, or until your Origin account turns to dust - whichever comes first. First released in 1997, Dungeon Keeper is a strategy game in which you manage an underground lair, protecting your…

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Have You Played… Theme Hospital?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Historically, videogames have largely struggled to convey humour with any degree of success, however Bullfrog Productions’ dark sense of humour is part of what made the likes of Theme Park, Dungeon Keeper and Theme Hospital [official site] so enjoyable. On paper, the latter…

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Have You Played… Theme Park?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Oh, the months of fun I had in Theme Park as a sprog! I'd spend hours creating beautiful parks with elaborate rollercoasters, places I'd dream of visiting, then force them collapse into hellscapes as quickly as I could. I didn't have the patience…

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Have You Played… Dungeon Keeper 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I’d all but fallen out of PC gaming by the time Dungeon Keeper 2 arrived, but a combination of my student house increasingly preferring electronic entertainment (primarily Tekken) over nightclubs and the news that one of my most beloved games was getting a…

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Won’t Take Much Persuading: Syndicate For Free

Don't panic, I mean the original one, not the forgettable Starbreeze shooter (though it did have a decent multiplayer mode). Given Recent Events it's a good time to look back at glory days Molyneux/Bullfrog, a time when that studio's games were rewriting the rulebook. So, I heartily recommend grabbing Syndicate from Origin today, given it's currently free.

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Cure Me Good: Bullfrog’s Theme Hospital Free On Origin

Can we all knock off work early? If we stick together, surely The Man will be powerless to stop us as we march in unison out our offices, taxis, shops, warehouses, workshops, fields, pools, forests, and skies to go play Theme Hospital. Bullfrog's fine comedy hospital management sim is currently free on Origin, see, but I can't go pop the balloonoid noggins of people suffering…

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Patient Readmitted: Theme Hospital Now On GoG

For some reason I was sure this was already in the venerable GoG library, but evidently not: Bullfrog's timeless hospital management sim Theme Hospital is now available to be played on your modern machines. I can see how my evening is going to run now: Water those plants! Turn up the radiators! Hire more nurses! Buy more chairs! Oh, no, Earthquake! Fix the Slack Tongue…

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Buying Old Games: Where Your Money Goes

Edit: cos there are various theories flying around below about my perceived intent in posting this, I shall clarify my own feelings. I would really like to see contracts between publishers and developers more commonly include an arrangement whereby key (and ideally, but rather less plausibly, all) creatives on game projects continue to see some post-release royalties, as is the case in some other entertainment…

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More Molyneux Broken Promises: Syndicate

We were excited about Syndicate as everyone else. Well, we were excited about it when it was codenamed BOB. We were excited about it when it was Higher Functions. And we were still pretty excited about it when it became Syndicate... until we realised how much this game which held so much promise has been gutted. Unless something major happens between now and its release…

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Syndiiicate

(I'll stop it with the iiis now). Yes, a third Syndicate game has been raised as a possibility. Happy! Happy! Happy! That said, the raising was done by one P. Molyneux, the man whose picture appears next to The Big Book Of Hackneyed Phrases & Sayings' entry for "pinch of salt." Here's what he told Shacknews: "I really would love to redo a version of…

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Retro: Dungeon Keeper

Often mis-described as a management title, Bullfrog’s last game before collapsing into a mess of sequels (and eventual death) is much closer to real-time strategy. You build a base, harvest resources and train an army. The same old song. The difference is this is an RTS that fights against you, that actively resists your feeble attempts to control it. It’s like driving a car with…

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Retro: Syndicate

Another alumnus of PC Gamer's Long Play series, slightly remixed and expanded A ninja dressed in gaudy blue has just grabbed hold of the eyesockets of his opponent and torn his head clear of his body, dangling a couple of feet of glistening wet spinal cord behind him. Cue screams from the horrified Tabloids. Gamers laughed at or with it, depending on their temperament. It’s…

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Dungeon of Regret

Not too long ago, a selection of Britain's best games writers and I gathered in someone's front room to eat pizza-pie, play a lot of Peggle and come up with an informed if quasi-arbitrary list of the best 100 PC titles of all time. There were several games whose sole voice of nomination in the room was my own nasal insistence, all of which I'll…

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