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Posts tagged “Connor Sherlock”

The Migration is a lovely little apocalypse

Since I've ended up incoherently semi-shouting this at several people recently (sorry, Nat), I'll save myself the time and write it down: Connor Sherlock's The Migration feels to me like witnessing an apocalyptic event, and it's great. There you are, wandering around the surface of some desolate world, only bleached bones and warbling synth for company, when the end comes. Or a beginning. Or... a…

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Walking Simulator A Month Club’s first volume goes free in a “self-isolation” sale

Being cooped up shouldn't mean missing out on the heat death of the universe. To help fight off those quarantine blues, Connor Sherlock's Walking Sim A Month Club Vol. 1 is completely free until the end of March in a "self-isolation" sale. The first volume in Sherlock's Patreon-funded worlds lets you explore over a dozen alien hiking routes - from colossal megastructures to decaying wildernesses…

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Feature: Games of mourning and melancholia

Priceless Play – 24 August 2019

Whenever I go a week without writing a Priceless Play, my head goes a little fuzzy. It has become a part of my weekly routine and when I take a week off here and there to tend to other writing commitments, I feel a little lost. When I load itch.io back up again, my fingers feel a little clumsy, as if I have lost the…

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Peak Bleak Blues (and other moods) offers nine new places to wander from Connor Sherlock

A kaleidoscopic fall; a world jarred by spiked lights, rocks, and scan lines; and an inescapable mirage are among the “other moods” from Connor Sherlock’s latest volume of walking simulators, titled Peak Bleak Blues (and other moods). To experience them you’ll have to get inside and hike about, stumbling upon all kinds of wonderful or ominous or wonderfully ominous oddities or just feeling the wide-open…

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Witchy woods, drifting crystals, and alien sunrises in Connor Sherlock’s new collection

Walking simulator wizard Connor Sherlock has released a new collection of his splendid strolls, visiting five forbidden places for five dollars. I adore exploring his worlds, crossing vast lurid landscapes and poking at fragments of civilisations as my ears fill with his synth soundtracks wailing and warbling like 70s sci-fi and horror movies. Good, yeah? Good.

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Connor Sherlock’s Walking Simulator A Month Club collection visits a lot of strange places for $5

Connor Sherlock makes some of my favourite walking simulators these days. With bold colours, vast scale, and his cracking retro synth soundtracks, they explore strange places it often feels we really shouldn't be in. I've wandered through mysterious structures on the surface of a comet, through caves and catacombs, and down the valleys beyond a walled kingdom, I've rocketed around megastructures and even had a…

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Horror walk-o-story Marginalia remade and respookified

On Halloween, there are few places I'd rather be than in a Connor Sherlock forest. Often contrasting darkness with lurid colours and laying ace retro horror synth soundtracks over the top, he creates places where people shouldn't be. He never has jumpscares or monsters, just creeping wrongness. On Halloween in 2014 I was playing Marginalia, a horror walk-o-story he made with Cameron Kunzelman, and this…

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Krypton Comet offers trek across a strange spacescape

Game developer Connor Sherlock sent me Krypton Comet, the latest in his series of monthly walking sims (it's a subscription service he's running as a Patreon). It was an email exchange pretty much entirely based on my writing about Narcosis which is a game with a similar colour palette. I am very into this as a form of game recommendations, by the way, and it…

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Feature: The best free games this week!

Free Loaders: This News Will Make You Sad And Afraid

Tuesdays are for making a cup of tea, compiling a short list of the best free games of the past week, and then stealing the introductory style of Sunday Papers. That’s right, who’s going to stop me? Not you, that’s for sure. You’re just a digital waif floating on the cyber winds. You’ll take what you’re given. So here’s some short games that will entertain,…

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Dark Obelisks Await In Free Horror Walking Sim Sanctuary

Connor Sherlock's games often remind me of slow, dready horror movies from the '70s, the sort of oddball thing you might catch at 3am on a Friday night then spend years trying to remember the name of. From ghost stories in the woods to eerie deep space encounters with deserted alien ships, he's happy to let things unfold slowly and build unease. It's part pacing,…

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Freeware Garden: Condor

Equipping you with everything from a jetpack and a stealth field to bionic legs and a pair of cool rocket boots, Condor tasks you with navigating the tricky rooftops of the sprawling metropolis of NeoQusqo in order to reach the Spire. Acts of cyber-terrorism will ensure that you don't encounter any resistance. The heights will be your only enemy and your payment will be more…

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In A Dark, Dark Wood: Spooky Story Marginalia

What spooky use do you have for £3.13 this Halloween night? A bag of Haribo Fangtastics, a Screme Egg, and a can of Stella? Oh you could buy that, you could. You might also quite like Marginalia. It's a spooky trip into some spooky woods with a spooky tale narrated by a spooky/quite pleasant man and spooky music. It's got a few problems, but if…

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Feature: The Rapture Is Here And You Will Be Forcibly Removed From Your Home

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Its full name being 'The Rapture Is Here And You Will Be Forcibly Removed From Your Home', but there's about as much chance as that fitting into our post title space as there is my being clean shaven for any reason except a funeral. It's an exploration game, created by one Connor Sherlock (and what a fabulous name that is), set during an unspecified end…

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