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Humble Monthly offers Fighting, Sneaking and Viking for cheap

Another impressive month of deals in the Humble Monthly - I'm impressed at how consistently good Humble's subscribe-o-bundle has been this past year, and the next set headlines with a trio of gems. Northgard, Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden and Absolver cover a wide spread of genres, but all three games are united by one common thread; they all got free expansions recently. You…

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Feature: Current trends say apes are in, actually

Ape Out review

Once I went to the zoo in San Diego, and a load of people were banging on the glass at an orangutan and its baby instead of just being appropriately (quietly) awed. One man in particular was hollering at what was a very sad looking ape, and honestly if there was justice in the world the orangutan would have smashed free and liquified that man’s…

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Feature: Armless fun

Pikuniku review

Do you remember those jelly-like toy octopuses you had when you were a kid, which you throw at a window or wall? They'd half-stick/half-walk their way down the surface, their legs glooping on and off as they rolled in a semi-controlled fall. That's what the character in the ridiculously delightful Pikuniku most immediately reminds me of. It's just the way he walks. It's the most…

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Feature: Time's on our side

Katana Zero makes time for more interesting twitch combat

Katana Zero is much more than it first appears. And it first appears to be plenty. A side-scrolling reflexy beat 'em up, painted in very pretty pixels, with a character who cannot take a hit. It's a surprisingly interesting weakness to give your ninja-esque mass murderer, who is fast-paced, all dashes and slides, rolls and manic combat. And yet on top of that there's the…

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Katana Zero cuts to the chase in March

There are few thrills as videogamey as weaving through a barrage of very deadly bullets in slow motion. Katana Zero looks to have that in spades, plus the never-not-cool ability to deflect bullets with your sword, back to their unwitting owners. Askiisoft's samurai platform slasher has been on my radar for a while now, thanks to looking like a blend of Hotline Miami and Samurai…

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Pikuniku’s world of adorable dystopian anarchy arrives January 24th

Platform puzzler Pikuniku looks adorable, like a Mr. Men book squashed down into even more sharp, geometric simplicity. Beneath the surface apparently lies discontent, some mean-spirited characters and "a deep state conspiracy", although even that seems cute and cuddly given that aesthetic. There's also ghosts and a robot dance party at some point. Developers Sectordub are a small collaborative group including folks who worked on…

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Feature: We can utilise a zeitgeist as well as anyone else

Some video games that are like Bandersnatch, but better

If you’ve choosed-and-adventured through Bandersnatch, the recent Black Mirror thing on Netflix, and aren’t already a fan of experimental interactive fiction: I envy you. It means you’re able to play actually good examples of interactive fiction for the first time. Sure, Bandersnatch has funny lines, surprises and scene stealing performances from Will Poulter doing a “pretty much exactly how I, the writer, talk in real…

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Malindy Hetfeld’s 5 best games of 2018

My 2018 in games had me dealing with failure in multiple ways. Designed to move further and further away from the fantasy of the all-powerful player ever looking for an appropriate challenge, these games teach to forgive and accept – forgiving someone a past hurt, accepting the lack of a perfect solution to a problem. From the satisfyingly familiar to a type of game I…

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Feature: Best listicle of the year

Giada Zavarise’s 5 best games of 2018

2018 is the year I played Symphony Of The Night for the first time. Can I just rave about Symphony Of The Night for the whole article? No? Fine. Here are some other games that aren’t too shabby, either.

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Devolver Digital’s bundle on Twitch Prime might be deal of the week

While I've my issues with Amazon's global mega-monopoly, I can't deny that the monthly sack of games that Twitch gives out to Amazon Prime subscribers is an oft-impressive bunch. This month more impressive than most - it's a bundle of Devolver Digital's best, including Broforce, both Hotline Miami games, Strafe (much improved by updates), Crossing Souls, The Swords of Ditto and recently lauded ninja platformer…

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Feature: Isn't she lovely?

A gallery of ways that Gris is beautiful

Good morning! A lot of people had their end-of-year work parties this weekend, including us. But now it's Monday again. It's too early for... anything. You've got loads of wrapping to do and because you're not in your 20s any more, the hangovers last for three days. So here is something soothing to stare at, meditatively. Pick out little details. Stay in bed a bit…

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Feature: Obvious beauty

Gris review

Matthew played a preview of Gris and loved it, and John played a longer preview build of Gris and found it beautiful but empty. And after playing the full review build, wot I think is that it is empty, but I don’t mind that. It’s so beautiful that it functions as a thing just to be looked at, and that works even in the empty…

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Feature: I'm so sorry, GLaDOS

Playing Observation has made me question my treatment of rogue AIs

Whenever I ask Siri -- other virtual helpers are available -- to do something for me, I always say please and thank you. I tell people this is because I don’t want to get into the habit of barking orders at Siri, and thus people in real life. The actual reason is that I want Siri to think of me kindly when they gain sentience…

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Enter The Gungeon DLC canned in favour of new projects and one final update

Enter The Gungeon developers Dodge Roll have announced via Reddit that their plans to release a paid expansion to their popular bullet hell roguelike have been cut short. Instead, they're going to re-focus on producing one final update to polish up the game as much as they can before they go all-in on their next game. The devs say that just looking at their latest…

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Feature: They're such talented birds

Have You Played… Hatoful Boyfriend?

You know that Netflix true crime documentary Evil Genius? Like, you watch it and every episode there’s a twist so off the wall that it’s basically formed a new floor, and there was no way you could have predicted it? And you’re like “Okay, but no way there’ll be another twist like that in the next episode?” That experience is similar to playing Hatoful Boyfriend.

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Feature: Pretty vacant

Gris looks just so beautiful, but just so empty

I am so torn by the huge stretch of Gris that I've played. Vastly more than we'd usually expect from a preview, given to us peculiarly close to its 13th December release. I've seen an awful lot of this enemy-less platformer, and yet I still can't tell whether it's beautiful enough to forgive all else, or just too dull to excuse.

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Feature: Pick a card, any card

By using Reigns: Game of Thrones to figure out Game of Thrones, I know everyone is terrible

I stopped watching Game of Thrones around the start of season three, because there were too many people and I couldn’t remember who most of them were or why anything they did might be significant (broad exceptions: the dragon lady; the incest twins and their sandwich son; Jon Sner). I don’t really think Game of Thrones translates well to being a game of games, for…

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Reigns: Game of Thrones sets familiar heads rolling today

Monarchic decide 'em up Reigns was always close in spirit to Game Of Thrones. Thanks to a cross-promotion deal that I'm certain someone sold their soul for, they're now one and the same, and out today. Reigns: Game Of Thrones combines the Tinder-inspired UI of Nerial's series with the multiple perspectives and familiar world of HBO's wildly successful TV novel adaptation. The game lets players…

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Observation is a sci-fi thriller from the makers of Stories Untold

What would you do in HAL 9000's position? Beyond venting everyone into space, I mean - that's the question that Observation looks to be posing. Announced today and due out early next year, it's a sci-fi thriller from No Code, creators of the excellent Stories Untold. Similar to their previous game, it's an adventure where you're cleverly limited in your interaction with the world. In…

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