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Feature: Just drive

Road sausages and endless night: Jalopy’s deeply unsettling undercurrent

It is not terror which compels me to write this, though it’s true my world has become little more than a nightmare. Rather it’s that I need to record these facts (or what I believe to be the truth) to prove that some semblance of sanity remains. It may be I have previously attempted to catalogue my experiences, but, if so, the memory eludes me.…

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Wobbly road trip adventure Jalopy leaves Early Access

It's been a long, bumpy road, but Jalopy has finally completed its pilgrimage through the plains of Early Access, and has officially launched. It's one of those games so distinct and original, it's no surprise that it's held our attention for years; a low-budget (and low-fi) road trip adventure from Germany, across eastern Europe on a course for Turkey. All the way, driving a crumbling…

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Jalopy completes its early access journey next week

The Eastern European road trip Jalopy has almost completed its journey through early access, after nearly two years, and will properly launch next Wednesday, March 28th. You know, Jalopy, the game set in the 90s about driving your uncle from Germany to Turkey in a scrappy Trabant 601. Lots of things to pick up and fiddle with. That one. I enjoyed packing my car and…

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Tracks – The Train Set Game challenges you to pick up tiny wooden commuters from your furniture

I've been entranced by Tracks - The Train Set Game [official site] - a game about laying a wooden toy train track - since Brendy first brought it to my attention. Back then it was pretty bare-bones, reminding me of my first Brio set before we got some of the fancier bits like the bridge which would lift up and the level crossing so that…

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Choo choo! Toy train builder Tracks chugging into early access in September

All aboard the nostalgia express! Free toy train set builder Tracks [official site] is getting a proper commercial release later this year, hauling a carriage-load of new features into the Steam Early Access station. Arrival date: September 28th. I'm buying a ticket early for this one. The free version (which you can get here) is a pretty great, serene experience but lone developer Dr_Whoop (or Tom,…

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Jalopy’s Turkey update adds backstory via licence plates!

I'l admit I entirely forgot that Jalopy [official site] getting a Turkey update meant the country and not, e.g. the bird. I was conjuring up all kinds of adventures I could take a turkey on while we played the roadtrip 'n' car maintenance adventure. Just me and my feathery friend, the wind in our wings, the radio set to some bangin' choons, the turkey in…

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Parp parp! Roadtrip ’em up Jalopy rolls into Bulgaria

As Jalopy [official site] continues to trundle on through early access, the roguelikelike roadtrip 'em up has added Bulgaria in an opt-in beta. It's not perfect but if you fancy pootling over the holidays, it should see you right. Along with adding the twisty and hilly new land, the update adds different road conditions and different tyres to go with them, plus new hazards like…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Is Lost For Words

I've been robbed! I got up this morning to find my office ransacked and my mahogany word cabinet agape. Among the items taken were the words listed above. In the circumstances, covering this week's wargame releases could be tricky. Perhaps I should stick to sim-related news, interviews and observations today.

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Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: A Ponce In A Ponsse

Forestry was one of the industries the Industrial Revolution forgot. The tools used by a British forestry worker at the start of the Twentieth Century would have been instantly recognizable to a forestry worker of 1700. It would be another two decades before the oil dripping, smoke breathing dragon of progress appeared in the UK's pine stands and oak woods. First came the lumbering tractor, then…

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Feature: From The Archive

Street Cleaning Simulator: Diary Of A Street Cleanin’ Man

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 141-year history to pull out one of the the best moments from the archive. This week, another Jim road trip, only this time he's cleaning up the mean streets of Street Cleaning Simulator. This article was first published on July 8th 2011 with the title, "Street Cleanin' Man", an age before we were all au fait…

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Hallelujah: Chemical Spillage Simulation Is Real

Fact: 52848202102395 chemicals spill every hour. Another fact: said spillages have resulted in the near-extinction of humanity on countless occasions. Third fact: one such spillage recently caused me to forget the meaning of the word "fact". Fortunately, Chemical Spillage Simulation will soon be on the scene to save the day. Or teach me to save the day, anyway. It's about stopping oozing, multi-tendriled sludgetastrophes before they…

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Feature: Can Games Be Stobart?

Night Drive: Euro Truck Simulator 2

Manchester to Sheffield, Sheffield to Swansea, Swansea to Stuttgart. I’ve been haunting the highways and low roads of Europe as I aim to build a freight empire the likes of which the world has never seen before. My convoys will convey powdered milk from Berlin to Paris, and machine parts from Edinburgh to Frankfurt. Or, failing that, I’ll just fill my playlist with electronic ambience…

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Get Over Yourself: Bridge Project Demo

"Are you ready for the next bridge building challenge?" The website for Bridge Project lists other works, including Bridge It, Bridge Construction Set, Pontifex and Gish. One of those is not like the others. The Bridge Project is out now and, with the release, here's another Tuesday afternoon demo for you. As your shoddy physical constructs tremble and collapse think of them as the hope…

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All The Fun Of The Fear: Circus World

I think Circus World is trying to be a bit like Theme Park, except with alcoholic clowns and depressed animals instead of joy. The trailer makes the entire circus look smaller than a reasonably sized back garden, with four or five vagrants rounded up and forced to attend and applaud wildly lest a sad-eyed harlequin eats them. An elephant teeters, balanced on a wheel in…

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This Rocks: Stone Quarry Simulator

Our work is complete, here at Castle Shotgun, when we receive the latest news from simulation impresarios Excalibur. This week's transmission informs us of the unlikely-sounding Stone Quarry Simulator, in which you can use digging machines and/or explosives to drag the hard bits from the guts of the world. Excalibur implore us to "Embark on exciting excavations where only the most enterprising engineer will become…

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Grand Theft Organ: Emergency Ambulance Simulator

Crazy Taxi was half of a decent game. The driving about at silly speeds in order to pick up a fare and ferry him to his destination had the potential to be extraordinary good fun. What youngster doesn't dream of being a taxi driver? A crazy taxi driver no less? But despite flirting with perfection and even caressing her cheek, Crazy Taxi had a serious…

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Airport Firefighter Simulator

What, you thought I was going to put a gag in the headline? You think that those three words are not beautiful and perfect enough on their own? How you sicken me, you artless philistine. Yes, the latest in a long line of labour machinery-based sims you would never dream existed is Airport Firefighter Simulator, in which you are all that stands in front of…

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Feature: Justice at last

My First Day On Patrol With: Police Force

It's been a while since I've been able to able to really get stuck into any kind of municipal simulation in my day job, so I was delighted to realise that there was nothing better to do today than crack open my copy of Police Force and "experience law enforcement like never before". Join me for the first day on the beat with Marc Angel…

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