MechaniClock [official site] is a neat, score-accumulating game where the rules change in real-time. It’s a self-labeled “game of shifting ideas” with six different game modes in a Wheel of Fortune-type setup forcing you to think on your feet.
Greek god-a-thon Apotheon has released a free multiplayer standalone named Apotheon Arena [official site]. “For know that no one is free, except Zeus,” once said Ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus. Well, aye, except Apotheon Arena, mate, I just told you that was free. C’mon Aeschy, keep up!
As GOG’s winter sale nears its end, the virtual vendors of vintage (and virginal!) video games are offering a freebie to everyone, no purchase necessary: Planet Moon’s Giants: Citizen Kabuto from the year 2000. Obviously, to save money for more bourbon, I shall be presenting Cara with a copy as her gift in our office Secret Santa once she returns from her festive nap. “It’s a cult classic,” I’ll say. “Pretty funny. You get to be a giant and puny Britishfolk and a sea witch and everything. Took me ages to find.” If any of you rotters give away the secret, there will be CONSEQUENCES.
RPS Feature Oh dear, Alice and Cara are parenting
Christmas is a time for family, so Alice and Cara have ventured together into the public prototype of Who’s Your Daddy [Greenlight page]. It’s a two-player dad ‘em up with a father racing around trying to child-proof a home and a baby trying its damndest to die.
Alice: Cara, who’s your daddy? It’s me. I’m your daddy. I’m the best daddy. Daddy Cool.
Cara: If you are my daddy I have a lot to say to my mum. Like. Well. Some sort of question about time travel I guess. And how insemination works.
Alice: This has gone wrong very quickly. Read the rest of this entry »
RPS Feature Have You Played
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.
The Static Speaks My Name [official site], like Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist, is a short comedy. Dr Langeskov, thanks to the narration of Simon Amstell, feels like a standup routine solidified into a brief story. The Static Speaks My Name is more like a pitch black comic sketch. The kind where the punchline hits you right in the gut.
How many games that you’re playing today are likely to be on your hard drive twelve years from now? I’m not going to pretend that I’ve kept a copy of Nethack [official site] installed at all times for the last twelve years but I did reinstall as soon as I saw the news this morning. That’s the news that the venerable roguelike, which has been in development for almost thirty years, received its first update for more than a decade yesterday. Excitingly, this may be the start of a new development cycle, with frequent updates.