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Feature: Good muscles, cyber pal

Have you played… BioForge?

BioForge was a work of experimental fusion, the unfathomable prowess of the human brain fused with the constant vigilance of a mid-1990s desktop computer. Adventure game meets hand-to-hand combat, a feverish exploration of a cybernetic figure of unknown origin and capabilities. Your character (the cyborg) wakes up in a cell, and finds himself the newly-formed avatar of Promethean strength, nervously wearing all the muscles of…

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Feature: Become the Doomslayer

Have You Played… Doom VFR?

As one of the few people who have enough room for a VR setup in their own home, it seems like madness that Bethesda supported the format as much as they did. While other efforts were ports of existing games, retrofitted to have HTC Vive support, Doom VFR was the only one of the three games to be specifically designed with VR in mind. It's also one…

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Feature: IT'S FUDGING RAW!

Have You Played… Battle Chef Brigade?

Battle Chef Brigade is really good. You should play it, especially if you like JRPGs or cooking or food in general. If tossing ingredients into a pot in something like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild scorched your… Bokoblin… horns(?) then this game is for you.

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Feature: Watson, the game is a bit silly

Have You Played… Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments?

There is a moment in Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments where the detective has to identify a brand of cigar. “This scent is familiar to me, but in order to recognise it, I must combine my associations into one picture,” he says. You find yourself swivelling a stink cloud, aligning its wafting lines into a hidden image. Problem is, Holmes’ nose deals in broad stereotypes…

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Feature: *blip* and *zhroooom* mark the spot

Have You Played… Hidden Folks?

Hidden Folks *bling!* is a hidden object game that's *whooooosh!* immensely satisfying to play yourself *thwip!* but an absolute nightmare for anyone else to listen to *boing!* That's because *pfftttt* as you may have guessed *thwap!* every single click results in a *plink!*, *zip!* and the occasional *dingalingaling!* as you poke and prod its giant Where's Wally canvas (or Waldo, for the yanks out there)…

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Feature: Warning: potentially unpopular opinon incoming...

Have You Played… Outlast 2?

I will never understand why Outlast caused such a stir back in 2013, more so after playing its sequel. I suppose I get why folks liked it: playing a videogame version of all those found footage horror films you either love or hate… or love to hate, is a pretty nifty thing. But there were so many valves to turn, jump scares and unsurprising plot…

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Feature: Sorry, friends

Have You Played… Endless Space?

I was really good at Endless Space. Me and my internet buds (found through the RPS community, in fact) used to while away our weekends in Amplitude's first stab at 4X strategy, embroiled in bickering over juicy planets and strategically-important hyperspace lanes. My empire would nearly always shine the brightest and the best - at least until the other galactic players would team up to…

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Feature: Town of lights

Have You Played… Lumino City?

I recently replayed Lumino City, for the purposes of following a joke recipe in it, and made a horrible lemon dish (it was lemony). Lumino city is a puzzle adventure where you navigate a little city that runs on all sorts of unusual machinery. And that city is a physical model, with the characters mapped onto it. It’s beautiful.

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Feature: The Hulk can't beat Chris Redfield's muscles!

Have You Played… Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3?

Despite being in the domain of arcades and consoles for decades, fighting games are now on PC in droves. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (hereby abbreviated to UMVC3) was one such fighter I never thought I'd see on PC, since its fast-paced and utterly crazy combos would never have lent themselves favourably to any device other than an arcade stick. With both Disney and Capcom liking the…

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Feature: All aboard

Have You Played… Old Man’s Journey?

I am neither old nor a man, but boy did Old Man's Journey hit me right in the feels. I never thought I'd have much in common with a rotund, white-haired fisherman living on top of a cliff in a sleepy seaside village, but let me tell you, underneath his jolly, Father Christmas facade and his 'awww, let's herd some sheep and take a nice…

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Feature: It's always snakes...

Have You Played… Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis?

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis was one of the classic LucasArts point-and-click adventures that didn’t have the typical team at the helm. It was a SCUMM engine game that felt like Indiana Jones 4, because there is no fourth Indiana Jones film, absolutely none, finished with The Last Crusade, and nothing else came after.

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Feature: AKA 'Location, Location, Location Barbie'

Have You Played… Secret Agent Barbie?

Wheeewy, Barbie had some pretty amazing careers back in the day didn’t she? From being a super sports superstar, a world class horse rider, amazing vet, to clued-up detective, she’s certainly had all the careers you wanted when you were a kid. At least she gave you the opportunity to live out her best lives in the form of a videogame, I suppose.

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Feature: Now I'm afraid of lichen

Have You Played… Slender: The Eight Pages?

"Remember the good times? Where you wouldn't move, and I wouldn't move, and nobody would try to eat each other?" Slender: The Eight Pages spooked me good. Both in a Let's Play I made when I was 16 that's far too cringey to share, and just now when I booted it up to grab a screenshot.

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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: Time to ditch the timer

Have You Played… Mysterium?

The people who made Mysterium want you to play it wrong. That's not a problem with the original board game, as long as you don't play with people who insist on adhering to the designer's vision (hot tip: just don't tell people about the extra faff and keep the timer tucked away in the box). PC players can't be so picky.

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