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Pumpkin Jack scares up spooky, kooky platforming on October 23rd

If there's one thing I want more of in this world it's Halloween games. No, not horror. Halloween—the heavily consumerist version they sling in department stores with plastic pumpkins, green witches, and ghost lawn ornaments. I've had my eye on Pumpkin Jack, to that end, and am happy to hear that the 3D platforming spookfest is launching this month. Beyond that, it's in the current…

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Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead exists, but mostly in live-action trailer form

What's more stressful than constructing a shonky haphazard bridge? Why, constructing a shonky haphazard bridge while zombies attack, of course! Developers ClockStone and publishers Headup Games revealed Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead today at Gamescom Opening Night Live, with a live-action teaser trailer and so little else that the Steam store page just has screenshots from the production of that teaser trailer. Cliff notes are:…

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Feature: Not the Samus the rest

Outbuddies review

The last few years have seen quite the coming together of gaming platforms. Walls that seemed eternal have come tumbling down, as publishers like Capcom and Konami have brought console exclusives to PC, cross-platform play has become more common, and even Nintendo has released its own IP on non-Nintendo machines. You can even get Mario Kart on your telephone. But sadly, as much as this…

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Dive into Outbuddies’ ominous depths later this year

The ocean depths are a pretty good Metroidvania setting, seeing as we know so little about them. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me that much if the bizarre glowing creatures of Outbuddies really were down there, just waiting for a lost explorer to stumble on them. Submerge yourself in the trailer’s neons and the skulls that are apparently littered all over the place on the…

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The Fromto demo is a lot of scribbly, messy party platformer fun

Scribbly party puzzle platformer Fromto isn't out until later this year, but its dad-and-his-kids dev team just rolled out a demo on Steam to test your friendships. Reminding me of anarchic platformer Transformice (although Studio Erikson cite Ultimate Chicken Horse, Worms and Trackmania as inspirations), it's a local or online multiplayer platform racer. Drive your bouncy car around a 2D maze, hit checkpoints, then to…

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Feature: Lukewarm coffee; pie optional

Trüberbrook review

I’ve mentioned before that I love miniatures. The best part of travelling on planes is buying the teeny tiny versions of shampoo bottles that are allowed through security. It’s like my shampoo at home, but smaller! So I was immediately drawn to the idea of ‘handmade’ adventure games like Trüberbrook (or the still to be released Harold Halibut). You see Trüberbrook, a point ‘n’ click…

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Handcrafted adventure game Trüberbrook released

As an admirer of dioramas and dollhouses (I once almost cried over tiny objects in a dollhouse shop, which tragically would've seemed like an apocalyptic monsoon for the wee people), I have a soft spot for handcrafted games and so have kept an eye on Trüberbrook. The adventure game is set in a German village the developers made by hand, a collection of sets and…

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The Textorcist teaches combat typing skills in a pre-launch demo

I consider myself a decent typist, and better yet at dodging bullets in shmups. Today's demo for The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia taught me a painful lesson: I am ill-equipped to do both at once. Due out on this week on February 14th, players control exorcist-for-hire Ray Bibbia with the arrow keys, dodging bullets as you would in any bullet hell shmup. Unlike…

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Feature: It's not Portal though, is it?

Have You Played… Bridge Constructor Portal?

I’m going to be honest here. I was incredibly apprehensive about Bridge Constructor Portal. I didn’t even play it for the first 8 months after it came out. I am a huge Portal fan and I think I was a bit offended by this game when I first heard of it. Kids these days get offended by anything, the snowflakes.

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The Textorcist is a bullet hell type ’em up

Sure you've touchtyped through zombie hordes in Typing Of The Dead, but are your fingers nimble enough to tap out exorcisms while dodging demonic bullet hell blasts? You'll get to find out in The Textorcist, an upcoming game which will have us both typing and dodging, dispelling demons with our fast fingers and hot feet. Mavis Beacon, eat your heart out.

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Feature: Model behaviour

Trüberbrook looks like a dream and handles like a nightmare

I have never seen Twin Peaks. That’s alright, though, because a lot of people I know really like it. I’ve been around them going on about cherry pie and the red room for long enough that when I am told “And of course there’s some inspiration from Twin Peaks, too!” I know to read it as “This is going to be weird; will probably feature…

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Feature: Bridging the gap

Bridge Constructor Portal isn’t a rollercoaster of laughs, but it’s still good

It's not the Portal follow-up we were expecting, but it's the one we got. Bridge Constructor Portal is a crossover between Valve’s comedy science puzzler and the strut-straddling engineering of the Bridge Constructor series. You’re still making bridges that wobble from A to B, and sending small vehicles across your creations. However, you also have the distraction of portals, turrets, proulsion gel and catapults, as…

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Now you’re engineering with portals: Bridge Constructor Portal released

Two fiendish physics puzzlers come together today in Bridge Constructor Portal, challenging players to build bridges that shuttle vehicles through deadly labs with the help of Portal's teleportation portals and gels. And, of course, Ellen McLain returns to voice the dastardly AI GLaDOS and taunt us. I have enjoyed the recent resurgence of bridge-construction games, carefully balancing beams and lacing cables then watching it all…

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Portal returns! … as a Bridge Constructor spin-off!?

Here’s an odd fusion. Portal is being mixed with the Bridge Constructor series to create a spin-off game about making fragile bridges that transport forklifts from one side of the Aperture Science facility to the other. In Bridge Constructor Portal we'll see GLaDOS, the robot marm of the passive aggressive puzzler, return to torment the player with what I presume will be a characteristically snide…

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Blackjack meets Street Fighter 2 in Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition

It's exciting to realise that we are living through blackjack's greatest resurgence since the golden days of Vegas and Monaco. 21 is back, baby, with some 2017 twists. Last month, that Resident Evil 7 DLC filtered blackjack through our desire to be dismembered by cannibals. Now, a fondness for remembering things from the '90s (do you remember the '90s?) sees blackjack meet Street Fighter 2…

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Subsiege tournament weekend offers aquatic RTS

Subsiege [official site] just caught my eye. It looks to be a kind of underwater real-time strategy/MOBA project with esports aspirations (it's having a tournament this coming weekend which seems to equate to "open servers but with some prizes if you play well). Given "underwater" and "MOBA" is kind of My Whole Deal I'm looking at diving in to see what's what, but until then…

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John-Approved Adventuring: Inner World Sequel In 2017

"It's obvious that a great deal of love has gone into The Inner World," our John said in reviewing the adventure game, "because a great deal of it comes back out again as you play." He really liked it, see. Good news, Johnno!As there's no better time or place to announce an adventure game than Gamescom, publishers Headup Games today announced a sequel. It's named…

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Run Like Hell! Seum: Speedrunners From Hell Released

Having spent a chunk of my youth in Quake II mastering strafe-jumping and practising tricks and routes on maps until I could do them backwards, I'm up for a time trial first-person platformer. That's the idea of Seum: Speedrunners from Hell [official site], which launched today. It's a string of short zippy levels with platforms to leap between, buzzsaws to dodge, walls to blast, and…

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Drollest Dungeon: Pixel Heroes – Byte And Magic

Pixel Heroes: Byte and Magic does a spot of wordplay right there in its title, as if imitating the kind of journalistic rag that lets a pun in the headline do ninety percent of the work so that it can duck out of the office early and head to The Butcher's Elbow for a tankard of remedial stout. It's an RPG, with magical weapons, wizards,…

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Demo Forces Us To Accept Meridian: New World Is Real

John and Nathan both exclaimed the seeming impossibility of Meridian: New World, the one-man built fully-featured single-player RTS, last year. I've got some unfortunate news for them (which the easiest way to deliver seemed like a post on their website) as not only is it available on Steam, but there's now a demo. It accompanies the release of the Phase 3 update introducing two new…

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