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Posts tagged “Ian MacLarty”

Feature: Crunchy leaves and cold air and hot cocoa

Priceless Play – September 15th 2018

Since moving to California, I find myself missing the seasons. I grew up in Virginia, where the leaves change colour every September. When living in England, there was a yearly rotation of scarves and heavy coats to mark the coming of autumn. It seems silly to complain about the year-round temperate climate that blesses the beachy shores of SoCal, but it gets pretty boring here…

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Dissembler unfolds new puzzles

Pleasant puzzler Dissembler has whacked in four dozen new puzzles for your tile-flipping pleasure. Y'know, Dissembler, the game about flipping tiles to make matches and clear puzzles away so you end with a clean slate - the game I enjoyed when it launched in February. The new puzzles include new tiles with new behaviours, creating some big headscratches and some pretty pictures like that ↑…

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Colour-matching tile puzzler Dissembler flips out

Ian MacLarty is very responsibly tidying all his colours away in his new puzzle game, Dissembler. He has splashed colour about with gay abandon before, sending poor Pip into a tizzy with the shifting colourbomb that is The Catacombs Of Solaris and slopping paint all over in Action Painting Pro, but now he wants us to carefully clean colours away. Dissembler presents us with colourful…

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Feature: The best free games this week!

Free Loaders: This News Will Make You Sad And Afraid

Tuesdays are for making a cup of tea, compiling a short list of the best free games of the past week, and then stealing the introductory style of Sunday Papers. That’s right, who’s going to stop me? Not you, that’s for sure. You’re just a digital waif floating on the cyber winds. You’ll take what you’re given. So here’s some short games that will entertain,…

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Beautiful Nightmare: Doomdream Recreates FPS Dreams

I think of the ultra-bloody mod Brutal Doom as how Doom is to the imagination of an ten-year-old, with all the guts and the gore and the ripping and the tearing. Ian MacLarty's Doomdream [official site] is a very different imagined take on Doom. Doomdream's a curious free little game that MacLarty calls "An impression of my dreams after I've been playing Doom all day."…

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Art Failure: Action Painting Pro

Action Painting Pro is a platform game in which the screen becomes a colourful mess as each playthrough works toward its conclusion. Different types of brush can be collected and paint spews from the player in an appropriate pattern, the colour changing as objects are collected. To survive and continue with your masterpiece, you'll have to manage three resources by springing around the screen across…

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