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Posts tagged “Ian MacLarty”

Feature: Games about the outdoors for staying indoors

Priceless Play – 18 April 2020

Hey, how are you holding up out there? It's difficult to convey the right amount of weirdness we're facing at the moment. "Bizarre," doesn't even begin to cover it, and anything more begins to feel overwritten, grandiose, or nihilistic. Anything less, and it's unrealistic, naïve, or heartless. I find myself walking a similar tightrope-rollercoaster in my day-to-day: I woke up early this morning to bake…

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Feature: Now Play THESE

Priceless Play – 4 April 2020

Now Play This, a festival for experimental game design, is one of the many games events either postponed or cancelled to stop the spread of COVID-19. The festival has been running for six years or so, celebrating the strange and unexpected in game design, and each year it brings together some truly spectacular art pieces and games. This year, the festival team has had to…

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Red Desert Render is inspired by a Red Dead Redemption 2 glitch

Inspired by a journey glitching beyond the world boundary of Red Dead Redemption 2, Ian MacLarty (the maker of Action Painting Pro and Catacombs Of Solaris) has created his own weird desert adventure to share with us all. Red Desert Render is a rolling landscape to explore with a few tasks to achieve and glitches to find. It's pleasant enough as a walking simulator, and…

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Feature: The best indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: It’s a Mystery

Oooh, we've got a bit of a "mystery" theme. Between slow burning stories and the rare survival of a... ah, survival game, this week's selection of Unknown Pleasures is leaving me thoroughly unresolved. Leaving a trail of gross keyboard crumbs this week: space friends, snow lesbians, and evil geometry.

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Buy Jumpgrid today, loathe shapes for the rest of your life

Right. Let's skip the quips, and leap directly into why you should buy Jumpgrid. It's a hyper-alluring shape-dodger vaguely in the vain of Super Hexagon, where death comes fast and respawns come faster. Each level is a three by three grid that somehow still leaves room for varied approaches, drawing on reflex and strategy both. It's out right now, and only costs £4.

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Jumpgrid hops out February 12th

Whisper it, but I think Jumpgrid might be almost as good as Super Hexagon. It's another 2D dodge 'em up, plunging you into a world of murderous patterns and snake-like reflexes. Tap tap tap. Die die die. Try again, again, and again.It's not out until February 12th, but I played a preview build last night. I'm never going to play Jumpgrid before bed again, but…

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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." It's…

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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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