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Pretty puzzler Kine is announced

Kine is one of those titles that annoys me the moment I hear about it, because I deserve to be playing it right now but some team of artists is working really hard on it so they won't just give it to me. Give it to me, you crazy kids. I have been a good boy all year and I am delighted by what you…

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Spooky Adventure Oxenfree Gets New Game Plus Mode

If you're someone who loved the atmospheric point and click adventure Oxenfree [official site], then I have some good news. Last week Oxenfree received a free update that added a new game plus mode full of new story bits and locations to explore. The new content isn't substantial, but if you've been staring at Oxenfree in your Steam library, wondering if you should give it…

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Shape Abtract Worlds in Mu Cartographer

Mu Cartographer [official site] is the visual equivalent of spending an afternoon playing with an audio synthesizer just to see what absurd sounds you can make. Only here, the dials and doodads you tweak shape a roiling landscape of pretty colours for you to lose yourself in. While it makes for nice pictures, seeing it in action is something else entirely.

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Oxenfree review

I came to play Oxenfree [official site] just after finishing a podcast series called The Message. The Message is essentially an eight-part radio play. Its central mystery involves a strange broadcast, possibly from outer space which seems to carry with it a curse. If you haven't listened to it I'd recommend it. The reason I'm bringing it up ahead of telling you anything about the…

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Glowy Death Abounds In Daedalus – No Escape

Lasers, glistening biceps, and corrugated labyrinths, oh my! Is there any way to make space marine-driven arena shooters better? If you were Daedalus - No Escape, you'd say something like, "Of course! By turning it into a top-down affair, naturally." Out now on Steam, Daedalus looks like a slick, violent conflagration where only the best can reign from the top of the leader boards. No…

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The Next Penelope Hands-On

Videogames are wandering across the Junk Fields, attempting to reach some exciting new destination. Then a videogame journalist appears, loading Videogames up with words and memories. "It's retro. It's old school. It's Micro Machines meets F-Zero crossed with Ulysses 31. It's all right here. Everything you've ever cared about is all right here." It's all junk! Let's not do that. Let's instead create a space…

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Impressions: Fancy Skulls

Tower Of Guns, and Paranautical Activity are fun, single-player shooters that I've dropped in and out of a fair bit this year. It's been a surprise, as I generally don't enjoy games that are mostly about shooting. Perhaps I am maturing? Or maybe I'm getting less mature. The answer is up for interpretation. Now they've been joined by Fancy Skulls, a similarly boxed-in gun game…

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Demo Of The Dead: The Blackwell Epiphany

Follow me, readers. We shall wander through a metaphorical world of cardboard and shelves, passing things that once were but now are not. Here is one. It is labelled Human Sacrifice. Let us ponder the significance of the metaphor within this metaphor. Look, there's one that says Leech Therapy. And over there is another that is labelled Whigfield. There is no box labelled War. Do…

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Naked & Arcade: Cosmochoria

Lots of things are improved when done in the nude. Not least replanting the galaxy with life after a cataclysmic event sees all the tiny planets dying. Which is, impressively, the concept behind Cosmochoria. You play a little naked astronaut, seeding planets (ew, no, not like that) while fending off angry aliens. You can play the alpha right now. And the Kickstarter has just gone…

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Spook Central: Spectre Lets You Haunt Your Friends

I am unfrightenable in games. I blame growing up in a place where there was once a riot between primary schools (that's 5-12 year-olds, and I honestly wish I were joking), and that time a dude chased me through the overgrown wreck of an abandoned power plant and I had a small panic attack afterwards. I'm fine now, but growing up in that sort of…

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The Blackwell Epiphany Finally Happens On April 24th

John's at GDC, so when I was looking for a comment on The Blackwell Epiphany trailer, I thrust the RPS Truthdaphone underneath Adam's nose, demanding to know if he was excited. He responded with: "I love the headbutt on the cop. Who says point and click games aren't bad-ass?" Adam is from Manchester. The Truthdaphone registered 12, so he's not lying. And I'm not surprised:…

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Dynetzzle: Terrible Name, Interesting Game

Here's a novel puzzle game, with a deeply peculiar name. Dynetzzle - seemingly crafted in a special laboratory to be the most forgettable, irrelevant, and impossible to remember how to spell game name of all time - is based around unfolded dice. Nets of cubes, combined with the magical fact that all opposite sides of a dice add up to 7. Combine those two elements,…

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Explore Every Corner Of The Universe: Planets³

It probably seemed a good idea at the time to call a game about cube-shaped planets, Planets³. Before realising that this was the internet, and people weren't going to open Character Map every time they wanted to search for your game. So Planets3, as even developers Cubical (³ical?) are calling it now, perhaps isn't going to win any SEO awards. But it might pick up…

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Blue Sky Fragging: Sky Rogue

Any game described "fwooshy" will immediately take up space on my hard-drive, and if it's also described as a "feel good flight sim" then I am down with it. That's what Sky Rogue is: a procedurally-generated arcade flight-sim painted in that happy blue that doesn't exist in nature (the one that Billy Connolly describes as "Fuckin' BLUUUUUEEE!"), but the blue that I think of when…

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Iubes Is Shareware, Also A Kind Of Darwinian Minecraft

Iubes: the game with the name that looks a bit unfortunate in our post title font. Iubes: intelligent cubes, who roam around the inside of a spherical world. Iubes: a sort of speeding god game mashed up with a real-time strategy game. It's now available to download as shareware, with a paid version if you want to play the game's online mode.

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Sax And Violins: Arranger

Whatever Arranger is, and it appears to be many things, it has something in it called a "Turpato Peeler". That is such a beautiful mangling of the term that I laughed for about a minute. The rest of this strange adventure game seems no less silly and wondrous: it's set in a world of music and inspired by classic point and clickers, and a game…

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