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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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Galactic Princess Is As Pretty As A Thing

You know, if you'd told me that my freelance career would coincide with the biggest resurgence in space gaming, I probably wouldn't left my job. I don't have time for this. Something's going to have to give if I want to have time to play all these damn games and pay the bills. Galactic Princess is another game of space exploration and expansion, this time…

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Mythmas Time: Apotheon Trailer

Apotheon is one of the more interesting games on the horizon. It's a stunningly pretty action RPG set in ancient Greece, where you'll wander an open-world Mount Olympus as you attempt to overthrow Hera. It's from Alien Trap Games, who made the splendid Capsized, and they've just announced that if you pre-order Apotheon you'll get Capsized for free.

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Better Slate Than Never: Rymdkapsel Coming To PC

You know that Game of Thrones is an allegory of the horror of gaming on touchscreens, yeah? What else could "Winter is coming" be about other than the pain and suffering of trying to use a mobile phone or tablet device in the cold? It's clearly about having your nose pressed against the freezing glass, the horror of a snotty face finger prodding away in…

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Paper Sorcerer Is Out, Demoed, Rather Pretty

Every now and then a Kickstarter asks for so little that you wonder if the developers have really thought it through. With such a low target, can they really achieve their goals? Well, RPG Paper Sorcerer could. Asking for only $5,000 back in June 2012, it went on to make rather more with $13,151 in donations. A year later than planned, the game is now…

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Looking For Minyans: Jason The Greek

You may want to be all cynical about it, but I'm not going to be. This enormous influx of adventures via the dreamtubes of Kickstarter isn't going to produce non-stop gold, but it is going to increase the chances of gold. So rather than rolling your eyes, you, why not enjoy the enough-shit-at-a-wall factor? Hopefully not shit at all is Jason The Greek. A point-and-clicker…

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A Walk In The Dark Is No Walk In The Park

Gorgeous shadowy platformer A Walk In The Dark was officially released a year ago. However, via the magic of that green, green light, it's now launching itself all over again via its appearance on Steam. I'm pretty convinced that Greenlight isn't working so well, but it'll be interesting to learn whether these much-delayed indie releases give games a second bite of the money pie.

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QWOP A Load Of This: Probably Archery

"This is hard. Hard and stupid." You are correct, Probably Archery. You are both those things, because that is your reason for existing: to be hard and to be stupid. Probs Arch, as I like to call it, is another of that breed of games that gives you an intimate level of control over bits of your body. In this case, you manipulate both arms…

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The Best Game Idea You’ll See Today: Roundabout

The year 1977 was a pretty important one. It was, for instance, the year I was spawned. And that's it. Those are the reasons it's so important. It was also, claim developers No Goblin, the year the revolving chauffeur-driven limo was introduced. And so it is the setting for Roundabout, a game in which you must navigate a spinning limousine through an open world. Oh…

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It’s (Spaces)hip To Be A Square: Emerald Looking Great

As someone who never fell in love with Thomas, Emerald is the first time in a long while that I've felt such an emotional connection with a geometric shape. This brief, but replayable game combines a very simple maze-like puzzler with some remarkably effective, affecting moments that tone how you'll want to approach the game itself. And it's not yet finished. A successful Kickstarter means…

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Place Planks And Plunder: Pixel Piracy

I have been on a mission to reclaim the RPS piracy tag. I want happy stories about pirate games when you click on it, and not sad stories about games being pirated. I took a break, because of Assassin's Creed IV's ridiculous video spam, but I am delighted to direct your attention to Pixel Piracy. It puts you in charge of a pirate crew in…

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Allegorical Horror: The Last Cargo

Like Minesweeper, Tetris, and 18 Wheels of Steel: American Long Haul, "The Last Cargo is the result of the experience of a man exposed to the debilitating power of religious indoctrination." It is a survival horror where the player faces the burdens of forced belief in a building built of his own faith; a ramshackle tower of creeping horrors, shadows, locked doors. It is an…

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Polygons Begone: Spy Party’s New Art Looks Lovely

I think part of the fear I had over playing Spy Party rested on the graphics. I might have overcome the horror of attempting the delicately balanced multiplayer if the characters were welcoming and not blank-faced Doctor Who monsters from the planet Do Not Want. That is a problem that Chris Hecker has been working on for some time, and now we can finally see…

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Impressions: Risk Of Rain Beta

At the very centre of the crossroads between roguelikelike and metroidvania lies Risk Of Rain. It is a ridiculously compelling procedurally generated side-scrolling platform survivor-me-do, with multiple characters to play as, single and co-op play, and some of the hardest-hitting deaths I've experienced in such games. Recently Greenlit, and due out very soon, I thought I'd plunge into the beta.

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Defect SDK Will Use Your Creations Against You

Confusingly titled spaceship builder Defect SDK had me staring at my monitor like a monkey at a monolith. Why are they selling a defective SDK? How is that a game? I asked, but the people of Forbidden Chatroom of Mystery were of no help: Jim only communicates with screenshots of Sir, John is singing this song: "I am best! I am best! I'm the best…

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At Last, A Game About Animal Farts! Worlds Of Wanda

We get sent a lot of email about a lot of games, as you might expect. We can't post about all of them, so some manner of arbitrary arbitration takes place somewhere inside our brains. Turns out one way to skip to the front of the line is to have the words "collect animal farts" in your game's opening description. Worlds Of Wanda, you have…

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