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Tropico 6’s city-building shores are free to visit all weekend

There are only so many times I can say "cor, wouldn't it be nice to travel again" in the pandemic-ridden hell year that is 2020. But I'm going to say it again here, because Tropico 6's sun-swept beaches are opening up all weekend. The irreverent, satirical city-builder is currently free to download and try over on Steam, with prices slashed on trips to the rest…

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Feature: In space, no one can hear me dream

Spacebase Startopia preview: fans of the original will enjoy this space race

I played a lot of Startopia growing up. If you are unfamiliar, it was a weird management game where you were in charge of running a port on a big, donut-shaped space station. Last year Spacebase Startopia was announced, a sort of remake-slash-sequel to Startopia made by a different studio, and this weekend it went into a closed beta. So what else could I do,…

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El Presidente logs on in Tropico 6’s Spitter DLC

Regretfully, Tropico 6 has become extremely online. "Big mood", as the kids say. "Same". This week's Spitter DLC adds the faux-social network of the same name to Tropico's banana republic management sim, letting your despotic leader post their way into fame, fortune, followers, and the lingering resentment of a population that wishes their state figurehead could just, for once, log off.

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Commandos 2 HD Remaster is due a patch fixing bugs and poor performance

A fancied-up rerelease of a venerated WW2 squad tactics game sounds grand but the reality of Commands 2 HD Remaster is less splendid. Following its launch on Friday, many players have complained about bugs and poor performance - a surprising problem considering it doesn't look wildly different to its original incarnation 19 years ago. The makers responded over the weekend, saying ah, yeah, whoops, we'll…

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Kalypso have set up a new Commandos game studio

Kalypso Media have set up an internal studio to make a new Commandos game with the rights they bought last year. This is good news.My two year-old brain hadn't developed to the point where it could enjoy sneaky shooting in Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines back in '98, or in any of its sequels, but my brain's more advanced form did adore Shadow Tactics: Blades Of…

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Feature: A treasure chest of pirate games to plunder

Best pirate games on PC

Ahoy there, you salty sea dog! We 'ear that ye want to be a filthy cutthroat pirate. All right, but you don't become a pirate just by asking. You'll 'ave to play, the best pirate games! In each one, you'll have to master the sword, the art of thievery, and the quest. What? That be treasure hunting, ye sea urchin!So if ye want to prove yerself…

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Commandos 2 and Praetorians HD Remasters coming in January

A double-bill of revamped Pyro Studios games are coming our way on January 24th, 2020, publishers Kalypso announced today: "HD Remasters" of Commandos 2 and Praetorians. 2001's Commandos 2 is a proper good'un, a squad-based tactical isometric sneak-o-shooter about covert operations in World War 2 - and a huge inspiration for newer games like Shadow Tactics. Praetorians is a Roman RTS, which I don't know…

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Feature: Anticipation station

Five things I want from Starbase Startopia

During the opening of Gamescom in Cologne, we found out we’ll be getting a remake (or ‘spiritual successor’) to 2001’s management landmark Startopia. Named Spacebase Startopia, to underline the fact that the game is about bases in space, it looks… well, it’s got potential? No, it’s not made by the people who made the original, but that’s not necessarily an obstacle. And sure, the trailer…

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Spacebase Startopia resurrects the silly space station sim in 2020

Silly space station management sim Startopia will return next year with Spacebase Startopia, publishers Kalypso announced today. They call it "an all-new take on the 2001 cult classic" and hey, it was a cult classic. Our former Alec (RPS in peace) returned in 2013 to declare ye olde Startopia "exudes at least some of the timeless quality to be found in relative contemporaries such as…

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E3 2019 games – every game confirmed

They just keep coming don't they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn't know about, as well as stuff that's previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we're doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we'd put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to…

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Feature: Islands in the sun

Tropico 6 review

Islands change everything. What would be just a map option to split the landmass into sea-divided blobs in so many other city-builders or strategy games is, in cod-Caribbean management sequel Tropico 6, transformative. For this most conservative of management series - you're a better man than me if you can easily tell the previous three games apart - even the smallest change can make a…

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Sample sun, sand, and strategy in Tropico 6’s open beta

If you're curious about how banana republic build-o-management strategy series Tropico has changed (or hasn't) since switching developers again, you can now see for yourself as Tropico 6 has an open beta running until Friday evening. It's free to try, obvs, and includes several campaign missions, sandbox maps, and multiplayer too. Tropico has become staid, each game being largely a prettier version of the previous,…

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Tropico 6 delayed again because it’s “not outstanding – yet”

Bad news if, like me, your response to dry January was going to be supping pre-mixed Aldi pina coladas at your desk while your monitor beamed sun-kissed beaches into your daylight-starved eyeballs. Caribbean management'n'despotism sim Tropico 6 has just suffered its second delay, missing the January release date it was eyeing, after failing to appear in 2018. Expect it in March now.The reason? It just…

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Tropico 6 moves to next year, looks a lot like a Tropico game

Sure, sure, Tropico games are about as indistinguishable from each other as the founding staff of a PC games website circa 2007, but I can forgive that. There's just something about their sun-kissed, low-stakes, silly-but-not-too-silly take on city-building. Every couple of years I really feel the itch to comfort-blanket myself with one, and lo and behold, every couple of years there's a new one. That…

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Kalypso nab Commandos rights, promises new games

Everything old is new again, and everything once overlooked by publishers is cool once more. Today, publisher Kalypso Media (Sudden Strike, Tropico, Dungeons et al) went and bagged themselves the rights to all of Pyro Studios's old games, which means the entire Commandos series of stealthy tactical puzzlers. Better still, the publisher has already confirmed that new games in the series are on the way, as…

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Tropico 6 reveals its isles of plunder

If I were going to steal the Eiffel Tower, I'd definitely strap a giant rocket to it and launch it into the sky. Once it was airborne, I'd remotely pilot it back to my volcano lair and then park it in the Monument Chamber next to the Statue of Liberty (also rocket-propelled) and the Great Sphinx of Giza (trundles around on little wheels).It's not clear…

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Subterranean ne’er-do-well sim Dungeons 2 free on GOG

It's about time we boarded up the windows here in the RPS treehouse for the weekend, but we leave you with a little gift, although admittedly a second-hand one.Presumably in an effort to drum up interest in the (quite good) Dungeons 3, Realmforge Studios have been giving away the second game in their Dungeon Keeper-ish series a lot lately. If you missed the chance to…

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Feature: Competition kills

Railway Empire review

For years, the people of Baltimore had to content themselves with the long, winding route through New York, Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo to get themselves to the fabled city of Pittsburgh, where steel grew on trees. But in 1834, the Baltimore & Ohio Rail Company, my company, finally had the funds to embark on an audacious project: a really big tunnel.Broadly covering the first century…

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Dungeons 3 out next week, features more keeping and more overworlding

We'll never get Dungeon Keeper 3, but in a few days we will get Dungeons 3, sequel to a not-Bullfrog spiritual remake that took the long way round to evoking its revered forebear. Dungeons 1 was a hot mess, but in our Dungeons 2 review I felt it made a pretty decent fist of the ol' monster-management + RTS combat formula. Dungeons 3 [Steam page],…

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