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Posts tagged “lazy 8 studios”

Feature: Space rovin'

The Bleeding Edges: Extrasolar

The Bleeding Edges is a series of articles on alternative reality gaming - games that blur the line between reality and fiction, smudge the edges of the frame and let the game bleed over into your real life. When I reviewed The Temporal Invasion last week, I lamented that it fell short of the reality-augmenting pleasure* that I'd found in 2003's In Memoriam, and wished…

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Explore Strange New Worlds, Get Weird Emails: Extrasolar

So, a clever thing happened before I'd even started playing the game which has me on Spoiler Protection Alert, and thus rather ill-placed to say useful things about Extrasolar. Added to that is that this planetary exploration game itself plays in real-time, which means I need to wait several hours for my interstellar rover to trek across miles of alien terrain before I can usefully…

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We’ll Go Some More A-Roving: Extrasolar

A potentially habitable planet has been discovered outside our solar system and, right now, the eXoplanetary Research Institute is looking for volunteers to explore the surface. You'd be controlling a rover and gathering data on the planet and its inhabitants, whether flora or fauna. Sound good? That's the premise of the new game from Lazy 8 Studios, makers of Cogs. It's called Extrasolar and it's…

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IGF Factor 2010: Cogs

How beautiful, how wonderful can you make a sliding puzzle game? With a steam-punk flourish, Lazy 8 Studios' Cogs shows exactly how far the genre can be pushed. Comrade Walker - our official master of puzzles - totally adored it upon its release. Now that it's picked up a nomination for Excellence in Design, we thought it time to talk to their Rob Jagnow about…

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Revolutionary: Cogs Impressions

If you look at a British £2 coin, you'll notice there's a motif in the design of one of the circles that shows a series of interlocking cogs. When the coin was originally launched, the Royal Mint declared that these cogs represented "the evolution of technology from the Iron Age to the internet". Another thing you'll notice if you look carefully is there are nineteen…

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