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Feature: The real murder was the friends we made on the way

Murder By Numbers review

Murder By Numbers, which would seem to be tailor-made for a few of the RPS staff, is a murder mystery visual novel, where you gather clues by completing picross puzzles (also known as nonograms or griddlers). Aided by a small, cute robot called SCOUT, who consists almost entirely of a flying CRT monitor screen with a face, actress Honor Mizrahi falls into detecting when the…

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Picross mystery puzzler Murder By Numbers is coming in March

Honor's boss is dead and she's the primary suspect for foul play, meaning it's time to roll up her sleeves and catch the real murderer. Unfortunately, Honor's no detective, she just plays one on TV. Therein's the setup for Murder By Numbers but it's nowhere near as grim as it sounds because it also has a healthy coat of neon 90s paint. Folks wear pumps…

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Just three years after opening, Fable Fortune’s servers are closing next month

Bad news Fable fans - Fable Fortune's servers are being shut down on March 4th, bringing an end to the short life of the Fable card game spin-off. The game launched back in 2018, following half a year of early access, and now it's leaving us wondering what on earth is next for the much-loved series.

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Murder By Numbers is Phoenix Wright in leg-warmers from the designer of Hatoful Boyfriend

Your boss has been murdered. But he did just fire you, so maybe he had it coming? Unfortunately, that kinda mess puts you in the prime suspect spotlight, and it's time to clear your name. All sounds rather dark, doesn't it? But Murder By Numbers has no time for all that doom and gloom. Mediatonic's next game is a puzzling pop-styled detective novel with some…

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Fall Guys is a multiplayer obstacle course of Takeshi’s Castle foolishness

Get one hundred people together in a wasteland their natural inclination will be to find guns and murder each other to pieces, the ongoing glut of battle royale shooters would have you believe. It wasn't always this way. Television gameshows like It's A Knockout, Wipeout, and especially Takeshi's Castle once showed us that dozens of competitors can come together to fanny about in weird minigames,…

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Feature: They're such talented birds

Have You Played… Hatoful Boyfriend?

You know that Netflix true crime documentary Evil Genius? Like, you watch it and every episode there’s a twist so off the wall that it’s basically formed a new floor, and there was no way you could have predicted it? And you’re like “Okay, but no way there’ll be another twist like that in the next episode?” That experience is similar to playing Hatoful Boyfriend.

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Fable Fortune, RPG series’ CCG spinoff launching soon

Update, Correction: It does appear that Steam players can play with and against XBox and Windows 10 owners of the game, which is nice.After seven months in early access to hammer it into ship-shape, RPG-turned-CCG Fable Fortune just about ready for launch. With an official release date of February 22nd, it'll be rolling out on Microsoft consoles and PC as a free-to-play title, with existing early adopters…

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Fable Fortune clucks into early access

Fable Fortune, the card battler spun off from Lionhead's chicken-kicking RPG, has entered paid early access. This might be the final Fable game, an odd survivor which was meant to be a small side game but fled to independence after Microsoft closed Lionhead Studios and cancelled Fable Legends. Fable Fortune is a collectible card game in the Magic-y, Hearthstone-ish way, and early reception seems actually…

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Fable Fortune delayed to later this month

After Microsoft shut down Lionhead, the studio behind Fable and Black & White, in 2016, one little shard lived on. A team had been working on a free-to-play Fable card game, named Fable Fortune [official site], and were surprisingly allowed to continue after the death of Lionhead. Flaming Fowl Studios had planned to launch Fable Fortune into early access tomorrow, Tuesday the 11th, but it…

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Festive Bird Fancying In Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star

Did you kiss a bird last night? It's okay, you can tell me. I know that you twitchers (and Twitchers, probably) have been camped out in your hides with your binoculars, keenly awaiting the arrival of Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star [official site]. You surely pounced on the bird dating sim as soon as it was released last night, so you don't need me to tell…

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Festive Fancier: Hatoful Boyfriend – Holiday Star

There is no greater holiday romance than the one between George Michael and the wine glass he met last Christmas but for the pigeon fanciers among the RPS readership, Christmas might come early with the release of Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star [official site] on December 15th. It's a themed expandalone or semi-sequel rather than a DLC pack and the creator of the original game, Hato…

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Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star Remaster Due In Autumn

You may have thought yourself an animal lover before, but Hatoful Boyfriend taught us to really love animals. The dating sim starring a human girl in a school for birds - actual, proper birds - fizzed with madcap charm, and it was grand when Mediatonic and Devolver Digital remastered it to introduce it to a larger audience. Now they've having a crack at the sequel,…

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Feature: Not For The Birds

Hatoful Boyfriend review

At one point during the dating simulation game Hatoful Boyfriend, I found myself walking through a park with the guy I had a crush on as he confessed his profound grief over a lost love—how her absence had broken something deep in his heart that he might never be able to put back together.The catch, of course, is that he wasn’t a “guy” at all;…

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Hatoful Boyfriend Spreads Its Wings

"So the joke is it's a dating simulator, but all the romance options are pigeons?" they'll ask, bewildered. "Yes. Only it's not really a joke. In fact, it got remade for a western audience because of how popular it was." you can now reply, smiling a little too wide.The world's most popular pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend is now out in a form that doesn't require…

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HARDER FASTER PIGEONIER: Hatoful Boyfriend Remake

You didn't play Hatoful Boyfriend? You didn't? Look above these words. Behold your tragic error.Whether the playing-it-straight pigeon-based high school dating sim/ visual novel needs a remake I don't know. It was funny the first time and all that. But hell, better this than 90% of the kill-crazy bobbins that we're going to see pumped down the vid-tubes for most of next week.

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Feature: Sound and Fury

Impressions: Foul Play

Mediatonic's theatrical brawler Foul Play opened its curtains yesterday on Steam. It's a 2D beat 'em up where you recount the character's life on stage by punching actors. I'd intended to WiT it, but I've had to stop after a few hours play. There's only so much button-mashing I can take in a day, and my thumbs were about to ask for the understudy to…

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Have Some Wilde Brawls In Foul Play

There is a brilliant, subtle pun in Foul Play that took me way to long to figure out. Mediatonic's cartoonish brawler is launching on PC today, and in it the Victorian daemon-hunter Baron Dashforth recounts his life story as a stage show. It is the Foul Play of the title, see? How that slipped past me I'll never know. Perhaps I was too taken with…

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