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Posts tagged “Merge Games”

Co-op RTS DwarfHeim will launch in early access in October, and gets a new demo today

Pineleaf Studio today announced an early access launch date of October 22nd for DwarfHeim, the intriguing cooperative RTS where players take on different roles. You'll need someone in charge of your army, naturally, though you'll need a town to support that army, but how will you build a town without miners? Division of labour is the answer, splitting tasks across players who'll need to work…

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Monster Harvest looks like Stardew with a side of Pokemon

Ever wondered what it'd be like if Pokemon's perpetually-childish heroes settled down to start a farm? Lucky for you, that's exactly the premise of Monster Harvest. Sowing its first seeds this week, Maple Powered Games' upcoming crop punctuates Stardew Valley's pastoral life sim with brutal fights between half-plant, half-animal hybrids called Planimals. Geddit?

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Feature: Two thirds of these games are about dwarves or pharaohs.

The best Steam Festival demos: RTS and city builders

Since the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition has so many demos in it, we've all run off to harvest our own little crop to recommend, picking different genres as our guiding principle. As ever, though, the concept of "genre" has tripped me up like a rake in the dark, and left me flailing to define what connects the six games below. I guess, if there's…

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Sega’s forgotten mascot, Alex Kidd is returning with a remake

Back when Sonic was just a twinkle in Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle's eye, Sega's jumpy mascot was a squat lad named Alex Kidd. Then the 90s came roaring in with their rude 'tude, the Mega Drive launched with controllers shaped like throwing weapons, and the little boy was just not cool enough. Poor lad. If you feel he was done a great injustice, you might be thrilled…

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Feature: Try before you buy.

Sparklite is a roguelike which runs on FOMO

On the surface, Sparklite is as generically, pleasantly roguelikelike as it's possible to get. You wander around randomly generated areas, clubbing baddies with a wrench and spelunking in sinkholes for treasure, before taking on big gits in caves. The story is bland as weetabix, there are secrets to be found everywhere, and there are helpful items that give you new abilities. The game is pretty…

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Screenshot Saturday Sundays: cat cafés, cute cities, and pixel plants

I love Screenshot Saturday, Twitter’s weekly tag for game developers to throw up images and gifs (mostly gifs, but that’s not alliterative) of their works in progress. I love it so much that I’ve gathered together some of my favourites so that we can coo over them together. Within: a magical girl cat café, hyperactive sheep, and a very calm tree in what looks to…

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RIOT: Civil Unrest has erupted out of early access

Yum. What a delicious beverage you have served me. Thank you sir. Oh wait. This beverage appears to be on fire. And also I am on fire. It was one of those flaming beverages, wasn’t it? Thought so. I’m an expert on such riot related things, you see, because I’ve been reading the Steam page for RIOT: Civil Unrest, which firebombed it’s way out of…

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Mystical mercantile mashup Moonlighter hits stores

Ever since delightful Japanese hack n' slash/storekeeping sim hybrid Recettear proved that such a thing was even possible, I've loved the idea of playing as an RPG shopkeeper. Clearly they're the most powerful class around - how else do you get multiple god-slaying swords in stock? Today yet another game in this small yet charming sub-genre was released. In Moonlighter, you run your family's equipment…

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Be an RPG shopkeep by day, hero by night in Moonlighter

Looking at Digital Sun's upcoming management sim/action-RPG hybrid Moonlighter, it's hard not to draw comparisons to excellent Japanese indie of yesteryear, Recettear. And as far as I'm concerned, that's just fine, because I haven't played anything that quite scratched that itch in nearly 8 years. Run a generic fantasy equipment shop by day, crawl through the dungeons for more stock by night. How else did…

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Feature: This article is definitely about the game in the headline

Have you played… Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.Commandos was hard. It looked like an RTS but it wasn’t like Red Alert. That confused me. Your small band of soldiers need to be in the right place, at the right time, or else the plan would go to hell. Levels were puzzles that required patience…

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Feature: Complain-lining

Mainlining review

As has been seen, I love to hack the planet. Intrigue, silliness, typing long commands with a single semi-colon in the wrong place – a good hacking game is always welcome on my PC. Mainlining [official site] is a hacking game that could have been good. But after many frustrations, it’s getting clicked and dragged to the recycle bin. I’ll tell you why.

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Twin Souls Is Now Called Aragami, Out This Year

Remember Twin Souls: The Path of the Shadows? You know, that Tenchu-inspired stealth 'em up that first surfaced in 2014 and used a teleport mechanic similar to the one found in Dishonored? Well its back. Only it's called Aragami [official site] now, and has a cool shadow dragon summoning combat mechanic thing going on. It's also out this year, developers Lince Works have announced, and…

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Pilot Secret Boaty Planes In Soviet Monsters: Ekranoplans

Humanity have invented some pretty dang weird things in our ongoing mission to murder everyone different to ourselves. World War II and The Cold War in particular saw the creation of terrible tools, but also some that were weird and goofy and sorta cool I guess. Soviet Monsters: Ekranoplans [Steam page], announced today, will put you in charge of one of the weird ones.Ekranoplans were…

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Pupil Becomes Master: Albedo – Eyes From Outer Space

There's a great deal to admire in the trailer for soon-to-be-released pulp sci-fi puzzler Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space [official site]: wobbly flying saucers dangling against the backdrop of lurid skies, toxic death planets, ocular horrors. It's an odd-looking thing, no doubt about it, and in the best possible way. Is it a horror game? A comedy game? A horror-comedy?If there's a disappointing aspect to…

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The Eyes Have It: ’60s Sci-Fi Shoot-o-Puzzle Albedo

Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space is a weird-looking game and not just because it's inspired by '60s sci-fi movies, aliens bulging with giant eyeballs, and the name sounds like something I might have seen on Mystery Science Theatre 3000. It somehow combines FPS monster-shooting with adventure game puzzling. And I think at one point in the trailer the chap feeds a giant snail to one…

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Greenhouse Emissions: Monster Truck Destruction

There are many characteristics I share with Gregory House MD - I am played by an Englishman, and my final seasons are rather poorly directed - but chief among these likenesses is my unexpected appreciation of Monster Trucks. And not just the howling monstrosities of arena snows, no, but the games of the same. Monster Truck Madness on the Playstation has provided me with important…

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Terraria Heading To Retail, But For A Price

Terraria, the absolutely superb Minecraft-meets-side-scrolling-platformer, is to get a retail release. For, er, £20. The digital version costs £6 at most, regularly dropping to amazing bargain prices during various sales, and is unquestionably amazing value. But £20 for an "Exclusive Collectors Edition" when it's a year old, in a box, in a shop? That seems a little strange.

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Boom: Nuclear Dawn Arrives September 2011

Nuclear Dawn, the FPS-RTS hybrid Source mod turned (maybe) commercial title, had all got a bit hazy of late. What was going on with it? We hadn't even posted about it in two years. Two years! Anyway, we've just received word that post-apocalyptic project is getting a release in September (definitely!) The game is a multiplayer mix of FPS and RTS, with folks able to…

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