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Train Station Renovation is freshly renovated and out now

If fancy somewhere new and exciting to clean after six months tidying your flat day after day after day, Train Station Renovation might do it for you. It's a game about fixing stations up to be all shiny and new, clearing away rubbish, filth, satanic shrines, and graffiti, fixing machinery, replacing furniture and fittings, and redecorating. It's more like the canned cleanup of House Flipper…

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Feature: Steel horse

Have You Played… Deadliest Catch: The Game?

Hope you like chipped paint textures, and the colour grey. Because you'll be seeing a lot of them in Deadliest Catch: The Game. Oh, and crabs. Hundreds and hundreds of near-identical crabs, which you must sort by hand, examining each one in turn before either throwing it back in the sea, or condemning it to an icy hold to await its demise on the plate…

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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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Feature: The little station that could

Train Station Renovation has both powerful graffiti and powerful weirdness

Train Station Renovation is coming out on Steam Early Access later this week. If it sounds like the sort of game published by PlayWay, you are correct, because it is. I was initially intrigued by it because train simulation games and renovation simulation games are both quietly but enduringly popular. The idea of a crossover between the two felt both odd and necessary at the…

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Feature: Flipadelphia

Have You Played… House Flipper?

I have mentioned this in a supporter post, but House Flipper has become a go-to game in my library for when life just gets too much, like how we all have a library of films to watch when atrociously hungover (mine included Legend and This Is Spinal Tap). It was a big day for me when I could finally afford a to flip a whole…

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Feature: You come at the Pharoah, you best not miss

Builders Of Egypt could grow into the defining historical city builder – but it ain’t there yet

One of my favourite games of all time, wot I bang on all the time about, is Pharaoh, the 1999 city builder from Impressions Games, which was the successor to Caesar III and - in many ways - was the high water mark for historical settlement-makers. There has been a Pharaoh-shaped hole in PC gaming for some time, and this time last year, when I…

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The best horror games to put the spooks up you this Halloween

Halloween didn’t really used to be that big of a deal in the UK, back when I were a kid. But now it is, so most people go to Halloween parties, or spooky club nights, or some other similar kind of terrifying celebration. I like to keep things traditional though, which means staying in on October 31st and kicking back with some Video Game Entertainment™.…

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Feature: Chocks away!

The Joy of Plane Mechanic Simulator’s absent pilot

I’ve been virtually flying Spitfires for as long as I can remember. I’ve shot down scores of Stukas, maimed messes of Messerschmitts and hunted hosts of Heinkels. But never have I thought about who refuels my plane when I get home for tea and medals. Who reloads the guns, patches up the bullet holes, and grumbles about me putting too much stress on the engine.…

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Feature: Das early access

Premature Evaluation: UBOAT

You know you’re in for some serious submarine business when there’s an option to toggle the curvature of the earth on and off. I’m still not entirely sure what a flat earth would mean for a submarine, in any practical sense. Perhaps if the submarine wandered too close to the edge of the world it would spill over the precipice of a cosmic waterfall and…

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House Flipper heads outside in the Garden Flipper DLC today

As someone who has rolled lawns, built decking, knocked down old conservatories and more, I cannot think of few things I'd rather simulate less than the contents of Garden Flipper. Released today, it's the first major expansion for House Flipper, Empyrean's game of cleaning up other people's messes and ordering shedloads of virtual Ikea furniture to conceal interior design sins. As the title might suggest,…

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Handyman ’em up House Flipper released

The thrills, chills, and plaster fills of DIY have come to PC today in House Flipper. The daddification of video games not quite being at the point where we get games about dads replacing fuses or painting the nursery, House Flipper puts a small business spin on DIY by having us renovate and fix-up houses for clients or so we can sell 'em on for…

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The ecstasy of Agony will only be uncut for PC gamers

Feels like it has been a while since a game was in the news for clashing with the ratings board. Outlast 2 is the last example I can remember where the threat of the dreaded Adults Only (AO) would be handed down to a title, preventing it from releasing on consoles. Well, the Kickstarter funded twisted Hell journey Agony has been leaning into its promise…

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Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 launches free Tuning DLC

The relaxing fix 'em up Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 has added options to fancy-up cars with custom cosmetic doodads as well as fancier mechanoparts, coming in the free 'Tuning' DLC on Tuesday. I've not played a load of Car Mechanic Sim but in all my time playing Viscera Cleanup Detail, which has that similar 'follow a physical process until something ruined becomes good' vibe, it…

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Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 devs: “it was our great mistake”

Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 [official site], the curiously zen-like, genre-defying game of hypnotic vehicular repair, is very much back on the road these days, but it was not ever thus. CMS18 launched in a rather troubled state, rife with bugs and interface peculiarities, but to the credit of both developers and players, it was rapidly and repeatedly patched, backlash was restrained and the result is…

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Car Mechanic Sim 18 devs: “Please give us a chance to fix our faults”

Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 [official site], the latest iteration of the surprisingly zen-like automobilic repair game, launched last Friday. It brought flashier graphics, raiding junkyards for salvageable car husks, over 1000 parts to wail in confusion at and, it transpires, about as many bugs. I found that, on launch day, the game was in worse shape than a Robin Reliant that had spent the last…

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Train Mechanic Simulator 2017 pulls into Steamtion

I'm delighted by the rise of fixing and cleaning games, these meticulous and contemplative experiences of repairing cars and mopping guts out of vents. If trains are more your bag, hey, that's now covered too. Train Mechanic Simulator 2017 [official site] launched last week with steam, diesel, and electric trains in need of a little love. TraMechSim devs Si7 Studio aren't the folks behind the…

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911 Operator: A Game About Being A… 911 Operator

I've said before that I want more games that place you into the interesting shoes of people with interesting jobs, just as Papers, Please dropped you into the role of a customs officer. 911 Operator intrigues, then; it's a game where you play the person on the end of the phone when you ring the emergency services. From crimes in progress, to terrible injuries, to…

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Another World/Flashback-A-Like The Way Out Now

The pitch of a "2D puzzle platformer game inspired by classic titles like Another World, Heart of Darkness and Flashback" got The Way [official site] successfully to its Kickstarter goal in 2014. Now it's out, released on Friday. At first glance, The Way's deference to those, especially Eric Chahi's 1991 sci-fi classic, is quite striking, however I also get Universe and Heart of Alien vibes…

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Garage Band: Car Mechanic Simulator 2015

In the week that Project CARS released, I've spent far more time tinkering with the innards of motors than I have driving them. Just as I often prefer the time spent equipping and managing a squad of mercenaries to the bloody business of combat, it turns out I enjoy playing mechanic more than I enjoy the thrill of the race. During a weekend of ill…

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