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Posts tagged “Positech Games”

Democracy 4 announced

As developers Positech Games carefully put it, "quite a lot has happened in global politics" since string-pulling govern ‘em up Democracy 3 was released back in 2013. Accordingly, they’re bringing the series back to wrestle with our super fun current hot-button topics like fake news and the influence of social media in Democracy 4.

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Shadowhand review

Fans of bodices and inheritance might remember card game Regency Solitaire. Pip and Adam enjoyed looking for tea sets underneath piles of cards in that tale of gambling and gossiping. But I’m in charge of the card games now. So I get to review highway robbery follow-up Shadowhand. If I were a member of the polite, ball-attending society of the game I might say it…

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Shadowhand stands to deliver on December 7th

A long line of RPS writers (generations of em!) have been sharing their thoughts on Shadowhand, including an in-depth preview over the past couple years. It's been fascinating watching Grey Alien's game of card-based swashbucklery grow and evolve, and now the distinct and interestingly themed CCG has a release date. December 7th seems to have a bit of a 'powerful, dangerous women and the cards they deal'…

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Positech’s Production Line rolls into early access

Where do cars come from? That century-old question is answered in Production Line [official site], a car-building factory management sim from Gratuitious Space Battles dev Positech, which has now hit early access. We all know cars live in symbiotic relationships with humans, letting us ride in their cheek pouches in exchange for food. And many of us know that a car nearing death will make…

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Elect ‘Em Up Political Animals Looks A Whale Of A Time

This election cycle in the United States has been drama-filled and both candidates have engaged in a ridiculous cartoon-like behavior towards the opposition. This makes Squeaky Wheel's Political Animals [official site] more realistic than its developers probably intended when they set out to make the turn-based strategy game about a presidential election on a fictional island with animals as the candidates. Here, check it out…

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Production Line Is Democracy Dev’s New Car Factory Sim

You can have any genre, says Positech, as long as it’s management. Production Line [official site] will be the studio’s new game of building cars on a long assembly line with the penny-pinching efficiency of Henry Ford. “I never used to care about cars,” said Cliffski, the creator of Democracy and Gratuitous Space Battles, in his announcement. “Then I bought a nice hybrid one (Lexus)…

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Timely! Democracy 3’s Electioneering Expansion Released

Dearie me, Positech Games have been lucky. While the UK's political situation stumbles into chaos on all sides, like a Three Stooges skit full of pratfalls and kicks up the jacksy, Positech have launched the Electioneering expansion for political strategy game Democracy 3 [official site]. What convenient timing! The expansion lets players campaign to win elections and maybe I'm getting ahead of myself with this…

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Democracy 3 Going Electioneering In Next Expansion

Ha ha hooo elections, eh? In that there politics. With the votes. And those things they say. With those ideas they have. Hitting the ole campaign trail. Kissing all that baby. Shaking a hand. Posing with them famous folks. And the things they say! Did you hear what that one said? And then the other one...? Putting papers through your door. Love it. Knocking on…

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Animal Farm Meets Donald Trump: Political Animals

Political Animals [official site] is a turn-based strategy game. It's also a colourful election simulation where candidates are replaced by cartoon animals. It should be released in time for November's US elections. No, really. As the blurb goes: "Building a wall around a country to handle migration is completely insane, except when the candidate suggesting it is a mongoose with severe hair problems, then it's…

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Doctors Ordered: Big Pharma’s Marketing Expansion

Over and above its management and strategy groundings, Big Pharma [official site] shines a light on the billion dollar, often unscrupulous, pharmaceutical industry. While Alec enjoyed his hands-on time with Twice Circled's medicine manufacturing sim last year, he noted it didn't "go for pharmaceutical industry’s jugular". Its first expansion - Marketing and Malpractice - takes a distinguished step towards doing exactly that by introducing dodgy…

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Democracy 3’s Africa Expandalone Released

Positech Games have released Democracy 3: Africa [official site], a standalone expansion to their political strategy game. It's the same basic 'try to run society through decisions and a billion buttons and charts and statistics' idea as regular Democracy 3 (see Wot Graham Thinks of that) but hopped on over to Africa. This means a makeover and a few changes to the policies and societies…

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Big Pharma Expansion Adds Malpractice & Manipulation

When Big Pharma [official site] appeared last year, Alec approved but pointed out it perhaps went a little easy on a severely dodgy target. Today's announced expansion, Marketing And Malpractice, looks like it might add a few more teeth to the management satire. With your drug developed, you now need to ensure doctors think it's the right one for their patients. "Take them to dinner,…

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Shadowhand Shows Its Cards With First Trailer

Regency Solitaire took Castle Shotgun by surprise, and transformed it into a Victorian mansion for a while, all gossip and idle chat and falling in love with the cold and distant guy who secretly has deep passions but cannot show them because it's not cool. A few months ago, devs Grey Alien Games announced they were going to spice things up a bit and throw…

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Democracy 3: Africa Expandalone Announced

"If you want to play a deep, balanced politics simulator, and prove your ideals correct, then Democracy probably won't satisfy past a couple of hours of play," our Graham said in his Wot I Think of Democracy 3. "But if you want to teach someone about the basic connections that form society, Democracy 3 is the perfect way to do it." Come next year, you'll…

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Democracy 3 Update Improves UI, Adds New Events

For a game about the inner workings of government, Democracy 3 [official site] is surprisingly violent. I don't think I've played a game of it - whether I built a land of hugs 'n' kisses or a brutal police state - which didn't end up with me being violently turfed out of office by explosions in Westminster. Maybe the new Democracy 3 update will help:…

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ShadowHand: Regency Solitaire Devs Announce Highwaywoman CCG

Oooh. You know how happy Regency Solitaire made Adam and me earlier in the year? Its creators Grey Alien Games have just announced ShadowHand [official site], the tale of a notorious highwaywoman and her secret identity, which they describe as a historical visual novel crossed with a collectible card game.

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Big Pharma Rolls Off Production Line, Is Out Now

Big Pharma [official site] is “part business sim, part logistics puzzle”, where you're dealing with balancing three competing resources: the limited space you have for the machinery that makes your drugs; the money you make from selling those drugs and spend to buy new machines; and your own conscience as you get reports back on the side effects of your pills. It's out today. Do…

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Have You Played… Democracy 3

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. That there are so few detailed modern political simulators has always surprised me. It seems like such fertile territory, given internet presence seems to go hand-in-hand with an outspoken political stance. But I suppose it is one thing to loudly object to something…

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Shiny Bang Boom: Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Released

It's always nice to have a demonstration what a complete fool you are and how poorly you think things through. Humbling. Gratuitous Space Battles offered that experience with huge spacefights where your input ends as soon as the battle begins, and all you can do is watch as the plans you laid, the issues you ordered, and the ships you designed failed spectacularly to deal…

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