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Feature: Don't forget, you're here forever... maybe

Have You Played… The Spectrum Retreat?

What’s this? The Spectrum Retreat? Another puzzle game chosen by Alice L? She would never, she’s not that predictable! Well, wait. If the slendermenesque robots aren’t enough to hook you, then how about knowing it was created by one guy, for five years, and he started it when he was 15. How impressive is that? It also won the BAFTA Young Game Designer Game Making…

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Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics slithers into stores on October 4th

I'm no expert on eldritch elder fiends, but I'm pretty sure that you'll need more than a WW2 SMG to bring down a Shoggoth - maybe the troopers in Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics know better, though. It's a superficially XCOM-ish tactics game based on Modiphius's Call Of Cthulhu spinoff RPG setting, building on the old trope that the Third Reich were dabbling in the occult. Stands to reason…

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First-person puzzler The Spectrum Retreat is out today

First-person puzzle games with vague Portal inspirations are common enough, but The Spectrum Retreat looks to be an especially polished and stylish take on the sub-genre. Thematically, it's about escaping from a creepy sci-fi hotel staffed by faceless robots with the aid of a mysterious benefactor on the phone. Mechanically, it's about stealing and using colours, and it's out today. Below, a rather sinister launch trailer.

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Snookering You Tonight: Pure Pool’s Snooker DLC Out

Professional snooker is the most gentlemanly of sports, played in actual theatres by sullen men wearing bow-ties and waistcoats. The snooker I know is played in campsite entertainment rooms with Black Lace's Agadoo blasting, where Bigger Kids block the pockets with empty Coke cans to hog the table all afternoon off one twenty pence piece. The snooker DLC for Pure Pool [official site] sadly is…

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Haunt Yourself: Extreme Exorcism

Extreme Exorcism [official site] will make you afraid of your own shadow. It's a fast-paced paranormal platformer in which each playthrough becomes increasingly perilous as enemies mimicking your previous victory are overlaid onto the level you're playing. You're fighting against your own ghosts, in the way that racing games often let you compete against your own previous attempt or personal best.

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Feature: Dead Pool

Impressions: Pure Pool

Does anyone expect a pool game to try anything radical? Sure, it'd be interesting if there were tiny little people running around on the table, in danger of being squished by the balls, and I wouldn't be particularly adverse to some sort of power up that changed the cue ball into a Pac-Manstrosity that devoured anything it struck and pooped out pills and ashes –…

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