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Feature: Foot-to-ball: The Game

Behold The Kickmen can’t escape the problems of football games

Behold The Kickmen [official site] is an almost-football sportsball game: there's a ball and two teams trying to get it in each other's goal via tackling, sprinting, passing and kicking. It's only almost-football though because it has been designed by someone with a wilfull ignorance of football's details, and who dislikes the sport but did enjoy playing classic football Amiga game Sensible Soccer. Footballers become…

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Very realistic football game Behold the Kickmen dribbles onto Steam in authentic and accurate way

Behold the Kickmen [official site], the arcade game about football, known in some parts of the world as British Football, has been released this day. It’s by Dan Marshall and Size Five Games, makers of The Swindle. Dan started working on the ball-kicker as part of a game jam but was whisked away by the locker room drama of it all until he finally ended…

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Foolish football: Behold The Kickmen coming Thursday

If football is the biggest sport in England, pretending that you don't know anything about football comes a close second. Dan Marshall, the creator of The Swindle and the bad half of Ben & Dan, is a fan of the second. His Behold the Kickmen [official site] is an arcade kick 'em up which gets football gloriously wrong, and it's launching this Thursday. It'll run…

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Behold The Kickmen adds ‘Speedball’ mode

It's not officially called Speedball mode because that might cause upsets down the line, but Dan Marshall's Behold the Kickmen [official site] now has a menu switch that turns it from a highly accurate football simulation into a highly accurate grim futuresport simulation. I say "highly accurate" with tongue in cheek as Kickmen is the project of Dan Marshall (he of Ben There Dan That…

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The Swindle Potential Follow-Up Shows Sci-Fi Style

The Swindle's [official site] cyberpunk/steampunk aesthetic was unique, but the sci-fi concept art posted on Size Five Games' blog seems like it would adapt even more readily to its stealthy computer hacking gameplay. The developer is considering a follow-up game and has brought in an artist to chuck a few ideas together. The resulting artwork by Gareth Davies has a gritty 70's/80's sci-fi look highlighted by…

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Silly Football In The Swindle Dev’s Behold The Kickmen

Here's a curious thought experiment: what if football were played by human beings rather than sentient cars? How would they turbo boost? How would they even kick the ball? Dan Marshall - him what made The Swindle and is the mean half of Ben & Dan - has some ideas. He's making Behold the Kickmen, a game where football is played on a round pitch…

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Feature: Dwindling Returns

The Swindle review

Steampunk London-town heist caper The Swindle [official site] should feel comfortable in the shadows. It's a sneak 'em up, with gadgets, set in self-contained randomised levels full of robotic guards, fatal falls and explosive traps. There are also clanking great computers that a skilled hacker can siphon cash out of and piles of cash. All of these elements are scattered willy-nilly around the interiors of…

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Sneaky Sneaky: The Swindle Breaking Into July

After four years, one cancellation, and one uncancellation, The Swindle [official site] is faring better than the third Ben & Dan game. What's going on with that, HEY DAN? Anyway, it seems The Swindle will see the light of day, as Size Five Games have announced a release date: July 28th. The Swindle's a 2D steampunk sneak-o-stealing game about pulling heists in procedurally-generated levels, dodging…

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Been There, Doing That Again: Size Five Unkill The Swindle

The Swindle is dead, long live The Swindle. This Steampunk heist game was what Size Five Games planned on doing in lieu of another Ben & Dan / Time Gentlemen, Please point and click adventure, but lead dev Dan Marshall wound up quasi-cancelling it when he couldn't find the fun, to borrow a line from Blizzard. Given that he'd also axed third Ben & Dan…

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Feature: Channel Hopping

Down The Tube: A Developer’s Guide To Television

You may have heard about last weekend's extraordinarily disastrous attempt to film and broadcast a Pepsi-sponsored game jam, called GAME_JAM. At enormous expense (rumours fly of around $400,000), a group of in-indies - the likes of Zoe Quinn, Davey Wreden, and Robin Arnott - and YouTubers were supposed to be taking part in a reality-show-cum-game-jam for four days, to be professionally filmed, edited and broadcast…

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The Sim(ian)s, Free: Gun Monkeys Free Weekend

It's no Monkey Tennis but Size Five's Gun Monkeys has found its fans. It's a procedurally generated, physics-based 1 vs 1 deathmatch game and, being a multiplayer sort of thing, it is hungry for new players. To entice fresh monkey-handlers, Size Five are allowing people to play for free this weekend, on Steam, and reducing the price of the game by 50% during that time.…

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Dwindling: Size Five Put The Swindle On Hold

We've written so much about The Swindle that sometimes I forget that it's not out yet and that I still somehow know very little about it. Stealth, cyberpunk, crime, infiltration. Good things. It's in the same mould as Gunpoint and perhaps distantly related to Subversion. News from Size Five suggests that there may be a deeper connection to Introversion's ill-fated infiltrator. Development is proving problematic,…

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Meet The Actor: Gun Monkeys Gets Kevin

Are you Slightly Old? And British? And of broadly good humour? Then you will doubtless be at least passingly familiar with the work of The Actor Kevin Eldon, quiet mainstay of some of this nation's greatest televisual comedy. As well as Brass Eye, Alan Partridge, Nighty Night, The IT Crowd and more, he can now add Size Five Games' Gun Monkeys to his CV. Witness…

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Monkey See, Monkey Post: Gun Monkeys Out Now

Oh, he just had to release this just as the RPS Hivemind was about to slump into its weekend-long coma, didn't he? The punishment for that is a shorter post free from our usual witticisms. Actually, no, I'm going to twist the knife and say 'bum monkeys more like'. I don't know if Gun Monkeys is fun or bum in fact, as I haven't yet…

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Steamy Simians: Gun Monkeys Steam-Bound

As Alec discovered during a conversation with Size Five's Dan Marshall, Gun Monkeys is a smaller project, punctuating the long development process required for The Swindle. It's also a simian-stuffed iteration of Gibbage and, in Dan Marshall's own words, "a game about wall-jumping and double-jumping, scuttling around the arena shooting each other". If that sounds like the sort of thing you'd enjoy, you may be…

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Feature: "trendy hippy indie stuff"

Size Five On Stealth, Story & Swearing In The Swindle

A few days back, Time Gentlemen, Please and Privates dev, Dan Marshall of Size Five Games, revealed just why his 'xciting upcoming cyberpunk crime caper The Swindle had gone eerily quiet for a few months. Fearful that the XNA language he'd been working with might not be supported by Windows 8, he started from scratch in Unity. In this second half of our chat, we…

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Feature: Or 'why Windows 8 meant starting over from scratch'

Whatever Happened To The Swindle?

The Swindle was the much-anticipated next game from Time Gentlemen, Please and Privates dev Size Five Games. Then things went quiet. Very, very quiet. But why? Wha'happened? Will we ever get to play this cyberpunk crime caper? Here, Size Five's Dan Marshall reveals for the first time why the game went dark - a sad tale of Windows 8-based potential doom, leading to a Summer…

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BAFTA Publicly Praises Size Five’s Privates

If your only exposure to Size Five's size five Privates is through this esteemed periodical, you may believe that it is little more more than a flimsy excuse for us to make jokes about willies. Not true. Last night, at the British Academy Children's Awards, Privates won in the 'Learning - Secondary' category. This involved beating off competition from the likes of erstwhile Naked Chef…

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