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Jack Into A Shinier, Newer Uplink With This Mod

Introversion Software's 2001 hackathon Uplink [official site] is one of the most enjoyable depictions of real-world hacking in the realm of gaming. If you love Mr. Robot as much as I do, you probably remember playing through this relic back when it came out. It also happens to be one of our best ten hacking, coding and computer games.

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Freeware Garden: The Screening

The Screening tasks you with testing, training and selecting the very best subjects that will help further the cause. And, as we all know that the cause is the cause, you too have to understand that the cause will be with you, as long as you are with the cause. Even if each and every mission your agents will tackle will be a suicidal one.

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Freeware Garden: One Minute To Midnight

Though the trend towards more personal, almost solipsistic and usually depressing indie freeware games is a strong one, some developers do thankfully tackle matters from a more societal perspective. You know, with games like web-based RTS One Minute To Midnight for example -- a game about revolution or, at least, a revolution.

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Freeware Garden: Mars Commando

After the brilliant human species of Earth depleted their planet's vast water resources, it was forced to focus its brilliance on Mars in an attempt to rob it of its own (frozen?) water. Oddly, Martians were less than ecstatic about such a prospect and decided to kick the colonial bastards off their planet. Humankind's survival once again demanded war. A war, the tacticalities of which, Mars…

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Freeware Garden: Compact Conflict

Have been looking for a turn-based, strategic time-sink for quite some time, but I honestly never expected to find one crammed in the 13 kilobytes of the aptly named Compact Conflict. To say I'm loving this would be a criminal understatement, but, yes, I am honestly and deeply loving it.

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Venisse: Hegemony Rome – The Rise Of Caeasar

I've been waiting for Hegemony Rome for a long time. Longbow's previous Hegemony game has endured long in the memory, even if I haven't played it for years now. Boasting an enormous map with seamless zooming from a broad imperial view to the details of the battlefield, it's the kind of RTS that I can get behind. The grand scale means that decisions rarely have…

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Tabletop Stuff: Armello Looks Spellbinding

It's testament to Armello that as someone with very little experience of board games, upon seeing it running I was immediately entranced. The tabletop-inspired PC game is a vividly alive and remarkably gorgeous turn-based hexxy strategy, that would normally be the sort of thing I'd walk right past. But when it was on display in GDC's indie quarters this year, I not only didn't walk…

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Interplanetary Grabbed By Steam Greenlight’s Gravity

I daydream almost daily of turning myself into a projectile and rocketing myself across the sky. With a Half-Life gauss cannon in my hand, I think I could fire myself from my window to any destination within town. Interplanetary does one better. It's a strategy game in which you use the gravitational pull of planets in order to slingshot projectiles across the solar system, so…

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Soren Song: Civ IV Designer Founds Mohawk Games

Soren Johnson is a clever man. He was a programmer on Civilization 3, the lead designer on Civilization IV, and then he moved over to Maxis to work on Spore. Now he's building himself a new home by founding Mohawk Games, a studio dedicated to creating "core strategy games".

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Assault On History – Timelines: Assault On America

I'm rubbish at history. Personally, I think it's all water under the bridge and we should just let bygones be bygones. But I'm pretty sure that Hitler didn't die in a JFK-style assassination attempt in 1942. And I'm also relatively convinced that Germany didn't sign a pact with Japan, and then attack the US on two fronts. I mean, maybe they did - my history…

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A Free Weekend Of Endless Space

Endless Space is free to download and play on Steam until 9pm GMT this Sunday and its strategic turn-based space-conquering is fantastic, so you're going to have to cancel your plans to do some Christmas shopping, hunt sharks or play with your new Nintendo-Box. There are so many space games in the crowd-funding mixer at present but it would be very foolish to forget that…

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Mr Fix-It: Eador – Masters Of The Broken World

I wonder what it's like being the Master of a Broken World. Probably quite difficult I'd imagine, but some folk would probably argue it's better than serving in a fully functioning world. Snowbird are offering a chance to find out how you'd cope as just such a master with their upcoming strategy game, Eador: Masters of the Broken World. The world has been shattered and…

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Polar Ice Caps – Frost Wars: The Rise Of Fatty Sparkles

The correct way to garner my attention is not with stupid publicity stunts, over-the-top PR, nor draping your game in scantily clad models. It's to call it something really, really odd, like Frost Wars: The Rise Of Fatty Sparkles. This is a Unity-based turn-based strategy from first time developers, Lantern, and has been created using crowd-sourced ideas. And features a murderous polar bear.

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Feature: Universal, European, And Four Of It

History Repeats Itself: Europa Universalis IV Details

If there was no Europa Universalis there almost certainly wouldn't be a Victoria, a Hearts of Iron or a Crusader Kings. There probably wouldn't be a Paradox, at least not in its current form. The success of the game, with all its complexities and oddities, led to sequels, expansions and Caesarean spin-offs. Earlier today, the company announced that Europa Universalis IV is in development and…

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Endless Space Begins

Endless Space, the 4X spacy strategy is now out on Steam, and has a launch trailer with lots of pretty explosions. It also explains that in the end, it's a game about dust. I am bemused by the role that dust appears to play in fiction. From Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, to CCP's EVE spin-off, it's hard to think of a more innocuous…

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Feature: A home for Horace?

A Better Beta: Infinite Joy In Endless Space

Maybe the joy isn’t quite infinite and maybe the space isn’t endless in the sense that might be imagined on first exposure to the title, but turn-based space conquest game Endless Space is already the second great entry in my 2012 feast of strategy gaming. If Crusader Kings II was a roasted hog with a side order of roasted hog, washed down with a keg…

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