Posts Tagged ‘Surprise Attack Games’

Parent ’em up Think of the Children released

Children are idiots. Left to their own devices, they’ll lick plug sockets, crawl into roads, chug Mr Muscle, charge into the ocean, and generally do themselves harm. Idiots! I know better than to do any of those. Unbelievable. They can’t even drive. But the newly-released Think of the Children will task us with protecting those fools from themselves, playing as parents who need to complete lists of tasks while rushing around protecting their child. Idiots. It does support singleplayer but the local multiplayer mode seems like it’d be most fun, cramming up to four terrible parents onto one sofa. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacknet Labyrinths cracks out today

It’s a good day for fans of crashing through firewalls with their password crackers blazing. Hacknet Labyrinths [official site], a big expansion for one of the top ten hacking games, has just been released. It’s a new 3-4 hour storyline that takes place near the end of the main story, a sizeable chunk of new stuff for a game that wasn’t very long itself. As part of an elite crew of hackers, you’ll be chatting over IRC, planning and performing “data heists” with new tools and clandestine programs, and generally hacking the planet.
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Wot I Think: Orwell

With the Snooper’s Charter having very quietly been accepted into law in the UK at the end of last month with nary a bleat, thoughts of government surveillance have rarely been more topical. Orwell [official site] is a take on what such a system might look like in practice, with you the person given access to everyone’s information. Think of it as a Papers Please for the digital age, with all the accompanying ethical dilemmas. Here’s wot I think. Read the rest of this entry »

Orwell Looks Like The Fun Parts From Watch Dogs

When I first laid eyes on Orwell [official site], all I could think of was Mr. Robot’s Elliot Alderman, or how cool I felt when I social engineered people in the Mr. Robot mobile game. I had a flashback to the first time I ever played Watch Dogs and was promptly disappointed because all I really enjoyed doing was “hacking” the people around me and getting into their private lives. So yeah, I’d say I’m pretty excited about this game. The first episode is now out for free, and the rest will follow (paid) weekly. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacknet Gets 3-4 Hour Expansion In December

Spiritual successor to Uplink and 2nd best hacking game ever Hacknet [official site] is getting a 3-4 hour expansion pack at the end of the year. Hacknet Labyrinths injects a new gang of cyberpunks into the game, led by a fella called Kaguya who wants some favours from you. Considering it only takes about 7 or 8 hours to complete the base game, that’s a chunky bit of extra stuff.

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Be A Surveillance Creep In Spy Management Sim Orwell

Here’s something for all you degenerate Facebook voyeurs out there. Orwell [official site] is a privacy-invading sim in which you play a member of the surveillance state tasked with combing through messages and private files of “suspects”. As an ordinary user of The Nation’s new terrorist-tracking system, you have to choose what information to give to the spooks and what to withhold. Although something tells me these suspects are not as criminally inclined as the eerie operating system will have you believe. Take a look for yourself in the trailer below. Maybe open a private tab.

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Hack The Planet! Hacknet Coming In August

Mess with the best, die like the rest.

I dig games which turn your screen into another computer, hauling you into their fiction. TIS-100, Digital: A Love Story, Her Story, and so on are grand and all but, like anyone with blue hair and a leather jacket who grew up in the nineties, what I really want is to hack the planet. Uplink and its admirers are grand, but I need more.

I’m really digging the look of Hacknet [official site], an upcoming terminal-based hack ’em up which uses real-ish techniques and will have us typing in terminal commands ourselves. Cracking! Slip on your fingerless leather gloves (studs optional but preferred) for a peek in its trailer:

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Build A Pillow Fort To Keep Cats Out In Fort Meow

Oh, the simple pleasures of a pillow fort! Raiding your rooms for blankets, sofa cushions, pillows, armchairs, dining chairs, sleeping bags, and other things that your parents will be livid to find you clambering over in your muddy shoes in a corner of the lounge. Now I’m a grown-up, I’m too busy conducting business and leveraging my personal brand to build a fort, but… Fort Meow [official site] does look appealing.

It’s a physics-based dealio where you need to build forts of household junk to defend against hordes of cats, and it’s out now.

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Behave, Gentlemen: Vertiginous Golf Adds Multiplayer

Golf it to the max!

Here’s a fun fact for you: golf head covers were invented by Victorians concerned golf clubs looked too much like a dame’s gams, fearing a whole bag of uncovered clubs might give a gentleman funny ideas. Some Jack the Ripper experts believe he evaded justice because bobbies were set on finding a golfer, even ignoring one bloodied man fleeing a murder scene as he wasn’t carrying a golf bag.

You can now relive those thrilling early days with a chum (the golf, not the murder — this is only a bit violent), as steampunk crazy golfer Vertiginous Golf has added online multiplayer. It’s on sale too.

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Peeking Mandatory: Splitscreen Shooter Screencheat

Hey, you cheated!

I would quite like to see more cheating soon. Not that nasty awful cheating, the one that ruins multiplayer games for everyone but the cheater, but the idea of cheating. Double Fine’s Hack ‘n’ Slash is built around cheating with a memory editor, and now Screencheat demands players peek at each other’s screens in splitscreen.

Screencheat’s a competitive multiplayer first-person shooter with splitscreen for up to four players. Except. All players are invisible, so you’ll need to look at everyone else’s portion of the screen and analyse their view to figure out where they are. (So you can shoot them dead, obv.)

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