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The Escapists 2 will tunnel into August

The Escapists 2

The Escapists 2 [official site], the sequel to prison escape RPG The Escapists, will bust out of its shackles on 22nd August, publishers Team 17 have announced. The first was a silly, fun little game in which you tried to cut your holiday at Her Majesty’s pleasure short by digging tunnels, cutting wire fences – you know, the usual stuff you’d think of and never get away with in real life.

The sequel is basically that on steroids, judging by its latest trailer. You can grab onto helicopters passing over the prison, tame a dog to fetch important keys, and…er…break dance. Oh, And blast into space. Why not? Read the rest of this entry »

Play house: Worms W.M.D. adds Forts Mode

A new mode coming today to Worms W.M.D. [official site] sees the squirmies turning swords into ploughshares to live together happily in a fort. That sounds nice. Fraser Brown thought that “while Worms W.M.D. might evoke the halcyon days of Armageddon, it’s more than capable of standing on its own as another high point for the series” so I’m glad the wrigglies will get some downtime. Hang on, there’s a second page to this press release. Ah. Forts Mode will then see the annelids try to infiltrate others’ forts to annihilate them. Oh dear. Have a look: Read the rest of this entry »

Quite a Rare treat: Yooka-Laylee released

Rarelike 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee [official site] is now out, recreating that old N64 style of adventuring – both the good and the bad. It’s bright and cheery and DID YOU KNOW that the game’s title, formed by combining the names of its chameleon and bat protagonists, sounds like “ukulele”? I only spotted that last week. Attentive. Anyway! The Yooka-Laylee team at Playtonic Games included a number of key folks from Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie games and the game’s utterly, proudly going for that sort of thing. See for yourself in the launch trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Yooka-Laylee pre-launch patch should help with camera issues

Yooka-Laylee

One of the criticisms I had of Yooka-Laylee [official site] – the crowdfunded 3D platforming sequel-to-the-N64-Banjo-Kazooie-games-in-all-but-name-and-animal-duo – was that the camera was a persistent problem. It wasn’t a constantly bad experience, more that it was a low level irritant which kept rearing its head throughout. It looks like the team are endeavouring to improve the situation with a day-one patch for PC which aims to fix specific problems as well as general camera movement performance improvements. Read the rest of this entry »

Explore and colonise space in Genesis Alpha One

Goodness me, Genesis Alpha One [official site] is trying to do a lot. Let’s checklist this:

☑ Space exploration
☑ Building spaceships
☑ Mining
☑ Farming
☑ Gene-splicing and cloning your crew
☑ Fighting alien infestations

Off players go, across the stars, trying to survive long enough to settle new worlds as human-alien hybrids. A roguelikelike survival crafting basebuilding first-person shooter space sim. Have a peek in this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Banjo-Kazooie ’em up Yooka-Laylee jumps out April 11th

Yooka-Laylee [official site], the crowdfunded Banjo-Kazooie-y 3D platformer, now has a release date. Come April 11th, 2017, we’ll get to do all those late-nineties jumping things with two new cute animal friends. Our Pip played a few minutes earlier this year and reported back, “the impression I currently have is that rather than this being a new game it’s very much like finding an alternate universe’s version of Banjo-Kazooie and playing that.” I’ve no love lost for 3D collect-o-platformers myself but hey, that is exactly what some want from Yooka-Laylee. Here, have a peek in this new gameplay trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Overcooked serves festive feast with free update

“Christmas time, mistletoe and wine,” sang Cliff Richard. I’ll decline the invitation to his Crimbo cocktail party if that’s his idea of a good tipple. Heck, I’d sooner eat something prepared in Overcooked [official site]. The chaotic cooperative chef ’em up has launched a festive update with new wintery levels, new festive dishes, and all sorts of new hats and gadgets. Delia Smith may recommend cooking a turkey at gas mark 7 but heck, Overcooked will now let you flamethrower it. Read the rest of this entry »

The Escapists 2 Tunneling Into 2017

♫ Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak ♫

Prisons Are ‘Like Sandbox RPGs’, declares The Daily Rag. They rattle off a list of exciting and fun activities inmates get up including joining a band, learning to paint, crafting new items, and something called ‘multiplayer’ – which sounds highly immoral.

You big sillies: you’ve been watching the announcement of prison break RPG sequel The Escapists 2. Publishers Team17 announced the follow-up to The Escapists, which launched last February after a stretch in Early Access, at TwitchCon over the weekend.

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Wot I Think: Worms W.M.D.

I must confess that, despite my tiny, shrivelled heart, I feel a wee bit sorry for Team 17. For over 20 years they’ve been pitting wriggly, pun-loving invertebrates against each other in turn-based cartoon wars, while making considerable changes to the formula, but all anyone really seems to want is another Worms Armageddon. If you are one of the 7 billion people living on Earth: good news, because Worms W.M.D. [official site] is what you’ve been asking for.

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Send In The Squirmies: Worms W.M.D. Released

2016 being a year which ends with a number, Team17 have released a new Worms game. But wait! Worms W.M.D. [official site] looks more interesting than many of its squillion squirming predecessors. Possibly. Maybe. So The Internet says, anyway. And I’ll believe anything the Internet tells me. Did you know that you get proper super-high by tucking a hearty dip of Marmite in the inside of your lower lip? True story.

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Help: The Game Collection Benefits War Child Charity

Eleven developers, including familiar names like The Creative Assembly and Rovio, have teamed up with War Child to help raise money for children in areas of conflict. The bundle includes 12 unique games for £9.99/$14.99 and all proceeds go to the charity. It’s an excellent chance to do good while playing some fine games.

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Co-op Kitchen Calamity In Overcooked This August

Team 17 have upped their publishing game in recent years, grabbing as many indie cubs from the wild as possible and nursing them to adulthood. Overcooked [official site] by Ghost Town Games is one of those little nibblers. It’s a co-op cooking game for up to 4 players. You have to work together to prepare food for hungry customers before they get miffed and leave your restaurant unsatisfied. It’s coming out on August 3, the creators have announced. Come check out the release trailer and see what happens when too many cooks (too many cooks) spoil the broth.

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Worms WMD Trailer Promises 80 Off-The-Wall Weapons

When Worms WMD [official site] launches later this year, it’ll come packing 80 weird and wonderful weapons fit for wanton worm-walloping, say developers Team 17. By my count, the latest trailer showcases just 21 of them, however does include outlandish armaments such as Concrete Donkeys, Dodgy Phone Batteries, and Agile Old Ladies. It’s looking like Worms as we best know it, then, with this extended arsenal owing itself to the latest iteration’s new crafting suite. Hop below to discover just over a quarter of the ways in which Worms Must Die.

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Have You Played… Worms?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Worms feels like a joke now: by my count there have been 23 games in the main series, and that’s not including the Facebook version or pinball and mini golf-themed spinoffs. It feels like so much iteration – or milking – glumly undermines the simplicity and silliness of the original I loved as a kid.

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The Reason Why Allison Road Was Cancelled, Kinda, Ish

Don’t go chasing ghost stories. You’ll find nothing and be disappointed or, worse, find something and discover it’s so much less than you’d wanted. Whatever you think you saw or heard, it’s gone.

Yes, the makers of Allison Road [official site] have now explained why they cancelled their first-person horror inspired by the Silent Hills teaser game PT (Playable Teaser). No, none of what they say will give you any peace. If you were interested in the game, accept that it’s gone and move on with your life. Read on at your own peril.

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Retroh No! Yooka-Laylee Delayed Into 2017

Yooka-Laylee [official site] raised over £2 million on Kickstarter in 2015 for the dream of a new ’90s-style 3D platformer made by a team including folks who worked on Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country. Playtonic Games hoped at the time that they’d release the game in October 2016, but the makers today announced it’ll be a little late. A new trailer reveals the game’s due in early 2017 but hey, the trailer also shows more of the game in motion. If you’ve waited a decade for the nineties to return, what difference does a few more months make?

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Dead End: Suburban Horror Game Allison Road Cancelled

Allison Road [official site] manifested onto Kickstarter in the aftermath of Silent Hills cancellation. The PT demo that teased the survival horror collaboration between Hideo ‘Metal Gear’ Kojima and cinema’s Guillermo del Toro had more buzz about it than many released games, and when it was pulled from the Playstation Store (the only place it had been available to download), it swiftly attained an almost mythological status.

Suburban scare ’em up Allison Road looked like one of the games most likely to pick up PT’s ball and run with it. Well, score this one a fumble, because it too has been cancelled.

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Bombs & Burrows: New Worms WMD Multiplayer Trailer

Over 3,000,000,000 worms have met their fate since the eponymous Worms launched its first turn-based strategy/murderfest iteration in 1995. So say its developers Team 17 anyway, and given the fact there’s been 20-some-odd variations of the banana bomb and kamikaze combo released in the last 21 years, I’m willing to accept that claim as true. This week, the upcoming Worms WMD [official site] peaked its head above the soil-covered parapet for the first time in a while with a new multiplayer trailer.

Aye, it’s worms as you know it. But there’s tanks this time too.

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Sheltered’s Danger Update Adds Fire, Factions, Filchers

If you’ve found Sheltered [official site] challenging up to now, you’ll likely find it even tougher thanks to the new ‘Danger Update‘ which brings the nuclear post-apocalypse, well, more danger. Now, nomads can break into your vault, ahem, underground bunker; unscrupulous factions storm the overground; house fires can destroy your equipment and resources; and bears and wolves are back, to name but some of the fresh perils. Bloody hell. The upshot of the update? Traps and horses.

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Have You Played… Body Blows?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

I have a soft spot for slightly shoddy, me-too games from the early ’90s. The three or four football games that all tried desperately to ape Sensible Soccer after its success, for example. Or, in this case, Body Blows’ attempt to mimic the success of Street Fighter II. I played it originally on the Amiga but it was also available on DOS, and in my memories, it was charmingly rubbish.

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