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Feature: Fast food

Overcooked 2 review

Co-op chef-‘em-up Overcooked 2, much like its predecessor, is less about cooking and more about chaos management. The sequel builds on the solid foundation of the first game, bringing in new recipes, hazardous levels, and online multiplayer for maximum pandemonium. Oh, and you can throw ingredients now, which can be incredibly slick if you sling them across the kitchen and directly into a pan, but…

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Yoku’s Island Express demo bounces out today

Update: This demo was actually released on PC in early July, but only came to my attention when publishers Team17 made an announcement around the demo's launch on more consoles today. Shame on me. Still! If I missed it back then, maybe you did too? Apparently done with our Graham's long-running promise to review Yoku's Island Express, developers Villa Gorilla today released a free demo…

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Vehicular puzzler Mugsters looks a little like Blast Corps

Aliens have invaded - what's your your first weapon of choice? Laser gun? Nukes? Mugsters posits that an ice-cream truck will do the job. It's a vehicular action-puzzler by solo indie dev Reinkout and published by Team 17. I've been following development of this one ever since I saw some animated GIFs of it on the developer's Twitter feed. Why? Because it looks like N64…

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Conan, hats and prison-breaks for $12 on Humble today

Run, jump, grab a thousand gubbins, escape from prison guards and hear the lamentations of their women - sounds like a fun weekend. Humble have just unveiled their next three 'early unlock' games for their Humble Monthly subscription service, and it's an impressive little trio. $12 gets you Funcom's survival sandbox Conan Exiles, Gears for Breakfast's Mario-esque platformer A Hat In Time and Mouldy Toof's jailbreak…

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Overcooked 2 serving online multiplayer in August

Ghost Town Games will serve more chaotic cooperative cooking action on August 7th with Overcooked 2, following up on 2016's wonderful chef 'em up. Along with more hazardous kitchens and tricky recipes, the sequel will add one often-requested ingredient: online multiplayer. We've declared the first Overcooked one of the the best co-op games and I'm sure this will sure be at its best shouting on…

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Feature: Flipping out

Video: Yoku’s Island Express is a bit Metroid, a bit pinball and a bit good

The pinball platformer is an idea developers like to feed quarters into every so often. If a character is round (Pac-Man, Kirby) or can bunch up into a ball (Sonic, Samus, enslaved Pokémon), then they’ve probably been bashed about by flippers at some point. But these games tend to be reskins of traditional pinball; few reflect their source material. Yoku’s Island Express doesn’t have a…

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Feature: Bureaucracy Moon

Premature Evaluation: My Time at Portia

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the (well-tended agricultural) wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s taking a break in My Time at Portia, a crafting sim with shades of Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley. Tirelessly exploring early access games takes its toll, so this week I’m off somewhere relaxing: a post-apocalyptic town. Portia is more Ghibli than Fallout, thankfully. It’s…

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Crafty farming life sim RPG My Time At Portia enters early access

Post-apocalyptic life usually seems stressful but it actually looks quite cheery in My Time At Portia, a new Stardew Valley-ish craft-o-explore-a-life sim RPG which hit early access today. Sure, the skyline is dotted with overgrown skyscrapers and the dungeons beneath the town house biomechanical monsters, but aside from that it looks pleasant enough as we farm, craft, make friends, and all that. The full version…

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Petroglyph’s unit-customising RTS Forged Battalion hits early access

Petroglyph Games, the studio behind such real-time strategy games as Star Wars: Empire at War and Grey Goo, are back with another clickwar. Forged Battalion is its name, and letting players customise units with a wide variety of chassis and weapons is its game. It's mighty colourful too. Forged Batallion will properly launch later this year but, if you really want to build giant robot…

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Petroglyph’s RTS Forged Battalion is full of custom units

Petroglyph Games are up to arcadey real-time strategy antics again, today announcing Forged Battalion [official site]. The upcoming RTS will let players heavily customise their units, kitting them out with different weapons and bits to fill different roles and counter enemies. Will you kit that power armour infantry with machine guns, or acid jets, acid grenades, rockets, sonic pulses, a plasma rifle... and so on…

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Feature: Adam's Kitchen Nightmares

Have You Played… Overcooked?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Overcooked [official site] is a silly, funny, joyous game about cooperative cooking. Each player handles their own area of the kitchen, or works at specific tasks, and instructions or calls for help are passed back and forth as the orders pile up. And then the dirty…

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The Escapists 2 has tunneled out

In a week overrun with announcements of games still to come (thanks, Gamescom!), here's a new one we can play now. Prison escape 'em up The Escapists 2 [official site] launched this week, inviting us to escape from a variety of prisons any way we can. It's a sandbox-o-puzzle-a-stealth-y daily life RPG sort of doodad where the objective is clear -- escape -- but how…

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Feature: Surely shanked, no redemption

The Escapists 2: sandbox survival without the survival

I didn't spend long with the first The Escapists - time off for good behaviour, perhaps - but nonetheless, playing early code for its upcoming sequel was like slipping into an old jumpsuit. Nothing like as serious as Shawshank but not as catastrophically stupid as Prison Break, this was and is, essentially, a mash-up of simulation, roleplaying and crafting in which you had to devise…

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Feature: Sisyphus in space

Aven Colony review

My stint as the governor of an off-world colony has gone a bit pear-shaped. I’ve got aliens to worry about, toxic fumes are floating in from the east, lightning has set fire to my farms and shards are falling from the heavens, smashing into my vulnerable habitats. If that’s not enough of a pain in the arse, protesters have taken to the streets, complete with…

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The Escapists 2 will tunnel into August

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…

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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…

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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…

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

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…

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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…

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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…

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