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Posts tagged “thecatamites”

Enjoy thecatamites with a discounted 51 game bundle

"I didn't get the crystal but I had a lot of fun." So says one character in thecatamites' RPG Magic Wand. Fun is the real objective, or is it the MacGuffin? I thought the crystal was the MacGuffin. Who can say? The creator of Murder Dog, Space Funeral and (my personal favourite) Crime Zone has included his latest release and 50 Short Games in a…

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Shocking: Magic Wand’s financial report buried amid labyrinth of corporate fronts but we found it anyway

While scraping my way through today’s news vomit, searching for a nourishing videogame nugget or chunk amid the Trumpish gunge, I found in my possession a startling and interesting financial report, which my sources inform me has only recently been “declassified”. It is the second Annual Report of the Harmony Zone corporation. “So what?” you ask. Well, as all intelligent reporters know, Harmony Zone is…

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Creator Of Space Funeral Waves His New Magic Wand

The terrible internet presence known as thecatamites, aka Stephen Gillmurphy, has released a new JRPG into the fathoms of the information superabyss. It is called Magic Wand [official site] and you can come and see what it is all about in this representative videographic sample. Those of you wishing to avoid a ruptured narrative should look away now and go straight to the dataload.

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Feature: Anti-E3

The Indie Devs You Won’t Hear About At E3

Why do those big knuckleheads get all the attention? We all know about the yearly blockbusters of Ubisoft. And we can all see the behemoth that is EA. Yes, yes, they've got a new FIFA, that's great. But look away from these giants for a moment and you can clearly see the eco-system of game development harbouring thousands of other organisms. In the spirit of…

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Have You Played… Murder Dog IV: Trial of the Murder Dog?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. The Murder Dog is on trial at the Hague for crimes against humanity. He stands charged with the killing of over 1500 people in a brutal attack encompassing the use of toxic gas, a fire engine and a blunt instrument. When these charges…

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Have You Played… Crime Zone?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Crime Zone is a game in which you play 'all of the cops' at the same time. Created by thecatamites, designer of Space Funeral, it's a first-person adventure game about cops and criminals, and the zone that they live in. It's an urban…

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Freeware Garden: Mouse Corp

If you know and thus love what thecatamites have (has) been doing these past few years, chances are you have already downloaded Mouse Corp and are already defacing the graves of an impossibly colourful 3D world. A world filled with sentient vegetation and a wild menagerie of oddities you'll have to traverse, quasi-RTS style, as three mice. Now, I could go on all about the wild…

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Freeware Garden: Tarantella Sicilienne

Freeware Garden searches the corners of the internet to highlight one free game every day. Ah, yes, the Sicilian Tarantella. The wonderfully upbeat, allegedly poison-curing and impossibly catchy music from Southern Italy that's a perfect match for weddings, revolutions and the freshly released Tarantella Sicilienne by George Schweinfest. Or is that by the Catamites and their Harmony Zone thing/initiative as part of the Harmony Summer Hardpack Tape…

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Thecatamites’ Commercial Collection: 50 Short Games

Stephen 'thecatamites' Murphy has given us Goblet Grottos, Space Funerals, Murder Dogs, Pleasuredomes and much more besides, and he's never asked for anything in return. I'm tremendously pleased that, for the first time, it is now possible to exchange coin for the deliriously creative creations of one of fringe gaming's strongest and strangest voices. For a minimum of four euros (higher prices are at the…

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Fishing Hell: Lake Of Roaches

A Tuesday morning isn't the best time to play the latest game that has emerged from the bone-dry laughter-well that passes for thecatamites' internet tube. It doesn't matter though because the perfect time to play is thirteen o'clock in the morning on the day after whenever, and you'll be asleep then. My advice? Download Lake of Roaches immediately and if you happen to be at…

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Steppe Into History: Pleasuredromes Of Kubla Khan

"Very important, historical Khan game", thecatamites writes, introducing his latest jolly hockysticks adventure, The Pleasuredromes of Kubla Khan. It's experimental learning, an explorable history lesson with a life of its own that has a rant at Edward Said and then almost literally vanishes up its own backside. There are probably all kinds of gloriously detailed and accurate details to discover but it's possible to rush…

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Feature: Despicable Humanoid Dog Mascot

Punk’s Not Dead: With Funereal Respect

Good day, children. Did you do your homework like I asked? You didn’t!? You urinated on your homework and then pinned it to the door of a church in a send-up of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses? How very punk. A gold star for you! Oh, look. You’ve eaten your gold star as an angry criticism of society’s hackneyed educational system of reward and punishment. Excellent!…

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They Are All Alone: Ludum Dare Picks

Lots of free games! I haven't played everything entered into the latest Ludum Dare because I do not have all the time in the world, but I did want to try out some of the other entries after Alec looked at Minicraft. No doubt I've missed the one game that everyone will be talking about 24 hours from now, the one that forms the basis…

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Anarchist Attorney: Murder Dog

Murder Dog IV: Trial of the Murder Dog is Crime and Punishment as starring a homicidal, humanoid mutt who isn't at all interested in moral justification for his thousands of remorseless kills. It's The Outsider, if Meursault actively enjoyed his act of murder (and was a dog). It's a libertarian rebuke of the modern justice system (starring a dog). It's a liberal treatise against the…

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