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Posts tagged “Twice Circled”

Feature: Seasonal unscares

Halloween 2018 Special: round up of very nice things

I bet you thought that what with all the spooky stuff we’ve had on the site over the past while, we were leading up to a big horror extravaganza of Halloween-themed stuff today. “Someone is going to use the word ‘spoopy’,” you thought. Well you’re wrong! All our special Halloween features are about nice things today. We are wall-to-wall niceness. Dare I say suffocatingly cute.…

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Feature: Fish friends

Megaquarium review

Megaquarium's off-screen fish scientists had just unlocked some eels, and they seemed like just what my aquarium needed to draw in the big crowds. Sure, I had some guests, seduced by the promise of clean floors, well-stocked vending machines and at least three types of fish, but I lacked the kind of big-ticket item that put aquariums on the map. So excited was I to…

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Feature: Lights, camera, rock, paper, shotgun!

The Tuesday Matinee: Highlights from the RPS Video Department

Have you been checking in on the Rock Paper Shotgun Video Department? It has its very own video corner on the site where everything is collected. But in case you missed it, I'm going to round up our moving picture delights from the last week. From life-consuming RPGs to fish prisons, we covered a lot of bases.

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Fish tycoon Megaquarium splashes out in September

Why did the fish stop arguing with the barnacle? Because she didn’t like to coral. Why did the shark always consult his horoscope? He was the terror of the Pisces. Why was the shipwreck annoyed with its partner? It had crabs. Okay so Megaquarium is a fishkeeping tycoon game from the makers of Big Pharma and it’s coming out on September 13.

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Megaquarium – a theme park management with FISH!

FISH FISH FISH FISH! Oh goodness, I have zero chill when it comes to fish. That is going to make writing about Megaquarium [official site] - a theme park management game from Big Pharma creator Tim Wicksteed, where you run your own aquarium - difficult because mostly I just want to tell you everything I think about fish at any given moment. I will try…

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Doctors Ordered: Big Pharma’s Marketing Expansion

Over and above its management and strategy groundings, Big Pharma [official site] shines a light on the billion dollar, often unscrupulous, pharmaceutical industry. While Alec enjoyed his hands-on time with Twice Circled's medicine manufacturing sim last year, he noted it didn't "go for pharmaceutical industry’s jugular". Its first expansion - Marketing and Malpractice - takes a distinguished step towards doing exactly that by introducing dodgy…

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Big Pharma Expansion Adds Malpractice & Manipulation

When Big Pharma [official site] appeared last year, Alec approved but pointed out it perhaps went a little easy on a severely dodgy target. Today's announced expansion, Marketing And Malpractice, looks like it might add a few more teeth to the management satire. With your drug developed, you now need to ensure doctors think it's the right one for their patients. "Take them to dinner,…

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Big Pharma Rolls Off Production Line, Is Out Now

Big Pharma [official site] is “part business sim, part logistics puzzle”, where you're dealing with balancing three competing resources: the limited space you have for the machinery that makes your drugs; the money you make from selling those drugs and spend to buy new machines; and your own conscience as you get reports back on the side effects of your pills. It's out today. Do…

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Medical Trials: Big Pharma Beta Open To Pre-Orderers

The real treat of TV show How It's Made is watching production lines whizzing parts around, washing and squeezing and roasting and compressing and mixing and drilling them along a series of conveyor belts. In games, a well-designed Factorio is a treat to observe, Infinifactory is a lark, and I would adore a walking simulator set around an endless procedurally-generated production line. Druggy game Big…

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Feature: Pusherman

Bad Medicine, Good Money: Hands-On With Big Pharma

I’ve never much thought about what goes into the little white tablet I swallow when I’m hungover, have the sniffles or another bout of Geek’s Disease.* It’s just chalky magic, right? Well, no: it’s the result of millions of dollars, aggressive R&D, production facilities of breathtaking size and precision, ruthless marketeering and impossibly sinister downplaying and mitigation of side effects. While medicine-themed management game Big…

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The Cost Of Living: Big Pharma

Big Pharma is "part business sim, part logistics puzzle", set in the cutthroat world of throat lozenge development. Like Theme Hospital, Big Pharma looks at the price of healthcare through the lens of a management sim, and it seems likely that it'll bring a strong dose of gallows humour to help the medicine go down. Being totally altruistic may not be the best BUSINESS PLAN.…

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