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Feature: Once more unto the beach

Unknown Pleasures: Simply the Best Five New Indies on Steam

The grim prospect of shopping for PC components looms over my August like a looming, grim prospect. God I love writing. You might be surprised how demanding indie games can be on a slightly creaky video card, and not always because of ongoing optimisation. Although admittedly it's more likely the searing heat rather than some bad code that baked my video card and almost the…

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Feature: Desert Island Downloads

Unknown Pleasures: Defy the sun’s wrath with five new unsung games

Darkness again casts its protective cooling veil over us, and we leave the caverns to sift through the desert. As we spear lizards for sustenance, elders play cruel tricks on the children, telling tales of a mythical land where sunlight was pleasant, plants were green, and water fell from the sky. Madness. The heat claims all in time. But anyway. Don't think about the impending…

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Feature: If you like hot beats and doin' it in the streets

Unknown Pleasures: Ten new games you could play

Hello and welcome to the source of all digital joy. It is, of course, Unknown Pleasures, where you can find some good games you may not have heard about. Screeching a colourful stream of profanity this week: memory divers, demonic invasions, and solving a murder by killing hundreds of other people. Oh, games.

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Feature: Girls just wanna have their suitors killed

Unknown Pleasures: Another Five Great Indie Games

Healthy eating is for suckers. Here we are, at the height of a long overdue spring, and everyone here has a persistent cold. In May, no less. I've even been going outside, and just last night I ate a vegetable. Well, there'll be no more of that. Instead, a steady diet of Unknown Pleasures will surely cure all ills. Triumphantly returning to gorging on discounted…

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Feature: Basquiat loves empathy

Unknown Pleasures: A five-course menu of great new games

You're lucky, readers. It's an optimistic time of year, even for sour-faced mopes like myself, and I damn nearly opened with some lyrics. What can I say? The sun is singing, the birds are shining, and the latest selection of Unknown Pleasures is a zingy blend of drama, carefree fun, and creativity. I for one am feeling inspired. Fooling us into thinking Summer won't be…

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Feature: Solo adventures are optional

Unknown Pleasures: About four to six great new Steam games

It's been a strange week here at the Pleasuredome. Once again, a bud of the Hivemind prepares to detach and spread in-jokes and sinister, fungaloid thoughts about user interfaces to a new, unsuspecting host. And I'd only just confirmed he's real, too. Bye bye, Adam. Subvert from within, yeah? Still, on the plus side, I high fived Aby Wolf the other night. And now it's…

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Feature: Off the fatta the lan

Unknown Pleasures: The five best new games on Steam

Infants. Infants everywhere. Ooh, look at me, I'm like a human but smaller and I'm allowed to scream and climb on stuff if I want to, oooh. End of term holidays are when you're supposed to be indoors playing games, not studying or going outside like some sort of peon. Bah. Wake me up when they're all back in school juggling cats or bouncer baiting,…

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Feature: You think you have a backlog

Unknown Pleasures: A doughty dozen new Steam games

We're back! Unknown Pleasures has been on unplanned hiatus as I have been grotesquely ill. The lack of communication or cover was entirely my fault, and I apologise for that unreservedly (and extend further thanks to the Hivemind for their extraordinary patience). I'm sorry. Wait, hang on, Adam's leaving. I can blame him! It was Adam, everyone! Shake your indignant fists. There's a bumper of…

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Feature: Missed Connections

Unknown Pleasures: Almost six of the week’s best Steam games

It has been a trying week, pleasure seekers (Okay, we're not using that one again - Ed). A lovely weekend in Wales did not prepare me for a week of kafkaesque negotiating with my PC and router and whatever transdimensional demons were squatting in between them. And of course, this week everyone agreed to stop releasing tiny platformers made in Paint in favour of 5Gb…

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Feature: From the steam of our own clams

Unknown Pleasures: This week’s pick of new Steam releases

Winter has finally arrived in force in London, bringing with it some questions. Whose idea was it to live on the surface? Why would anyone wear a fleece without arms? What kind of monster thinks it's okay to make a coat with fake pockets, and why didn't everyone immediately kill him with spears? Alas, these are not questions that Unknown Pleasures can answer. But if…

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Feature: I'd rather have a piece of toast

Unknown Pleasures: Five more of the best new games on Steam

Overwhelming though Steam's catalogue may be, it can be a hell of a tool for testing your assumptions. I pitch this to nobody in particular: a free week of everything on Steam. Not just one or two games, but the whole lot, free to everyone. Play something you'd normally hate, I say. See also: food, music, relationships. Anyway. In the meantime, there's always Unknown Pleasures.…

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Feature: Enough space to swing a shotgun.

Unknown Pleasures: The best five unsung games on Steam this week

Studies say that this week is the best week of the year to move house for gillionth time, attempt the thirteenth Herculean task of speaking to the one human in a Royal Mail call centre, then injure your back. Anti-frustration, then, would be a perfect theme for this week's Unknown Pleasures. Washing down an inadequate course of ibuprofen this week: artificial mortality, shotgun-based exploration, and…

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Feature: A non-zero quantity of kings

Unknown Pleasures: Five more of the best new games on Steam

It's that time of the year when joyless, faintly plastic robots insist that you forego the few pleasures January has to offer, calling you a big lazy drunk and demanding you join their dull, weight-obsessed ranks. But not here, friends! This is where we find new joy. It's Unknown Pleasures. This week we finish off the knock-off Baileys with button-mashing Empire management, queer aristocratic romance,…

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Feature: Some pleasures are more unknown than others

Unknown Pleasures: 5 fine forms of fun from Steam

Revolution! Rise up, comrades, and join me, your mighty new host of Unknown Pleasures! No more shall we labour in the asset flip mines. Our days of languishing in the fields of the Plunkbat clone are over. Never again shall we line the trenches of pages 1 through 7 of the new releases list. Well, I will, obviously. The first question for the new regime:…

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Feature: Cowboy vs whale, 6DOF-racing and more

Unknown Pleasures: 5 great new Steam games you might have missed

Welcome back to Unknown Pleasures, our weekly round-up of hidden gems released with little-to-no fanfare on Steam over the past seven days. This week: cowboy vs space-whale, voxel swordplay, deft Gameboy throwback and 6 degrees of freedom space-racing.

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Feature: Five hidden gems

Unknown Pleasures: the best new Steam games you haven’t heard of

Welcome back to Unknown Pleasures, our weekly* search for five splendid but under-reported new games released on Steam over the past seven days. This week: firelight survival, bootleg Podracing, Mario vs Super Crate Box, monkey-free Monkey Ball and lava lamp simulation.

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Feature: A welcome reprieve from AAA

Unknown Pleasures: five of the best new Steam games this week

Welcome back to Unknown Pleasures, a weekly column wherein I recommended five new Steam games released during the past seven days, and which you probably haven't heard of already. This week: what-if GTA, mental health Metroidvanias and Neverending Story dragonflight simulators.

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Feature: 5 hidden gems

Unknown Pleasures: this week’s best new Steam releases

Welcome back to Unknown Pleasures, our weekly round-up of five ace new Steam games you almost certainly missed. This week: space-noir fisticuffs with a dog, wingsuit wonderama, deadly dungeons and one-stab-and-dead fighting games.

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Feature: 5 of the best that you almost certainly missed

Unknown Pleasures: our five fave new Steam games

Welcome back to Unknown Pleasures, our weekly sift for lost gold amidst the fast-flowing waters of new Steam releases. This week: typography shmups, comically exaggerated inventories, abstract jigsaws and CGA grindhouse shooters.

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Feature: Love and dungeons

Unknown Pleasures: the best new indie games on Steam

Welcome back to Unknown Pleasures, our weekly digest of hidden gems embedded into the vast mountain of new Steam releases over the past seven days. This week: praying mantises gettin' it on, 80s neon puzzling, obscure Russian Doom clones and the shmup where every enemy is your own past.

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