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Feature: Through obscurity to success

Unknown Pleasures: The Machine Starts

Week 3. The invasion has failed, but I'm still alive. What cruel fate awaits those of us who assail the walls of Castle Shotgun but are not slain? But they still have to catch us first. In the meantime, I comfort myself by tearing through the endless round up of the best new games on Steam. It is time, it is always time, for Unknown…

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Feature: The best lesser known games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: Crossing the Floor

Change! It is as inevitable as it is clichéd. All things must change, from your town and workplace to your bank balance and attitude towards seagulls (they are brilliant). One thing that does not change, however, is the endless deluge of games from Steam, and my place writing Unknown Pleasures. What, you thought because our conquest of Castle Shotgun has begun, we would leave behind…

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Feature: Our pick of the best new indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: access early, access often

Oh, the many things I cannot tell you, readers! They are many, and they are things. One thing I can tell you is that argh, howl, yes, I am indeed working on the enormous pile of hundreds upon hundreds of indie games that are surely aiming to destroy me. The second thing is that it's time once more for the world famous round-up of the…

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Feature: Ten more of the best gems in Steam's rough

Unknown Pleasures: Wanderers Edition

Sometimes you don't know what you need until you have it. Lately it turns out I've needed a lot of soothing, which is fortunate because this week's selection of the best indie games on Steam ranks highly on the alleviometer. We've the usual variety you've surely come to expect, and a bit less of the drama and thrills than average. It is time, once more,…

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Feature: Unjustly under-played indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: Adventurer Time

Happy New Freelance Year! The receipt-flakes are falling, the accountants are singing their carols, and in every house the children are leaving out tripwires and caltrops to delay the inevitable march of the merciless Father Taxmas. Did you have a good time at Rezzed? I didn't go - humans, right? - but that's fine because we clever ones, we get all the good footage without…

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Feature: The best indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: It’s a Mystery

Oooh, we've got a bit of a "mystery" theme. Between slow burning stories and the rare survival of a... ah, survival game, this week's selection of Unknown Pleasures is leaving me thoroughly unresolved. Leaving a trail of gross keyboard crumbs this week: space friends, snow lesbians, and evil geometry.

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Feature: More of the best indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: a fully phlegmatic rifle

It is the season for what the hell is going on out there? Do I plant my garden now? Are we going back to normal late-winter murderfrost or what? Lord, we're all doomed. If I didn't have a cold I'd have no tether to normality at all. Unknown Pleasures is, you may be aware, our round up of the best indie games on Steam that,…

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Feature: Bringing you the pick of the indies from Steam

Unknown Pleasures: A Winter’s Quail

I have cancelled February. Today, and tomorrow, and most of the next two weeks, do not exist. It has been that kind of month, and I don't think I'm the only one. Please purge responsibly, everyone. Don't guillotine anything I wouldn't guillotine. Unknown Pleasures is running a little behind, not least because there were a truly ridiculous number of games to get through earlier this…

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Feature: The best new indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: The Gang of Five

I need a break, readers. I am theoretically planning out my year, but I've been planning the plans instead and oh lord how does a life this boring have so much stuff in it? It's a coincidence, but this week's Unknown Pleasures, our round-up of the best indie games recently released on Steam, is a mostly low-intensity batch, with minimal planning required, so join me!…

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Feature: The best indie games on Steam this year

Unknown Pleasures: A Chinese New Year

Strange things are afoot in steamgamesland. A powerful new force has begun to show its face on Western shores. Hailing from the tiny island nation of China, a wave of intrepid indie developers are shaking off a variety of undeserved reputations and delivering a solid fifth* of the shortlist of games we consider for Unknown Pleasures, the roundup of the best new games too few…

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Feature: The best Steam games you missed over Christmas

Unknown Pleasures: The Last Gasp of 2018

We're back! Did you have a good Christmas break? Get into that backlog, did you? Yeah, me neither. Not to worry! Due to the awkward way the games industry and linear time interact, this week's selection is technically of 2018 vintage, so you're allowed to try them all without any anxiety or apologies to the other 73 unplayed games you'll totally get round to sometime…

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Feature: The other best games of the year

The best of Unknown Pleasures 2018

The end of the bizarre and troubling year 2018 is close, and with it comes a time of reflection. I hope you're enjoying the RPS Advent Calendar, but even that cannot hope to contain the bounty this year provided. When I joined Unknown Pleasures a year ago, I was a little fatigued with games. There were both too many to see and none that were…

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Feature: The best new indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: Business Time

We don't really do themes for Unknown Pleasures, but sometimes the fates mess up and it sort of happens anyway. This week features the usual variety you've surely come to expect from our selection of the best new indie games on Steam, but fans of commerce ought to be particularly tickled. There, see? We can do an intro without banging on about what time of…

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Feature: The best new Steam games you haven't heard of

Unknown Pleasures: Breaking views

Unexpected joys? Me? Why, I can certainly help you out there. In the last week I've received a temporary cat, found an excellent red corduroy jacket for six quid, got my copy of Dessa's book signed at a gig and... oh, you meant games? Well. Well, fine. That's fine. Have a round of Unknown Pleasures instead. Spoilsports. Without even bringing up the best thing that…

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Feature: Impossibly virtual

Unknown Pleasures: 20% Seasonal Edition

Boo! Haha, Halloween is so easy. Although I've never understood the rules when it falls on a weekday, and like all miserable British whingers I resent its weird expansion from a few hours of hiding from unpleasant infants into an entire sodding month of pumpkins and rubbish horror. So with that in mind, let's have a spooooky Unknown Pleasures! Threatening but then being too British…

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Feature: Flights, Gatherer, Action!

Unknown Pleasures: Species of Eight

It's another transitional time, view-chums, when the students are settling, the returning TV dramas are nervously eyeing up various sharks, and I must decide which of my first ever batch of plants must be sacrificed to the ice gods. Will it be Younas, the defiant mortar tomato? Surely it couldn't be Wilfred, producer of the Great Unexpected October Chilli? Oh, the terrible burden of choice!…

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Feature: Pop Idol Will Eat Yourself

Unknown Pleasures: By Land, Air, and Sea

You're in for an "I can't think of an intro" intro, viewers, because the last fortnight has kept me busy with the second most important thing I've ever done in my life. I don't know about you, but while the world seems to be on a downward slide, things have been looking pretty great for me lately. When the bombs fall I shall surely rule…

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Feature: And I would play 500 more

Unknown Pleasures: Five more of one thousand new games on Steam

Today's selection marks the 1,000th game I've played this year. One sodding thousand. Admittedly it's a meaningless number but it might give some hope to those of you who are worried that games are going downhill or it's been a bad year. It really hasn't. There are loads and loads of great games out there. Sure, there's some rubbish too, but this column alone has…

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Feature: Cannot possess them all

Unknown Pleasures: Witness the best five new indie games on Steam

Forgive me, readers, for I have let us all down. This week I had someone over to sign a legal document as a witness, and we watched Fury Road, and I didn't say "Witness me!". There's nothing I can do to redeem myself, but before you destroy me with sticks, why not enjoy another round up of the best new, obscure games on Steam with…

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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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