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6:00 PM on 10.20.2014

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 still needs some work

We've talked before which games use Steam Early Access best. Titles like Prison Architect and Sunless Sea are two that come to mind for me; these are games that have a perfectly playable and enjoyable core game that has been ...

Alasdair Duncan


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Having now surpassed 500,000 downloads, Terra Battle fans will soon enjoy new characters from the original character and dragon model designer of Panzer Dragoon, Manabu Kusunoki. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.




6:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Leave 'em Laughing attempts to make a game out of comedy

Comedy ain't easy, especially in this medium, so a title that tries to game-ify creating a stand-up comedy routine sound a tad ambitious. Leave 'em Laughing from Australian developer Oscar Brittain is a mashup of adventure g...

Alasdair Duncan

2:00 PM on 10.14.2014

Tales of Cosmos is a point-and-click starring a space corgi

Sure, there is also a chimpanzee named Professor Gagayev, but we all know that Perseus the Dog is the star here. He's got valor! He reminds me of Missile from Ghost Trick, except I'm pretty sure Perseus is a corgi rather tha...

Darren Nakamura



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Review: Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
by Alasdair Duncan

In Fyodor Dostoyevsky's weighty novel Crime and Punishment, the central character robs and murders a loan shark and pawn broker but justifies the act in his own mind because he will use the money for good. Doestoyevsky's anti-hero believes that even murder is justified if some benefit can come of it, that even a wicked act can have some merit. Eventually, besieged by guilt, he confesses to his crime and accepts his punishment. 

Throughout Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, there are frequent loading screens where you'll see the titular detective flick through Dostoyevsky's work and it seems to have had an effect on him. Now Sherlock can decide if a crime truly was justified and how he will punish the guilty. It's a novel approach that unfortunately only partially works out.

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11:00 PM on 10.07.2014

They're making a Myst TV show

Myst, basically the only PC game I played until Portal, is continuing on. It's not just developer Cyan's recently Kickstarted adventure game Obduction. Legendary is working on a television adaptation of the game, according to...

Steven Hansen



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Review: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
by Alasdair Duncan

Perhaps the biggest surprise about The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is that the developers behind the game were members of People Can Fly, the studio responsible for Bulletstorm; the idea that some of the people who came up with the over-the-top and potty-mouthed first-person shooter would go on to also make this contemplative, supernatural mystery.

It's a beautiful-looking game where players are tasked with finding a missing youngster but are quick to find that there are dark things lurking behind the lovely surroundings.

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4:30 PM on 09.30.2014

The first part of Dreamfall Chapters arrives on October 21

We've known for a while that the upcoming Dreamfall game from Red Thread would be split into five chapters but now we have word that the first one, entitled Reborn, will arrive on October 21. I'm hoping that the studio will ...

Alasdair Duncan

4:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Vane looks like it belongs next to ICO and Shadow of the Colossus

Hearing that Friend & Foe was made up of some former The Last Guardian developers got me to take a look at Vane, but I stayed for the .gifs and never wanted to leave -- they're mesmerizing! Here's some Tokyo Game Show f...

Jordan Devore

11:15 AM on 09.24.2014

Kentucky Route Zero is half off (and you should buy it)

Kentucky Route Zero fought hard in a number of categories in our 2013 game of the year awards despite only the first two of five episodes having been released. It is very good. Even if Act IV isn't out yet. You can get the season pass (Acts I-III now, IV and V whenever they come out) on Steam for $12.50 at the moment, half of the usual $25 asking price. Well worth it. 

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Console owners should keep an eye on Nova-111

Funktronic Labs' cool turn-based/real-time hybrid adventure game Nova-111 was originally slated for PC/Mac/Linux first, followed by consoles at a later date, but that's no longer the case. The studio is partnering with Curve ...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 09.18.2014

Bad dog! Outpost 13 basically lets you play as The Thing

This is why you name a dog Fluffy or Fido or Spot. When you go and give it a name like Fenrir, after a mythological wolf monster, it gets taken over by an alien being and wants nothing more than to devour your flesh and bone...

Darren Nakamura







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I've discovered a new go-to game for relaxing
by Jordan Devore

I play videogames for many reasons. Sometimes, I play for the story -- the chance to visit new worlds and live out someone else's life. Other times, it's the sense of competition I find most alluring, or the chance to master a game's rules and finally overcome its fiercest challenges.

But for every passing motivation to play games I have, I'll always been in need of one that can help me relax. Something to take my mind off life's problems, no matter how big or small they might be. Something I can get into for 15 minutes, or hours on end. Something that'll last.

Right now, Endless Ocean: Blue World is that game for me, and what a gem it is.

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Titan Souls is my PAX Prime 2014 game of show
by Abel Girmay

Confession time: I'm pretty out of the loop when it comes to the indie game scene. I love me some Nidhogg, Samurai Gunn, and Crawl, but it's not uncommon for me to have only heard about these games just before release or later. With that track record, you won't be surprised to hear that I knew nothing about Titan Souls before sitting down with it at PAX.

I am so glad that I did, though. Between the music, art, and the brilliantly challenging combat, Titan Souls is far and away one of my most anticipated releases.

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9:00 PM on 09.04.2014

Paradigm is a point-'n'-click game starring sloths and mutants

While adventure games are doing as well as ever, there's still not too many that hark back to the classic era games like Day of the Tentacle. They used to be really weird! Jacob Janerka's Paradigm seems to emulate that style...

Alasdair Duncan

7:30 PM on 09.04.2014

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 hits Steam Early Access today

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is hitting Steam Early Access today. The sequel to the 2009 point-and-click adventure game was successfully funded via Kickstarter and looks just as charming as the original. I'm a huge fan of...

Brittany Vincent

1:30 PM on 09.02.2014

X-ray hands and digital immortality in Soul Axiom

The idea of replicating human consciousness within a computer program has fascinated me since I was first introduced to the concept. Living on, existing only in cyberspace without the need for a meat body seems lik...

Rob Morrow