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4:30 PM on 07.08.2014

Action Henk slides onto Steam Early Access and Humble Store today

So Action Henk missed its initial goal of hitting Steam Early Access on June 18, but only by a bit. The action figure racing game is now available there, as well as through the Humble Store. I have been fortunate enough to s...

Darren Nakamura

3:45 PM on 07.08.2014

BioShock, The Darkness II, and more in this Humble 2K Bundle

If you want to jump straight to the new 2K Humble Bundle, here's the link. It's a tremendous value. This one is offering pay-what-you-want pricing for The Darkness II, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, and the original BioShock....

Jordan Devore



Review: MouseCraft photo
Review: MouseCraft
by Darren Nakamura

At first glance, MouseCraft reminds players of two classic puzzle games: Tetris and Lemmings. The pieces are there on a superficial level. Three mice walk blindly forward under a specific set of rules; meanwhile, the player rotates and places tetrominoes to aid in reaching the goals.

That is where the similarities end. The mice themselves never take on any special roles, and the tetrominoes do not disappear when fit together in a line. Indeed, a lot of the puzzles require that the blocks do not fit snugly together, which runs counter to conventional play with them. MouseCraft is very much its own puzzle game with its own puzzle premise, and that premise is pretty good.

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10:15 AM on 07.08.2014

Serious Sam devs ditching guns for a mysterious puzzler (with lasers)

The Talos Principle was revealed at E3, from which Darren Nakamura got a nice preview of the game. The latest from Croteam (Serious Sam) seems more Portal than shotgun eviscerator and will be available this yea...

Steven Hansen



Kill your friends with ghost traps: Crawl coming to Early Access photo
Kill your friends with ghost traps: Crawl coming to Early Access
by Steven Hansen

Also, the Coven is going to turn you into a toad.

I have been super excited for Crawl since last year. It's a four player dungeon crawler. The twist in Crawl is that your friends play as the assorted monsters and traps in the game, and killing the hero lets you take their place. 

I'm pretty good about avoiding Early Access games until their final release, but I may end up testing Crawl out on July 17.

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6:45 PM on 07.03.2014

Humble Store kicks off DRM-Freedom sale

Today through Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00am Pacific, the Humble Store will be running a DRM-Freedom sale with new deals every 24 hours. Today's lot includes several games that, while good, have been featured in the sales circ...

Jordan Devore







Review: Sir, You Are Being Hunted photo
Review: Sir, You Are Being Hunted
by Alasdair Duncan

"Man is the most deadly of prey" -- whoever said that probably never thought they'd be chased around the desolate British countryside with robotic dogs snapping at their heels.

Sir, You Are Being Hunted is the debut game from Big Robot Ltd., which initially saw a release on Steam's Early Access program in August 2013 and after a steady stream of updates, has finally hit a full release as Version 1.0.

The team is headed up by Jim Rossignol, formerly a writer for both PC Gamer and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. While at both outlets, he wrote many articles proclaiming his admiration for the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series and there are plenty of similarities to be found in Sir, You Are Being Hunted. Both games have you traversing bleak landscapes in search of scattered items, all the while avoiding powerful enemies. 

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12:30 PM on 07.02.2014

This Gods Will Be Watching trailer made me wince

I'll go out on a limb here and suggest that we're not going to feel good about ourselves after playing Deconstructeam's point-and-click thriller Gods Will Be Watching. The game is out July 24 for Windows, Mac, and Linux on S...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 07.01.2014

It's now possible to reach Vlambeer's Nuclear Throne

After months of updates, the in-development Nuclear Throne now has an actual Nuclear Throne, though getting to it -- and surviving the ensuing battle -- won't be easy. "To us, reaching the Nuclear Throne is the most crucial m...

Jordan Devore

1:15 PM on 07.01.2014

Celebrate Canada Day with a Steam sale

I'll be honest, being from Scotland means I don't know about a lot about Canadian culture; I know there's some great Canadian bands (Fucked Up, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Buck 65) and I know there's also some pish ones (you...

Alasdair Duncan

4:00 PM on 06.30.2014

Dreamfall Chapters is now a five-part episodic series

Despite its name, Dreamfall Chapters wasn't planned as an episodic title but that's what it has become. In an update posted on the game's Kickstarter page, creative director Ragnar Tørnquist confirmed that the lon...

Alasdair Duncan

10:45 AM on 06.30.2014

Team17 to publish post-apocalyptic strategy-sim Sheltered

In years past, Team17 has mostly been known as the studio behind Worms, but lately the studio has been expanding that image by publishing other UK-based, independently-developed games. Last month we saw the publisher pick up...

Darren Nakamura

7:30 PM on 06.26.2014

Voyage to Farland is some old-school Japanese roguelike action

Sometimes you see a trailer for a game and think, "Yeah, that's some real old-school stuff right there." From the video above, you can tell Voyage to Farland harks back to the 16-bit era but developer Patrick Casey is puttin...

Alasdair Duncan



Thomas Was Alone's jetpack DLC is free on Steam photo
Thomas Was Alone's jetpack DLC is free on Steam
by Jordan Devore

Benjamin's Flight, a set of new levels (and music and lovely narration) for Thomas Was Alone, debuted exclusively on PlayStation systems. Now, here the DLC is on Steam, for free.

You get to use a jetpack in it, so, yeah. Nothing more needs to be said about the subject.

Although, it is worth mentioning Thomas Was Alone is on sale. Fund it with the store credit you earned by flipping Steam Trading Cards, if you must. It's a real charmer.

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2:30 PM on 06.26.2014

There are a lot of Kickstarter games for sale on Steam

There's still a debate about crowdfunding's ongoing viability as a way of game development but when you look at just how many videogames have found life through Kickstarter, it seems like it isn't going away any time soon. St...

Alasdair Duncan



Free Octodad: Dadliest Catch DLC 'Shorts' coming late summer photo
Free Octodad: Dadliest Catch DLC 'Shorts' coming late summer
by Darren Nakamura

Since its release in January, Octodad: Dadliest Catch has sold over 250,000 copies, according to developer Young Horses. The awkward octopus-in-dad's-clothing simulator is a lot of fun for those who take the time to really learn how to control it, and it looks like we will be seeing more content for the game, at no extra charge. Ah, the wonderful world of indie gaming.

Young Horses says that it had too many ideas to fit neatly into the release version of Octodad: Dadliest Catch, but the studio still wants to explore those ideas through downloadable scenarios. Two of these "Shorts" will be released in a few weeks as a title update. They are meant to be "stand-alone Octodad levels which are self-contained stories."

One screenshot from each level has been released. The first shows Octodad and Scarlet on their first date in a fancy restaurant, while the second involves Tommy and Stacy imagining their dad as a character in a television medical drama. Hopefully things do not get quite as messy as Surgeon Simulator 2013, but with Octodad manning the scalpels, it probably will not end well.

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