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8:30 PM on 02.26.2015

Extrasolar's mobile interface got a slick update

Extrasolar has always been a tough sell for hardcore gamers, in my eyes. Though it was one of my top games of last year, most readers tune out when they see a description like "free-to-play science simulator," and going any f...

Darren Nakamura


4:30 PM on 02.26.2015

Shelter 2's latest trailer will thaw the coldest of hearts

I was reminded of Might and Delight's upcoming abstract adventure game Shelter 2 the other evening as I was winding my way up into the snowy, North Carolina highlands at dusk. As I made the last few icy turns appro...

Rob Morrow

8:00 PM on 02.25.2015

Cuuute: A weapon shop game about potatoes

Games about managing weapon shops are still novel enough conceptually and satisfying enough mechanically that they don't need much window dressing to draw me in. Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! has a cutesy art style and offb...

Jordan Devore

5:00 AM on 02.24.2015

Look at this bushel of happiness on the PoPoLoCrois Farm Story Japanese cover

Okay, I know no one cares that much about farm sims or things like that these days unless they're teeming with in-app purchases. Or PoPoLoCrois, for that matter. But for some reason, I really like both. I also really like the...

Brittany Vincent



Saving the newly erected Ass from poop water in Cities: Skylines photo
Saving the newly erected Ass from poop water in Cities: Skylines
by Steven Hansen

Paradox is sticking with, "let’s talk about our product on its own merits" tact with its upcoming city-builder from developer Colossal Order, but I am under no such nice-marketing guide (nor do I know tact, as this post will confirm).

Cities: Skylines is looking to be what busted ol' SimCity should’ve been.

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1:00 PM on 02.16.2015

Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator is getting its own convention

I have always been interested in playing Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, but have never had an opportunity. A team had it set up at Phoenix Comicon a couple years ago, but the room was booked for the whole weekend, so I w...

Darren Nakamura

1:45 PM on 02.12.2015

XSEED harvests Story of Seasons on March 31

Story of Seasons takes root in North America on March 31, XSEED Games announced today. The Nintendo 3DS farming simulator is the latest entry in the Bokujo Monogatari series, which previously was localized under the...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 PM on 02.09.2015

Devious smile: 'Mishaps' can occur in RollerCoaster Tycoon World

Pipeworks is promising footage of RollerCoaster Tycoon World soon, presumably on or around the Game Developers Conference early next month. I look forward to seeing that, skeptical as I still am about the game. Until then, he...

Jordan Devore



Review: The Escapists photo
Review: The Escapists
by Chris Carter

Kenan: Kel, I'm going to need some chicken wire, some beeswax, a rooster, a few rolls of toilet paper, and a 5-Iron. We're busting out of prison today!

Kel: Aw here it goes!

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3:30 PM on 01.27.2015

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 studio working on new theme park title

I can't effectively describe how pleased I am knowing that multiple games about rollercoasters are in the works. There's RollerCoaster Tycoon World, ScreamRide, and now Coaster Park Tycoon from Frontier Development, the studi...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 01.27.2015

60 (sixty) minutes of American Truck Simulator

"We got a great big convoy, rockin' through the night. We got a great big convoy, ain't she a beautiful sight! Convoooy!" Inside SCS Software and 1 hour with American Truck Simulator [SCS]

Jordan Devore





10:30 AM on 01.23.2015

Play The Sims 4 free for 48 hours on Origin

Electronic Arts has added The Sims 4 to its Origin Game Time program, which offers a trial period on some major releases in the Origin library. Players can install The Sims 4 now through Origin and play free for 48 hours, sta...

Conrad Zimmerman



Classic PC sim Theme Hospital free on Origin photo
Classic PC sim Theme Hospital free on Origin
by Jordan Devore

For years, my uncle left his his late-'90s laptop at my grandparents' house and whenever I'd come to visit, I'd flip through PC game instruction manuals and play stuff like Diablo, Warcraft, The 7th Guest, and 3-D Ultra Minigolf (the one with the volcano and alligator on the cover). He was also an avid Theme Hospital player but for whatever probably-crap reason, I never tried it back then.

Don't make the same mistake as younger, dumber me: Theme Hospital is free to download and keep right now through Origin. Nab that while you can or continue ignoring the platform per usual.

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3:00 PM on 01.15.2015

Beautiful survival-sim The Long Dark moves 250,000 copies in Early Access

Dang, I need this game. Early Access continues to be a boon for open-world survival simulators, even unwavering artsy ones. It's a ways from DayZ's two million (a year ago) or Rust's half a million in a month, but still ...

Steven Hansen

8:00 PM on 01.08.2015

Aviary Attorney Kickstarter surpasses funding goal

Coventry, England-based studio Sketchy Logic's delightfully clever twist on the legal sim, Aviary Attorney, wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign today. The project went far beyond its modest £7,000 fu...

Rob Morrow

7:30 PM on 12.22.2014

I've neglected my Tomodachi Life island for too long

While reading through Darren's personal picks for game of the year, I realized something troubling: I haven't played Tomodachi Life in, oh my god, months. Literal months. And it's not like the signs weren't there. I had, as I...

Jordan Devore