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The Swindle preview photo
The Swindle preview

The Swindle perfectly balances roguelike mechanics with approachable gameplay


The people's roguelike
Mar 12
On my last day covering PAX East, I had the chance to sit down with the inimitable Dan Marshall from Size Five Games to have a look at his gorgeous, stealthy, steampunk-centric burglary simulator The Swindle. We’ve... read
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Dad by the Sword

Dad by the Sword features limp, floppy swords


Jean shorts, evil hot dogs, and jealous beast-men make for a delightful game
Mar 11
Dad by the Sword is iOS developer Rocketcat Games' first entry into the PC market and boy howdy, is it a doozy. Part sword-fighting simulator, part long-running dad joke, all demented loveliness. Rocketcat's design expe... read
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Deals

Next week's Cities: Skylines pre-order deals up to 27% off


The citybuilder you're looking for?
Mar 06
Next week's release of Cities: Skylines has a pre-order discount right now making it cheaper than 2013's SimCity at MSRP. The new city-builder game from Colossal Order starts at $29.99 and can be pre-order for ... read
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More like mild yelling
When I first saw the debut trailer for Screamride, I assumed it was a simulator. Growing up with Sim Theme Park and RollerCoaster Tycoon, I relished the idea of creating and managing my own commercial park and divining n... read feature

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Extrasolar

Extrasolar's mobile interface got a slick update


Controlling an exoplanet rover on the go
Feb 26
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... read
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Shelter 2 Trailer

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


Pre-orders now available, stackable disounts for Shelter owners
Feb 26
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... read
Weapon shop game photo
Weapon shop game

Cuuute: A weapon shop game about potatoes


There's even a potato pup
Feb 25
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... read
PoPoLoCrois Farm Story photo
PoPoLoCrois Farm Story

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


Wouldja look at it?
Feb 24
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... read
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Scratching that Sim City itch
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. read feature

Artemis convention photo
Artemis convention

Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator is getting its own convention


Artemis Armada One
Feb 16
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... read
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Story of Seasons

XSEED harvests Story of Seasons on March 31


A Harvest Moon by any other name still smells like farm
Feb 12
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... read
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RollerCoaster Tycoon

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


Plus details on the freeform track editor
Feb 09
Area 52 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, here... read
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Aw here it goes!
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! read feature

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Coaster Park Tycoon

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 studio working on new theme park title


New IP slated for PC next year
Jan 27
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... read
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American Truck Sim

60 (sixty) minutes of American Truck Simulator


Strap in
Jan 27
"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] read
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Sims 4 Free Trial

Play The Sims 4 free for 48 hours on Origin


Breathing virtual life into Origin Game Time
Jan 23
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... read
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Freebies

Classic PC sim Theme Hospital free on Origin


Watch out for Bloaty Head
Jan 20
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 Minig... read
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Cop this

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


Next month's update doubles the size
Jan 15
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 ... read
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Aviary Attorney

Aviary Attorney Kickstarter surpasses funding goal


Sketchy Logic's bird-brained legal sim is a resounding success
Jan 08
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... read
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Tomodachi Life

I've neglected my Tomodachi Life island for too long


Return to Bomination
Dec 22
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... read
Farming Sim controller photo
Farming Sim controller

So, Mad Catz is making a controller for Farming Simulator


Might as well quit your job as a farmer and do this instead
Dec 16
Peripheral maker Mad Catz and Farming Simulator developer Giants Software are working on a range of Saitek-branded hardware for the PC simulation game we can't seem to stop talking about. The controller, which is planned for ... read
Aviary Attorney photo
Aviary Attorney

Aviary Attorney flies to Kickstarter, soars away with my heart


Sketchy Logic remixes 19th century art and music with a deft and steady hand
Dec 14
Aviary Attorney is the ingenious brainchild of Coventry-based Sketchy Logic; the living half of which (for the sake of this project) is comprised of programmer and designer Jeremy Noghani with graphic artist and animato... read
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Microsoft Flight Sim

Microsoft Flight Simulator X coming to Steam next week thanks to Dovetail


Wanted: experienced, non-judgmental co-pilot
Dec 09
Through a licensing deal with Microsoft, Train Simulator studio Dovetail Games will release Microsoft Flight Simulator X on Steam on December 18, 2014 "at a spectacular introductory price." It's sad Microsoft couldn't be both... read
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I am Bread

Brighten your morning with I am Bread


That expert swing at 0:25!
Dec 01
It's been over a month and, conceptually, I am Bread still tickles me. I'm giggling over the prospect of sentient bread going on a quest to become toasted (what happens next?). Ahead of the game's Steam Early Access release ... read
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Heat Signature

Even failing looks fun in Heat Signature


Covertly board ships or die trying
Nov 19
Just like with Gunpoint, it's a joy to watch designer Tom Francis play Heat Signature, wonky wrench physics and all, while it's still in development. It's as if he's making the game solely for himself and, hey, if the rest o... read
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Goat MMO Simulator

Free 'Goat MMO Simulator' update coming Thursday


A reason to revisit Goat Simulator
Nov 17
Coffee Stain Studios hasn't stopped supporting its wonky physics sandbox game Goat Simulator, thank goodness. The mobile version didn't entice me, but this fantasy-themed Goat MMO Simulator expansion is exactly the type of w... read
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ScreamRide

Roller coaster crashing game ScreamRide will be budget priced


$29.99 on Xbox 360, $39.99 on Xbox One
Nov 13
Frontier Developments' ScreamRide is a game about building and crashing roller coasters and while I'd prefer to play something like that on PC (or just scratch that itch in RollerCoaster Tycoon where I can also charge people ... read
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Heat Signature

Gunpoint designer and artist team up for Heat Signature


The space game about infiltrating ships
Nov 07
Gunpoint designer Tom Francis' next title, Heat Signature, has art! Well, new art, I should say. The stuff we saw previously for this spaceship heist game was just placeholder. John Roberts, who did the art on Gunpoint, has j... read
Fishing sim photo
Fishing sim

Holy carp, look at this fish!


Dovetail Games Fishing
Nov 05
The makers of Train Simulator have released their next project, a fishing sim, on Steam Early Access. It caught my attention for a few reasons, the first being that the game is way cheaper than I was expecting. Here's why: th... read
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Flat Earth's top-down murder sim impresses
Sydney-based independent studio Flat Earth Games has released its top-down cyberpunk-noir contract killing simulator Metrocide via Steam Early Access at the reduced price of $6.99. The final version of the game, which should ... read feature

I am Bread photo
I am Bread

I am Bread is just delightful


From the minds behind Surgeon Simulator
Oct 17
How did that bread get up on the ceiling fan? Very carefully, I'd imagine. Bossa Studios' I am Bread is a game in which you literally play as a sentient slice of bread. And, get this, it looks fun! Challenging, too. The cont... read
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Farming Simulator 15

I'm totally gonna murder some amber waves of grain


Herder simulator
Oct 15
Videogames are largely about power fantasies that real life simply can't provide. That's why 98 percent of games (rough estimate) are centered around a man with a gun that knows no bounds to save the country that he loves. P... read






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