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Even failing looks fun in Heat Signature

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...   more

Even failing looks fun in Heat Signature photo

Free 'Goat MMO Simulator' update coming Thursday

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...   more

Free 'Goat MMO Simulator' update coming Thursday photo

Roller coaster crashing game ScreamRide will be budget priced

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 ...   more

Roller coaster crashing game ScreamRide will be budget priced photo

Gunpoint designer and artist team up for Heat Signature

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...   more

Gunpoint designer and artist team up for Heat Signature photo


Gunpoint designer and artist team up for Heat Signature photo
Gunpoint designer and artist team up for Heat Signature photo
Gunpoint designer and artist team up for Heat Signature photo
Gunpoint designer and artist team up for Heat Signature photo
Gunpoint designer and artist team up for Heat Signature photo
Gunpoint designer and artist team up for Heat Signature photo



Holy carp, look at this fish!

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...   more

Holy carp, look at this fish! photo

Metrocide is a thinking person's Hotline Miami

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 ...   more

Metrocide is a thinking person's Hotline Miami photo

I am Bread is just delightful

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...   more

I am Bread is just delightful photo

I'm totally gonna murder some amber waves of grain

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...   more

I'm totally gonna murder some amber waves of grain photo

Review: The Sims 4

As a growing gamer, Maxis was always one of my go-to developers at a young age. From the original SimCity, to SimAnt, to SimTower, the company was almost infallible in my eyes, and I ate up practically every simulation it had...   more

Review: The Sims 4 photo

Metrocide gets a developer walkthrough, Early Access coming in October

Flat Earth Games, comprised of brothers Leigh and Rohan Harris, walk us through the first few minutes of their new top-down, cyberpunk-noir, contract killing simulator, Metrocide. In the grim, futuristic world of Metrocide, ...   more

Metrocide gets a developer walkthrough, Early Access coming in October photo

You're actually supposed to crash roller coasters in ScreamRide

ScreamRide is an Xbox 360 and Xbox One game due out this spring that should appeal to those of us RollerCoaster Tycoon players who regularly have "accidents" happen at our amusement parks. Now, it's more action than simulati...   more

You're actually supposed to crash roller coasters in ScreamRide photo

You can now play Goat Simulator on the go

Coffee Stain Studios has brought Goat Simulator to iOS and Android. It's $4.99. While the game is surely best controlled with something other than a touch screen, the make-your-own-fun sandbox experience is suitable for mobil...   more

You can now play Goat Simulator on the go photo

Extrasolar Season 2 is being funded through Kickstarter

I do not envy Lazy 8 Studios with the balancing act it has trying to market Extrasolar. By revealing too little, only a relatively small demographic will ever try out the exoplanet rover simulator. By revealing too much, a t...   more

Extrasolar Season 2 is being funded through Kickstarter photo

RollerCoaster Tycoon World is a return to form, features robust online modes and offline play

Back at gamescom, Atari announced RollerCoaster Tycoon World, a new installment to the much-loved amusement park series. However, after a 10-year series hiatus from the PC and the debut of the polarizing RollerCoaster Tycoon ...   more

RollerCoaster Tycoon World is a return to form, features robust online modes and offline play photo

GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam

Nine Dots Studio's gorgeous-looking multiplayer space combat game GoD Factory: Wingmen is now available on Steam. Wingmen is a 4v4 competitive arcade-like title where the goal is to destroy the enemy's 13km carrier...   more

GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo


GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo



Boldly go 50 Minutes into Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Firaxis has just released over fifty minutes of beginning-game footage of its science fiction-themed entry into the Civilization series, Beyond Earth. And, as an added bonus for the Red Team, Firaxis would like you to k...   more

Boldly go 50 Minutes into Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth photo

The Long Dark will be on Early Access September 22

I'm finally playing a game in Early Access (Invisible Inc., which is incredible; expect a longer impressions piece soon) and come September 22 I might be playing another as The Long Dark hits Steam. I've been waiting on...   more

The Long Dark will be on Early Access September 22 photo

I love my little boy girl horse on 3DS

I Love My Little Boy/Girl (you can buy either or, "Boy/Girl" isn't the name) and I Love My Horse are two Neopica-developed titles releasing in Europe for 3DS. Real talk, they look like the kind of games I used to play and rev...   more

I love my little boy girl horse on 3DS photo


I love my little boy girl horse on 3DS photo
I love my little boy girl horse on 3DS photo
I love my little boy girl horse on 3DS photo
I love my little boy girl horse on 3DS photo
I love my little boy girl horse on 3DS photo
I love my little boy girl horse on 3DS photo



Colony builder Clockwork Empires now on Steam Early Access

After a minor delay, Dungeons of Dredmor studio Gaslamp Games has brought its colony-building sim Clockwork Empires to Steam Early Access. It's $29.99, currently only for PC. If maintaining a colony doesn't sound too appeali...   more

Colony builder Clockwork Empires now on Steam Early Access photo

Make your own hideous Sims in The Sims 4: Create-a-Sim demo

Available now on Origin, you too can create various facsimiles of human life with The Sims 4's Create-a-Sim demo. The demo will give players a sneak peek into the new Sim creation process, which looks a lot more involved...   more

Make your own hideous Sims in The Sims 4: Create-a-Sim demo photo

Join The Golf Club on Xbox One, PC, and PS4 this month

After a few months on Steam Early Access, HB Studios' The Golf Club is nearly ready for its final release on PC and consoles. The golf simulation title's launch on Steam and Xbox One is set for August 19, with a PlayStation 4...   more

Join The Golf Club on Xbox One, PC, and PS4 this month photo

RollerCoaster Tycoon World announced for PC

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile was a hot mess, representing some of the worst traits of mobile and free-to-play gaming, but we knew that Atari was planning a PC game as well, one that promised to be different from the mobile ...   more

RollerCoaster Tycoon World announced for PC photo

Microsoft unveils Scream Ride, coming spring 2015

[Update: Check out the official trailer above.] Microsoft has unveiled a new exclusive from developer Frontier (Kinectimals, Zoo Tycoon), and it looks like it could be a lot of fun. It's called Scream Ride, and it looks like...   more

Microsoft unveils Scream Ride, coming spring 2015 photo

Gunpoint designer Tom Francis has made some good progress on Heat Signature

Last time we saw a bit of Heat Signature, it was essentially just a proof of concept. The thruster physics and heat detection was functional, but the procedural generation of ships was a little wonky and there were no clear ...   more

Gunpoint designer Tom Francis has made some good progress on Heat Signature photo

Tropico 5 can't be released in Thailand, deemed inappropriate

The last two installments of the humorous Tropico simulation series made it to Thailand but this year's game, Tropico 5, will not see release in the country -- it's been banned. Following a coup in May, Thailand's government ...   more

Tropico 5 can't be released in Thailand, deemed inappropriate photo

Turns out actual farmers play Farming Simulator

Despite mainly playing all my games on PC, I've never been bitten by the simulation bug. There's no copies of Euro Truck Simulator or Farming Simulator lurking in my Steam library. Still, I'm keen to know who plays these game...   more

Turns out actual farmers play Farming Simulator photo

Crummy: Power Rangers' Saban is going after Chroma Squad

Behold Studios' Chroma Squad is about managing a brand new sentai television series and, being an in-depth parody, it of course draws inspiration from real-life shows, including -- but far from limited to -- Power Rangers. In...   more

Crummy: Power Rangers' Saban is going after Chroma Squad photo

Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play

During a hands-on Nintendo event, I was given the option to play a number of upcoming games -- naturally, I gravitated towards Fantasy Life, which I've been waiting a few years to see in action overseas. Developed by the...   more

Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play photo

You too can know what it's like to suffer in Game Journalism Simulator

Inspired by other ridiculous sims like Goat Simulator, Game Journalism Simulator is currently in the design phase and is a collaborative project between journalist and new developer Jason Evangelho and other real-world gaming...   more

You too can know what it's like to suffer in Game Journalism Simulator photo

Survive The Long Dark's sandbox this September on Steam Early Access

Hinterland's Kickstarted first-person survival sim The Long Dark will launch on Steam Early Access in September, the studio announced today. As ever, "This will help us do a better job tuning the game's Sandbox mechanics, f...   more

Survive The Long Dark's sandbox this September on Steam Early Access photo

The creators of Train Simulator are getting involved with Microsoft Flight Simulator

Through a licensing agreement with Microsoft, Train Simulator maker Dovetail Games will release Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition on Steam at the end of this year. It's coming with the Deluxe Edition and Acceleration...   more

The creators of Train Simulator are getting involved with Microsoft Flight Simulator photo

Unreal Engine 4 for Train Simulator and a Fishing sim are next at Dovetail

Dovetail Games, the company behind Train Simulator, said last year that it planned to break into other types of simulation games in the future. One such title is Dovetail Games Fishing, coming to PC in late 2014 with more pla...   more

Unreal Engine 4 for Train Simulator and a Fishing sim are next at Dovetail photo

Sid Meierís Civilization: Beyond Earth will launch in October

Civilization: Beyond Earth looks like a pretty cool entry into the Civ franchise, and now we have a set release date -- October 24th, 2014, coming in at $49.99. Currently, PC is the only planned platform. There's also a pre-...   more

Sid Meierís Civilization: Beyond Earth will launch in October photo

Tomodachi Life gets a special demo this week

If you're still on the fence about Tomodachi Life, you can grab a demo today to see what all the fuss is about. For those of you who already have the game you're probably familiar with the "Welcome Version" demo -- it's the s...   more

Tomodachi Life gets a special demo this week photo

Mountain is a great app to run in the background

When I was younger, I used to stare at this one screensaver for hours on end. It involved a guy getting stuck on a desert island, and he would get involved in various antics for what seemed like days. I'd rarely ever see a re...   more

Mountain is a great app to run in the background photo

Like me, The Sims 4 keeps getting 'Smarter and Weirder'

In a new gameplay trailer released today, fans were given a sneak peek at the latest entry to the Sims franchise, The Sims 4. Many of the old Sims tropes abound, such as electrocuting yourself when you attempt to learn how t...   more

Like me, The Sims 4 keeps getting 'Smarter and Weirder' photo

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...   more

Team17 to publish post-apocalyptic strategy-sim Sheltered photo

Goat Simulator is receiving a North American retail release via Deep Silver

Not too long ago, we announced that Goat Simulator would be receiving a retail release in the UK. A boxed version of the bizarre farm animal simulator was awesome news, but North American gamers were still relegated to the di...   more

Goat Simulator is receiving a North American retail release via Deep Silver photo

Review: PlayStation Vita Pets

Of the many digital venues I'd expect to see a virtual pet simulator, the PlayStation Vita was certainly not one. PlayStation Vita Pets is an interesting diversion, not only because of the bizarre system it released on, but t...   more

Review: PlayStation Vita Pets photo

Castaway Paradise is the iPad's answer to Animal Crossing

I took one look at Castaway Paradise and I knew it would be perfect for me. Lately all I seem to want to do is live vicariously through my digital avatars across different platforms. The colorful atmosphere of Castaway Parad...   more

Castaway Paradise is the iPad's answer to Animal Crossing photo

Nintendo delivers celebrity Miis for Tomodachi Life, including Shaq

Remember those celebrity Miis that were "coming soon" for Tomodachi Life? Well they're here, and you can scan them in using the gallery below. Included in the celebrity drop are Shaq, Christina Aguilera, Shaun White, Deb...   more

Nintendo delivers celebrity Miis for Tomodachi Life, including Shaq photo

Adventure Bar Story is a delightful bar simulator you'll want for your 3DS

It's a great time to own a 3DS, or any handheld, really. But there's about to be positive deluge of awesome 3DS titles headed to retail shelves, and Adventure Bar Story is one I'm hoping to see with it. It's headed to Japan f...   more

Adventure Bar Story is a delightful bar simulator you'll want for your 3DS photo

Here's the Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley trailer you wanted

Just the other day I brought you the "trailer" for XSEED's Story of Seasons, where many of you were concerned with what's going on with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. It looks like Natsume's finally come out with an official...   more

Here's the Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley trailer you wanted photo

Story of Seasons gets one of the lamest trailers of all time

Story of Seasons and Natsume's Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (full story on that debacle here) are undoubtedly two games that I'm looking forward to play on my 3DS the most, but with trailers like these, it's as if XSEED jus...   more

Story of Seasons gets one of the lamest trailers of all time photo

Story of Seasons wants you to connect with your inner farmer

Fans of farming and lifestyle sims are no doubt familiar with the confusion surrounding the Bokujō Monogatari series. Natsume owned the trademark on the English title, Harvest Moon, but XSEED had the relationship wi...   more

Story of Seasons wants you to connect with your inner farmer photo

Check out the inner workings of Level-5's Fantasy Life

After announcing Level-5's Fantasy Life life-simulation RPG during Nintendo's Treehouse event, the product development team took some time out to stream the game to provide some additional details on how the game works and w...   more

Check out the inner workings of Level-5's Fantasy Life photo

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley's '3D' aspects explained

After that strange Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons debacle that Kyle so kindly set straight for us, it's good to see more details emerging regarding the actual branded Harvest Moon release, The Lost Valley. The game's E3 inform...   more

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley's '3D' aspects explained photo

Don't Starve: Giant Edition will be a good fit for PlayStation Vita

Klei Entertainment said it was looking into bringing Don't Starve to PS Vita and the studio confirmed today that it's moving forward with the port. This version will launch with the Reign of Giants DLC included -- that's two ...   more

Don't Starve: Giant Edition will be a good fit for PlayStation Vita photo

Review: Tomodachi Life

Nintendo catches a lot of flak for relying too heavily on its established franchises. Though it has been producing new properties, few have gained traction among hardcore gamers since Pikmin. Tomodachi Life might be overlooke...   more

Review: Tomodachi Life photo

Tropico 5 off to the best start in the series

Tropico 5 is out on PC (unless you're waiting for the US retail release of June 17) and it's been the best launch in the series, "with worldwide sales reaching over six figures." It was big in Germany and the UK. Xbox 360 and Mac versions are due out this summer with a PS4 version to follow in fall.   more

Tropico 5 off to the best start in the series photo