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Review: Screamride

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...   more

Review: Screamride photo

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...   more

Extrasolar's mobile interface got a slick update photo

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...   more

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

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...   more

Cuuute: A weapon shop game about potatoes photo

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...   more

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

Saving the newly erected Ass from poop water in Cities: Skylines

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.   more

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

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...   more

Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator is getting its own convention photo

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...   more

XSEED harvests Story of Seasons on March 31 photo

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...   more

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

Review: The Escapists

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!   more

Review: The Escapists photo

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...   more

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 studio working on new theme park title photo

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]   more

60 (sixty) minutes of American Truck Simulator photo

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...   more

Play The Sims 4 free for 48 hours on Origin photo

Classic PC sim Theme Hospital free on Origin

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...   more

Classic PC sim Theme Hospital free on Origin photo

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 ...   more

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

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...   more

Aviary Attorney Kickstarter surpasses funding goal photo

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...   more

I've neglected my Tomodachi Life island for too long photo

So, Mad Catz is making a controller for Farming Simulator

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 ...   more

So, Mad Catz is making a controller for Farming Simulator photo

Aviary Attorney flies to Kickstarter, soars away with my heart

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...   more

Aviary Attorney flies to Kickstarter, soars away with my heart photo


Aviary Attorney flies to Kickstarter, soars away with my heart photo
Aviary Attorney flies to Kickstarter, soars away with my heart photo
Aviary Attorney flies to Kickstarter, soars away with my heart photo
Aviary Attorney flies to Kickstarter, soars away with my heart photo
Aviary Attorney flies to Kickstarter, soars away with my heart photo
Aviary Attorney flies to Kickstarter, soars away with my heart photo



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

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...   more

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

Brighten your morning with I am Bread

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 ...   more

Brighten your morning with I am Bread photo

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