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11:45 AM on 07.14.2014

Lead the most adorable mob riot with Anarcute

Everybody loves putting on an animal mask and wreaking destruction, right? Anarcute may not be as bloody as Hotline Miami, but it does tap into that same urge. It's that desire to dress up like a demented, googly-eyed Animal...

Darren Nakamura



Play Mount & Blade: Warband for free on Steam this weekend photo
Play Mount & Blade: Warband for free on Steam this weekend
by Jordan Devore

If you've been on the fence about Mount & Blade: Warband, here's one way to spend your weekend. Now through Sunday at 1:00pm Pacific, the action game and its open-ended multiplayer battles are free to test out thanks to a promo on Steam.

Folks who get hooked -- the top user review for Warband literally has over a thousand hours of play time on record -- can then buy the title to keep for $4.99. That's a savings of 75 percent.

There's something for existing players, too. Steam Workshop support for mods (of which there are many) has been added, and the Mac and Linux ports of Warband are now out of beta.

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5:45 PM on 07.09.2014

iPhone hit Pivvot is coming to Steam next week

Mobile-to-PC ports don't have the best of track records but I've got some high hopes for the home computer version of Pivvot, a great mobile game which was one of my favorites from 2013. It has such a simple concept: to keep...

Alasdair Duncan

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