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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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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
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
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

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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

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
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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Review: The Sims 4

Oct 02 // Chris Carter
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... read feature

Metrocide walkthrough

Metrocide gets a developer walkthrough, Early Access coming in October


Flat Earth Games walks us through the first few minutes of Metrocide
Sep 30
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, ... read
ScreamRide

You're actually supposed to crash roller coasters in ScreamRide


With pleasure
Sep 29
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... read
Goat Simulator

You can now play Goat Simulator on the go


I like the idea of playing it at the DMV
Sep 17
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... read
Extrasolar

Extrasolar Season 2 is being funded through Kickstarter


Season 1 still available for free
Sep 09
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... read
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 ... read feature

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


Arcade-like space sim allows for tactical multiplayer action
Aug 30
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... read
50 mins of Beyond Earth

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


Begining game choices that will set the stage for your sci-fi civilization
Aug 26
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... read
Long Dark

The Long Dark will be on Early Access September 22


Extra key for an extra $5
Aug 25
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... read
I Love My Little Boy

I love my little boy girl horse on 3DS


Wouldn't you?
Aug 18
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... read
Steam Early Access

Colony builder Clockwork Empires now on Steam Early Access


Watch out for fish people
Aug 15
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... read
The Sims 4

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


Remember Spore?
Aug 13
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... read
Golf

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


The name that keeps on giving
Aug 12
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... read
RollerCoaster Tycoon

RollerCoaster Tycoon World announced for PC


No microtransactions, thank goodness
Aug 12
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 ... read






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