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6:00 PM on 08.01.2014

Invisible, Inc. brings its tactical espionage to Steam Early Access this month

Don't Starve and Mark of the Ninja studio Klei Entertainment has honed in on an August 19 Steam Early Access launch for its turn-based stealth game Invisible, Inc. It's been playable in an alpha capacity already, so this is j...

Jordan Devore


10:45 AM on 08.01.2014

First-person shooter Toxikk wants to frag like it's 1999

First-person shooters have come a long way since we called them "DOOM clones" back in the nineties. After Halo, Call of Duty, and Gears of War, most have class-based gameplay, role-playing game elements, regenerating health,...

Darren Nakamura

2:15 PM on 07.31.2014

Man, I wish I were playing Crypt of the NecroDancer right now

Are you playing Crypt of the NecroDancer? You should be playing Crypt of the NecroDancer. It's a rhythm-based roguelike in which you hop around dungeons to the beat of music, a novel mechanic that ends up being enjoyable -- n...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 07.30.2014

Put a dinosaur head on your spaceship in Habitat: A Thousand Generations in Orbit

"Habitat is the only strategic space survival game that uses orbital debris to build the future homes of humanity and where hope for survival relies on the creativity and resourcefulness of the player." This is one of those...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 07.28.2014

No, Facepunch didn't cancel Rust to make this game

On Friday, Rust developer Facepunch Studios offered an early look at another of its games, Riftlight. It's an arcade shooter with classes (including melee), loot, and abilities. What was pictured was early -- though it alread...

Jordan Devore



How to correctly play Crypt of the NecroDancer photo
How to correctly play Crypt of the NecroDancer
by Patrick Hancock

I've been playing Crypt of the NecroDancer, and now I fancy myself a pretty amazing player. The game hits Steam's Early Access program in just two days, and so I figured I'd impart my wisdom unto any new players who may be out there by making a hawt tipz video.

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7:00 PM on 07.24.2014

Crawl is back with a new release date and an 'IRS MAN' monster

I absolutely loved the way Powerhoof handled its delay of Crawl due to some untimely tax issues that needed to be resolved before the game was released. The studio wasn't sure how long it would take to get back on track, but...

Jordan Devore

10:15 AM on 07.23.2014

Frozen Endzone renamed Frozen Cortex, Mac and Linux versions available

Frozen Endzone, the tactical robo-sport from the developers of Frozen Synapse, has officially been renamed. The new name is Frozen Cortex, and I've taken the liberty of making a new logo for it. The rename is taking place bec...

Patrick Hancock

2:30 PM on 07.17.2014

Crypt of the NecroDancer hops to Steam Early Access on July 30

Rhythmic dungeon crawler Crypt of the NecroDancer has been fun to watch at expos, but soon enough we'll be able to play (and fail, likely repeatedly) on our own terms -- the game hits Steam Early Access for Windows, Mac, and...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 07.15.2014

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...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 07.11.2014

Sony having 'massive conversations' about an Early Access program

One of the more controversial features of Steam is its Early Access program. On one hand, it's great for allowing community input to shape the direction of a game; on the other, it opens the door for customers to buy somethin...

Brett Makedonski





4:30 PM on 07.10.2014

Now this is how you delay a game

We only just got word that Crawl would arrive on Steam Early Access on July 17, but that's no longer the case. The four-person dungeon crawler is going to be late -- "it could be a couple days, it could be a couple weeks," re...

Jordan Devore



I messed around in the bizarre, experimental reboot of Rust photo
I messed around in the bizarre, experimental reboot of Rust
by Jordan Devore

I first played Rust back in January. It was at times scary, confusing, and frustrating, which is to be expected in an anything-goes online multiplayer game about naked men trying to survive with rocks and crudely-fashioned hatchets while others possess pistols, assault rifles, and explosives.

Thanks to its players and their chaos, Rust was entertaining in a way that a scripted game could never be -- up until the point at which it wasn't. It eventually got old. I stopped playing.

More than that, I quit paying attention to all of the updates in the pipeline for this Steam Early Access game. At about 16 hours of play time, I had gotten my fill, thanks. So I left, impatient and somewhat unsatisfied, unsure if I'd ever truly return to the game.

But I have, now that Facepunch Studios is rebooting Rust. Work has ceased on the original version most players know while the team rebuilds the game from scratch in what it is calling an experimental branch. It's playable now and as janky as things are, it's promising.

Let's take a look! (Warning: there will be some butts.)

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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

8:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Have fond memories of The Incredible Machine? Check out Contraption Maker

It's been just over a year since I told you about Contraption Maker, a puzzle game in the vein of the DOS classic The Incredible Machine that's being worked on by some members of the original development team including Jeff ...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Early Access Review: Sunless Sea

[Want to know how an Early Access game is coming along? Check out our Early Access Reviews, which will be a series going forward with the intent of informing you whether or not a game is worth buying into at this time.] Ca...

Alasdair Duncan