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Right round baby.
The inimitable Michael Brough has got a new game for us soon, and it's a big shift from the roguelikes he's been making lately like 868-HACK and Zaga-33. In fact, it's probably best described as an arcade game, but being a game from...

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Lady F and I were at the RA this weekend to see the Dennis Hopper photography exhibit, and were greeted by this installation of U-boats lurking in the entryway. None of the young ticket-rippers working that day seemed to know who the artist was or what...

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Funny, I've been called a tiny bore.
We had some good fun earlier this year with Glyph Quest, the fantasy/puzzle RPG from husband-and-wife team Leanne Bayley and Alex Trowers. One fact you might recall about Glyph Quest was that it was made while Leanne was very,...

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This is not the Little Mermaid ending I remember.
You could make the argument that bundles have exerted a (dangerous?) downward pressure on game prices, paving the way for free-to-play's red tide and making it harder for niche game developers to eke out a profit. You might also suggest that...

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Literally Pegasus Bridge.
I was just marvelling the other day at the flexibility of Slitherine's Battle Academy engine when I did that preview of Pike & Shot, and now the wargaming house has decided to show us another trick.

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"... he said to Adobe."
Some more new releases have materialised this morning, joining last night's batch. Chief among them is Keith Burgun's Auro, a game best described as turn-based fantasy sumo wrestling. It bears a broad resemblance to Hoplite, one of our favorite games of this year.

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A scale model of the universe's largest bottle.
International Talk Like A Pirate Day feels like a slightly embarrassing vestige of the mid-2000s, like Fark.com and Atkins diets. And yet we have reason to celebrate it again tonight, because 80 Days makers Inkle have timed the surprise...

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"...and this is where Thing from the Addams Family is buried."
A couple of years ago I was wondering what had become of Myst-style immersive puzzle games, a genre that was getting non-gamers into gaming when the Angry Birds were still yolks.

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Spare me your space age technobabble, Attila the Hun.
Soon you shall have more choices of space exploration sims than you have for mobile phone providers, TV talent competition shows, and ways to contract influenza.

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Hello, old friend.
Last night, under cover of darkness (zing!), Playdek released yet another full expansion for Ascension, this one called Darkness Unleashed. Much how Rise of Vigil introduced Energy Shards and treasures to the game, this one introduces Dark Energy Shards which, apart from the effect...

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