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For the Motherland! And right-side-up butter!
One could be forgiven for thinking World of Tanks Generals is a vapid card-battler at first glance. It has several of the hallmarks: multiple currencies, complex upgrades, a constrained battle map, art-heavy chards, and, most damning of all, the ubiquitous “tutorial cheesecake,”...

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I can think of few better reasons for a game to pause.
Lifeline... was one of my favourite interactive fiction games of 2015. It had a simple gimmick. Rather than play at your own pace, the app stopped responding when the protagonist was doing things like walking...

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I named mine the Montgomery Scott.
Pocket Tactics is a member of the Wargamer Limited Group, which is owned by Slitherine Software. I had this little gaggle of Battlefleet Gothic ships as a younger fellow, back when the game wasn't relegated to mail order.

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Review: Lumino City

11 Dec 2015 0
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This is the last game I expected to have a Deliverance tribute.
Let’s get this out of the way: Lumino City is gorgeous. British developer State of Play constructed an entire miniature, motorized, mountain-top city set for the game (as detailed in this short “making-of” Lumino City...

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Red, amber, purple, GO!
Mobile gaming has given a whole new lease of life to turn-based strategy, but squeezing its real-time cousin onto pocket devices remains an elusive dream. A genre that revolves around coordinating many commands to many units on many maps at twitch speed is just too...

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Review: X-Mercs

07 Dec 2015 0
  • iOS

X-Mercs is free-to-play XCOM, and it’s quite open about that fact. It’s an interesting test case in our intuitions about intellectual property in games; most creative works attempt to camouflage their influences. I remember reading a series which was clearly intended to be The Lord of the Rings for people...

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Review: Pea Ridge

04 Dec 2015 0
  • iOS

Probably not the best place to leave a cannon
If you play historical wargames on your Mac or iOS device then you are most likely familiar with HexWar and their range of games. They have created a large library of titles that share the same engine allowing you...

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I always wanted to drive a Ferrari, but this one is a real POS
One of the Trese Brothers’ first games was Templar Assault, a Space Hulk clone with a few new wrinkles. There’s no shame in that: Space Marines versus H.R.

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There is a school of thought that you should judge a game by how much the mechanics immerse you in the theme of the game. By this standard, Steam: Rails to Riches is a runaway success.

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The Beatrice twins are great fun at wampa parties on Hoth.
This review of Reiner Knizia’s Dice Monsters will largely focus on the criticism that the game feels random. That's not very insightful. After all, the title of the game has the word "dice" right in it.

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