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Brave the woes of This War of Mine in your own childhood treehouse with update 1.2

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Brave the woes of This War of Mine in your own childhood treehouse with update 1.2

Building forts was one of my favourite pastimes as a child, whether it be made from cardboard boxes or makeshift wood. It seems the devs over at 11 Bit Studios share that same pastime too, because their survival game, This War of Mine, is about to include a treehouse for your war worn survivors to take refuge.

Update 1.2 will introduce a new shelter to the game, which includes the lofty fort in the back garden. It will also allow you to pick your starting survivors, if that’s a thing you fancy.

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The Old City: Leviathan review

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The Old City: Leviathan review

The Old City: Leviathan is an post-apocalyptic first-person mystery, but in the same way that Symposium is a booze-up or Thus Spoke Zarathustra is about Zarathustra. Surface deep, it’s a slow, disquieting exploration of an industrial complex, absent all interactions but the ability to open doors. Chipping away at the rusty pipes and crumbling mortar, however, reveals something more intriguing.

Through corridors and dreams the game slowly spins its story, a mystery that’s never spelled out. It’s a detective yarn without a case, without a crime; witnesses are journals and torn pages, clues are found in the ramblings of dead philosophers. It’s obtuse, pompous and mostly just bewildering, but damn is it a fascinating puzzle.

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Cube and Me: It's all fun and games until an adorable alien dies

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Cube and Me: It's all fun and games until an adorable alien dies

Cube and Me lulls you into a false sense of security. As the new guardian of a group of adorable alien cubes, all smiling faces and the illusion of personality, you are tasked with making them happy. You feed them, clean up their poo (don’t worry, they actually excrete crumpled bits of paper), wash them when they get dirty, and comfort them when they get sad. You grow attached to them. 

It’s all lovely until one of them dies at the hands of an evil robot, or you sell one of them off to feed your potted plant addiction. All of a sudden, Cube and Me goes to a dark place, as you watch weeping aliens freak out as one of their number is snatched up by a big mechanical claw. This never happened in E.T. 

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Tacoma: Fullbright explores the future in microgravity

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Tacoma: Fullbright explores the future in microgravity

Gone Home developer Fullbright announced their latest project, Tacoma, at the Game Awards last week - you can see the lovely trailer in our Game Awards trailer holding cell - but the teaser revealed few details beyond the game’s space setting. 

Fullbright’s spilled the beans on the studio’s blog, though. “What mysteries await you, 200,000 miles from Earth? Who is exploring Lunar Transfer Station Tacoma? And what happened here?"

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Facepunch Studios reveal footage of their next project: Before

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Facepunch Studios reveal footage of their next project: Before

Have you ever wanted to be a caveman? If the answer is yes, then this is your lucky day. Facepunch Studios have unveiled footage of a new project - titled “Before". It’s a game about pre-historic people and their survival. It even includes gigantic mammoths to boot!

We’ve got a trailer below of the game in action, so why not take a look.

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Dragon Dating Simulator is exactly what it sounds like

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Dragon Dating Simulator is exactly what it sounds like

Hatoful Boyfriend, the high school pigeon dating simulator, is by far and wide the most peculiar game I’ve played this year. Perhaps the most peculiar thing about it was that I not only enjoyed the hell out of it, I genuinely became invested in its oddball cast, which included a French dandy and a demon-slaying angel, both pigeons, of course. It’s good stuff, but imagine, for a moment, if they weren’t pigeons. Imagine if they were dragons. 

Dragon Dating Simulator is currently looking for funding on Indiegogo, and looks very much like Hatoful Boyfriend. But with dragons. Mankind has discovered another world, one populated by dragons, and as the first human to enter this scaley world, you must explore it, uncover a conspiracy that threatens it and, of course, find a hot date. 

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Super Wolfenstein HD is a brilliant, silly homage

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Super Wolfenstein HD is a brilliant, silly homage

Super Wolfenstein HD is very silly. It’s Id’s classic shooter, reimagined with physics that range from surprisingly realistic, where enemies can be disarmed with a well-aimed knife toss or bullet, to delightfully wonky, with foes flailing around as they try to stand up after being knocked down, sometimes getting very amorous with walls. 

You can download the game jam created homage right now, for free. It’s an updated version with some kinks smoothed out, and you can watch me playing it for five minutes below. I killed many naughty Nazis. But also some dogs, which made me sad. 

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I am Bread pops out of the toaster and onto Steam Early Access this week

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I am Bread pops out of the toaster and onto Steam Early Access this week

I am Bread, Bossa Studios’ breakfast time physics-gone-mad simulator, will be leaping out of the toaster and onto Steam Early Access this week. 

Like a bizarre cross between Surgeon Simulator, Goat Simulator and QWOP, I am Bread gives players control over a slice of bread as they attempt to increase its deliciousness just in time for the most important meal of the day, by sticking to things and jumping around the place before evolving into lovely toast. 

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Wave your oversized wands in the air in Chaos Reborn's latest trailer

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Wave your oversized wands in the air in Chaos Reborn's latest trailer

Harry Potter taught us that the key to using your wand is all in the motion: swish and flick as they’d say. A new trailer for Julian Gollop's Chaos Reborn shows off quite a few fancy swishes and flicks with even bigger and gigantic wizard staves. The results are fireballs, explosions, summoning giants and even the odd blunt club round the head.

It’s also really pretty, so you should take a look at the trailer below.

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Gratuitous Space Battles 2 now has flying saucers, obedient fighters and handy energy beams

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Gratuitous Space Battles 2 now has flying saucers, obedient fighters and handy energy beams

The lovely thing about Gratuitous Space Battles 2 development videos is that, even if you’re not all that interested in the new features - though you should be, as some could be rather game changing - you’re in for a visual treat. It’s a gorgeous game, all bright lasers and glowing nebulae.

In the latest trailer, Cliff Harris introduces new saucer ships, fancy support beams and improved fighter AI. He also shows off some of the pretty procedural damage. Take a look below. 

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Solve your own nautical murder in Why Am I Dead At Sea

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Solve your own nautical murder in Why Am I Dead At Sea

You should know three things about me: I like dogs more than people, I think boats are the raddest form of transportation and I reckon that ghosts are infinitely more interesting than zombies. Two of these facts are relevant to Why Am I Dead At Sea. Yes, it’s a game about spooky dogs. No, hang on a second. Wrong facts. It’s a game about a ghost on a boat. Sorry. 

Here’s what’s up: You’re dead, and you’re on a boat. Why? That’s up to you to find out by possessing the other passengers and using them to investigate. There’s a trailer, so slap your eyes on it below. 

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Chivalry isn't dead - Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is free for the weekend

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Chivalry isn't dead - Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is free for the weekend

What is a weekend without decapitations and the din of battle and steel clashes with steel and dozens of voices scream out in pain or roar in victory? A rubbish weekend, that’s what it would be. You can avoid a rubbish weekend by playing first-person fantasy hack, slash and stab ‘em up, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare for free over the next two days on Steam.

It’s brilliant, so you should probably start hacking away at foes right bloody now. Or, after it’s downloaded. You probably shouldn’t go outside and start a fight. 

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Blow up spaceships in the name of trade in Wayward Terran Frontier: Zero Falls

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Blow up spaceships in the name of trade in Wayward Terran Frontier: Zero Falls

Wayward Terran Frontier: Zero Falls is quite the mouthful and the sort of name you’re going to forget in five minutes, but maybe you shouldn’t. It’s an indie space game that’s part trading and spaceship sim, part action RPG, with a style that’s not unlike Gratuitous Space Battles.

Players will be given command over a space station and custom ships in a procedural, infinite universe where NPC factions go about their business, at least until you board their ships and start murdering their crews, if that’s your cup of tea. 

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Not just a pretty space: Heat Signature gets news weapons and gullible guards

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Not just a pretty space: Heat Signature gets news weapons and gullible guards

Heat Signature, Tom Francis’ sneaky space game is looking a bit different since he last showed it off. Last week, Francis announced that it had received a visual overhaul courtesy of John Roberts, who also worked on Gunpoint, but a new development video shows that it’s also got new, appropriately spacey music and a bunch of new mechanics. 

Take a gander below.

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The pen is mightier than everything: Sketch Tales is a sandbox RPG where doodling is a superpower

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The pen is mightier than everything: Sketch Tales is a sandbox RPG where doodling is a superpower

8D Studio, an indie development team lead by the writer and lead designer of S.T.A.L.K.E.R, might be a bit mad, and I wonder if anyone has informed them of that yet. They probably have, because you can’t look at their pitch for Sketch Tales, a sandbox RPG currently on Kickstarter, and not think “Crikey, these guys are biting off quite a lot." 

There’s certainly no dearth of ambition. The game superficially looks like Minecraft, a first-person exploration game in a blocky, cartoon world. But then you add RPG mechanics, realistic physics, AI beasties that live out their lives, building, fighting and procreating, and it starts to look a bit different. Oh yeah, and anything you draw in the game becomes reality. 

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This War of Mine review

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This War of Mine review

This War of Mine is a game about war, obviously, but without the explosions, thousand-high body count and glorification that normally come parcelled with games that show battles at the ground level. It’s a 2.5D survival management game about the toll of conflict, where complications and mundane, relatable concerns take the place of the awkward glamour usually associated with war. 

Finding food and medicine, not fighting, becomes the focus. It’s a goal that can only ever be temporarily achieved before the fridge and shelves become bare and it’s out into the wild, war-torn city once again to search for something, anything, that will aid the band of survivors whose lives the player protects. 

And protecting them sometimes means breaking them.

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The Blue Flamingo is a handcrafted shmup from the team behind Shelter

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The Blue Flamingo is a handcrafted shmup from the team behind Shelter

Might and Delight, brains behind the emotionally-charged mother badger sim, Sheltered, just launched a new game on Steam today: The Blue Flamingo. It’s a shmup. And a very straight forward one at that. But of course there’s a twist: it’s been made using little handmade models of aircraft, props and terrain. Even the explosions are analog, with the devs employing firecrackers. 

Direct your lucky eyes below to see the shmup in action.

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That Dragon, Cancer has appeared on Kickstarter; developers looking for $85k to finish the game

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That Dragon, Cancer has appeared on Kickstarter; developers looking for $85k to finish the game

That Dragon, Cancer is the sort of game you hear people tell you about just before the admit they cried their eyes out. It’s a love letter from a father to his son, an autobiographical adventure game where players can experience the harrowing real-life story of a family dealing with their child’s brain cancer.  

Joel Green sadly died this year, but his father, Ryan Green, and his collaborator, Josh Larson, have continued development, expanding it beyond its Ouya roots. That Dragon, Cancer is now being developed for PC as well, and the developers are now looking for funding to finish the game on Kickstarter

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The Forest gets a co-op multiplayer update because the cannibals were getting hungry

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The Forest gets a co-op multiplayer update because the cannibals were getting hungry

The Forest is simply horrible. I’m forever grateful that it came out before I started Playing With Myself (it’s the joke that keeps on giving), or I would have felt obligated to record what can only be described as some of my lowest moments. Standing in a cave, shouting at a zippo lighter, wishing I was playing a game where the chances of getting attacked by cannibals and then dragged into their underground lair to await dinnertime were very low, it was a bad time. But I did have, I’ll admit, a very good time having this bad time. 

If you are a fellow Stockholm Syndrome sufferer, then you might be pleased to know you can now recruit friends to join you on this nightmarish island, as The Forest now supports co-op multiplayer. 

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