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Technobabylon: In A Cyberpunk Trance

May 21, 2015 10:10 AM | John Bridgman

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Cyberpunk is a genre that has gone through many iterations and evolutions through the decades, as we as a society continued to outpace our wildest notions of the technological marvels that the future may hold. No longer is the thought of having a handheld terminal to access information almost immediately so foreign as it was at one time, and the very idea of having jacks installed in our bodies to access the internet seems absurd in our world of smartphones and wearable tech. Our adaptations of future technology have had to evolve over time, and yet the themes of dystopia, of slums and crushing corporate power remain constant throughout. Wadjet Eye has turned their gaze to cyberpunk in their newest point and click adventure title, Technobabylon. Does it do the constantly evolving dystopian genre justice?

Preview: Divide by Sheep has the most adorably gruesome math puzzles

May 21, 2015 7:00 AM | Lena LeRay

dbs.pngIf you're using sheep as the base unit for a math puzzle game, what do you get when you divide a sheep in half? Well... you get half a sheep and all the blood that comes with it. That doesn't mean it can't also be cute, though. Grimly humorous aesthetics aside, Divide by Sheep is also a fantastic puzzle game which requires players to use simple math in sheep's clothing for puzzle solving.

Whispering Willows Review - A Courageous Journey

May 21, 2015 6:00 AM | Joel Couture

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If my dad went missing in a haunted mansion, he'd probably stay missing. I love the man, but I lack the kind of ghostly powers that let Elena make her way through the creepy halls. Able to turn herself into a ghost at will, Elena can communicate with the dead of the mansion, finding clues that will help her aid the other ghosts on their passage to the other side while also finding more information on where her father is being held. Focusing more on Elena's story than on combat with dark spirits, Whispering Willows tells an interesting tale of betrayal, hatred, and sadness that had me captivated as I solved the game's many mysteries.

Solarix Update Addresses Player Feedback

May 20, 2015 10:13 PM | Sean Flint

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As consumers, it's not often that we see our feedback addressed when it comes to the games we choose to by. Prior to release, it is not unusual for development to cease, leaving any bugs and player concerns to be untouched. Pulsetense Games, developers of sci-fi horror game Solarix, decided not to ignore player feedback and have thus been able to use it to improve their game.

Secrets Within Black Closet

May 20, 2015 11:00 AM | John Bridgman

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Developer Hanako Games made some waves a few years ago with their fantasy princess life and death simulator, Long Live The Queen. Going back to their strong suit, they've set out in their latest game, Black Closet, to have you steer the fate of the newly-elected student council president at an all-girl's boarding school. Unraveling mysteries, finding friendship, and perhaps even romance, are all in store for the player, as well as discovering some deeper, more sinister intrigues.

Dimension Drive Shifts Back After Disaster

May 20, 2015 7:00 AM | Joel Couture

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What does it feel like to have your dreams come true, only to have them cruelly crushed in the same day? Ask 2Awesome Studio, developers behind Dimension Drive, as a surprise donation seemed to have saved their Kickstarter campaign during its final day, only to turn out to be fraudulent. Their funding lost, it looked like it would be the last we heard of the unique shmup, but the developers got right back into the thick of things days later, revitalizing their Kickstarter campaign yet again. Now, already over halfway to their goal and only two days in, things are looking much more hopeful and bright.

Drive Any Track Review - Drifts, Jumps, and Rolls

May 19, 2015 7:29 PM | Sean Flint

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Music-driven games are definitely not new to the gaming world, but there are a few that manage to innovate and create a unique and exciting experience. Drive Any Track takes any .mp3 that you have and creates a track based on a detailed analysis of the core components of the song. A fast-paced game at its core, even a second's distraction can put you off the track and reset your precious score multiplier. Race against yourself or the ghosts of the best players in the world in this adrenaline-fueled rhythm racer driven entirely by the music you choose.

Roguelite Brawling: Legends of Pixelia

May 19, 2015 10:30 AM | John Bridgman

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Roguelites. Roguelikes. Whatever term you want to use, there's a lot of them. Procedural generation is all over gaming, and it's hard to find something new in the ever expanding genres that these games cover. Role playing games, action games, survival games, the spectrum is broad and extremely crowded. Releasing a new roguelite game in the current PC gaming environment requires a dynamic hook of some sort to draw in even the most jaded of players. Does Legends of Pixelia by SimaGames have that sort of hook?

The Empty Inn Review - Funny Scares

May 19, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture

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After spending a few minutes wandering around Candlelight Studios' The Empty Inn, I was left wondering where all of the idiot townsfolk had gone off to. You know, the guys who say things like "Bandit hideout is to the north.", "Welcome to Cornelia", and the dreaded "Watch me dance!". Nobody was there! And my little candle seemed to be dwindling, but it was all right since someone had scattered matches everywhere. No big deal. But then the matches grew further apart, and the dark crept closer. And closer. And the something started moving out there in the shadows. With a siren on its head. The Empty Inn, while showcasing some neat pixelated creepiness, brings more humor to its horror than you might expect from its screenshots. For anyone looking for a lighter game to enter into the genre, you've found it.

Alum Seeks to Reinvent the Classic Point-and-Click Genre

May 18, 2015 7:29 PM | Sean Flint

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Point-and-Click adventure games have changed quite a bit over the years. We've moved from the Lucas Arts style of point-and-click to the more modern, decision-based style of recent TellTale games. While the choices presented by games such as The Wolf Among Us are fantastic and really add a lot to the story, they lack the charm of adventure games such as Day of the Tentacle. The newly-released Alum takes the adventure game principles of old and combines them with modern storytelling to achieve an adventure that is quite enthralling.

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