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Ohr Is A Martial Arts Fever Dream Mingled With Shmup Action & Cow-Raising

December 2, 2016 6:00 PM | Joel Couture


Tang Soo Do spin kicks delivered to the faces of deadly businessmen. Shmup action where you need to guide satellites out of danger, embracing non-combat before your peaceful nature overwhelms your interstellar enemies. Guiding a flying cassette around a world map. Managing cows. Ohr is its own unique mixture of genres and play styles, drawing you into an ever-changing dream where your first order is finding your place in the chaos.

Expeditions: Viking Promises Cold Weather, Mead, And The Sounds Of Battle

December 2, 2016 11:22 AM | Thomas Faust

The thegn is dead, long live the new thegn! That's you, by the way. New Viking ruler on the block, having inherited the reign over your lands from your father. However, some of your fellow tribesmen don't seem too happy with that, and before you know it, your inauguration is interrupted by unfriendly northmen, crashing your party. This is merely the start of a grand adventure, but it sets the tone of Expeditions: Viking from the get-go. Cold weather, mead, and the sound of battle. If that sounds tempting, you should read on.

Akuto: Mad World - Guns, Swords, & Deadly Arenas Make For Messy Multiplayer

December 1, 2016 4:00 PM | Joel Couture


Akuto: Mad World is all about making a bloody mess of your friends by having them fight with swords and guns in arenas where people probably shouldn't be walking around without hard hats on.

Crafting A Story About Relationships And Dealing With Failure For Pyre

November 30, 2016 7:40 PM | Lena LeRay

Pyre_Wallpaper_01.jpgSupergiant Games' first two games, Bastion and Transistor, are isometric action games. They have very different settings and Transistor improved on the combat of Bastion, but the mechanical similarities were obvious. However, their upcoming game Pyre, due out sometime next year, is set to be an RPG revolving around a sports-like 3v3 ritual. At the heart of that strange leap is a desire to craft a story about a larger cast of characters and dealing with failure.

Master An Alien Language In Sci-Fi Puzzler Sethian

November 30, 2016 7:27 PM | Christian Valentin


In dialogue choice-driven games, your words define you. Through your conversation, you can be a noble hero saving the galaxy, a good friend, a selfish father figure during the undead apocalypse, a suave spy. The challenge lies in choosing what to say.

In Sethian, you do have to choose what to say, uncovering the secrets of a lost civilization through your queries. But first you have to learn how to say it, because question, answer, and in fact the majority of the game's UI is presented in an alien language. It's a text adventure from another world.

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia Lets You Hit The Waves Alone Or With Pals

November 30, 2016 6:30 PM | Joel Couture


Aqua Moto Racing Utopia will have you taking to the waves on a jet ski, doing so up against friends, in single player mode, or in some more lighthearted modes that will let you just enjoy hurtling over the surf. If you've been dying to race over waves...64 your...jet..., strap on your uncomfortably-small speedo and hit the water.

That could have gone better.

The Signal From Tölva Reveals Dynamic Combat Mechanics And Robot Factions

November 29, 2016 3:03 PM | Thomas Faust


So far, I love every single thing about The Signal From Tölva, Big Robot's follow-up to tweed-clad, surreal Sir, You're Being Hunted. A large sci-fi FPS with an intriguing world full of huge robot skeletons and strange lifeforms, as well as an overarching mystery that you try to reveal by taking remote control of a robot chassis on the planet surface. The game features dynamic, versatile gunplay and exploration parts in equal measure, and I probably wasn't too far off target when I jokingly called it "Robo-STALKER" earlier this year.

Screenshot Saturday Highlights - November 26, 2016

November 28, 2016 4:24 PM | Christian Valentin


Suspicious doctors, powerful wizards, and lost robots abound in this weekend's Screenshot Saturday Highlights.

Point & Clicker Among Thorns Explores Life During A Technological Plague

November 24, 2016 12:00 PM | Joel Couture


Among Thorns takes you to a dying cyberpunk world, one that is suffering from a technological plague. Even with the world falling to pieces, Cora Bry still needs to get paid, and you will join her as she works a shady job under the glowing neon lights, solving puzzles and talking to the people she meets.

Celebrate A Simpler Life With Solitude

November 23, 2016 11:27 AM | Thomas Faust


Solitude, a short game about abandoning your old life and becoming a shepherdess, is all about leaving the things that don't make you happy behind. This is accomplished by walking through colorful, slightly surreal dioramas and clicking on things, which in itself is nice and calming. There's also understated music, bleeping and blooping away most pleasurably in the background, and sheep are frolicking about as you slowly turn into a shepherdess.

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