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Highlands may not be perfect, but it's gorgeous and its Risk roots are clear

May 25, 2015 1:40 AM | Lena LeRay

highlands.jpgIf you were to take Risk and add resource gathering and management to it along with the ability to fortify regions against attacks, you'd get something like Burrito Studios' Highlands. It's a strategy game of territory control with RPG elements and it's absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, although it's fun overall, there are some things about the mechanics which feel unnecessary.

Games We Care About: The Magic Circle, Snakebird, Summon the Apgrod and more

May 24, 2015 8:00 PM | Tim

PjaqpIP1.pngGames We Care About is a Twitter feed (background) started nearly a year ago to help with new and classic discovery, all curated/recommended by developers and peers who are mentioned via their Twitter handle. The only rule is that the game needs to be out now and playable - paid or free - on web, PC/Mac, mobile, or even more exotic formats.

You can follow the Twitter feed for one daily update, every day of the week. This weekly roundup for will feature some of the games our curators liked the best from last week.

Kickstarter Postmortem for Buck & Miles

May 24, 2015 11:00 AM | Tim


[This article was written by quackgyver and initially published on his personal site. It has been reprinted on with permission from the original author.]

We had to cancel the Kickstarter campaign for Buck & Miles due to lack of backers. We had a great time with it though, and running this campaign has taught us a lot. Here's a rundown that sort of summarizes the entire process from beginning to end, and hopefully you'll walk away from this article with some new insights.

Possess the Living to Find the Answer to Why Am I Dead At Sea

May 23, 2015 7:00 AM | Joel Couture

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Ghosts. Not all of them are jerks looking to steal your precious soul. Some of them are more interested in solving crimes, although for admittedly selfish reasons. The ghost in Peltast Software's Why Am I Dead At Sea is looking to figure out how they ended up in this ectoplasmic state, although doing so means solving a mystery involving several people on board a ship. With each person having their own fears, thoughts, and information, you'll have to possess and interrogate the right people in the right combinations if you want to find the answers you need. Better hurry, too, as you're having some alarming visions as well. Might not be too many people left to possess should those visions come true.

Indiegogo Pick: Help localize a JRPG about a male hero and his Fantastic Boyfriends

May 23, 2015 3:45 AM | Lena LeRay

fb.pngLifewonders is a recently established Japanese indie developer whose mission is to create games for LGBT people. Their initial offering is a JRPG called Shoukan Yuusha to F-kei Kareshi, or Fantastic Boyfriends: Legends of Midearth. The game already exists and is available on the Japanese iOS and Android marketplaces, but they want to go global and are looking for backers to help them speed up the process of making and marketing an English translation.

Mystik Belle Review - A Wonderful Brew

May 22, 2015 5:00 PM | Joel Couture


You'd think finding three ingredients for a Walpurgisnacht Brew would be easy for a witch, especially when she's still taking classes at the Hagmore School of Magic. Shouldn't those things just be lying around in someone's office or something? No, that would be too easy, so instead, poor Belle MacFae gets stuck combing the school and surrounding grounds looking for ingredients. It's not as easy as blasting monsters with fire magic, though, as you'll need to grab the right items and pass them to the right people if you want to get your ingredients by the deadline. A young witch only has so much carrying room in her black dress, though, so it's up to you to face off against the creatures and bosses while also carefully choosing which items to carry with you as you play Last Dimension's Mystik Belle.

Get That Cash: Mega Coin Squad

May 22, 2015 11:00 AM | John Bridgman

(Images courtesy Big Pixel Studios)

The current generation console experience is generally perceived to be mostly limited to the AAA industry. Big budget blockbuster games with ever-increasing demands for both video and audio tend to leave the player worn out as companies play things safer and safer seemingly with each iteration of a major franchise. However there are still some fun smaller titles to be found. The ID@Xbox program in particular focuses on bringing independent titles to the platform and giving them a chance to be discovered among all the other bigger, flashier experiences. Recently, Big Pixel Studios released their first console title, Mega Coin Squad, on the Xbox One thanks to ID@Xbox.

Tales of Sunset and the human scale of revolution

May 22, 2015 9:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Tale of Tales wanted to achieve lofty and unique goals with Sunset. They wanted to provide us with a single person's point of a view of a cataclysmic political event, while letting us play with choices and explore a particularly nice '70s apartment with an equally nice view. Well, now that the game has been released and can be grabbed off of Steam or its official site for Windows, Mac and Linux I can finally tell you it's a resounding success too. Also, one of the cleverest and most humane games of late.

Technobabylon: In A Cyberpunk Trance

May 21, 2015 10:10 AM | John Bridgman

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.

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