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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.

Chilie's Silly, Frantic Scenes And Wild Characters Want To Make You Smarter

November 23, 2016 8:00 AM | Joel Couture


Chilie: The First Encounter tells a story about a wild little girl and the adventures she goes on with her guardian throughout China. To keep her on task, though, you're going to have to give your brain a bit of a workout.

You Are The Law, Dispensing Donuts'N'Justice

November 22, 2016 3:23 PM | Thomas Faust

Granted, Donuts 'N' Justice, an action game about two donut munching cops in the 1980s, is not particularly clever. But then, it doesn't even try to be. This fast-paced pixelated buddy movie of a game is best enjoyed in co-op mode with your brains switched off and your trigger fingers twitching.

Share Your Own Gut-Churning Roller Coaster Concoctions With The World In Planet Coaster

November 22, 2016 11:30 AM | Joel Couture


Planet Coaster will let your imagination run wild as you build your own theme park, constructing everything from the rides to the concessions to the ground beneath your guests' feet. With over a thousand parts to play around with, you can create some truly stomach-churning rides, watching each unique guest react to them.

Will you be a benevolent entertainer, or a cruel sadist whose only goal is to empty bellies?

Fresco Wants To Put You In A Puzzling Frame Of Mind

November 20, 2016 3:06 PM | Christian Valentin

The perspective-shifting puzzler has thrived for almost decade, from Portal and Antichamber to Parallax, The Witness, and others. Yannick Gerometta's Fresco brings a painterly touch to the genre, quite literally as you manipulate the environments around you through framed paintings.

Screenshot Saturday Highlights - November 19, 2016

November 19, 2016 8:58 PM | Christian Valentin

If you're into acrobatic gunplay, fast-paced swordplay, and time-traveling shenanigans, this collection of highlights is right up your alley.

Second Time's The Charm For AI War II

November 18, 2016 10:04 AM | Thomas Faust

A few months ago, we spoke with Arcen Games' founder, Chris Park, about them having to cancel their early access title In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor. Needless to say, this was quite the blow for the company, but instead of folding, they soldiered on and started work on a sequel to their seminal grand strategy RTS, AI War. Long story short: it's up on Kickstarter now and the campaign seems to do just fine, already approaching its funding goal after less than 24 hours. But then, things are a little more complicated than that, because of course they are...

Slice & Dice Your Enemies As The Acrobatic Swordsbird Hero Of Way Of The Red

November 18, 2016 7:30 AM | Joel Couture


Humans have shot down the wrong bird in Way of the Red, a high-flying, acrobatic game of violent swordplay starring an extremely-mobile swordsbird. By learning new tricks from hidden characters and from the mysterious red seeds littered throughout the game's world, you'll gain even more abilities that will let you carve up anything that gets in your way.

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