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Graveyard Keeper Adds a Darkly Humorous Twist To The Village Simulator Genre

August 15, 2018 8:07 PM | Christian Valentin

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At a glance, you might confuse Graveyard Keeper with similar games like Stardew Valley and others. That's part of the game's charm though; in many ways, Graveyard Keeper relies on the familiarity with the elements of those games to makes its morbid twist of said elements work. Because in this simulator/RPG, you aren't lovingly tending to a farm, but managing a graveyard and figuring out how to profit from those corpses rotting under the ground.

Help Hurt Hopp Delivers Hectic Three-Way Platforming

August 14, 2018 8:14 PM | Christian Valentin

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Daniel Linssen's library is one packed with quirky games and concepts, often ones that play with the form and functionn of familiar genres. In the vein of the border-manipulating vampire-hunting puzzler Windowframe to the multi-game platformer HopSlide, his latest is Help Hurt Hopp, a three-player precision platformer where one player tries to leap through a challenging gauntlet while the other two players try to help and hinder the first.

'Helping Hand' Is About Eloquently Expressing Yourself With A Finger

August 14, 2018 8:00 AM | Joel Couture

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Helping Hand is about using your fingers to communicate, and while you can say a whole lot with a single finger, this title asks you to say a whole lot more than that, bringing all your digits in to help. After all, how well do certain one-finger gestures translate to alien beings? Best learn to embrace the full spectrum of what you can say with your fingers in these silly situations.

Regular Human Basketball Is A Quirky Robot-Controlling Version Of A Certain Sport

August 13, 2018 8:51 PM | Christian Valentin

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Regular Human Basketball is a sports game recreating a popular American sport, involving players throwing or dunking a ball into a hoop to score points. Also, the players are giant mechs controlled by drivers inside their robotic innards. Just your typical sports game.

Wadjet Eye Games' 'Unavowed' Spins A Near-Perfect Urban Fantasy Yarn

August 13, 2018 8:00 AM | Thomas Faust

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Dave Gilbert's Blackwell games have been some of my favorite point & click adventures for years. Good stories, likeable protagonists, a distinct sense of place, and that trademark Wadjet Eye style had me anticipating each new episode like Christmas. I was certain that Gilbert's games couldn't get any better, that he had "found his voice" as a game developer, so to speak.

Well. I was wrong.

Shattered's Bird Hero Dispels Evil With A Magical Bell

August 11, 2018 8:00 PM | Julia Couture

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In the platforming, puzzling adventure of Shattered, an adorable blue bird seeks answers about nightmare creatures and missing siblings. You'll be tasked with searching for the bird's brother across some beautiful landscapes and vanquishing some terrifying creatures using your magical bell.

'Life In The Dorms' Is An Adventure In (Somewhat Silly) University Life

August 11, 2018 8:00 AM | Joel Couture

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Dack Peeples just wants to get through orientation and deal with his mounting homesickness, but these are just the beginnings of problems that will come up in adventure game Life in the Dorms. Although, honestly, doing emergency surgery on your friend's mom or dealing with serial killers roommates aren't exactly the usual kinds of problems you come across in university.

Llama Villa Is A Llama-Loving Life Sim

August 10, 2018 8:00 PM | Julia Couture

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Are you passionate about Llamas? Is your every want and need fulfilled by watching them thrive? Llama Villa is the game for you and your peculiar (and spectacular) taste! To be concise, 'It's The Sims, but with llamas"!

Take On Co-Operative Puzzles In The Rabbit And The Owl

August 9, 2018 8:00 PM | Julia Couture

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Enjoy a good brain-teasing, platforming puzzle? What about one you solve with a friend? Look no further than The Rabbit And The Owl, a game where players will be able to control both of these light and dark entities and attempt some tricky challenges. In solving these confounding levels, you'll unveil the truth as to why the Rabbit and Owl spirits exist in the world.

'Anamorphine' Turns Dark Emotions Into Striking Landscapes

August 9, 2018 8:00 AM | Joel Couture

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Anamorphine creates beautiful, sweeping landscapes out of hurtful memories and lost pasts, following the story of a once-loving couple who've been consumed by depression and darkness after an accident.

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