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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jan 22, 2020 at 06:00. 13 comments

FTL, Released In 2012, Is Now Getting Achievements

FTL, Released In 2012, Is Now Getting Achievements

Deep space death simulator FTL has for almost eight years existed with a single achievement: avoiding a sense of overwhelming despair as your carefully-cultivated run through the stars comes to a violent and bullshit end. That’s soon going to be joined by some more official company.

While not live yet, the game’s list of achievements are now live on FTL’s Steam page. You can’t see what...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jan 21, 2020 at 07:30. 20 comments

Temtem Is A Pokémon Clone That Looks Pretty Cool

Temtem Is A Pokémon Clone That Looks Pretty Cool

Temtem is an MMO out this week that, in many and very obvious ways, is trying to be the kind of Pokémon game people have wanted for years but have never actually gotten.

I mean, just look at this:

And this!

So, yes, Pokémon. Only you fight with two monsters at once instead of one, letting you team up and string together combos, and it’s an MMO, so you can wander around the...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Dec 19, 2019. 15 comments

One Way To Beat This Upcoming Puzzle Game Is To Wait 400 Days

One Way To Beat This Upcoming Puzzle Game Is To Wait 400 Days

In 2012, the game developer Anselm Pyta visited a cave in Germany. This tangle of caverns, lakes and grottos, called The Barbarossa Cave, is tied to a legend of a former emperor who sleeps there until he awakes to become the King of Germany once more. In the legend the king had a servant who takes care of him until he wakes up. In Pyta’s upcoming game The Longing, you play as that servant,...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Dec 17, 2019. 4 comments

CEO Of Japanese Indie Publisher Steps Down After Harassment Allegations

CEO Of Japanese Indie Publisher Steps Down After Harassment Allegations

The CEO of indie publisher Dangen Entertainment Ben Judd has stepped down in the wake of allegations against him that intensified last month. He has also been fired from his other job, at Digital Development Management (DDM), a video game agency that works with a number of major studios and publishers.

It’s a messy, complicated story involving several allegations against Judd for sexual...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Dec 14, 2019. 3 comments

The PC Demo For Wooden Nickel Is Worth A Try

The PC Demo For Wooden Nickel Is Worth A Try

Tied to last night’s Game Awards, Steam is hosting a bunch of game demos through Saturday morning. There’s a lot of interesting stuff to check out, but I particularly enjoyed Wooden Nickel, a minimalist story game set in the Wild West.

Wooden Nickel is by developers Brain & Brain, who previously made the lovely Burly Men at Sea . In this point and click game, you play as a visitor to a...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 11, 2019. 7 comments

Choose Your Own Adventure's Owners Are Going After Some Indie Games

Choose Your Own Adventure's Owners Are Going After Some Indie Games

Chooseco, the company that owns the rights to the trademarked title Choose Your Own Adventure, has begun issuing takedown notices to indie games hosted on itch.io that have been using the term.

While it’s understandable that folks could be thinking that Choose Your Own Adventure is more of a genre than a title, and/or that it’s a brand that has become synonymous with what it is (like Kleenex,...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 10, 2019. 8 comments

Total Tank Simulator Sure Looks Familiar

Total Tank Simulator Sure Looks Familiar

Total Tank Simulator is coming on PC for anyone who, like me, misses Battlefield Heroes dearly . And let’s get this out of the way first: It has nothing to do with Totally Accurate Battle Simulator.

Despite the name, premise, art style and color scheme looking a lot like Landfall’s cult hit, this is actually coming from a different developer and publisher, so...yeah, that’s odd.

The game does...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 09, 2019. 13 comments

Table Manners, A Video Game About Very Bad Tinder Dates

Table Manners, A Video Game About Very Bad Tinder Dates

This is Table Manners, a video game in which you sit down across from your date, pour them a glass of wine, thrust fish in their face, spill food all over the table then set everything on fire.

Or at least that’s how I envisage spending most dates in this physics title, which looks a lot like Surgeon Simulator , only with more steak. It’s due out on PC early next year.

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 23, 2019. 2 comments

The Touryst Is A Simple But Endearing Puzzle Game On Switch

The Touryst Is A Simple But Endearing Puzzle Game On Switch

Every clubby beach bar I’ve ever been to has a sign outside with a strict dress code. No shoes? No collared shirt? No overpriced drinks for you! Inevitably there is some Jersey Shore casting-call hopeful in violation of these commandments being told to get lost by an exhausted bouncer. In The Touryst, a puzzle adventure game released yesterday on Switch, this sad slob is me.

There’s a club on...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 20, 2019. 5 comments

Say No! More, A Game For Anyone Who Has Hated Working In An Office

Say No! More, A Game For Anyone Who Has Hated Working In An Office

Which would be...nearly all of you?

This is Say No! More, coming next year for PC, Switch and iOS. Described as “a One-Button-Game about saying ‘No!’ and a stolen lunchbox”, you don’t really say “no” as much as you blast it into people’s faces with the power of 1000 hairdryers.

If nothing else, it looks incredibly cathartic.

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Sep 16, 2019. 8 comments

Soccer Management Sim Is Surprisingly Artsy

Soccer Management Sim Is Surprisingly Artsy

I don’t know much about soccer, but I love how seriously its fans take it. I can’t count the number of Saturday mornings when I’ve been woken up by shouts coming from the English pub a block from my house when there’s a Premier League game.

Football Drama, coming out Wednesday for PC and phones from Italian developer Open Lab Games, is a weird, unique take on soccer management simulators that...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Sep 13, 2019. 10 comments

Kind Words Is A Game Where You Send Confessional Letters To Online Strangers

Kind Words Is A Game Where You Send Confessional Letters To Online Strangers

“I always read the stuff people send me the wrong way,” a stranger on Kind Words, a new PC game where you write and receive confessional letters. “I read it as if they are upset with me and don’t want to talk to me. They’ve always told me this isn’t how they feel, but I just can’t stop thinking that.”

Scanning the letter, my first thought was, “Who among us?” I wrote them a response of...

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Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Aug 23, 2019. 5 comments

Session Is A Hardcore Skateboarding Sim With Cool, Weird Controls

Session Is A Hardcore Skateboarding Sim With Cool, Weird Controls

“Pretty much everyone who tries the game eats shit like crazy at first,” Marc-Andre Houde told me when I met him in New York to see crea-ture studios’ forthcoming skateboarding game, Session. Maybe that’s a bad way to sell a video game, but Session is an unusual game—more a skate sim than an arcade stunt show a la Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Learning how to play Session is a bit like learning how...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Aug 19, 2019. 24 comments

Nintendo Switch Is Getting A Ton Of New Indie Games (Including Ori And The Blind Forest)

Nintendo Switch Is Getting A Ton Of New Indie Games (Including Ori And The Blind Forest)

There are a bunch of indie games newly coming to the Switch, including the Microsoft-published Ori and the Blind Forest, which will be coming to the platform on September 27, Nintendo announced in its “Indie World Showcase.”

It will join Cuphead, which released on Switch earlier this year and was also previously a console exclusive on Xbox One. But there was a lot of other info on a variety...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 19, 2019. 4 comments

Forget Everything You Know About Gravity In This Beautiful Puzzle Game

Forget Everything You Know About Gravity In This Beautiful Puzzle Game

Playing Etherborn is like taking a hike through a series of colorful terraria that have been warped and torn apart by mysterious cosmic forces, causing gravity to shift like the sides of a Rubik’s Cube. It can be bewildering, but it’s never unpleasant—like a dream you can’t quite make sense of, but don’t want to end.

Out today on Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Etherborn is a puzzle...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 17, 2019. 7 comments

When City-Builders Meet Mario Galaxy

When City-Builders Meet Mario Galaxy
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Not too long after Islanders , there’s another peaceful, cute-as-hell city-builder on the way, only this times things are on a more planetary scale.

Islanders Is Almost The Perfect City-Building Game

When I first saw Islanders last month, I thought it was going to be very chill, but also barely a…

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 09, 2019.

Play As A Seagull, Poop On The Humans

Play As A Seagull, Poop On The Humans
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Is this your latest trend, 2015. Birds pooping on people? In video games?

Sploot is the second game this month we’ve seen in this vein, after Nathan took a look at Wonky Pigeon . And it’s a very similar type of game. You fly around as a seagull, you shit on things. Like people, yes, but also all the other...

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The Guy Who Makes Terrible Video Games (On Purpose)

The Guy Who Makes Terrible Video Games (On Purpose)
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Bad video game ideas. We all have them. But what if, across the dank expanses of the internet, there existed a man who could make your bad video games a reality.

Friends, that man exists. He goes by the name of Bonerman_Inc.

Bonerman_Inc will make your bad video games. He will actually make them. He will make them...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 03, 2019.

RONIN Is Real-Time On The Streets, Turn-Based In The Sheets

<i>RONIN </i>Is Real-Time On The Streets, Turn-Based In The Sheets
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We'll get this out of the way now: yes, RONIN owes a lot to Gunpoint , from its core design to its presentation. Now that we're done with that, let's move on and just talk about RONIN itself.

Gunpoint: The Kotaku Review

Good things often come in small packages. Gunpoint is just such a good thing, in just such a small…

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 02, 2019. 24 comments

Mordhau's Developers Are On Some Bullshit [Update]

Mordhau's Developers Are On Some Bullshit [Update]

Mordhau is a very good medieval brawler, but it’s also attracted its fair share of assholes since release. That’s nothing out of the ordinary, a lot of games do, but Mordhau’s problem is that it’s not just retaining them, but catering to their assholey whims.

As PC Gamer report in this story about the game’s fanbase, a lack of adequate player moderation has led to a community where racism and...

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