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An Exciting Post-Apocalyptic Farm Life Awaits as ‘My Time At Portia’ Exits Early Access

Finally, a post-apocalyptic game that isn't all doom and gloom! I know how crazy that may sound, but... it's true. On top of that, My Time At Portia just looks like a genuinely good time. Which is also not something most would associate with such a setting. And yet here we are, ready to start a new life, rebuilding the town - and your dad's old workshop - through a mix of mining, animal husbandry, farming, and... there's even dungeon-delving and other RPG elements!
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‘Professor Neely And The Death Ray Of Doom’ Spins a Web of Sciency Shenanigans

The Z-22 Vacuum Tube - a scientific breakthrough or an odd creation by a inventor long past his prime? Well, seeing how Spliner is more than a little eager to get his evil hands on it, I'd say... the former. Luring Professor Neely And The Death Ray Of Doom's protagonist into a (rather obvious) trap to get it might not have been his brightest moment though, as now more than ever, the odds are in Neely's favor. More or less.
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Get Tactical Online in ‘Clatter’ to Prove Your Worth as a Robot Master

In the future, all sports will be replaced with robots duking it out, teams owned and managed by people with too much money. At least that's how I see the world in which Clatter exists. Now don't get me wrong: the whole thing does look like an absolute blast, top hats and all, but you know as well as I that spare parts don't come cheap; and you better believe that scraps will start to fly, from the moment the countdown in each arena has reached zero.
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Survival of the Species: ‘Evolution’ Making the Leap From Board to Video Game

Evolve or starve. Those are your only options in this upcoming video game adaptation of North Star Games' popular board game, Evolution. It's much more than yet another race to evolve first, leaving everyone else behind, however, in that... you'll have to actually plan ahead while adapting to each new challenge. Who knows, you might even end up a multi-headed meat eating cyborg dino, chomping on every last opponent.
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7DRL 2019 is Right Around the Corner With a Week Full of A-maze-ing Permadeath

The roguelikes are coming! The roguelikes are coming! Or they will be once this year's 7DRL challenge/game jam/competition kicks off in a short bit, as an entire week has been set aside for creating such wonderful genre entries. Nothing new there though as 7DRL dates back... well, many years, and I believe it has always been in the same month (spoiler: March), much like it will this time. So darn groovy.
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Button Mashing Beat ’em Up ‘Pain Masher’ Is a Game of Patience (and Drugs) Aplenty

Button mashing is bad for several reason, the least of which is... it'll wreak havoc on your poor finger(s). I'm sure there's more too, but for now, let's focus on Pain Masher instead - a game that's all about being patient instead of mashing the 'z' key. Or go ahead and mash away, see how long you'll last (spoiler: not long!). Oh, meds are also a solution. Kinda.
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‘She and the Light Bearer’: Poetry Meets Point ‘n Click Adventuring in a Daunting Forest

At first glance, She and the Light Bearer is pretty much a fairytale: lighthearted, poetic and so very colorful. Unfortunately for Little Firefly, its protagonist, the forest that lies ahead is not void of horrors, riddles, challenging puzzles or even... well, let's just call them 'interesting characters'. But hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
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Isometric RPG ‘UnderRail’ Adding Huge New Region in 2019 With ‘Expedition’ Expansion

If you're in the mood for more RPG fun in the style of classics like the original Fallout, UnderRail certainly has ya covered. Even more so next year, the sizeable Expedition expansion adding a huge new region known as the Black Sea and all. A region full of not only vicious fauna, but also wicked pirates, and... something far more dangerous. Oh my.
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New Dilemmas Awaits Players in Free ‘Frostpunk’ Update, A Christmas Carol

Christmas is about to knock on doors everywhere. Doesn't matter if you plan on being part of in this particular holiday or not - it's coming! Same goes for video games as seasonal content aplenty awaits, including the one recently added to Frostpunk. An update which, among other things, adds brand new dilemmas (much like the holiday itself, depending on who you ask).
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Bargain-Priced Old-School Western ‘Gunman Clive HD Collection’ Hits Switch Early 2019

Feels like forever ago when I reviewed the initial adventures of Gunman Clive (remember?), and I suppose it kinda is, seeing how that article was published back in 2012. Since then, the mighty fearsome gunslinger has seen not only a sequel, but also several ports: Wii U, 3DS and even a GameBoy release! Quite the groovy Nintendo trend there, and one that's about to continue with Gunman Clive HD Collection on Switch.
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Pacifist Roguelike ‘Miasma Caves’ Is Almost Ready to Punch the Treasure Hunting Clock

Straying from the norm, Miasma Caves - in spite of being billed as a roguelike - isn't about combat so much as exploration. Danger does still loom however, in the form a lethal substance known as Miasma. A substance that the game's protagonist, Lesath, is somewhat more resistant to than your average Radiant Ridge resident. Oh right, that's the village you'll be working to upgrade... through treasure hunting! Groovy.
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Moving Simulator ‘Moving Out’ Looks Chaotic and Silly Enough to End Up Very Enjoyable

Moving can be a scary - at times, even risky - endeavour. There's a lot to keep track of, and above all else, you'll want to use a reputable company for all the heavy lifting (or all the lifting, period). Unless of course you're playing Moving Out, in which case, speed is the only thing that matters! Oh, but do watch out for traffic, saw blades and other hazards as you attempt to transport objects... well, over lava.
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‘Stardew Valley’ Multiplayer (and Other Fun Things) Update Hits Switch Tomorrow

What's better than a lone farmer making a living off the land in Stardew Valley, going on adventures, taking in the sights, delving deeply and greedily into the mines, and many other things? FOUR players picking up a hoe, axe, watering can or any of the game's other tools to then do all that... in the same game! Oh, and it'll be possible in the Switch version, from tomorrow.
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‘Tis the Season: MAGS December’s “Christmas” Theme is Rather Festive (and Timely)

While everyone's likely busy shopping for Christmas - or will be, soon enough! - don't even think about ignoring this month's MAGS, as it is very much in that same spirit. What? No, not shopping - Christmas! 'Tis the season, holy night, Santa kissing someone's mom, and so on. That said, MAGS December won't end until the 31st, in spite of its theme kinda saying otherwise. Weird stuff.
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Wits Will (Hopefully) Beat Jumpscares as ‘Clea’ Prototypes Puzzling Survival Horror

I'm not overly great with horror games, and the Clea prototype all but confirmed that as the moment those ever-approaching creepy sounds got too close, I would... hide in the nearby closet until they stopped. Why couldn't the two kids have done as told and stayed put? Then again, nothing ventured, nothing gained, so... let's send Clea and Ed off to their doom. Or have them both die trying. Or something.
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‘Equilinox’ Puts You in Charge of Entire Ecosystems, Evolving Animal and Plant Alike

Wielding the powers of a god, in charge of an entire world, creating and shaping everything, can be an amazing experience - in a video game that is. You know, like Populous let us experience back in the day? But that was then, this is now, and on top of looking incredibly stylish, recently released Equilinox lets you micromanage entire ecosystems, planting, (re)shaping and evolving however you see fit.
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‘Screencheat: Unplugged’ Review

Split-screen gaming is a dying art. Blunt, perhaps, but there's no other way to put it. Online gaming has destroyed couch multiplayer and that's a shame. I've felt like this for a while, but... significantly more so after playing Screencheat: Unplugged - a game that turns back time to the glory days of 4-player split-screen first person shooting. Also, everyone's invisible. At all times.
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