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‘Astroneer’ Review: To boldly go…

"You'll get to explore the galaxy!", they said, tossing bits like "who knows what awaits out there?" and "it'll be fun" into the conversation, whenever the topic of me venturing into space as an Astroneer came up. Little did I know at the time just how right they were. The things I did, planets I visited, the discoveries I made - it was just a grand ol' time, really.
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‘Summer of Pride’ to Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Games, Devs, Streamers on Twitch… Soon

The month of June brings many a thing worth celebrating, including lesser-known ones such as National Donut Day (June 6) and Decide To Be Married Day (June 27). None are as important or well-known as LGBT Pride Month, however, and this year it will coincide with Summer of Pride, a month-long Twitch celebration of LGBTQIA+ video games, developers and streamers... hosted by MidBoss! Groovy stuff.
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‘Snowblind’ Lets You Hack, Slash and Fling Fireballs at Skeleton and Cultist Alike

No matter what you do in Snowblind, eventually, the cold climate will get the better of you. Unless its sword-wielding skeletons and/or spell-slinging cultists drain your health first, that is. Doesn't mean you should simply stand still, awaiting your inevitable demise, however... even if taking a number of enemies with you to the great beyond is really all you can do, in this procedurally generated survival tale.
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‘Super Pixel Racers’ Brings Pixelated Top-Down Racing With a Focus on Fun and Chaos

While more and more racing games opt for the traditional behind-the-vehicle view, Super Pixel Racers instead grabs a page from the likes of Micro Machines and Super Off Road, providing players with a vastly different experience courtesy of a top-down perspective. Looks like an absolute blast too, everyone blowing up left and right and/or sliding out of control in an attempt to take that next corner at too high a speed. What a nostalgia trip.
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Punch Through Hostile Dimensions in the ‘Warpthrough’ Demo and Don’t Button Mash

Way back, single-screen platformers were a rather big deal and a lot of them were pretty darn great: Bubble Bobble, Donkey Kong, Joust, Bomb Jack, and Lode Runner, to name but a few. Since then, while technology has obviously come a long way, enabling developers to do so much more, that didn't stop Roofkat from making Warpthrough, a single-screen platformer in which the player will be patiently punching baddies while rushing towards the next warphole. Groovy stuff.
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‘Pikuniku’ is Absurdly Lighthearted With a Twisted Dastardly Tale… in the Best Way

Do you know what my favorite aspect of indie developers is? Their general willingness to create overly quirky experiences - the kind that'd make AAA publishers cringe while fans squeal with delight at each new trailer. Pikuniku is undeniably a textbook example of this, and quite frankly, it looks absolutely amazing. Apparently, the happy, colorful exterior acts to conceal a dark secret, though...
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Powered by the Original Quake, ‘WRATH: Aeon of Ruin’ is All About Dark Fantasy Horror

In 1996, Quake took the world by storm... and made me invest in a Voodoo graphics card; a difference in visual fidelity that absolutely made my jaw drop. While I doubt WRATH: Aeon of Ruin will have the same impact on the now much older me, I am still eager to experience this dark fantasy horror shooter... and not just because it'll run on the original Quake engine either. That is a genuinely groovy feat, though!
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Tactical RPG ‘MISTOVER’ Aims to Breed Dread and Despair With But a Flicker of Hope

MISTOVER is without a doubt one of the most unsettling video games I've come across in a long time. A very long time. "Explore the Mist to decide the fate of Mankind", says the blurb on the game's website. So no pressure, right? Yeah. A mere glance at the trailer, however short, and chances are you'll be overwhelmed by fear, excitement, or - if you're anything like me - both.
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‘The Stillness of the Wind’ Review: Those Precious Remaining Days…

Once upon a time, a bustling village existed where now only a small farm lies, (almost) everyone has long since left for the big city; greener grass, perhaps? In theory, sure, but Talma would have none of that in The Stillness of the Wind, opting to stay behind instead, tending to her homestead, goats, chickens and all. Her age is starting to show and her days are numbered, but that's not going to stop her from living the only life she knows.
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Futuristic Racer ‘Scorcher’ Hits iOS With Endless Canyons and Terrifying Sandsharks

If you have a fear of giant sandworms, then Scorcher is pretty much nightmare fuel, as you'll be navigating past plenty such in this fast-paced futuristic racer, while also doing your best to avoid the canyon walls. Those who laugh at the thought of squaring off against them, on the other hand, are likely going to find a good time as they strive towards one day (literally) becoming predator instead of prey.
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‘Elsinore’ is Caught in a Time Loop and Ophelia Has to Rewrite Hamlet… or Die Trying

Everyone in Elsinore Castle will be dead in four days, which includes Ophelia, Elsinore's protagonist. Bummer. Oh, and bad things come in two's apparently: Ophelia is, for some reason, stuck in a time-loop! But while at first glance rather troublesome, having time reset every four days just might be what she needs to find a way to change the fate of so many people in this Shakespearean adventure.
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‘Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince’ Bringing Series Back to its 2.5D Roots With New Trailer

Amadeus, Pontius, and Zoya (aka. the wizard, knight, and thief) are back! Or rather, they will be this fall, when Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince arrives, and unlike its precursor, it will be in 2.5D. Their grand quest this time? Something simple, really: retrieve Selius, a prince who has been wreaking havoc on the world with his nightmares (wait, what?).
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‘Nymphiad’ Lets You Shift Geometry to Create New Paths on a Journey Back to Daylight

I'm not sure how the little green fella - a nymph, as it turns out - got lost beneath the temple of Tithonus, although what I do know is that it needs to get back to the surface, and ASAP. A journey which involves a fair amount of box puzzling. I know, not exactly the most compelling aspect of a platformer in 2019, so it's fortunate that Nymphiad also lets the player... shift geometry!
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