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Speculating Screenshots (26th September 2015)

For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it's also a time during which they get to show off what they've been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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80 Days Review: Around the World, Steampunk Style!

My name is Passepartout, the year is 1872, and while the following statement may seem a tad ridiculous, I have in fact just accompanied my master, Phileas Fogg, on his attempt to circumnavigate the globe within 80 days. The journey was full of daunting choices and experiences, each leading to an event of sorts to be dealt with. Some perilous, other profitable, while some... are best described as 'genuinely exciting'. What an adventure!
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Discover the Fate of a Missing Emissary as Asuria Awakens In Gamebook Adventures 12

When an emissary from Orlandes City suddenly goes missing, things go from worse to bad, and fast. The natives were already restless prior to this disturbing event, whispers in the shadows spinning tales of tremors and civil unrest. But now... now there's genuine trouble brewing in the coastal town of Casporur. Evil trouble. Bad trouble, foreshadowing the return of Asuria!
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Make Magical Music In Gamebook Adventures 11: Songs of the Mystics

Tin Man Games wastes no time in Gamebook Adventures 11: Songs of the Mystics, as the player is in trouble right from the get-go. Trouble of the downright lethal kind! (Cue dramatic music.) Not that this should surprise anyone, seeing how the protagonist is the daughter of the Earth Queen. The right choices might get you out of this mess in one piece, while the opposite... not so much.
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Locate the Key to Freedom In This Amnesia: The Dark Descent Custom Story

With a name like the Darwin Institute for Misbehaved Youngsters, it's hardly a surprise that Christopher Golden - Key to Freedom's protagonist - wants to flee that place as soon as possible. As fate would have it however, his attempts have all been unsuccessful. But today, luck might finally be on his side, as the headmaster has presented Christopher with a task that will, if successful, allow him to leave! All he has to do is break into an old mansion and acquire a key. That is all. Oh right, the mansion may or may not have been sealed off and abandoned for a reason...
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Speculating Screenshots (19th September 2015)

For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it's also a time during which they get to show off what they've been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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Trese Brothers Deploys Massive Mechs With a Tactical Twist In Templar Battleforce

When the Star Traders, last known free humans, are in trouble, there's only one number to call, and the Templar Knights are both willing and able to pick up the phone. That said, this latest battle just might end up being too much to handle, as they will be facing not only the terrifying Xenos race, but also an ancient threat known as... the Narvidian. (Cue dramatic music and brace for genuine turn-based mayhem, in Templar Battleforce.)
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Underhero (Demo): Who Needs a Hero When You Have The Little Minion That Could?

After a long journey, our hero has finally reached the final boss in Underhero, meaning his quest to rescue the princess is almost at an end! Just one more obstacle, and then... oh, he's dead? Well then, exit hero - enter minion. Now, in an odd twist, his/her boss - Mr. Stitches - rewards him/her with a quest to, well, reset the world as it were. Boring, right? Yeah. Let's do what the talking hilt says instead: get stronger and kill Mr. Stitches!
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Blackwell Legacy Goes Free In Celebration of Soon-to-be-iOS Blackwell Deception Port

With Blackwell parts 1 through 3 released back in July, it's been a bit of a wait for those who fancy tapping their favorite iOS device(s) over, well... clicking a mouse. A wait that will soon be over however, as the port of Blackwell Deception is almost upon us. Almost. Just a few more days, then the fourth chapter of Rosangela Blackwell and Joey Mallone's uncanny adventure will be readily available on mobile devices! Groovy.
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Speculating Screenshots (12th September 2015)

For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it's also a time during which they get to show off what they've been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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The Fate of XBLIG Is Sealed: Microsoft Pins 2017 For Platform Retirement

It's been a long time coming, and I'm sure some would even go as far as to say the closing of Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) is actually overdue, but is that really the case? Well, seeing how the platform - and its console - has been superseded by Xbox One and ID@Xbox, I really doubt anyone is going to miss something available only on a last-gen system. That and it won't be happening for another two years.
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Indie Piñata Smashes Week-Long DRM-Free Discounts With a Twist

Everyone loves a good sale. Everyone. Don't bother trying to deny it. The more we can get for our hard-earned money, the better! But... say we didn't know exactly what we were buying, aside from the game in question being available from GOG.com, DRM-free (obviously), and costing $3. Crazy? Perhaps, and yet, Crunching Koalas is smashing prices in that very manner right now, with Indie Piñata. Groovy.
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Unity 5.2 Arrives With Windows 10 Universal App Support and Other Lovely Features

Earlier this year, Unity saw a rather substantial upgrade with the release of version 5, adding 64-bit support and a pretty darn groovy new pricing model. But that was then, this is now: Unity 5.2, another lovely feature-packed update, is here! Among other things, 5.2 replaces SDK requirement with 'services', adds native Windows 10 universal app support, and... plenty more goodness.
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Fantasy Fighting: Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! Leaving Mobile Exclusivity… Soon(tm)

Man, now's definitely a great time for fans of interactive fiction / choose-your-own-adventure. Even more so if you're a desktop gamer rather than mobile, as inkle's take on Steve Jackson's four-part series, Sorcery!, is heading for Windows and OS X in just a few months. Wait, what? You have yet to experience this thrilling saga? Well, like I said... in a few months!
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Choose-Your-inkle-Adventure: 80 Days Rebuilt For Upcoming Desktop Release

Pack your bags and cancel your plans for the next couple of months, because it's time to go around the world in 80 Days, choose-your-own-adventure style! What, already played inkle's adaptation of Jules Verne's novel on mobile (iOS, Android)? Well, you'll likely want to double dip still, as the upcoming desktop (Windows, OS X) port not only adds a ton of content, but also makes the game look better than ever! Groovy.
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