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Teslagrad Is About to Hit Xbox One With a Batch of Super Challenging Exclusive Levels

It's been a few years since this particular magnetic platformer first saw the light of day, but that hardly means the challenge level of Teslagrad's polarized puzzles has changed - robots, deadly beams and all. Even less so for those who delve into the upcoming Xbox One version, as its creator will be releasing a particularly devious batch of stages exclusive to that platform. Sinister. I like it.
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Official Printable Firewatch Maps Are an Undeniable Increase of the Immersion Factor

Firewatch, love it or hate it, is certainly an interesting game. Or perhaps 'experience' is more accurate? Dunno. Doesn't matter. What does, is its focus on the Wyoming wilderness and your journey through it. An adventure which, should you so desire, is now (theoretically) doable without in-game navigation! Might sound crazy, but wandering around, assisted only by a printed map, actually adds a lot. If you can handle it…
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Blood, Sweat and Tears Will Let You Live Off the Land In Stardew Valley

An inheritance is never a good thing in the slightest, as it involves the passing of someone close (more often than not, anyway). Guaranteed bad news bears right there. But in Stardew Valley there's no time to mourn your grandfather, because someone has to turn his old farm plot into a proper farm, transforming an overgrown land into fields full valuable crops. Fun, albeit rough, times ahead!
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Mild Showers From the West Across PS4 and Vita, With a Guaranteed Risk of Rain

Beam down to a planet in Risk of Rain, kill stuff while acquiring new - potentially better - equipment, and eventually, (maybe) kill some huge alien nasty to access the next area. Exploration? Sure. Well, maybe. Just keep in mind that as times goes by, the opposition will increase in strength. Oh and it's dangerous to go alone, so bring a friend (or three); perhaps even on the same console? Now that'd be groovy for sure.
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: Nostalgia: Two Worlds | One Soul

Generally speaking, kidnapping children and forcing them to partake in some crazy experiment - Project Nostalgia in this case - is a pretty bad idea, but throw in the fact that its purpose was to confirm the existence of an alternate reality, and you've got another thing coming. Or several rather, seeing how a lot of its (now former) test subjects are hungry for some payback in Nostalgia: Two Worlds | One soul. Also, something something counterparts from said reality. Oh my.
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Embers of Rage Is by Far the Biggest Expansion the World of Tales of Maj’Eyal Has Seen

A lot can happen in a year, and in Tales of Maj'Eyal, a lot has indeed. Old disputes have been settled, more or less, numerous orcs run through by the sharpest of blades and blown up by the strongest of spells. And yet, all is not well, for a new evil threatens the lands. An evil so great that this time, success may be impossible. But even so, no guts no glory - the Sunwall must fall, in Embers of Rage!
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Speculating Screenshots (20th February 2016)

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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Intriguing Interactive Fiction Financing Project Platform, thy Name Is Fundbetter

Narrative video games, whether they be text-based or exploratory titles with a strong story throughout, have grown noticeably in popularity over the past couple of years. As such, it's no surprise that the creator of Sunless Sea has taken to helping aspiring writers / creators finance their project with... Fundbetter. Who better than someone with a popular genre entry already out there, after all? Do not underestimate the importance of experience.
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The Ship: Remasted Docks In Early Access With an Overhaul of 2006’s Murder Mayhem

Like the original (aka. The Ship: Murder Party), The Ship: Remasted is a game of cat and mouse, in which each participant is tasked with the slaying of a specific target... while avoiding whoever is currently gunning for them! And since only the hunter knows who his / her prey is, trust is tossed out the window pretty much immediately. Crazy, chaotic and so much fun, as I'm sure this remake will also be - once it leaves Early Access, that is.
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Super Flippin’ Phones Review

Little known secret: I absolutely hate when people wander the mall, staring at their phones, giggling to themselves, not caring about anything but social media updates or cat videos. It's ridiculous. Fortunately, the recent release of Super Flippin' Phones has enabled me to vent my frustration, flippin' phones out of people's hands to warn them about... well, whatever, because video game. It's quite entertaining too - until you get caught by a mall cop. Those jerks.
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: Lancelot’s Hangover: The Quest for the Holy Booze

Time for a quest unlike any other, for sir Lancelot, self-appointed "sexiest Knight of the Round Table". A quest which involves acquiring the holy grail... to then fill it with booze, in celebration of England's biggest party yet! That's right. Ain't about religion or some such here. In Lancelot's Hangover: The Quest for the Holy Booze, the focus is on, well, getting smashed. And smashing, I'm sure. But mainly on getting smashed. Completely. As such, onwards to France (where said grail is located)!
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Horror Adventure Downfall Tells the Terrifying Tale of a Rocky Road to Redemption

When your marriage is in trouble, what do you do? A romantic getaway, of course! Although unfortunately for Joe, things don't go as planned. At all, what with fate pretty much messing up his chance at fixing whatever triggered the troublesome times between him and Ivy. How? Well, his wife suddenly disappears, something about axe-wielding psychopaths and a mysterious outsider. A rocky road to redemption for sure, in Downfall, and one definitely not for the squeamish sort.
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Speculating Screenshots (13th February 2016)

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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MTRD Faithfully Reimagines Part of Samus Aran’s First Adventure, ASCII-style

Hard to believe that this year, the first Metroid game will be celebrating its 30th birthday. That's right, this timeless classic dates all the way back to 1986, and with Castlevania from that same year, the two gave birth to an actual genre: Metroidvania. But enough history lesson, as MTRD - 2015's unofficial ASCII recreation of Metroid - awaits, with a unique, yet familiar, experience. And a groovy one at that.
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Can Humans Co-Exist With the Sorcerous Leshin In Echoes of the Fey: The Fox’s Trail?

Oraz is a land of two halves. On one side, Humans, while the other houses Leshin (aka. Elves), and... well, they haven't really been getting along too well. Wars have been waged, lives lost, all that really gruesome stuff. But that was then, this is now, and as the story of Echoes of the Fey's first episode begins, we find ourselves in an era of peace. An unstable era, but one of peace nonetheless. Ah, peace.
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Get Hyped For GDC 2016 With This Year’s Groovy Indie MEGABOOTH Lineup

While there are certainly other reasons to attend this year's GDC, the titles that make up its Indie MEGABOOTH ain't nothing to sneeze at either. Almost the exact opposite I'd say, with the likes of In The Shadows and Metareal featured. Oh and those two are joined by a grand total of thirteen other up-and-coming indie games, so even if neither of those are to your liking, there's bound to still be something fun for ya on the floor. Something... groovy.
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