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The Last Time Review: Who Says You Can’t Go Back?

Everything was going great for Jack Glover, a 30-year old cop; until... it wasn't. A single dreadful event is all it takes to turn your world upside down, and unfortunately for Jack, the evening of his fifth anniversary on the force was to be just that. During a routine investigation, mistakes were made. The kind you can't fix, take back, or do much about, really. But then, some 40 years later, Jack receives a mysterious call, causing him to spring back into action - for The Last Time.
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Creativity in the 2nd Dimension: PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker Hits Early Access

Ladders! Diamonds! Flowers! Fences! Monsters! Outer space! Forests! What could all those things possibly have in common? Well, they're all tools at your disposal in PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker (what a mouthful, that title), 2D level editor turned video game. Or is it the other way around? I don't know and I don't care because... it looks like a lot of fun, on top of being the closest we'll get to Super Mario Maker outside Nintendo consoles.
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Sunless Skies Sailing Towards September Launch, Albion Region Coming Soon

Every so often, I find myself wishing our world had progressed like the one in Sunless Skies (successor to 2015's Sunless Sea). The prospect of commandeering a "spacefaring locomotive", only limited by courage - and a few other things, I suppose - is undeniably enticing, after all. Even more so with the upcoming geographical addition, Albion, giving players new territory to explore in their unorthodox spaceship/locomotive.
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Pizza Titan Ultra Finally Nets us a Glimpse at the Fast Food Visual Novel’s Mechs

It's been almost two years since my initial coverage of Pizza Titan Ultra, a game in which players are tasked with delivering pizza... using huge mechs. Because why not? Fast food delivery can be quite the dangerous business after all, so best to be prepared; and that goes double for these as for some reason, simply ensuring the slice(s) of heaven reach the customer is never enough. There's always something else to take care of at the same time. Always. Typical.
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IGF 2018 Winners at a Glance: Puzzle Platforming Through the Woods

Over the years I've become a bit of an IGF fan, doing my best to ensure it gets as much coverage as possible. But... my affection for all things IGF likely pale compared to that of Infinite Fall, Night in the Woods' creator, seeing how they went home with a fair amount of prize money at the awards last night. Other games also saw plenty of financial glory - and exposure - courtesy of awards across several categories.
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Desert Child Set to Cross the Finish Line in 2018 With RPG Elements, Ramen, Hoverbikes

It's June 16 / 30, 20XX, and Desert Child's protagonist is in trouble. See, not only is he broke, but also unemployed and more than a little eager to get to Mars for... a variety of reasons. As such, there's only one thing to do: race! Actually, there's more, as that immediate need for cash means you can't be picky about where it comes from or rely purely on your hoverbike. Time to eat a lot of ramen and get your hands dirty!
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All Has Been Revealed: Nindies Showcase Spring 2018, at a Glance

Nintendo just wrapped up their Nindies Showcase Spring 2018 stream, revealing a bunch of really fun looking indie games that are Switch-bound - exclusives, brand new titles, ports, and so on. Sixteen games in all, and what makes the lineup even more impressive is that... well, quite frankly, I want to play every last one. Every. Last. One! My thoughts on the lot? Sure, why not.
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Primordia Successor Strangeland Sets Out to be Quite the Eerie Point ‘n Click Adventure

Like most people, I absolutely love carnivals. They do tend to be full of nothing but joyous times, after all. But alas, such is clearly not the case in Strangeland, as the one depicted here seems to be overflowing with despair, nightmarish creations and otherworldly horrors. Almost makes me feel bad for the protagonist - if not for the fact that he's set to star in what'll hopefully be an incredible point 'n click adventure, from Wormwood Studios, creator of Primordia.
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The HEART JAM is a Darn Good Excuse to Try the Temporary Free GameMaker Studio 2

Upon hearing about the HEART Jam, I initially figured it would have some sort of emotional ties - you know, a game jam about making romantic games or some such. Turns out that wasn't the case. It's simply due to the fact that its host calls himself HeartBeast (or so I believe, anyway). Doesn't mean participants shouldn't make games with such content of course! In fact, theme pending, that might be a pretty good idea, ya know?
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A Hat in Time Celebrates the Addition of Modding Support With $1,000 Mapping Contest

It's been close to six months since A Hat in Time's adorable protagonist went all over the place in search of missing time pieces (vital components for her ability to journey through space, known and unknown). Since then the game has gotten a ton of praise, perhaps even outselling the developer's expectations? If not, maybe the recently added modding support can do something about that!
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Gorgeous Puzzle Platformer Solo Will Make You Reconsider What Love Means… Soon!

Do you know what love is, really? Because I don't think any of us do. We think it can be defined based on past and/or current experience(s), but that's incredibly subjective - for lack of a better term. Not that what Solo has in store for us will likely solve that mystery, although I suspect its gorgeous art style, soothing soundtrack and branching narrative will certainly shed some new light on the topic; maybe even cause us to reconsider how we see that very emotion?
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Interactive Panel Puzzler FRAMED Collection Getting Jazzy On Switch This Spring

For the most part, when a comic book is written, published and on store shelves, its content... doesn't change. Good guys die, bad guys escape, galaxies blow up and other bad things happen. But imagine if you were in control, able to change the order of events? Because that's what FRAMED Collection lets you do, touch-screen controls and all on the Switch, this spring!
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Get Ready to Spin the Wheel This Summer When City of the Shroud Opens Its Tactical Combo-Based Gates With… a Living Story?

Massive lies are often a direct route to trouble. Something City of the Shroud's protagonist is about to learn the hard way, retelling of recent events not quite as they transpired leading to... well, hero status, really. Now, this could obviously have been a great thing, if not for the fact that the city suddenly finds itself invaded by monsters, and... everyone's relying on you! Oh boy.
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Downwell Review

Little did I know that wells held untold treasures, or that gunboots were a thing. Well, in this here game, anyway. But if you do come across either in the real world, do let me know, eh? Right. Anyway, Downwell's protagonist sure has guts, carelessly jumping down a ridiculously deep well in the name of greed. That and excitement, I suppose, given the hazards that lurk below. No matter how many times he died, time and time again, he would gladly brave the depths. Because who's to say if this time would... be the charm?
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: Forgive Me My Henchmen

One building, one mission, one... one-man army... action hero. So far so bad, because you won't be playing that part in Forgive Me My Henchmen! Instead, your job is to actually be the bad guy, sabotaging the would-be hero's attempts at stopping you. Because you know he's gonna try. It's what they do, after all, those 'good' guys.
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GDC 2018 Indie MEGABOOTH Lineup (and Schedule) is Looking Mighty Groovy

It's time for the first Indie MEGABOOTH of 2018! Who's excited? I mean, you should be, but if you aren't, hopefully the lineup of groovy indie games can do something about that. Even if you won't be attending this year's GDC, eh, use the list as a means of discovering games you might have otherwise never heard about. I've done that in the past after all. But onwards to the topic at hand...
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