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Speculating Screenshots (25th February 2017)

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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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Midnight at the Celestial Palace: Chapter I Combines Colorful Comical Questing With… Tune Trickery?

Midnight at the Celestial Palace: Chapter I
It's Midnight at the Celestial Palace! Or rather, Midnight at the Celestial Palace: Chapter I - of who's to say how many - is upon us, and as such, the time has come for Greg and… an otter (wait, what?) to embark on what is bound to be a grand adventure. Together. Because that's what humans and otters do in this pointy and clicky odd locale. Or maybe this is a special case. One unlike any... otter (nope, not sorry).
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Shift Happens, and Now Bismo and Plom Are More Jelly Than Ever

Shift Happens
Jellies can be oh so very delicious, although I suspect Bismo and Plom - the two protagonists of Shift Happens - would be quite upset, were one to try and take a bit of either. They're not that kind of jelly after all, and besides, there'd be no game to play without them. Which would be a darn shame, as this adventure of mass-self-manipulation (it's a... word(?)!) looks to be a rather amusing one.
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Speculating Screenshots (18th February 2017)

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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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Usurper Demo Impressions: I Pity the Demons…

Usurper (demo)
From the moment the Usurper demo begins, the tone is set and you better believe that it is played to a wonderfully weird melody. One of demonic horrors, wizardry, oversized weaponry, and of course, a grand evil to vanquish. All that and more, in this alternate timeline 1989 London; or rather, some of it, as this demo does offer but a slice of the stylish action. What a slice, though!
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Piece Together the Remnants of a Shattered Timeline As You… Lit the Torch

Lit the Torch
What if one was able to create windows into a different timeline? I mean, it'd be a pretty neat trick for sure. But alas, in Lit the Torch, it's a way of salvaging what once was, more so than... well, showing off. Or perhaps it's actually a bit of both, depending on how you feel about, oh I don't know, saving the world. Might as well look cool while acting as a savior of all, right?
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Speculating Screenshots (11th February 2017)

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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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Thoughts on Greenlight and the Reveal of Its Successor, Steam Direct

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Believe it or not, this year, Greenlight actually turns five. That's right, Valve's attempt at creating a better curation system for game additions to the store section of Steam has been around for close to five years now. Won't be around for a sixth, though, as its replacement was announced just the other day. "Finally", some might say, and honestly, I'm inclined to agree, for so many reasons.
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Voyageur Has an Infinite Galaxy to Explore, One Full of Choices, Wealth and… Danger?

Voyageur
In theory, the Descent Device is a wonderful thing, enabling the fastest form of travel mankind has experienced. Unfortunately, it has a rather large flaw: the journey with it, throughout Voyageur, is, for reasons unknown, one-way. Doesn't mean you can't make the most of it, however, amassing large amounts of wealth as you embark on a grand adventure through the cold depths of space. Oh, and do be careful, as not everyone is friendly. I think. They don't seem friendly, at least. Maybe they are?
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Gunmetal Arcadia Looks Like a Lovely Old-School Take On Classic RPG Platformers

Gunmetal Arcadia
In one corner, the Tech Elves of Arcadia - in the other, the hordes of the Unmade Empire. Who will win? Well, since the Tech Elves are the good guys in Gunmetal Arcadia, chances are they will. That is, provided the player can handle the challenge laid before them in this roguelite throwback to the likes of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. If not, guess the evil empire will win this war. Which would be bad. For everyone.
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Speculating Screenshots (4th February 2017)

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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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Empty. Impressions: Furniture, Why Won’t You Vanish?!

Empty.
The rules for whatever dimension Empty. takes place in are simple: if something is invisible, it disappears. Instantly. No exceptions. Oh, and by invisible, I mean... well, camouflaged. Kinda. In the 'orange object against orange surface is invisible, and thus, gone' way. Because that all makes sense, right? Not really, but who cares, so long as it makes for an interesting puzzle game?
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High Noon Revolver Sets You on the Path From Gunswinger to Gunslinger

High Noon Revolver
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go from zero to hero, becoming a complete bad-ass in the wildest western tale ever told, gunning down countless bad guys to save the day? Well, if you don't mind not getting the tale part of that deal, High Noon Revolver might be just what you're after. I mean, it does claim to take your character "from puny to powerhouse", as you go about dispersing of outlaws. Groovy.
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Takume Impressions: Dealing the Hand Life’s Played

Takume
I don't know much about Takume, protagonist of same named game. Pink, long hair, odd wardrobe, rater pixelated - that's about it. Oh, and she is trying to find her sister... in a strange, unfamiliar place. Confused? Now you know how I felt while playing this one, although it'll all make sense in the end. I think. Heck, if it turns out I'm wrong there, at least you'll (hopefully) have experienced a groovy adventure.
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Speculating Screenshots (28th January 2017)

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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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In a Quaint Little Town, Memoranda Spins a Surreal Tale of Inexplicable Loss

Memoranda
Most people will encounter loss throughout their lives, and several times at that. Few cases are, fortunately, as severe as that of Memoranda's protagonist, as she... is losing her memory. Bit by bit, to the point where her very name is fading into oblivion - almost as if it never existed. Were she the only person in town currently in the process of slowly, but surely, losing something, one might chalk it up to a mental issue, but that's not quite the case, as other people are experiencing something similar! Just what is going on here?
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Lost Answers Impressions: Will the Killing of a Clown Bring Tears of Joy?

Lost Answers
There's no denying it: in Lost Answers, you play the role of a killer; or so the game would have you believe, but is that really the case? Did you actually murder the dead guy in your apartment, or is something far more sinister going on? Whatever the case (get it?), your best bet - at this point - is to enlist the aid of a mysterious stranger. Unfortunately, the price for his help is for you to... kill a clown. A rather uncanny pointy and clicky mystery, this one...
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