Meditations is a thought-of-the-day calendar for games

The holidays are over, and now we’ve got to remember how this ‘work’ stuff goes again – it’s stressful stuff. Meditations is like a mindfulness calendar but with games that may help soothe frazzled nerves. Organised by Rami Ismail of Vlambeer, each day the Meditations launcher serves up a short, personal game and a quote to accompany it – a little window into someone else’s mind, and what helps hold them together. It’s free, and you can snag it here, and enjoy a clever little digital distraction to start every…

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One Step From Eden goes crowdfunding with a challenging demo

Build decks, sling cards, dodge hundreds of bullets – One Step From Eden feels like a clever, twitchy little hybrid of excellent card-battling roguelike Slay The Spire and Capcom’s Mega Man Battle Network series. Developer Thomas Moon Kang has taken his deck-building roguelike shooter-thing to Kickstarter, accompanied by a surprisingly difficult and replayable demo on Game Jolt here. Four quick runs through the demo and I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of it, although it demands a level of focus that I probably need more caffeine to…

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Priceless Play – 5 January 2019

It’s 2019 now. I know you know that — it’s been 2019 for at least several days or more by the time you are reading this. If you don’t know that it’s 2019, I hope that it is because by the time you’re reading this it’s actually 2020 or something equally as wild as the passing of time. In this new year, in this little bit of space where we are permitted to reinvent ourselves bit by bit, I hope you will grant me a smidge of cleaning-house sentimentality. I…

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11:45: A Vivid Life is an intense game of body archaeology

Do you ever think about the human body? Just like, really think about it? About how it’s a complete mess of systems that somehow manage to hold together, even in the face of incredible damage, except that it doesn’t have a super great way of restoring that damage fully, so over your life it becomes a journal of all the especially physically dramatic occurrences you’ve experienced, written in scars and stretch marks and all manner of odd lumps? Anyway, I played 11:45: A Vivid Life recently. 11:45: A Vivid Life…

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Space Scavenger is a neat DIY Spaceship builder with a free alpha

“Ooh, that looks a bit like Captain Forever“, I thought, when I spotted the Space Scavenger alpha this morning. It’s a streamlined take on Forever’s DIY spaceship building, where you pile on parts during distinct levels rather than roaming endless void. It’s more structured, more relaxing, and fundamentally more limited. It’s got good whumphing noises though, and I quite like it. You’ll need to join the game’s Discord channel to grab the download link. There was a big update last week, which you can read about here. You start off…

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Sonic Mania co-dev pitched a new Darkwing Duck, and you can play it

After giving Sonic the Hedgepig a retro revamp, one of the studios behind Sonic Mania hoped to have a crack at another 90s platformer: Darkwing Duck. Headcannon Studios had hoped to make a new game based on Capcom’s 1992 NES platformer, even making a demo and pitching it to the publishers, but Capcom didn’t bite. Games are pitched and rejected all the time, of course, but this is one you can not only see, you can download and play too. Here, you can watch it first. Headcannon say their pitched…

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Isotopium: Chernobyl lets you remote-control robots in Ukraine

Two minutes ago, I was controlling a robot in Ukraine. Thanks to Isotopium: Chernobyl, you can too – right from your browser and all. Remote Games have set up a scale model of Chernobyl and populated it with tanks hooked up to the internet. You can jump into one within a minute, though you’ll probably only get to play for just as long before you’re asked to throw down some cash. I’m not sure about that part, but this is otherwise fantastic. Currently, your only goal is to collect isotopes…

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What Remains Of Edith Finch free on Epic Games Store right now

Fantastic first-person walk-o-story What Remains Of Edith Finch (don’t call it a walking simulator) is free for keepsies right now on the Epic Games Store, and I highly recommend nabbing it. It’s a beautiful and melancholic tale with a magical realist bent, exploring the lives and deaths of the family who’ve lived in a strange and lonely house for generations. It’s one of the best PC games and all, says us. Epic are signing up all sorts of exclusives to get their store going, including having Ubisoft onboard with The…

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Marble Marcher is what happens when Monkey Ball meets math

Marble Marcher is equal parts mesmerising, fascinating, frustrating and educational – a short, free ball-rolling game by CodeParade, you’ve got a ticking timer, a goal, and a procedural fractal landscape to somehow navigate across, sometimes shifting and warping under you. It’s a bit of a technical marvel despite its mechanical simplicity. Below is a brief look at the game, plus an explanation on the collision detection trick that made the game possible in the first place. Grab the game on Itch here – do note you’ll need a beefy GPU…

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Blast Zone! Tournament is basically Bomberman and free for keepsies on Steam

Blast Zone! Tournament is as close as you can get to Bomberman while still being legally distinct, and Bomberman is always good. Free Bomberman with a big single-player mode, full online and local multiplayer is just grand. Developed by Victory Lap Games, it entered early access last year, and if you grab it by January 16th you get to keep it free forever. From the little bit I’ve played, it’s exactly what it looks like, albeit slightly marred by Xbox 360-era avatar styled characters. Still, you can do much worse…

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