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Master An Alien Language In Sci-Fi Puzzler Sethian

November 30, 2016 7:27 PM | Christian Valentin


In dialogue choice-driven games, your words define you. Through your conversation, you can be a noble hero saving the galaxy, a good friend, a selfish father figure during the undead apocalypse, a suave spy. The challenge lies in choosing what to say.

In Sethian, you do have to choose what to say, uncovering the secrets of a lost civilization through your queries. But first you have to learn how to say it, because question, answer, and in fact the majority of the game's UI is presented in an alien language. It's a text adventure from another world.

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia Lets You Hit The Waves Alone Or With Pals

November 30, 2016 6:30 PM | Joel Couture


Aqua Moto Racing Utopia will have you taking to the waves on a jet ski, doing so up against friends, in single player mode, or in some more lighthearted modes that will let you just enjoy hurtling over the surf. If you've been dying to race over waves...64 your...jet..., strap on your uncomfortably-small speedo and hit the water.

That could have gone better.

The Signal From Tölva Reveals Dynamic Combat Mechanics And Robot Factions

November 29, 2016 3:03 PM | Thomas Faust


So far, I love every single thing about The Signal From Tölva, Big Robot's follow-up to tweed-clad, surreal Sir, You're Being Hunted. A large sci-fi FPS with an intriguing world full of huge robot skeletons and strange lifeforms, as well as an overarching mystery that you try to reveal by taking remote control of a robot chassis on the planet surface. The game features dynamic, versatile gunplay and exploration parts in equal measure, and I probably wasn't too far off target when I jokingly called it "Robo-STALKER" earlier this year.

Screenshot Saturday Highlights - November 26, 2016

November 28, 2016 4:24 PM | Christian Valentin


Suspicious doctors, powerful wizards, and lost robots abound in this weekend's Screenshot Saturday Highlights.

Point & Clicker Among Thorns Explores Life During A Technological Plague

November 24, 2016 12:00 PM | Joel Couture


Among Thorns takes you to a dying cyberpunk world, one that is suffering from a technological plague. Even with the world falling to pieces, Cora Bry still needs to get paid, and you will join her as she works a shady job under the glowing neon lights, solving puzzles and talking to the people she meets.

Celebrate A Simpler Life With Solitude

November 23, 2016 11:27 AM | Thomas Faust


Solitude, a short game about abandoning your old life and becoming a shepherdess, is all about leaving the things that don't make you happy behind. This is accomplished by walking through colorful, slightly surreal dioramas and clicking on things, which in itself is nice and calming. There's also understated music, bleeping and blooping away most pleasurably in the background, and sheep are frolicking about as you slowly turn into a shepherdess.

Chilie's Silly, Frantic Scenes And Wild Characters Want To Make You Smarter

November 23, 2016 8:00 AM | Joel Couture


Chilie: The First Encounter tells a story about a wild little girl and the adventures she goes on with her guardian throughout China. To keep her on task, though, you're going to have to give your brain a bit of a workout.

You Are The Law, Dispensing Donuts'N'Justice

November 22, 2016 3:23 PM | Thomas Faust

Granted, Donuts 'N' Justice, an action game about two donut munching cops in the 1980s, is not particularly clever. But then, it doesn't even try to be. This fast-paced pixelated buddy movie of a game is best enjoyed in co-op mode with your brains switched off and your trigger fingers twitching.

Share Your Own Gut-Churning Roller Coaster Concoctions With The World In Planet Coaster

November 22, 2016 11:30 AM | Joel Couture


Planet Coaster will let your imagination run wild as you build your own theme park, constructing everything from the rides to the concessions to the ground beneath your guests' feet. With over a thousand parts to play around with, you can create some truly stomach-churning rides, watching each unique guest react to them.

Will you be a benevolent entertainer, or a cruel sadist whose only goal is to empty bellies?

Fresco Wants To Put You In A Puzzling Frame Of Mind

November 20, 2016 3:06 PM | Christian Valentin

The perspective-shifting puzzler has thrived for almost decade, from Portal and Antichamber to Parallax, The Witness, and others. Yannick Gerometta's Fresco brings a painterly touch to the genre, quite literally as you manipulate the environments around you through framed paintings.

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