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Heart’s Medicine: Time to Heal

It’s commonplace for a time-management game to feature character-driven plot, but Time to Heal sells itself really hard on narrative. The intro frames it as an original story. The game’s bumf is really focused on storytelling (and, in particular, that most irritating qualifier … Continue reading

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Colonial Reform

Two similar games came out at about the same time in 2015. Both involve a Conan Doyle or Verne-style exploration contest between members of a clubbish Royal Society-like organisation; you assemble a small team of adventurers and go on a series of … Continue reading

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Rebuild 3

I first encountered the Rebuild series on ArmorGames. Its surface was doing a good job of fitting into the popular YAY ZOMBIES aesthetic: grimdark colour scheme, blood-splatter fonts, post-industrial-soundscape music, gross rotting zombie front and centre in the splash screen. But beneath that, … Continue reading

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A Year Without Zombies 12: Teach Us To Care and Not To Care

(For 2015, I am trying to avoid playing any games or consuming any static media with zombies in them. My reasons, and other fun things like ‘what exactly counts as a zombie?’, are explained here.) I’m done. On the stroke of … Continue reading

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A Year Without Zombies 10: Necrotic Creep

(For 2015, I am trying to avoid playing any games or consuming any static media with zombies in them. My reasons, and other fun things like ‘what exactly counts as a zombie?’, are explained here.) Oy. An impending overseas move, a … Continue reading

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A Year Without Zombies 9: Down Among The Dead Men

(For 2015, I am trying to avoid playing any games or consuming any static media with zombies in them. My reasons, and other fun things like ‘what exactly counts as a zombie?’, are explained here.) I’m definitely in a slump when … Continue reading

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Hail to the King: on games telling you how great you are

About a year back I got around to playing Brütal Legend. It’s pretty damn good, overall. As you’d expect of Double Fine, it has a distinctive premise, a vividly imaginative, joyfully over-the-top world, some kick-arse tunes, and more than one joke that’s … Continue reading

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