Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. >

Hey, you know all those old console cartridges you have all the originals of and painstakingly took ROM backups up yourself? Turns out there’s a way to use ’em. Who knew? … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Sundered [official site], the Lovecraft-tinged Metroidvani ! I ! from the folks behind Jotun, will launch in July. That’s the news from developers Thunder Lotus who have, in the meantime, launched a Kickstarter to fund making Sundered all shiny and polished in these final few months. If you fancy delving into procedurally-generated dungeons to rumble with many-mawed horrors and don’t want to wait until July, swing by the Sundered Kickstarter to sling some pennies its way. … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

The makers of Tangiers have shared a little look at recent additions to their surreal first-person stealth sim with notes of Ballard and Burroughs, and I’m as delighted as ever to see more of it. I’m less delighted to hear of the personal upsets that stalled its development because, y’know, I’m not a monster. Who would take pleasure in someone’s suffering? Tch! But I am very interested in seeing trees morph and untwist into streetlights and, as luck would have it, that’s just one of the lovelies that developers Andalusian are showing off in this short video. … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Cor blimey, it’s only the weekly Steam Charts! As always, these are based on the accumulated sales on Steam over the previous week, not what’s doing best for itself at this exact moment in time.

A nice number one this week, but a rather old-fashioned top ten otherwise – with one unexpected aberration.

N.B. there is NO VENGABUS this week. Repeat NO VENGA BUS. It’ll return when it is most needed. … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

I will be very excited to see a futuresport game which does for cricket what Rocket League did to… football? Hockey? I want cricket with robots and/or cars, basically. 100 Foot Robot Cricket. Crocket League. That sort of thing. In the meantime, we’ll have to settle for regular vidcricket. Don Bradman Cricket 17 [official site] has arrived on PC, simulating the game with the best theme song in all sportdom. I’ve picked at the game’s demo over a few months and yeah, of course it doesn’t feel anything like actually playing cricket but it feels like a decent enough approximation in that abstracted sports game way. … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

It is better to GIF than to receive. Nobody follows this wise and ancient proverb more faithfully than the developers of survival platformer Rain World [official site]. The game s slugcat has been enticing the RPS office for years by jumping from one platform to another, squeezing between pipes and rescuing little slugkittens in a variety of handsome animations. We ve got some more to show you below. But this time there is some vague news attached: Rain World will finally be coming out this year. … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

Every Monday we send Brendan on a cartoonish quest to kill or capture an early access game and force it to battle in the fighting pits. This week, the comic antics of Pit People [official site].>

Oh thank god, it s funny. Having missed Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater, previous games from The Behemoth, I didn t know what kind of comedy to expect. When I heard the South Parky voice of this game s antagonistic narrator (the same voice actor from their previous game), I feared the worst second-hand dick jokes, gateway satire, walking talking poops. I was relieved to feel my first lol, the result of a character s quick, unexpected death and the narrator’s flamboyant disregard. It s also a decent strategy game, which isn t a genre I d usually associate with giant purple bears bleeding onto the surface of the earth. But there you go. … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

Smite Tactics

While out at Hi-Rez Expo 2017 I spent a bit of time with the studio’s turn-based strategy card game, Smite Tactics [official site]. I’ve also been tinkering around with it since I came home a couple of PvP games here, a campaign mission there I feel like I’ve played enough to give you an overview of what it is and how it’s different from other games in that genre like Duelyst, but it’s also in that really rough-and-ready state that betrays its closed beta status. It’s very much a work in progress, but let’s have a look at how it’s shaping up.

So first up let’s look at what Tactics actually is. There’s a card-collection and deck building aspect you’ll likely be familiar with if you’ve spent time online with Hearthstone or offline with Magic: The Gathering (to pick two big names out of the air). Then there’s the miniatures-on-a-grid battle side of things which has roots in turn based strategy gaming like Final Fantasy Tactics.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

I spotted Where’s Wally-alike Hidden Folks [official site] while judging the first round of the IGFs, and asked the developers if I could preview it back then. Instead they sent over a newer and ever-evolving build of the game which I’ve been playing on and off for the last month, and I am completely charmed. … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

While I’m sorry we can’t yet join our playsiblings on consoles in gushing over the sumptous foodstuffs of dine-o-dating sim Final Fantasy XV, I am delighted by the donuts of Donut Wrangler [Itch page]. These are good-looking donuts. Look at those donuts! Lovely. Donut Wrangler itself is a simple physics-based stack ’em up about a tiny fork building a huge tower of donuts but just look at these sweeties! The perfect balance of realism and cartoon that makes me want to reach out and poke at their goo-filled doughbellies. Cracking donuts. … [visit site to read more]

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