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

We already chose 13 of our favourite games in the current Summer Steam sale, but more games have been discounted since. So, based on the entirely correct hypothesis that you all have completed every single one of our first round games and are now thirsting for more, here are 18 more to throw your spare change at. Everyone on the RPS team has picked three stone-cold personal favourites, making for a grand old set of excellent PC games: here’s what we chose and why.

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Announcement - Valve
Save 80% on The Stanley Parable during this week's Midweek Madness*!

The Stanley Parable is a first person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end. Contradiction follows contradiction, the rules of how games should work are broken, then broken again. This world was not made for you to understand.

“It's not the fact that The Stanley Parable makes you think about the nature of choice in games that makes it extraordinary. It's the fact that it does so while simultaneously managing to be a wildly entertaining, hilarious, and surprising experience.”
9/10 - Gamespot

*Offer ends Thursday at 10AM Pacific Time
PC Gamer

Two days ago, the co-creator of The Stanley Parable, William Pugh, teased a new game that's in the works at his Crows Crows Crows studio. Today it stands revealed, and the name of the thing is so long that I literally could not put it in the headline in any way that would make sense. Thus I present to you here his next creation, now on Steam, called Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist.

A Whirlwind Heist—because no way am I using that full handle each and every time—is "a 15 minute heist game" in which you'll become a master thief, burglarizing his way across the hottest summer in Europe. It features voice acting by British comedian Simon Amstell, formerly the host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, who seems to be having a bit of a stressful time explaining exactly what it is you'll be doing on this job. And that's really all I can tell you about it, because the guy who's supposed to write the Steam store description went on strike midway through as a result of what he claims are intolerable working conditions. Personally, I think he's overreacting a bit, but on the other hand who wants to get eaten by a tiger, right?

Fortunately we have the trailer playing above to clear things up, and even more fortunately, it's free, so you can just leap in and see what's up without having to fork over any of your hard-earned wealth. If that's not good enough, you can also go have a poke around at Crowscrowscrows.com.

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

Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist is the new game from the new studio from William Pugh, co-developer of The Stanley Parable. It starts British comedian Simon Amstell, and could arguably be said to maybe possibly feature a grappling hook. It’s free, and out now, and here’s whether it’s worth your precious, precious time. … [visit site to read more]

PC Gamer

How do you move on from a game like The Stanley Parable? It's hard not to typecast indie devs who suddenly find a breakout game to their name, but Stanley co-creator William Pugh's new studio, Crows Crows Crows, looks to have something... different in the works. Different how I couldn't tell you.

So far we have a  mysterious countdown page and a series of teasers bearing the brand of the Mayflower Networking System that appear to form part of an ongoing ARG that has Reddit stumped. "Stop opening boxes of birds in the corridors" is my favourite quote from the latter. The game seems to revolve around some sort of production: there are plentiful references to sets and catwalks and pyrotechnics accompanied by more fantastic hints at "Peculiar Disappearances Across Europe" and "Lunar Lighting". Stranger still, British comedian Simon Amstell is somehow involved.

So no, I'm not brave enough to offer a theory.

I'm excited by the idea of games as short, self-contained stories—games that are many and varied, because I'm greedy like that—so I find myself hoping that this 20-minute mystery project scratches an itch people didn't know they had.

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

The Stanley Parable creator, Davey Wreden, is back two years later with a solo project, The Beginner’s Guide [official site]. Released under his new development name, Everything Unlimited, this is an abstruse wander through a mysterious collection of games and game ideas, quite unlike anything else you’ve played. Does it work? Here’s wot I think:>

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PC Gamer

One of the minds behind 2013's weird and wonderful hit, The Stanley Parable, announced his next project today: The Beginner's Guide. Stanley Parable designer Davey Wreden dropped the news on Twitter, writing, "The Beginner's Guide is my new game and my followup to Stanley Parable." It will also be a first-person narrative and exploration game, but in Wreden's hands that exploration could take almost any shape.

Details are sparse, but we won't have to wait very long for more. The Beginner's Guide will launch this week on October 1, a mere 48 hours after its announcement to the world. In the meantime, we have a mostly blank website and a couple of screenshots from Wreden's Twitter and a couple more from Polygon.

Wreden also noted that the other half of the standalone Stanley Parable's dev team, William Pugh, did not have a hand in The Beginner's Guide, although we do know that Pugh is potentially working with Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland on a VR game, among other things.

The Beginner's Guide is out this Thursday on both Mac and PC.

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

I can’t imagine a more daunting development task than having to follow up on The Stanley Parable. The truly stunning meta-game was a deserved phenomenon, catapulting developers Davey Wreden and William Pugh into the heights of indie fame. A game that pulled at the threads of gaming, seeing how they’d unravel, makes for a very tough act to follow. But that’s what Stanley creator Wreden is aiming to do with his solo project, The Beginner’s Guide [official site].

Described as “a narrative video game”, pretty much no other details are being announced ahead of its release on Thursday (1st Oct). But there are some screenshots to be confused by in the meantime.

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

Will they make this? Who knows!

The co-creator of splendid Adult Swim cartoon Rick and Morty> (also the voice of their words and belches) Justin Roiland is planning some sort of virtual reality game thing for HTC Vive, working with folks including one of the Stanley Parable chaps. It’s a bit of a mystery for now but he’s a funny chap and Stanley’s pal William Pugh is too, so that’s nice. One preliminary design looks like… some kind of space prison game, maybe?

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PC Gamer

Humble Jumbo Bundle 4 is a nice collection of words to say. Not the 4, so much, but certainly the rest. Give your mouth a treat by saying them aloud right now. (Incidentally, how has there not been a Humble Jumble Bundle yet?)

That's enough mouth fun for one day. Humble Jumbo Bundle 4 is also a nice collection of games, all organised into different pay-what-your-want tiers.

The most basic tier will get you Outland: Special Edition, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes and Mercenary Kings. Beat the average—currently $4.63—and you'll also get Endless Space: Emperor Edition, The Stanley Parable and The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II.

At the very top end, you can pay $18 or more to get Space Engineers added to the mix.

There's some good stuff there. The Stanley Parable is excellent, and Endless Space is a decent 4X strategy—albeit not quite as good as Amplitude's follow-up, Endless Legend.

The bundle will be available for two weeks, and additional games will be added later in its run. The proceeds can be split between the developers, Humble, and this bundle's two charities, Save The Children and charity:water.

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