Game Review: A Short Hike

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Blocky pixelated graphics.

I’m playing through the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. You can follow along with all my game reviews. This is the delightful indie game A Short Hike. I don’t play many video games, because I find them arbitrary and confusing. They also go on far too long. But “Hike” is the perfect length.…

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Rules for Cooperative Poker #JanJam17

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This is a sort of poker variant / group solitaire which can be played either competitively or collaboratively. These rules were thrashed out at the Oxford January Games Jam. I think it is original – but there are literally thousands of card games, so it is hard to tell! As I’ve mentioned before, I love…

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Introducing CAVE TEAM – a new board game #JanJam17

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I’m a little obsessed with collaborative games. I’m bored with fighting against my friends, trying to bankrupt them, or simply beating them into submission. I attended the Oxford Games Jam with one very specific aim in mind – help create a game where people had to work together as a team. It’s a hard mindset…

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Running Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds on Linux

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OMG! Good Old Games has the amazing Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds available for a mere £3.99. That was the game which introduced me & my wife to collaborative gameplay, so I was incredibly excited to see it available again. This is a brief guide to getting the game working on Linux – including multiplayer and…

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Is Monument Valley Overpriced? Yes.

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Monument Valley – the hyper-praised indie game from UsTwo – has just hit a bump in the road. It wants to charge users for new levels. This particular review has been doing the rounds on Twitter. Yes, it’s hyperbolic and ranty – but it is the absolute truth. Monument Valley is overpriced. Now, don’t get…

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Plants vs. Zombies™ 2 vs. Plants vs. Zombies™ 2

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Let’s play “Spot The Difference”! The review on the left comes from the North American version of Plants vs. Zombies™ 2 whereas the one on the right is from the Worldwide version of Plants vs. Zombies™ 2. The above screenshot was taken shortly after the release of the North American version. The scores as of…

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Game Review: Blackbar

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I don’t often play games – and I rarely pay for Android apps. Blackbar got me to spring a couple of quid based on a single screenshot. That’s it. Read a letter, type in which words have been redacted. If you get it right, you’re rewarded with the next letter. I can’t understand why this…

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Text Adventures Via Text Message

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Remember text adventures, eh? They were pretty nifty! “You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike” >Go East “You have been eaten by a Grue. A dwarf starts singing about gold” Smashing! Just like the pictures are better on the radio, so the graphics are immeasurably superior when they’re in your head.…

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New Ex Libris Cards

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Last year (also during NaBloPoMo) I was enthusing about the literary card game Ex Libris. The only trouble with the game, in my opinion, are the limited numbers of cards available in the set. Much like Trivial Pursuit – once you’ve gone through them a few times the game is exhausted. I had planned on…

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Xbox 360 – Confessions of a First Time User

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After an entertaining discussion at BarCamp Berkshire about video games, I decided to treat myself to an Xbox 360. After several happy years with a Nintendo Wii, I was keen to see what the new state of the art was. I picked the current top pick console and, I must say, while the games are…

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