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> Quick TRiP: Sorcery! 3
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April 23, 2015

Quick TRiP: Sorcery! 3

Once again, proof that while the greatest graphics processor might be your brain... the iPad still rocks.

Someone stole this peasant's walls! Bastards!

Someone stole this peasant’s walls! Bastards!

It’s such a great time for interactive fiction right now. Have you noticed? Twine has opened up the field to anyone in ways that the game creation tools of old never quite managed, games like Sunless Sea (cough, disclaimer, cough) have proven they can be commercial as well as critical successes, and over in Cambridge, Inkle Studios just keeps knocking out the jams. 80 Days was easily one of the best games of last year, and I don’t think we’re going to see a more ambitious offering than this Sorcery! for quite some time. Goodness, what an impressive game, both modernising a long in the tooth bit of fantasy, and again showing how much untapped potential text still has.

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April 22, 2015

#lootcrate II

What's in the box? WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

And remember, if you want your own Lootcrate, just head to your local Poundland and pick five random items off the toy shelf. Use the promo-code “FIRE! THERE’S A FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRE!” for a chance to get them for free!

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April 21, 2015

Quick TRiP: Below

Down, down, deeper and... quite often back up again

"Achievement unlocked... slept with the Wayward Bard? How strange!"

“Achievement unlocked… slept with the Wayward Bard? How strange!”

Quick TRiPs are first impressions, thoughts, musings and casual write-ups of games rather than full reviews. Finished stuff, Early Access, demos, F2P stuff… anything that looks interesting. Requests? Let me know!

Below is a fascinating game. Before I say anything about it though, some fairly obvious disclaimers. It’s a game by Chris Gardiner of Failbetter Games, and while it’s a personal project rather than an official game, I’ve both done and continue to do work for the company. I’ve not had anything at all to do with this one though, save that a couple of years ago I did an interview with Chris and co about it prior to its failed Kickstarter, after which I didn’t hear anything else about it until the other week. Goodness, how long ago that seems now…

As of said other week though, it’s out, mostly free, and still just as interesting as it was back in the day. What is it? Think a card-based Roguelike, but with some very cool concepts. Such as, you wonder? Read on, I suggest.

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April 20, 2015

Mortal Konversations

A little free pre-fight DLC to keep your battles interesting. WHO'S NEXT?

DID SOMEONE CALL AZTEC SUPPORT?

DID SOMEONE CALL AZTEC SUPPORT?

I’ve been playing a bit of the new Mortal Kombat X over the last couple of days, just enough to complete the story and enjoy the illusion of competence that even two seconds in online mode would strip away like skin under acid. (Seriously, these Easy Fatalities are the only chance I will ever have to see those outside of the training mode…) Still, it doesn’t take long for some things to start getting overly familiar, not least the taunts between fighters at the start of matches. To that end, please take these free bonus taunts to perform in your future bouts.

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