State of Play: The Detail

Detail logoKicking down doors, taking names and casually disregarding due process, here’s The Detail. A hybrid of point and click and episodic interactive fiction which switches between worn out police veteran Reggie Moore and ex-hoodlum Joe Miller, The Detail cites The Wire and Telltale Games’ work as influences. Stark art styles and moral choice abound with promises of lasting consequences and tough situations. Does this first episode live up to these lofty ambitions? I grab my badge and gun and find out…

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QuickPlay: A Golden Wake

GoldenWake-posterFrom the snowy streets of New York in the early Twenties to the rum soaked streets of Havana, A Golden Wake tells the story of young Alfie Banks and his involvement in the real estate boom of the early part of the twentieth century. I got my mouse hand ready to point and click my way to fame and fortune. Follow me back in time as I discover the story behind a bygone era…

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QuickPlay: Sproggiwood

sproggiwood_promotional_art_by_suncut-d6v559hSomething stirs within the deep dark of Sproggiwood. The mushroom people are restless, and evil awakes. Summoned by what can only be described as a mildly eccentric forest spirit, I grab my trusty shovel and prepare to batter all manner of monsters in this charming turn-based dungeon crawler. Will I save the day? Only time will tell…

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QuickPlay: Cannon Brawl

CannonBrawlMany years ago I had the misfortune to play Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War against my then flamate Derek. What Derek didn’t tell me was that he was ace at the game and I spent the next hour being battered from pillar to post, no quarter given by a man I previously considered to be a friend. That was my last dalliance with the real time strategy genre until news of Cannon Brawl was airdropped into my inbox. Scared of being hurt again, I did my best to avoid playing, but pretty colours and a good pun are always going to pique my interest, and so it was that I began in the relatively safe confines of the single player mode…

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GoPlayThat LIVE! Episode 6: Drunken Robot Pornography

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On our last session of Live Twitch gameplay I took on Dejobaan Games’ Drunken Robot Pornography. Why is it called that, you ask? The answer lies mostly within the game’s story, where the protagonist, a renowned robotic engineer, has to stop his robot bartender Tim, who has achieved sentience and turned all his robots against him to destroy a futuristic Boston. Gotta love Dejobaan Games’ sense of humor!

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QuickPlay: TRI: Of Friendship and Madness

TRI_1Rat King Entertainment recently launched TRI: Of Friendship and Madness, a beautiful and peculiar puzzle game about Odd Gods, foxes, triangles and messing around with perspective. Despite the fact that I am the least able member of GoPlayThat when it comes to puzzle games, I decided to give it a shot and see if my brain could handle it.

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GoPlayThat LIVE! Episode 5: LUFTRAUSERS

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Maintaining the theme of playing games for the first time live, I played the chaotic and wonderful LUFTRAUSERS from Dutch studio Vlambeer. The game was published by Devolver Digital, who published many other indie titles such as Broforce and Hotline Miami. Vlambeer has been known for bringing action-packed titles that remind me of the good ol’ 90s, back in the days when I could play simple games that kept me entertained for hours, or even years. Continue reading