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Review: Hand of Fate

6 out of 10 Sound

There are games that are influential from inception; seminal works that break new ground, creating a distinct flavour that can be tasted in the games they influence. Sometimes they share traits that are easy to spot as common, but it isn’t always obvious.

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Review – The Marvellous Miss Take

9 out of 10 Excellent Recommended

One of the token, almost assumed facets of stealth gaming is that the atmosphere has to brood, invoking tones of darkness, and a mood that takes itself not an inch short of serious; the presumption being that somewhere in there, they’d find their groove. In its most fundamental core mechanics, The Marvellous Miss Take is undoubtedly a stealth game, though the developer Wonderstruck Games have gone back to the foundations of play that informed the genre, a childhood game of cat and mouse.

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Save Game Sunday Kickday – Culina: Hands in the Kitchen

This week’s pick for our Save Game Sunday Kickday is something a little different.  Culina: Hands in the Kitchen is a unique blend of simulation and visual novel, diving into the world of restaurant ownership.  If you love to cook, or have ever dreamed of owning your own restaurant, then this Kickstarter campaign might be worth a look.  Read on to check it out.

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Save Game Sunday Kickday: Bacon Man

“Old King Roast Beef has been brutally murdered, and his obviously innocent grandson Bacon Man has been framed by the Food Kings. Escape the clutches of evil, gather allies, and help Bacon Man restore his rightful place on the Meat Throne.” That’s the pitch for Bacon Man, a side scrolling adventure game that’s our pick for this week’s Sunday Kickday.  Read on to learn more about it.

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Epiphany Games introduces Majestic Nights: Season One

Calling all conspiracy theory lovers – Epiphany Games have announced the first season of their new RPG series, Majestic Nights – an episodic role-playing thriller set in an alternate 1980s where every single conspiracy theory, past and present, is true.

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Save Game Sunday Kickday: PYRELLA

“Brave a temple of horrors in utter darkness with only a torch to light your way. Keeping the flame alive takes brains & brawn.”  That’s the pitch for PYRELLA, a dark side scrolling adventure game in the Metroidvania style filled with enemies, traps and puzzles.  But in Pyrella, the true enemy is the darkness itself.  Read on to learn more about this week’s pick for Sunday Kickday.

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Save Game Sunday Kickday: Radix

One of my favorite gaming genres is the classic NES era platformer.  Many of my fondest gaming memories were formed in those colorful, pixelated worlds with the strangely floating ledges.  But as fun as those games were, their often strictly linear nature makes them a bit of a hard sell these days.  Radix, our Save Game Kickday pick for this week, aims to change that.  Read on to learn all about it.

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Save Game Sunday Kickday: Super Daryl Deluxe

Yes, it’s that time again.  No, not time to lock yourself in your bedroom, climb under the covers, and pray for God to make it Saturday again.  Saturday is gone.  It’s Sunday now, which means it’s also Kickday; the day we shed a some light on a Kickstarter campaign that needs a little love.  This week, it’s Super Daryl Deluxe.  How can you resist a name like that?  Read on to check it out.

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New gameplay video surfaces for The Witness, narrated by Jonathan Blow

Hey, remember The Witness?  No, I’m not talking about that movie with Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis, both at the height of their smoldering sexuality.  I’m talking about the new game by Jonathan Blow, creator of Braid.  He’s put out a new gameplay video that takes us inside his new creation, and shows us what the game is all about.  So read on for the details, and to see it for yourself.  

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Here are your IGF Student Showcase winners

As we’ve probably mentioned, Save Game loves independent games, particularly when they’re made by promising students, so here are the winners of the 2014 Independent Games Festival student competition.

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