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Bad Hotel: it’s pretty good even when you don’t know what’s going on

Bad Hotel: it's pretty good even when you don't know what's going on
It was almost a shame when Bad Hotel started making sense, really. Sometimes, it’s enough that a game just tells you it’s a game: that gives you the license you need to spend time tapping away at it, enjoying the sights and revelling in the sounds.

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Gasketball – cure for an Olympic hangover

Gasketball - cure for an Olympic hangover
The Olympics have been and gone, swept aside to make way for a football season that has rarely seemed so charmless.

Want to shoot away the blues? We have good news. Gasketball, the second iOS game from Solipskier's Mikengreg is here and it's masterful.

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Super Amazing Wagon Adventure: totally retro, totally now

Super Amazing Wagon Adventure: totally retro, totally now

Super Amazing Wagon Adventure doesn't just LOOK like an eighties game, it captures all the irreverant fun and creativity of the era – and that's what all retro titles should aspire to. In fact, that's what all games should aspire to. And here's why.

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10000000 – review

10000000 - review
Parkin takes a look at 10000000, an 'endless match three-er' for iOS that has nudged our Ascension this past week in sucking up Hookshot Inc's free time.

Have at you!

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YOU WILL LOVE GOD OF BLADES

YOU WILL LOVE GOD OF BLADES
Cripes. So many reasons to like this. The pulpy sci fi narrative, the prog rock lettering and album art backdrops, the spectral swordsmen and the fearsome sense of connection. God of Blades is pretty much glorious, basically.

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Orc Vengeance scratches the Diablo itch on iOS

Orc Vengeance scratches the Diablo itch on iOS
iOS has its fair share of dungeon-crawler RPGs, each one hoping to conjure Diablo's click ecstasy in the act of hitting monsters and hoovering up loot .

But Orc Vengeance is the first title to truly look and feel the part, offering a trek through isometric caverns that shines brightly despite its murk and gloom.

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Gasketball is almost here

Gasketball is almost here
Good news: Gasketball is almost upon us. The long-awaited new game from Solipskier geniuses Mikengreg appears to have been submitted to Apple, and we'll all soon be discovering "the only sport better than basketball." Sounds good.

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Modern classic: Mutant Storm Empire

Modern classic: Mutant Storm Empire
I'm a huge fan of follies. You know, the pyramid some nutcase built in a graveyard and then paid a tramp to live in for a year, the network of tunnels, leading nowhere and constructed for no obvious reasons. Mutant Storm Empire has the feel of a folly to it - and I only mean that in a good way.

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Clumsy Pirates almost set my house on fire

Clumsy Pirates almost set my house on fire
Clumsy Pirates is so good it made me burn my nachos - and sadly, reader, that's not a turn of phrase. Thumbstar's latest puzzler may look simple, but it exerts a surprisingly powerful grip, and although I only loaded it up for a quick look before dinner, it drew me in and led to my cheese-splattered downfall.

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Ring ring! Ouch. It’s Hotline Miami!

Ring ring! Ouch. It's Hotline Miami!
Lurid colours, gull-wing doors, blunt objects and hyperviolence: no wonder Hotline Miami was the game everyone ended up talking about at Rezzed.

Read on for awesome.

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Seedling: lovely, Zelda-ish, free

Seedling: lovely, Zelda-ish, free
One of the big themes of this week's Develop conference was freemium games, and one of the biggest questions that kept coming up was how much you should actually give away for free.

Connor Ullmann has a rather generous answer.

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Deleting New Star Soccer

Deleting New Star Soccer
In the old days, Eugene Jarvis would wander the arcades of Chicago hoping to spot the machines he'd designed: Defender and Robotron: 2084. He was always looking for the same thing, too.

Signs of vandalism.

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