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Review: Warp

Review: Warp
★★★★

Trapdoor, the makers of this fine stealth puzzler, clearly love Valve. It comes through in the game’s beautiful, minimalist visual design; it is there in the sterile lab setting, and it transmits via the carefully crafted physics tasks. This love also radiates from the game’s irreverent sense of humour.

Warp is funny and clever and involving. It touches at gameplay tropes that Valve has always embraced.

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With The Swindle 360 on hold, Size Five talks Microsoft and Indies

With The Swindle 360 on hold, Size Five talks Microsoft and Indies
Having put development on The Swindle's 360 release on hold, Size Five Game's Dan Marshall talks to Hookshot Inc. about Microsoft's indie channels - why he's reluctant to aim directly for a console release, and his hopes for a glorious indie future.

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Snapshot: From Dust

Snapshot: From Dust
Welcome to the first episode of Snapshot, a regular series taking a quick look at some of the big moments from downloadable games. (We should have called it SnapShot, probably, but I hate that kind of thing.)

Today, Eric Chahi’s luminous Hoover-‘em-up gets the Snapshot treatment, thanks to a level that encourages you to drop the deity stuff and break out your art tools. Ready to paint with mountains? Let’s go.

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Hot Shot: Micro Machines + Forza = Gears of Glory

Hot Shot: Micro Machines + Forza = Gears of Glory

Remember the classic top-down racing game, Super Sprint? No, wait... too far back.

Okay, how about Codemasters' nineties sensation Micro Machines, in which you controlled teensy cars, boats and helicopters around kitchens, sand pits and toilet bowls? Ah yes, that rang a bell, right?

Good, we're on the same page of racing history.

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Review: Dear Esther (PC)

Review: Dear Esther (PC)
At first Dear Esther feels like you’re a child grudgingly dragged out on a country walk with an elderly relative who’s started to lose their marbles.

You amble over sinister shorelines, through gullies and into glistening caves while being told circling half-stories about people you don’t know, and who are probably dead.

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Charles Cecil: how App Store saved Revolution Software

Charles Cecil: how App Store saved Revolution Software

Five years ago, Revolution Software was facing closure, its brilliant point-and-click games making huge losses. And then something happened. Well, the iPhone happened.

Revolution's founder Charles Cecil talks to Keith Stuart about the company's recovery, and about the future of the adventure genre.

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You’ll believe a Kerbal can fly…

You’ll believe a Kerbal can fly…

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like if you were in charge of a lunar landing program? If you were in charge – might Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin still be residents of the Sea of Tranquility?

Well now, through the magic of indie gaming and some Raving Rabbid-like Kerbals, you can play at being NASA. Kerbal Space Program is, frankly, a remarkable achievement.

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Vektropolis and the return of vectors

Vektropolis and the return of vectors

If you ever played Star Wars or Battlezone in the arcade, you'll know there's something deliciously retro-futuristic about vector visuals.

Those clean neon lines and sparse, impressionistic landscapes spoke about a future of computer visuals that was quickly rendered obsolete by the addition of texture-maps and clever shading effects.

But the purity of vectors, and our memories of those old arcade games (as well as of lovely home computer titles such as Elite and Mercenary) have kept the visual style alive. Enter: Vektropolis.

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Choplifter HD: death from above, with a smile

Choplifter HD: death from above, with a smile

Considering Choplifter HD is basically Wikileaks: The Game, it's weird that the whole thing's so cheery.

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Wizorb: It’s been available on PC, Mac for quite a while

Wizorb: It's been available on PC, Mac for quite a while

Is there a name for news when it's not that, well, new? Whatever it's called, I have some of it for you: Wizorb, by Tribute Games, is now available on PC, Mac and Linux.

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Ludum Dare winner announced – it’s a game about going mad alone

Ludum Dare winner announced – it's a game about going mad alone

When most developers go about designing post-apocalyptic adventure games, they usually forget – or tactfully side-step – a fundamental issue: the sheer solitude would probably drive you insane before the zombies even got a chance to bite you.

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There can only be one (Counter Bomb)

There can only be one (Counter Bomb)

Cave Story, which I've been replaying recently for a review, is filled with bizarre wildlife, so it seems weird to pick out just one animal. I am picking out just one, though, because there's, well, only one of them.

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