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TFI Friday: three indie puzzle games with slightly melancholy vibe

The year has finally turned, reader. I am having discussions at home about putting the heating on. When I leave the office it isn’t dark, but it’s fuzzy around the edges. My knuckles are cold. It’s the time of year, before the Skeleton War memes begin in earnest, to luxuriate in feeling a bit melancholy. It’s healthy to feel sad sometimes, you know. Didn’t you watch Inside Out? I did, and in my screening at the cinema a child called out “Where’s Bing Bong?” when the heroic Bing Bong disappeared… This week, I have collected three different puzzle games with…

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I have a lot of respect for the Storyteller dev for finishing something after a decade

Storyteller has been in development for an age – over a decade, at the longest estimate. That’s a very long time. That’s about a third of my entire life. Invaders Must Die came out the same year developer Daniel Benmergui first started work on his fairytale puzzle game. To be fair, Invaders Must Die is a pretty bangin’ album, so logic would therefore dictate that Storyteller is going to be a pretty bangin’ game, too. Alice0 is certainly enamoured with the current demo you can play as part of the Steam Next Fest this week, and I’d strongly recommend you…

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Oxenfree II: Lost Signals is more of the good stuff you liked in the first game

Oxenfree II: Oxen Free Or Die Hard (known to squares as Oxenfree II: Lost Signals) was announced earlier this year, a sequel to the much-loved spooky coming-of-age adventure Oxenfree. Did you like the naturalistic conversations and dialogue options you got in the first game? The story of self discovery? The spine-tingling creepiness that is inherent to half-tuned radios? Then I have some good news for you about Oxenfree II. Read more

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EA adds Battlefield 1, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and more titles to GeForce Now

More EA games have been added to the GeForce Now library. Four EA games from the Battlefield, Mirror’s Edge, Unravel, and Dragon Age franchises have been released on Nvidia’s GeForce Now, joining Apex Legends, which has long been streaming on the service. EA is expanding its support of the cloud gaming service with these titles, adding to the weekly list of new entities in the GeForce Now library. The new games are Battlefield 1, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Unravel Two, and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. It’s worth noting the Battlefield 1 release is the Revolution offering, which cotains the base game, Battlefield…

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Slither and puzzle through dungeons in Temple Of Snek

I like a good puzzle dungeon. Give me a tiled floor littered with switches and spikes and I’ll probably have a merry time. Temple Of Snek gives me that and more, by crossing those puzzle concepts with the classic rules of Snake. Which are: you are a snake, you are always moving forward, and you get longer the more you eat. Can you wind your way out of each puzzle room before you get long or skewered? Read more

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Portal-esque puzzler Lab Rat set to arrive spring next year

From the developer of Kine, Lab Rat is an upcoming block-pushing puzzle game that places you in a series of procedurally generated tests controlled by an AI. It sounds a little like Portal, and the devs at Chump Squad know it, but instead of mocking humans at every given opportunity, the game is instead designed to satirise other games and genres. You can try out a little bit of it now too before it releases next year, as applications are open to get into Lab Rat’s closed beta. Read more

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Dorfromantik has launched its creative mode in beta for you to puzzle over

Tiny strategy puzzler Dorfromantik is a relaxing experience already, but it’s now even more so thanks to the creative mode that the developers have been working on. It’s still in a beta phase, which you can opt in to test yourself right now. You can now start snapping together its pretty landscapes free as you please if you don’t care to worry about your score for a bit. The new test branch also reworks the save system to give you more freedom there too. Read more

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Have You Played… When The Past Was Around?

If I’ve learned one thing from Mojiken Studio’s beautiful hand-drawn point and click puzzler When The Past Was Around, it’s that I should never strike up a relationship with a violin-playing owl man unless I want my heart to get smashed into a thousand tiny pieces. Despite its bright and breezy art style, When The Past Was Around hits hard, wallopping your emotions with all the feels at every gosh-darned turn. To be honest, even if I wasn’t getting all teary-eyed at Owl and Eda’s blossoming romance, I’d probably be equally upset about having my lovely neat apartment trashed by…

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Minute Of Islands review: a grim world drawn in a wonderful, elegant way

Puzzle-platformer Minute Of Islands sort of feels like a fairytale. Like a lot of stories for kids, the narration is simple, almost sing-song and poetic in tone. It tells the story of Mo, a self-taught engineer who lives mostly underground, tending to the bio-mechanical engines operated by four giants – brothers, in fact. The brothers hand-crank the machines to filter and purify the air, which would otherwise become filled with poisonous fungal spores. When the engines break down one day, Mo must brave the surface, checking on her family and growing increasingly paranoid and bitter at her unappreciated sacrifice as…

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Planet of Lana is a lovely cinematic puzzle adventure game from Wishfully Studios

By Stephany Nunneley 10 June 2021 23:11 GMT Planet of Lana, with its hand-painted watercolor world, looks like a lovely game.Developed by Swedish indie game studio Wishfully Studios, Planet of Lana is the debut game from the company.Watch on YouTubeIt stars a young girl and her friend who are on a rescue mission through a world of cold machines and unfamiliar creatures.The planet used to be a place of balance between humans, nature, and animals, but it has now become something else entirely.Disharmony, which has been in the making for hundreds of years, has finally arrived in the form of a faceless army.Planet…

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Bloody hell, Psychonauts is still a bit good, isn’t it?

Double Fine’s most treasured son (apart from Jack Black, who is not a real man and was obviously designed by a committee of wacky game developers some time in the late 90s) is undoubtedly Raz, protagonist of their 2005 cult hit Psychonauts. Psychonauts is classic Double Fine. It’s a 3D platformer with some puzzley bits that sees Raz training to be a psychonaut at a secret government facility disguised as a children’s summer camp by having adventures that take place inside people’s subconscious brains. This premise, you will note, is a cracker, even if not that many people thought so…

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Have You Played… The Bunker

FMV is a curious beast. Whenever you see someone doing a game with FMV bits in it you assume it’s kind of a retro oddity and they’re almost doing it as a joke. Like, when they were a kid they really liked that weird 70s animated version of The Lord Of The Rings that had some FMV, and it stuck with them, or something like that. But FMV games are much like vegetables in smoothies, or venereal disease in Floridian pensioners: there’s a lot more about than you might expect. Read more

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Have You Played… Tetris Effect?

Tetris. We all know Tetris. We all have feelings about Tetris, one way or the other. Tetris Effect is Tetris, but with lots of flashy effects and cool backgrounds and music designed to help you slip into that flow state that allows you to perform superhuman feats of organisation for a short time. Read more

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Rain on Your Parade features levels based on Doom, Metal Gear, and The Office

By Stephany Nunneley 17 April 2021 16:10 GMT Indie game Rain on Your Parade is out now, and it looks like a fun time.Especially if you like to ruin things for other people, but in a humorous manner, because Rain on Your Parade is all in good fun. Watch on YouTubeReleased earlier this week on Switch, Steam and Xbox Game Pass for console, PC, and cloud, the game has you travelling the world as a cardboard cloud that is ruining everybody’s day. Through the course of the game, you will unlock new “methods of mischief” in over 50 levels, each…

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The Last Campfire update adds 20% more puzzles, higher framerate, more

By Stephany Nunneley 10 April 2021 15:26 GMT Hello Games has released an update for its exploration-puzzler, The Last Campfire.In The Last Campfire update, you can expect 20% more puzzles, and the ability to replay any of the puzzles at any time. Watch on YouTubeYou can also read the Wanderer’s diary, and will find multiple improvements to performance across all platforms. Expect improved controller support, new Mac support, higher framerate, and lots of quality-of-life improvements.The Last Campfire tells the story of Ember, who’s lost his way in the game’s world. As you explore the world, there will be other lost…