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Pentiment’s text animations are my new happy place

You’ll have heard by now that Pentiment is bloody good. It’s a medieval murder mystery with monks and manuscripts and other m things – including the protagonist, who is an artist called Andreas Maler. It’s inspired by The Name Of The Rose, a murder mystery similarly focused on a medieval scriptorium in a monastary (and notable for being adapted into a film where Sean Connery is a detective monk aided by a tiny baby Christian Slater). In the ol’ days books, were copied by monks onto parchment made of animal skin. Most people weren’t educated enough to read, in case…

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We Were Here Forever heads to PlayStation and Xbox with cross-play in January

Can you escape Castle Rock? After originally being slated for a Q4 2021 release, We Were Here Forever will finally arrive on consoles on January 31, 2023, and it will be cross-platform. The asymmetrical co-op puzzle game, currently available on PC, is the latest standalone entry in the We Were Here series, and takes you back to the mysterious Castle Rock – a haunted and forgotten Antarctic castle near the town of Rockbury. We Were Here Forever Console Release Date Trailer In this cooperative adventure, you and your partner wake up separated in the dungeons of Castle Rock. With a…

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Storyteller launches in March 2023, over a decade after its debut

Last night’s Nintendo Indie showcase gave us fresh looks at many exciting indies. Chief among them was Storyteller, a narrative-puzzle game we first saw ten years ago, and has now confirmed a release date of March 23rd. The game’s comic-strip puzzles let you remix classic stories, like Dracula, using various props, verbs and nouns. A game for all the literary nerds out there. Read more

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Wordle’s getting a boss

World-straddling behemoth of a guessing game Wordle has welcomed its own overlord this week in the form of an editor. The New York Times have announced that Tracy Bennett is now in charge of curating the word list for the puzzle game, which was acquired by the newspaper back in January. Wordle will be programmed and tested just like the NYT’s Spelling Bee and Crossword. Read more

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Riven gets remake 25 years after original release

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. In Cyan World’s hands, fans of the classic puzzle game are getting a top-to-bottom remake. Cyan Worlds has announced a remake to classic adventure platformer Riven with an exciting new teaser trailer this week. The studio is rebuilding the game, which was first released back in 1997, from scratch. A release date or launch platforms have not been revealed yet. The Cyan Worlds website features a short FAQ regarding the project; home to all the current facts and public information…

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Time-bending Rusty Lake co-op game The Past Within creeps its way onto PC today

The next instalment in the mysterious Rusty Lake puzzle series arrives today, and it takes things in a different direction than past games. A time-travelling conundrum that requires one person to play in the past and another in the future, The Past Within is the series’ first co-op puzzler. It’s also the only Rusty Lake game so far to include 3D environments. You can snag a glimpse of the timey-wimey, multidimensional eeriness by watching the trailer below. Read more

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Have you played… Gorogoa?

I guarantee you’ve never played a more elegant puzzle game than Gorogoa. This tile-based adventure is gorgeous with a capital G. Its story, puzzle mechanics, and visuals: Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. The game is structured into four square panels in a two-by-two grid. Players can move around each of the squares to solve puzzles or click inside each square to interact with the scene. This is where it gets cool: Any object you see that has some sort of frame around it – doorways, paintings, windows, photographs – you can actually move through them and discover new areas to explore. Read…

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PS Plus November leaks claim Nioh 2, LEGO Harry Potter, and Heavenly Bodies are next month’s featured games

A super hot line up heading into the colder months. The PS Plus November games for November have been leaked again on Dealabs, with the leaker claiming that Nioh 2, Heavenly Bodies, and the LEGO Harry Potter collection taking the stage as the month’s free games. Dealabs and leaker Billbil Kun have a history of accuracy on PS+ lineups, but changes and incorrect claims have been known to come up in the past, so take the following information with a grain of salt. If you’ve not heard of Nioh 2 before, check out the trailer! Nioh 2 is the clear…

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Inside’s arrival on PS Plus couldn’t have come at a better time

Playdead’s short, sweet horror release is now on PS Plus Extra – and it’s the perfect time of year to head back into this unsettling, brilliant game. It is quite difficult, in general, to find a game that truly makes me uncomfortable. There are plenty of horror games that I’ve played that make me squirm in the moment, but it’s a rarity that something leaves me with an unending wave of a feeling that can only be described as ‘what the f**k.’ There is one title, though, that comes back to me with that feeling more regularly than I would…

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The Case Of The Golden Idol review: a gripping detective game with echoes of Obra Dinn

Detective games are often about filling in the blanks. A terrible crime will sit at the heart of them, yes, but most take place in the days and weeks that follow, where the bulk of your time is spent gathering clues and building a case to work out whodunnit. Rarely do you get to glimpse the immediate aftermath of the crime itself, where all the major suspects are still in play and their pockets are stuffed with incriminating evidence they’ll no doubt be disposing of in the coming minutes. The prime exception to this rule is Lucas Pope’s Return Of…

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Scorn release moved up by one week

An early Halloween present. Scorn, the H.R. Giger-inspired horror game coming to PC and Xbox Series X/S, has had its release date moved ahead by one week. Announced for an October 21 release, the game will instead arrive on October 14. Scorn – New Release Date The atmospheric first-person horror adventure is set in a nightmarish universe designed around the idea of “being thrown into the world”. Isolated and lost inside a dream-like world, you will explore different interconnected regions in a non-linear fashion. The unsettling environment is a character itself, and every location contains its own theme, puzzles, and…

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Detective Pikachu 2 “nearing release” according to one developer’s LinkedIn page

The page has since been updated to specify the game is “in development.” Not sure if you remember that Detective Pikachu was even getting another game, but it is, and it looks like it not only still exists, but might even be out soon. The original Detective Pikachu game for 3DS, the inspiration behind the 2019 film of the same name, was announced to be receiving a sequel for Switch shortly after the film came out. And then we just… have not heard a single thing about the sequel since. But an eagle-eyed user on Famiboards noticed a mention of…

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Return to Monkey Island review: a charming nostalgia-ridden musing on the ravages of time – and a worthy successor

The creator of the Monkey Island series returns to offer his vision of a third game – and it’s got more to say than its nostalgic trappings first suggest. Return to Monkey Island has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. The greatest trick it manages to play, however, is to pick up where Monkey Island 2 left off, 30 years prior, and do so while feeling entirely natural. Not a beat is missed, not a shred of strange discomfort. It just works. Older players will slide into this game’s embrace like an old, battered sofa. And it feels like…

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Creepy co-op Rusty Lake adventure The Past Within takes the series 3D in November

Eerie two-person adventure The Past Within is turning the Rusty Lake escape room series into a co-op experience on November 2nd. If you’re easily spooked like me then you’ll need to pester a friend or family member to play along with you, as one person plays in the past while the other plays in the future. Watch the trailer below, and stop checking your shadow. Read more

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Deathloop strikes again on Game Pass and the Microsoft Store next week

Arkane’s time-rebooting shooter Deathloop is coming to Game Pass, Xbox Cloud Gaming and the Microsoft Store on September 20th. The addition to the Green Team’s subscription service was announced during this morning’s ID@Xbox livestream at Tokyo Game Show. All the game’s updates from the past year will be present, plus a new update called Goldenloop. That adds a new weapon, ability, enemy types and an extended ending. Oh, and there’s crossplay across all platforms and stores too. Watch the new trailer below. Read more