Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Games You Might Like

Desktop Dungeons (PC, $14.99)
After years of development (and 128 beta updates), Desktop Dungeons has been officially released. In case you've been unable to access the Internet for the last three years, here's a description:
Desktop Dungeons is a quick-play roguelike puzzle game that gives you roughly 10 minutes of dungeon-crawling action per serving...Classic roguelike play re-imagined as a unique single-screen puzzle game sort of thing!

It's very clever and very funny, with an interesting combat system and a neat little overworld meta-game where you build up your town.

This is available on Steam, and it's excellent. Very nice RPS impressions here.

Note: there's been a bit of a kerfuffle about the game resolutions, since the highest available is 1024x768. However, you have the option of going 1.5 or 2X game window size, which makes everything easily playable at the cost of only a bit of sharpness (in the 1.5X, anyway, which is what I'm using). The game is so good that I'm willing to overlook the limited resolutions.

Device 6 (iOS, $3.99)
This game is from the same developers who did the weird and wonderful Year Walk, and it's stunning. Owen Faraday of  Pocket Tactics had this to say:
Simogo took the interactive fiction genre and jammed it into an episode of The Prisoner with Device 6.

That got my attention, because The Prisoner is my favorite television series ever, and after playing Device 6 for a few hours, I agree entirely. It's mind-bending and atmospheric and entirely unforgettable. It also should be mandatory that you play this game in a dark room with headphones on.

I don't want to tell you anything that constitutes a spoiler, but the psychological aspects of this game are both brilliant and unsettling, and it's something you should experience.

Third Game That I Haven't Played Long Enough To Recommend Yet
It's called Redshirt (PC), and it's a space station spoof. I do know it's quite funny, and the idea of making you navigate social networks in outer space is very clever. What I can't tell you yet is how well it plays when I'm not laughing, so I'll defer judgment for now. However, the game's website is here, and if you have a hankering for a funny game, this is a good one to check out.

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