Category Archives: Games

Samorost 3

I’m an occasional player of computer games. I loathe the first person shooter genre; I much prefer the adventure or puzzle genre. Ten years ago, I recommended a little game called Samorost 2. And now after a long wait, Samorost … Continue reading

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The Talos Principle

I’m not an avid player of computer games. I really do not like the shoot-em-up type of game at all, and avoid them at all costs. However, I am partial to Adventure games, particularly if there’s a good story behind … Continue reading

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Maybe It’s Just Me…

…but I really don’t want to play Grand Theft Auto V, despite it getting rave reviews. Set mostly within the glitzily superficial city of Los Santos, a warped mirror of Los Angeles, GTA V is a sprawling tale of criminal … Continue reading

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The Swapper

That’s the title of a new game for Windows. It’s a series of puzzles woven around the story of an astronaut who comes into possession of a cloning device. It has beautiful visuals, literally hand-crafted from clay and everyday objects, … Continue reading

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Botanicula

The makers of Machinarium have come up with a new game: Botanicula. I have a fondness for Adventure Games, and I quite liked Machinarium, although all the point-and-clicking did get a bit tedious at times. With Botanicula, although it’s also … Continue reading

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Gameplay

After an earlier failed attempt a few years back to run the Steam environment on my PC, I tried again a couple of months ago. I was enticed into it by a free offer to experience Portal – a game … Continue reading

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The Dream Machine

I’ve always had a soft spot for Adventure games, ever since the original Myst. I much prefer this genre of game over the first-person shooter type, which, frankly, I find appalling. After Myst, and its various sequels, there were a … Continue reading

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Machinarium

About four years ago, I mentioned a quirky little game called Samorost. The creative forces behind that have been hard at work and have now come up with Machinarium. It’s been getting rave reviews. I’m downloading it as we speak.

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The Wife-Carrying Championship

I am somewhat relieved that, not having a wife, I am unable to participate in the Finnish Wife-Carrying Championship. And if, for reasons of political correctness or casting the net wider to entrap those insane enough to take part, this is … Continue reading

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Creature Creator

I see that the launch date of Spore is at last getting within reach. The makers have just released the Creature Creator, which allows you to design your own animals for the Spore worlds. I’ve always wondered what it must … Continue reading

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Phun

It looks like Crayon Physics Deluxe, which I mentioned last month, has a rival: Phun.       Phun can be downloaded here.   (hat tip to Ben Goldacre, over at Bad Science)

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Crayon Physics Deluxe

Oooh – I want this when it’s available. The perfect thing for my Tablet PC…

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Synapsis

A game. Try it.

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Launchball

From the first time I visited it over fifty years ago, the Science Museum in London’s South Kensington has been a favourite haunt of mine. It’s just revitalised a gallery – Launchpad – and celebrates with an online game: Launchball. … Continue reading

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Timewasters…

…in the nicest possible sense. A reminder of two little computer games that I enjoyed losing some hours with. Both charming in their own idiosyncratic way.    First up: Samorost 2. As I wrote at the time, it has a … Continue reading

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How Many Others?

I discover that at the moment at least, I share my name with not a single citizen of the US. I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing… HowManyOfMe.com There are:0people with my namein the U.S.A. How … Continue reading

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Spore

If you ever fancied trying your hand at being a god, then perhaps Spore is the game for you. It will be available sometime next year. In the meantime, here’s an in-depth article in the NYT about it. Created by … Continue reading

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Rubik’s Cube Redux

Fast and with one hand. This is clearly also a Porsche model of the Rubik’s cube – mine needs two hands to twist it.

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Disrespectful To Dead Eels

The traditional game of Conger Cuddling at Lyme Regis is no longer going to use a dead conger (a type of eel). Animal Rights activists have claimed it would be disrespectful to the dead eel. Spare me, don’t these folk … Continue reading

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That’ll Do Nicely

Mike, over at Coffee Corner, draws my attention to the fact that the makers of Monopoly are planning to replace the paper cash in the game with credit cards. He does some nice riffs on similar implications for other games. … Continue reading

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