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The Spatials Review: Spacemalls

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How’d you like to run a luxury space destination? Maybe exploit some planets to make cheap consumer goods? Part management sim, part action RPG, and part god game, The Spatials joins the ranks of Dwarf Fortress, Evil Genius, Gnomoria, Prison Simulator and similar titles that focus on constructing and managing a business along with a roster of workers and supplies. This is a historically complex genre that is hard to get right – how does The Spatials stack up? Let’s find out in our review!

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Dyscourse Review: RIP Dysast Air Flight 404

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Dyscourse is the latest game from Owlchemy Labs, the studio behind Snuggle Truck and Jack Lumber, and more recently the VR game/experience Job Simulator. Dyscourse is what I would call a “modern” adventure game, with the focus placed more on managing relationships and making complex decisions, and less on solving abstract puzzles to proceed. Is Dyscourse worth your time and money? Read on to find out!

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Ironcast Review: Bejeweled meets FTL?!

Ironcast Review: Outfitting your ironcast

Ironcast is a roguelike match-3 puzzle game set in an alternate history, steampunk version of Victorian-era Britain. After the discovery of a new power source, France and Britain are locked in a war that seems to have hit a stalemate. Giant steam-powered walking tanks called “ironcasts” are the latest weapon of this seemingly neverending war. On the eve of a massive French invasion, we join the British ironcast pilots as they make a desperate stand. For freedom! For glory! For giant robot combat and gem matching!

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SxSW Interactive 2015 Post Mortem


Last weekend, EBongo and I spent a considerable amount of time navigating SxSW Interactive and the events surrounding it. This was our second major gaming con of the year, and I feel like we learned a lot between PAX and SxSW. Still, though, there were things we could have done better. In this article, I’m going to take a look at what worked for us and what didn’t, in the hopes that we can hone our game for the next round.

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Con Report: Best of SxSW 2015 Interactive Gaming Expo

The SxSW Interactive Gaming Expo was a very enjoyable change of pace from the joyous gaming mayhem of PAX South earlier this year. Lines were a little shorter, but there were great games a plenty and agent86ix and I were fortunate enough to have many great conversations with developers working on the next wave of amazing game titles. The Gaming Expo is free and open to the public, so if you are a local gamer I would highly recommend it next year. Here are some of the best of games we saw this year:

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WOTS at SxSW Interactive 2015!


South by Southwest Interactive is taking place next weekend in downtown Austin. As we’re an Austin area gaming focused blog, we’ve got our press access lined up. We’re planning on heading down and checking out the Gaming Expo and the Geek Stage March 14th through the 16th. I’ve been doing my customary pre-convention research, so let’s see what we’re excited about!

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PAX Exhibitor Tips Pt2

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Part 2 of our PAX Exhibitor tips. Learn these tactics for maximum PAX Exhibitor Effectiveness!

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PAX Exhibitor Tips

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We learned a lot at PAX South this year! Check out these PAX Exhibitor tips to make the most of your next conference event!

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Cult of the Fiver | February 2015

Cult of the Fiver: Saints Row: Gat out of Hell

It’s February, and love is in the air! Let’s celebrate human/octopus relations with Octodad: Dadliest Catch, the love between a narrator and a silent protagonist in The Stanley Parable, the forbidden loves of Satan’s daughter in Saints Row: Gat out of Hell, and the tragic love of Red’s life in Transistor.

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Infinifactory Preview

Infinifactory Preview: Welder Tutorial

Zachtronics’ latest game is Infinifactory, a 3D sandbox/construction/factory/puzzle/simulation. It landed on Steam Early Access last month, and Zach was nice enough to hook us up with a copy to check out. Since it’s still in Early Access, let’s take a look at how things are developing!

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