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Paragon Review

Genre | Puzzle
Developer | [-BipolarDesign+]
Platforms | PC
Website | http://bipolardesign.itch.io/paragon

Paragon is a puzzle game in which the player directs a sphere around levels in order to collect gems and gold. The player can only control the sphere when it is moving along the various rails of the level. The player controls the sphere by launching it in one of the two directions perpendicular to its movement along the rail.  Encountering spikes causes the sphere to be destroyed, at which point the player must restart the level. The player beats a level when all gems are collected.

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Journal Review

Genre | Adventure, Interactive Fiction
Developer | Locked Door Puzzle
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://journal.lockeddoorpuzzle.com

Journal is a side scrolling adventure game in which the player takes control of a young girl who one day realizes that all the pages in her eponymous journal have gone blank. The player moves the girl through various locations in the game world, engages in conversations, and progresses the plot until the end of the game. Vignettes occupy interstices.

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Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love Review

Genre | Art, Puzzle, Adventure, Exploration
Developer | Doppler Interactive
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://www.cube-and-star.com/

Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love is a game where the player controls a cube that rolls around a world. The player can bump into trees, creatures, and other objects to trigger various interactions. The player can collect items dropped by trees to turn their cube a certain color, which then allows them to spread this color by moving around. Later the player is able to alter the world by generating buildings and other objects. The player can meet the eponymous cube and and the eponymous star.

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Probably Archery Review

Genre | QWOP-em-up, First Person Shooter, Simulation
Developer | South East Games
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://probablyarchery.com/

Probably Archery is a game in which the player controls the shoulders, elbows, and wrists of each arm in order to eponymously probably engage in the eponymous archery. The player can manipulate the arms and hands in order to aim the bow and fire arrows at targets that vary based on the game mode. Probably Archery includes Oculus Rift support, Razer Hydra support, and an additional multiplayer game, Zombie Soccer.

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The Floor is Jelly Review

Genre | Puzzle Platformer
Developer | Ian Snyder
Platforms | PC, OSX
Website | http://thefloorisjelly.com/

The Floor is Jelly is a game in which the player takes control of a small creature which can run, jump, and slide around a world in which the eponymous floor is made of eponymous jelly, which bounces and jiggles as the player interacts with it. The player must run, jump, and slide through a series of levels to reach doors and elevators while avoiding obstacles and solving puzzles that prevent the player from reaching the door.

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Insurgency Review

Genre | Tactical First Person Shooter
Developer | New World Interactive
Platforms | PC, OSX
Website | http://www.playinsurgency.com/

Insurgency is a team-based tactical first person shooter in which players fight against the enemy team in order to accomplish objectives. Players can aim down iron sights in Insurgency to fire bullets more accurately, and they die when shot with a few bullets. Players respawn in waves after a period of time, as long as their team has respawn waves remaining or is able to capture a control point. The game includes a coop mode against AI opponents.

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The Bridge Review

Genre | Puzzle Platformer
Developer | Ty Taylor and Mario Castañeda
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360
Website | http://thebridgeisblackandwhite.com/

The Bridge is a puzzle platformer game in which the player controls a man who must navigate through levels and exit through a door. Obstacles prevent the player from exiting the level until the player has overcome these obstacles. The obstacles include a ball that can crush the player, keys that must be collected to unlock the door, non-Euclidean geometry that prevents the player from walking to the door, and doors that can only be entered by a white man, which the player’s character sometimes is not.

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Vault 101 // Fallout 3 T-Shirt Review

Genre | Clothing
Developer | Versus Mode
Platforms | Human Body, Closet, Wardrobe
Website | http://www.versusmode.co/

Vault 101 // Fallout 3 is a T-Shirt made by Versus Mode featuring a stylized design of the door to Vault 101, a location in Fallout 3. The shirt can be worn as an item of apparel in instances where the social conventions require clothing at least as formal as a T-Shirt to be worn, and it can also be used in other instances as clothing or as something else, like a flag or a bandage.

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Strike Vector Review

Genre | Flight Sim Shooter
Developer | Ragequit Corporation
Platforms | PC
Website | http://www.strikevector.net/

Strike Vector is a multiplayer flight sim shooter in which the player pilots an eponymous strike vector, a flying vehicle that can fly through the air in Vector mode and hover in Harrier mode. Varied weapons and customizations allow players to employ different tactics, such as using a cloaking device to get close to enemies unnoticed in order to destroy them with a shotgun or using a speed boost and homing missiles to evade enemy fire while simultaneously engaging the enemy. When the player is killed, they can steer their destroyed strike vector in an effort to crash into an enemy.

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No-One Has to Die Review

Genre | Puzzle, Interactive Fiction
Developer | Stuart Madafiglio
Platforms | Browser
Website | http://die.clay.io/

In No-One Has to Die, the player controls a visitor to a building who is tasked with controlling the security systems in order to save workers at the building from a fire that has broken out. Throughout the game, the player learns more about the workers and the company that they work for.

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