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FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Review

Genre | Racing Sim
Developer | Bugbear Entertainment
Platform | PC, XBOX 360

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage is a racing game in which the player drives cars in an attempt to win motorsport events against AI opponents or other players. Races take place on tracks full of destructible scenery and props such as wooden fences, old tires, and garden chairs. Collisions between cars and props cause debris, car parts, and drivers to fly through the air in several directions. Most crashes allow the involved cars to keep going. If the player’s character exits the car through the windshield, they can press ‘R’ to place the driver back in the driver’s seat and continue the race, unless the car got wrecked, in which case the player loses the race.

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simian.interface Review

Genre | Puzzle
Developer | vested interest
Platforms | PC, Mac, Browser, iOS

simian.interface is a puzzle game where the player is tasked with manipulating the game in order to align various two and three dimensional objects. When the objects are correctly aligned, the player progresses to the next level. Aligning objects requires ascertaining their location and orientation and discovering which direction of manipulation will lead to alignment.

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Portal Review

Genre | Puzzle, Platformer
Developer | Valve Corporation
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX, PS3, XBOX 360

In Portal, the player controls a character in a testing facility made up of a series of test chambers. The player uses a device that creates the eponymous portals on flat surfaces. The player can enter one portal and exit the other so as to traverse through the world in contradiction to the rules of Euclidean geometrical space. This device allows the player to solve puzzle in each test chamber and progress to the end of the game. 

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The Swapper Review

Genre | Adventure, Platformer, Puzzle
Developer | Facepalm Games
Platforms | PC

The Swapper is a sidescrolling puzzle platformer game where the player takes control of a character in a space suit equipped with the eponymous Swapper, a device that allows the character to clone themselves multiple times. The player uses this device to solve puzzles and progress though a space station in order to beat the game.

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Gone Home Review

Genre | Adventure, Interactive Fiction, Art
Developer | The Fullbright Company
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX

In Gone Home, the player controls Katie Greenbriar, who has returned from a trip in Europe to her family’s new home only to find her family missing. The player enters the family’s house and looks for clues to explain where everyone is. Interacting with a papier-mâché duck is necessary in order to gain entrance to the house.

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Natural Selection 2 Review

Genre | Hybrid Shooter + Real Time Strategy game
Developer | Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Platforms | PC, Linux

Natural Selection 2 is a multiplayer game that is a mixed first person shooter and strategy game. Aliens and marines fight over various locations in a first person shooter, while a commander on each team researches upgrades, builds buildings, and issues orders. Aliens can chuckle at their enemies while marines can dispense a variety of taunts, including one that goes “now there’s something you don’t see every day… thank God.”

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