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This week is a wild one. We’ve acquired films, we’ve acquired criticism, we’ve acquired sensible video games, we’ve acquired (seemingly) dumb video games. Greater than some other week, I really feel like we’ve acquired one thing for everybody right here. What makes this week so nice? Learn extra to seek out out!

Dice Escape Paradox

I’m at all times blissful to advocate a brand new recreation from the crew at Rusty Lake, however this time I’m additionally recommending a brief movie. Yeah, think about this a 2-for-1 suggestion.

The primary a part of Dice Escape Paradox is a room escape recreation. Followers of the Rusty Lake/ Dice Escape franchise might be proper at dwelling with this one. The collection’ beautiful-yet-unsettling artwork makes its return alongside the style’s finest point-and-click puzzles, however the place Dice Escape actually shines is its mysterious narrative.

And that is what brings us to the second a part of this suggestion: the brief movie. Now, technically whenever you dive into Dice Escape Paradox you’ve acquired 2 chapters of recreation, and a half an hour lengthy movie. What makes this distinctive is that every one 3 of those items happen in the identical room, and redefine the area all through every play/viewing. The eye to element within the movie is spectacular –and within the curiosity of avoiding spoilers– deceptively essential. If that is attention-grabbing to you, the brief movie is embedded above, and the primary piece of the sport is out there without cost, so ensure to test them out.


This one isn’t a recreation, however it’s one thing that everybody studying this could obtain. For a number of years the crew behind the zine-turned-website Kill Display had been producing among the finest writing on video video games round. Sadly the location “refocused” and moved away from editorial content material and for some time it seemed just like the superior work completed by the Kill Display employees for years was going to fade away into the sands of time. That’s, till DED LED.

DED LED is a set of among the works that appeared on Kill Display from 2013-2016 offered by their authentic writers. It’s an important look into among the finest writing from a bygone period, and options some genuinely insightful work. I perceive that studying this you may ask your self “why would I need to learn outdated criticism from a defunct web site” however there’s an actual pleasure and thoughtfulness on this compilation that you just’d be worse off for lacking.

Galaxy Champions TV

I like Smash TV, and have many fond reminiscences of enjoying the Operating Man impressed twin-stick shooter on the Tremendous Nintendo. There was one thing Completely Radical about competing in wild bloodsport for the possibility to win a VCR that actually appealed to my 6-year-old mind. Nowadays, I delight myself on looking for video games with substance and which means in them however as I discovered from Galaxy Champions TV: there’s nonetheless a big a part of me who’s all the way down to mindlessly soar into the homicide pit.

Galaxy Champions TV doesn’t shrink back from the truth that they’re influenced by Smash TV as I counted at least two references to the traditional on their recreation web page, however there may be far more in there than they’d lead you to imagine. Certain you’re pointing a gun in 8 instructions looking for tons of of enemies and naturally the sport is all about making you are feeling Completely Radical once more however I’ll be damned if Galaxy Champions isn’t some of the satisfying shooters round. Each weapon seems like a robust reprieve from how fragile your character is when you have simply sufficient juice to gather the subsequent strategy to dispatch your foes. Oh, and did I point out there are random power-ups between levels? Not like what we performed as youngsters, there’s a light-weight roguelike development between rooms that provides much more replayability to the combo. These upgrades don’t change the core recreation a lot however the pleasure of seeing your dinky base weapons change to screen-shake inducing mega-shotguns is value experiencing.

Galaxy Champions TV is a brilliantly designed expertise that tries (and fails) to persuade you that it’s simply dumb enjoyable.

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