Qvadriga: Racing in Ancient Rome

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In 1984, Avalon Hill released a DOS version of their classic chariot racing board game, Circus Maximus. That was the last chariot racing strategy game released for the PC. It looked like this: Thirty years later, developer Turnopia reminds us what’s been missing from the gaming landscape: strong, turn-based, tactical chariot racing. That may sound [Read More...]

The Rising (and Fall) of Flappy Bird

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One strange new spectacle of the information age is the accelerating lifespan of fads. Things flash across the web, are seen by millions, and then vanish. The social media drawing game Draw Something was, for a brief time, the biggest game in the world. It was so huge that social gaming powerhouse Zynga paid $200 [Read More...]

Even “Trivial Pursuit” Isn’t Safe

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I got my daughter a Trivial Pursuit page-a-day calender I found on sale. She’s been enjoying it. Then we got to today’s entry: So, we began the day with my daughter asking, “What’s a lap-dance, mommy?” And the pornification of America continues, drop by drop. Thanks Hasbro! [Read more...]

Gesundheit! [App o the Mornin']

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Look, snot happens, and Gesundheit! (iOS: free, Mac: $5) just wants to put it to good use. The game, one of the better titles in the app store, was pulled for a while because of developer/publisher issues, but it’s back now and to bring attention to its return, it will be free for a limited [Read More...]

Jack Lumber [App o the Mornin']

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Jack Lumber hates trees, and he has a good reason: trees killed his beloved granny. Now, Jack has sworn everlasting vengeance against all forms of lumber. He has an axe, he has a mission, and he has a woodchip on his shoulder. Jack’s tale of vengeance forms the extremely silly connective tissue for this funny, [Read More...]

Pudding Monsters [App o the Mornin']

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Cut the Rope is one of the best and most successful mobile games to date, with over 100 million downloads and a shelf of awards. So when the Russian team at ZeptoLabs did a follow-up to their hit franchise, gamers paid attention. Pudding Monsters (iOS/Android: $1) are little blobs of jello that slide around on [Read More...]

DuckTales Remastered [App o the Mornin']

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I’m too old to have any nostalgic memories of the classic DuckTales game, originally released in 1989 as a tie-in to a popular TV show. My children and I are, however, huge fans and collectors of Disney comics in general, and Duck comics in particular. The Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck books from artists/writers Carl [Read More...]

Minecraft: Game of Thrones

A group of gamers working on the WesterosCraft project have recreated the lands of Game of Thrones in Minecraft, and the results are … well, look for yourself. I’m blown away: [Read more...]


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