The Rivals For Catan [App o' the Mornin']

iphone_screenshot_2_en

Klaus Teuber’s two-player version of Settlers of Catan went through a much needed streamlining and revision a couple years ago, creating a more balanced, user-friendly game. The Rivals for Catan (USM, iOS: $4) uses the themes and setting of Catan, such as quasi-medieval village life; gathering rock, wood, wool, gold, brick, and stone; and spending [Read More...]

The Stanley Parable [App o' the Mornin']

stan

The Stanley Parable (PC/Mac: $15, free demo available) is one of the most peculiar, unusual, and daring games to come down the pike in a long, long time. Where Papers Please has a clear gameplay element, The Stanley Parable has none. Like Dear Esther, it’s part of the new genre of “first-person walkers” in which [Read More...]

Lost Cities [App o' the Mornin']

InGameOnline_en

The original tabletop version Rainer Knezia’s Lost Cities, originally released in 1999, found a loyal following, and even migrated to the Xbox about 5 years ago. The premise and design of Lost Cities is very simple. There are five archaeological “expeditions”, each represented by a different color: white, red, green, blue, and gold. Within the [Read More...]

Stone Age [App o' the Mornin']

thumb7

The original Stone Age board game is one of the most popular worker-placement titles around our house. It’s fairly light, but has room for strategy, benefits from a good pace, and (with the exception of a leatherette dice cup that smells like a wet donkey) has exceptional production work. If anyone was looking to introduce [Read More...]

Pandemic [App o' the Mornin']

screen480x480

Four diseases are spreading across the planet, and your goal is to find the cure for each in this adaptation of the award-winning co-operative boardgame. Pandemic (F2Z/Z-MAN Games, iPad: $6) is a tense game, with many ways to lose and one way to win: cure four diseases by matching sets of cards. Along the way, [Read More...]

Child’s Play Charity Sets New Record

Childs_Play2

When the creators of the popular web comic Penny Arcade created the Child’s Play initiative in 2003, they had no idea how big it would get. That first year they raised $250,000 in toys and money for kids at the Seatlle Children’s Hospital to “make the holidays a little bit brighter for the kids in [Read More...]

The Retro-Cartoon Stylings of Cuphead

cuphead-idle

If this game plays half as amazing as it looks, we’re in for a treat.  Cuphead in ‘Don’t Deal With the Devil’ is a side-scrolling action game hand-animated in the style of a 1930s Fleischer Brothers cartoon. Here’s how the designers describe it: Cuphead is a classic run and gun that centers around 1-on-1 fights [Read More...]

Simulating the Mundane, And What It Means

Garbage Truck Simulator

One of the stranger backwaters of gaming is niche simulation: using lush 3D engines and expansive environments to simulate everyday tasks like driving a bus, fixing an airplane, collecting garbage, or planting corn. These are not training simulators (which are a different thing), but entertainment products. I don’t mean strategy games, which have a puzzle-like [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X