In this spooky yet family-friendly RPG from Double Fine Productions (Psychonauts, Stacking), you'll help a trick-or-treater rescue his/her sibling and survive Halloween in a neighborhood invaded by monsters. Your party's costumes may look like simple cardboard and felt, but actually confer unique powers during combat.
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Metro 2033 - Day of Defeat - STALKER
Serious Sam Classic - Lume - Homefront
Men of War: Vietnam & AS - Dungeon Defenders
Jolly Rover - TFC - Cogs - HL2+Eps Saira - Opposing Force - Steel Storm Edge - World of Goo
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The penultimate entry in the series spun-off of SSG's (Reach for the Stars, Carriers at War) classic turn-based Warlords series (and the last one developed by SSG) boasts the same strong, dynamic campaigns and persistant heroes as those games while focusing on the real-time gathering, building, and battling.
Get your fill of Wang jokes and bloody ninja warfare as you help Lo Wang thwart his former employer's plans to conquer Asialand with interdimensional monsters in this Build engine classic from 3D Realms.
Imagine Descent in a ship that can speed up and slow down but never stop and you've got the basic gist of the action to be had in this classic ship-based shooter from Terminal Reality (Hellbender, Fury3).
This quirky release from Kitty Lambda Games depicts Sam the rancher's holiday-gone-bizarre as he is transported from England to Strange, Texas (a locale certainly befitting its name) and features action-RPG gameplay mixed with Zelda-style puzzling.
Guide inqusitive (and be-cloaked) robot Horatio Nullbuilt on his journey through a dystopic, post-human world while searching for his ship's power core... as well as some existential answers in this point-and-click adventure from developer Wormwood Games and published by Wadjet Eye (Resonance, Gemini Rue).
This turn-based grand strategy from Frog City Software (Tropico 2, Trade Empires) avoids the usual focus on combat (don't worry, though, there is still plenty of blood to be spilt) in favor of the struggle of industrialization and economic exploitation between great powers (each with their unique personalities) and subjugated nations.
Help Pic the robot explore an abandoned world using his camera's ability to relocate, rotate, or remove all manner of obstacles and enemies in his path in this platformer co-designed by the co-designer of Offspring Fling and Jottobots.
Play as a young bird-catcher whose task to stop a plague of harassing crows turns into a stuggle to save the world from an evil seer in this point-and-click adventure from Daedalic Entertainment (Deponia, The Whispered World) and set in the Dark Eye universe (also home to Drakensang and Realms of Arkania).
Stacking $14.99 [$9.99 release promo] [includes The Lost Hobo King DLC]
Play as a tiny matryoshka doll who must stack with other dolls of varying sizes and powers in an effort to save his family in this inventive adventure-puzzler from Double Fine Productions (Psychonauts, Brütal Legend).
Explore the beautiful (and sometimes dangerous) island of Eden, observing its elusive fauna, collecting and experimenting with its plants and fungi, and uncovering its secrets in this beautiful first-person adventure game from sibling developers IonFX (Obulis).
I handled some of the work covering Primordia for Jay Is Games. It's a fantastic point and click adventure and anyone who even remotely enjoys the genre would do well to take a look when it's released.
This turn-based strategy may be released by Humongous Entertainment (Putt-Putt, Spy Fox, Freddi Fish), but don't let that dissuade you from this simple yet addicting game. Attack or defend? Expand or conserve? You'll get that familiar "just one more turn" feeling trying out different strategies. The included Map Editor also ensures limitless replay.
When the 3D-acceleration revolution came to the racing genre, what better way to celebrate than accelerate right into some pedestrians and watch their hardware-calculated innards fly? Stainless Studios (Duels of the Planeswalkers, Risk: Factions) apparently agreed, and the rest was history. Bloody, bloody history.
This novel effort from Nival Interactive (Blitzkrieg, HoMM V) mixes turn-based Heroes of Might & Magic-like exploration and heroes with card-based combat complete with spells, summons, deck expansion, and resource management in a surprising cohesive package.
A spiritual prequel to Microïds' (AmerZone, Syberia) later Still Life games, (protaganist Gustav MacPherson is the grandfather of StillLife's Victoria and features in some of the first game), this point-and-click adventure features similar preoccupation with the gathering evidence, dialogue and inventory puzzles, and the investigation of bloody ritual-killings.
Gather enough rice and water to field armies of firecracker-wielding soldiers, cunning geishas, and diseased marauders among four distinct clans in this RTS from Liquid Entertainment (Rise of the Argonauts, Dragonshard). With a wealth of campaigns, a well-developed training and upgrade system, and unique environmental factors, the inclusion of such a generous (and rare) expansion is just icing on the mochi.
Just when the last three games got players used to a familiar (though schizophrenic) Prince, the ancient Persian concept of rḝbôôt rears its head in this effort from Ubisoft Montreal (Splinter Cell, Assassin's Creed), with our Prince traveling with a magical companion to aid him in his quest against evil, darkness, and the poorly-timed jump.
The classic turn-based series gets a real-time cousin in this strategy from SSG (Warlords, Reach for the Stars). Sweep your opponents from the field of battle using one of eight races, primary and promoted hero units, and surprisingly substantive RPG elements in your struggle against light/dark/whatever.
Billed as a "spaceship simulation roguelike-like", this Kickstarted, debut effort from Subset Games lets you command a spaceborne vessel and its crew, deal with critical weapon & power dilemmas, and experience oh-so-joyous permadeath in a randomly-generated universe filled with turn-based danger and text-based events.
Crush, kill, and destroy your enemies in a postapocalyptic word of extreme hardship and dubious spelling in this RTS from Beam Software (The Dame was Loaded, Riders of Rohan). Fight over oil and other scarce resources to upgrade your forces as either the scrappy Survivors or the mutant Evolved.
Fight to control the streets of a bustling metropolis in interwar America in this strategy-management sim. Order hits, collect "protection", firebomb resistant shopowners, and exact revenge on the numerous rivals trying to horn in on your new territory. But don't get so sidetracked by the violence to ignore the substantial financial and personnel management aspects of this effort from Hothouse Creations (Abomination, Cutthroats).
In this action-adventure from Mucky Foot (their only released PC game besides Startopia) you'll switch between playing a rookie, female cop and a ex-SF soldier turned informant as they try to unravel the cause of the chaos plaguing Union City as the new millenium approaches. Besides the usual firefights and fisticuffs, a day/night cycle, weather, and many optional opportunities to help out the beleaguered citizenry bring life to your surroundings and consequences to your actions.
Cluelessly arrogant Rufus embarks on a quest to rise above his life among the refuse on the surface of a trash planet by returning a unconscious woman to her home in the clouds and gets more than he bargained for (and perhaps just what he needed) in this hand-drawn point-and-click from Daedalic Entertainment (Edna & Harvey, The Whispered World).
Extras: Manual, English Soundtrack, German Soundtrack, (9) Wallpapers, (25) Avatars, (24) Artworks, Concept Art, (2) Papercraft Figures
More weapons of mass destruction, quirky speech banks, landscapes awaiting demolition, and exploding grandmas are added to the mix when our vermiform veterans return in this sequel from Team17 (Alien Breed, Superfrog).
A new, open-world, isometric RPG? Seemingly inspired by Black Isle/Bioware classics of yore, with a different storyline for each of its three classes...and at a budget price? Yeah, I'm willing to give this latest effort from Czech developers Cinemax (Numen, Gumboy) a chance.
Extras: Manual, Soundtrack, (5) Wallpapers, (24) Avatars, (68) Artworks, Inquisitor Novel, Book of Ezekiel, Artbook, Codex Inquisitorum, Armor & Weapons, Book of Magic
Calling a game Dungeon Keeper in space, even without any innovation of its own (which Startopia does have) is more of a selling point than indictment. And this effort from Bullfrog offshoot Mucky Foot Productions (Urban Chaos) shows that you don't need Dark Mistresses to have fun among the stars.
This penultimate entry in the Legacy of Kain series sees Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Gex) leaving Kain's 2D roots behind and borrowing elements of 3D action and puzzle-solving from his Soul Reaver sibling, awakened in a strange world nearly devoid of his fellow vampires.
No sooner than Marty McFly resumes life in his own time, Doc Brown (with Christopher Lloyd reprising his role) is back..well, missing, actually... but still urgently needing Marty's help to avoid any unnecessary fraying of the fabric of spacetime. Defy the laws of physics in these five episodes from Telltale Games (Bone, Sam & Max)
Thwart the machinations of an evil Space Gorilla! Retrieve Max's burgled brain. Control Sam & Max's ancestors in an Egyptian mystery! Point! Click! Five episodes from Telltale Games (Back to the Future, Walking Dead)!
Extras: (5) Wallpapers, (11) Artworks, Animated Short, Developers' Commentary, 3 FutureVision Commercials, History of Sam & Max Video, Art of Sam & Max Video, A Moment with Steve Purcell
West Wallaby Street's most hapless inventor and his ever-faithful (and longsuffering) sidepup make the transition from Claymation to 3D rendering in these four point-and-click episodes from Telltale Games (SBCG4AP, Tales of Monkey Island).
Extras: (2) Wallpapers, (10) Avatars, (31) Artworks, (10) Cracking Contraptions Videos, Behind the Scenes Video
Help Max and his water cannon clean up from the titular mutants across a three-plane gameworld in this platformer from Renegade Kid (Moon, Dementium). This PC release includes 20 levels not found in the original 3DS version.
Choose-your-own adventure, strategic city planning, and RPG character creation synthisize in this hand-drawn effort from developer A#. Lead your clan to prosperity (if you can overcome that pesky "survival" problem) while choosing, listening to, and sometimes ignoring your Council of advisors.
Though rightfully remembered for being released with more bugs than an NSA tech lab, this effort from Origin Systems (Wing Commander, Crusader) is arguably a worthy, though sometimes disappointing final chapter in the Avatar's saga.
Recover your soul from the demonic forces which murdered your family and absolve yourself of complicity in their deaths in this final entry in Westwood's (Blade Runner, Nox) classic first-person RPG series.
An engaging, freeform single-player campaign and multiplayer with dozens of participants await would-be warriors running, driving, and flying around the fictional Caucasus nation of Chernarus trying to avoid a bullet through the throat in this mil-sim from Bohemia Interactive (Operation Flashpoint).
In this final entry in the second Prince of Persia trilogy, our wayward prince returns home (after mostly overcoming his dark, angsty phase) to find the land under siege from a rebellious vizier. With the Sands of Time unleashed again, the prince uses his new powers to fight fro what's left of his kingdom and his humanity in this action-adventure from Ubisoft Montreal (Far Cry 2, Rainbow Six: Vegas).
More Gears vs. Knights action from Arc System Works (BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Battle Fantasia). This entry in the series adds 2-on-2 battles, a multi-plane battle arena, and a side-scrolling beat-'em-up mode.
Framed for murder, Lara must (*shock*) travel throughout numerous locales, exotic and mundane, in a quest to clear her name in this sequel from Core Design (Project Eden, Curse of Enchantia) featuring a new engine, added emphasis on puzzles, and a second playable character, "Kurtis Trent".
This conclusion to the Legacy of Kain series takes elements from the Blood Omen and Soul Reaver games and allows you to play as both Raziel and Kain. A great, bloody effort from Crystal Dynamics (Gex, Tomb Raider: Underworld).
A diminutive flying robot and its trusty tractor beam are all that is needed to engage in physics-based puzzles (well, a few little grey cells won't hurt) in this Unreal Engine 3-powered debut from Talawa Games.
Try to uncover exactly why our protagonists ended up separated, with one placed in an asylum and accused of murder, and then find some way out of that mess in this sequel in the point-and-click series from Pendulo (The Next Big Thing, Yesterday).
Take control of four diverse (and unlikely) companions as they set out to stop a malevolent Shadow Army and reference elements from the more fantastic side of pop culture in this point-and-click from new developer King Art.
When confronted with supernatural beast bent on his destruction, our princely hero from Sands of Time embarks on a quest to essentially stop the first game from ever happening, equipped with a revamped combat system and, apparently, a bad attitude, in this sequel from Ubisoft Montreal (Splinter Cell, Assassin's Creed)
Guide your flagship, Stiletto, and an ever-growing (provided you keep them alive) flotilla of ships through a lengthy campaign of fleet-based, real-time tactics...in space. This overlooked strategy gem from Mithis (now Eidos Hungary - Battlestations: Midway, Battlestations: Pacific) is deserving of a spot on any aspiring star captain's shelf.
Extras: Manual, Soundtrack, (7) Artworks, (3) Wallpapers, Mod Kit, Model Viewer & Samples
In an odd twist on genre conventions, you'll embark on a quest to help our titular and um...diminutive...tyrant retake his rightful place from an outright evil usurper. That is, if you can get anything accomplished with a little girl and obnoxious knight by your side in this point-and-click adventure from Realmforge Studios (Dungeons, M.U.D. TV)
In these two sequels from Core Design (taking place within days of each other - but including a flashback level), Lara Croft continues her globetrotting for hidden artifacts and things to shoot in the head. If you get tired platforming around those locales, you can whip up your own with the included level editor.
Spread mayhem and debauchery throughout the seas of the New World in the 16-17th centuries in these two swashbuckling sims from Microprose. Whether it's bloody plundering & treasure-hunting or honest trading & wife-hunting, Aspiring Pirates! can try it all in their quest for fortune and fame (or infamy). Just be sure to keep the wind in your sails and rum in your crew.
You'll control an amnesiac and an assassin whose lives are about to collide in a rather gloomy future setting. Finding out the truth behind their ordeals by solving traditional inventory, environmental, and dialogue-based puzzles in this point-and-click adventure co-produced by Wadjet Eye Games (Emerald City Confidential, Blackwell series).
As the subtitle says, "Everybody Dies" in this strategy from Introversion Software (Darwinia, Uplink), where the ultimate objective is to minimize your losses in a costly game of armageddon. The included soundtrack really helps convey the disquieting setting of an isolated command bunker.
Guide your armies through three WWII campaigns (in the base game) where your forcess persist throughout missions and losses can't simply be made up by plopping a tank factory on the landscape in this RTS bundle from Nival Interactive (Rage of Mages, HoMM V). The three expansions add numerous new theaters of war, missions, units, etc. to help sate your WWII strategy needs.
In this 2D adventure/RPG from new developer Freebird Games, you'll control two scientists (who have pioneed a way to alter people's memories) explore the past of a comatose man and help him realize his dream of going to the moon.
Extras: Music from other Freebird games, The Mirror Lied Minigame, Poster, (7) Artworks
Use stealth, an innate ability to see in the dark, and various tools of evisceration to escape from a maximum-security prison prison planet and a giant, mercenary spaceship as Richard B. Riddick (convict, murderer, and one of the last of his race, bent on revenge) in this pair of first-person shooters from Starbreeze (Enclave, The Darkness).
Created by some of the creative minds behind Diablo II and Hellgate: London, Torchlight continues the former's hack 'n' slash formula and obsession with phat lewt, though it adds several improvements like a pet system and shared stash. With randomized levels, the TorchED editor, and a mod-friendly attitude, you'll always have more Torchlight fun to play.
Twenty years after the first Deus Ex, protagonist Alex (the player can choose a male or female character) faces a world dealing with both technological collapse and augmentation proliferation. Multiple solutions to every challenge, numerous biomod powers, and a treacherous world echo the spirit of the original classic, also by Ion Storm Austin (Thief: Deadly Shadows)
This turn-based strategy from Snowbird Games (the forerunner to their upcoming Eador: Masters of the Broken World) combines elements of classics such as Age of Wonders (tactical battles, hero progression/items) and Civilization (grand strategy, trade agreements) and its own non-linear gameplay and style to great effect to create an immersive and enchanting fantasy game.