Explorers is a 15-minute game where you chance upon a chain of desert islands and explore them in search of treasure. There are other explorers too, washing up on their own ramshackle rafts. The game plays a little like Sid Meier's Pirates! and suggests a competition to find all the secrets first, but the vibe is relaxed: "There is no time constraint, no danger, there's no gameover," writes creator Rémy Devaux. A simple Pico-8 version of the game can be played on itch.io free of charge; a more featureful downloadable version is $5.
Artist Claire Hummel, working with Erik Wolpaw and Jay Pinkerton, created an alarmingly convincing set of logos and cover art for games that don't exist. These were easter eggs in the Steam Summer Sale and their nonexistence doubtless disappointed many of those who saw them, such is the polish given to "Dead Seagull Zoo Magnate",… READ THE REST
Designer George Gomez and the gang at Stern Pinball have announced the latest in their huge line of baby-boomer-licensed pinball machines. They've already done The Beatles, classic TV Batman, The Munsters… and now: 007. If you haven't played a pinball machine lately you'll be overwhelmed by the current state of the art execution with worldwide… READ THE REST
In the modern console wars, Nintendo exists on an island alone. One of the biggest complaints that Nintendo routinely garners is that they alienate hardcore gamers by focusing on family-friendly games that appeal to everyone. To the "hardcore gamers" that correlate quality to gore and lurid depictions of sexuality, Nintendo is a toothless developer that… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. If there's one thing we hate doing, it's listening to dumb people say dumb things. In fact, it's unreal what great lengths we go through to avoid small talk, awkward political conversations, and… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. If we've learned anything from the great Sriracha shortage of 2022, it's that nothing is safe and sacred anymore. Even if your troubles are beyond hot sauce, the least you can do… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Communication is the key to, well, almost everything. Understanding and being understood is so core to the experience of life that species will do almost anything to make sure they're heard… READ THE REST