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NEWS: “13 Minutes Ago”, a game about Basque terrorism

Alain Xalabarde publishes his latest serious game, an interactive story with over 13 different endings, dealing with the harsh reality of Basque terrorism. The first session of the game may be played in less than 13 minutes, although one can only experience each minute of the story through the eyes of one character. Players are therefore encouraged to replay in… Read more →

REVIEW: Portal

Now, I know this game has been out since, like… forever, and I know it has been discussed to death. But as you may have noticed, I prefer to rate good games, not necessarily new games. Having said that, Portal is the game that every aspiring game designer should play. It is a master piece in game design, from beginning… Read more →

REVIEW: Game Dev Story

I will always remember Game Dev Story as the first mobile game I was totally addicted to. It’s retro, it’s cute, and it’s super well designed. First of all, “You know a Kairosoft Game when you see one”. I know it may come across as repetitive, but you can’t have too much of a good thing. The studio is known for its… Read more →

LIST: Top 10 Tycoon Games for Android

Last year I published Actor Tycoon for Android (and currently working on the sequel). At the time I felt like there were good, classic Tycoon/Manager games missing. It’s a genre I personally love and is now, unfortunately, wrongfully put in the same basket of idle games. I will, however, mix and match them with “Manager” games as I find that the… Read more →

REVIEW: Loneliness

This is one of the joyful hidden gems. You can play it for free on Kongregate (which, by the way, if you don’t know about Kongreate – now you do). You cannot get simpler than this game. It reminds me of a 1944 film experiment, “Heider and Simmel”. The purpose of this film was to explore how human beings attach meaning. In the… Read more →

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EXTRA: Bilbao, a Diamond in the Rough

Ok, before I begin, I must admit, I am a little bit biased when it comes to Bilbao. I have Basque roots and I’ve always been a fan. However, that does not undermine the fact that this city is an unexploited paradise for game developers and studios looking to expand. First off, the Basque Country is undoubtedly the richest and… Read more →

REVIEW: Europa Universalis

One of the key rules of any game designer is the KISS rule: Keep It Simple, Stupid. This does not apply to the Europa Universalis series. EU has no mercy on beginners. It’s tough. It doesn’t care that your flimsy human brain can’t cope with so many opaque mechanics going on at once. It’s up to you to invest the time and… Read more →