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Frostpunk Review

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Available On: PC

Things were going well, or least as well as can be expected against an apocalyptic snowstorm, until the temperature plummeted another 40 degrees. “Snowmaggeddon” is a joke during brutal winters. But nobody’s laughing in the world of Frostpunk when temperatures approach -90 degrees, rendering most of the world uninhabitable.

In the last city my supply of coal dwindled to nothing as my geothermic reactor began shutting down. I watched a cascade of Bad News as my workforce grew sick, homes grew cold, and people began dying. I was forced to pass a law to enable emergency 24 hour shifts. Brave men and women operated frozen coal mines in the dead of night to give us the juice we needed. Some grew sick, and some were so frostbitten they had to have limbs amputated.

But the city survived. These harrowing moments solidify Frostpunk as one of the most memorable and emotional city building sims I’ve ever played.

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Farm Sim My Time at Portia Update Adds Livestock

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My Time at Portia is a Stardew Valley-like farming sim, in 3D. It’s currently available via Steam Early Access, and recently saw a major update by Chinese developer Pathea Games and publisher Team17. My Time at Portia is due to launch later this year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch.

The new update adds livestock, which I’d think would be a pretty high priority for a farming sim. Players can now raise sheep, chicken ducks, and cows, harvesting eggs and milk and breeding them. Horse riding has also been added, including romantic horse rides with your favorite NPCs.

Note that you can only rent horses right now. The ability to raise and ride your own horse will be added in a future update.

A museum has also been added to Portia, along with a new story mission. Complete the mission to open the museum, and get paid to donate relics.

More new features include a new dungeon in the desert region, stargazing dating mini-game, and two new shops.

A limited demo of My Time at Portia has recently been added to Steam. Unfortunately any progress made in the demo does not carry over should you purchase the full game.

My Time at Portia released on Steam Early Access earlier this year.

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Cities: Skylines Celebrates 5 Million Sold with Ties to Surviving Mars

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SimCity-like management game Cities: Skylines is turning three years old this weekend. Publisher Paradox Interactive is celebrating with some in-game goodies, as they all also reveal hitting the five million copies sold milestone.

Cities: Skylines players will be able to enjoy a new Rocket City building called Xchirp Launcher as well as a new radio station called Official Mars Radio. Starting this Friday, March 9, the radio station will play space-themed electronica.

While these goodies are meant to celebrate the three year and five million sold milestones, they’re really advertising Paradox’s upcoming game release, Surviving Mars, on March 15. Surviving Mars looks to take many of the winning concepts of Cities: Skylines into building habitable cities on the red planet.

Current owners of Cities: Skylines on Steam will get 10% off pre-orders for Surviving Mars.

Over the years Paradox and developer Colossal Order have released numerous paid and free DLC expansions and updates to Cities: Skylines. Over 1,000 new features have been added since launch, along with over 100,000 free mods via the Steam Workshop.

Next week will see the launch of the Content Creator Pack for the console versions of Cities: Skylines. This $9.99 DLC pack will include a number of new buildings and styles modeled by two talented members of the Cities community, Matt “Shroomblaze” Crux and Mauro “GCVos” Vos. The Content Creator Pack will be available March 13 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Cities: Skylines is available on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s rated E for Everyone. Surviving Mars launches March 15.

Play Holy Potatoes We’re in Space on iOS this Week

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Daylight Studios is bringing their tactical spaceship adventure Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! to iOS this Thursday, March 1 for $6.99. An Android release will follow soon after.

“We have reworked the UI in Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! and made font sizes bigger and easier to read, and also increased the size of UI elements and buttons to make playing Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! as comfortable as possible on mobile phones and tablets,” said Faizan Abid, producer at Daylight Studios.

The rogue-like adventure stars a humorous cast of anthropomorphic ship captains and scientists. There’s a lot of fun pop culture references and plenty of veggie puns. It’s also a solid strategy game, with turn-based combat and lots of interesting weapon varieties. Read our review on the PC version, which released almost exactly a year ago.

Daylight Studios previously ported their first Holy Potatoes game, Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! to mobile devices last year. The third game in the series, Holy Potatoes! What the Hell?! also released last year, on PC. It’s about cooking (in Hell).

Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! will be available on iOS on March 1, later on Android. It’s not rated by the ESRB, but seemed appropriate for most kids, though they may not get all the many, many sci-fi references.