Slay the Spire Review

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Available On: PC (Windows, Mac, Linux) , PlayStation 4, Switch

Card battlers are fashionably popular right now (see our review on the excellent SteamWorld Quest), and Slay the Spire checks just about every box for popular indie genres. Deck-building. Dungeon Crawling. Random Encounters. Roguelike. Even more than most in the genre, Slay the Spire is a purely mechanics-driven game, with very little storytelling. But those systems work beautifully together to create a memorable, deep, and easy-to-play experience that rivals many physical card games.

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ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove Review

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Available On: PC (Win, Mac, Linux), PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One

The honeymoon for nostalgia-fueled Kickstarter video game projects has long since passed. Older games and genres from the 80s and 90s inspired a treasure trove of multi-million dollar projects, to varying degrees of success. Despite the digital gold rush, I never expected one of these Kickstarter fruits to bear a new ToeJam & Earl game, let alone it be quite good.

ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove is the fourth game in the bizarre but strangely memorable 90s series. But it’s also a triumphant recreation of the 1991 original, which has all the early trappings of a solid roguelike dungeon crawler, that happens to star a pair of funky aliens. While some gameplay elements are quite frustrating, Back in the Groove is dripping with 90s charm, lots of replayability, and fantastic co-op.

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Tropico 6

Tropico 6 Delayed to March, Free DLC to Early Pre-Orders

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Kalypso Media has again pushed back the release date for Tropico 6, the latest in the island simulation series. It was originally set to launch on PC in January 2019; now it’s releasing March 29 (console versions to follow later). As compensation, the company is offering the first planned DLC for free for anyone who pre-orders Tropico 6 before January 10.

You can pre-order through Steam, Kaylpso’s website, or any other digital platforms to get in on the deal. But you must pre-order by 10 am Pacific/1pm Eastern on January 10 to qualify. The first planned DLC is due out Q2 2019.

Simon Hellwig, Owner and Director of Kalypso Media, posted an open letter to fans addressing the delay. “Over the holidays, I have played Tropico 6 for many hours and really liked what I saw. But, in my humble opinion, it is not enough to like a game – I want to love it! And Tropico 6 is good, but not very good, or outstanding. Yet. Combining my own opinion and the response we had from thousands of dedicated beta players around the world, Kalypso has decided to postpone the release of the game for another couple of months.”

Hellwig specifically mentions pathfinding, multiplayer, and general AI simulation could all use more tweaks and balances, none of which can be done over night.

Tropico 6 is shaping up to be the definitive Tropico game as you manage your banana republic’s economy, infrastructure, and people. For the first time in the series you can control and run multiple islands in a single archipelago. Tropico 6 also supports cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four would-be dictators.

Tropico 6 is now set to launch on March 29 on PC, Mac, and Linux. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are due later this summer.