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'Necropolis': Randomly Generated Blandness

The dungeons may be randomly generated, but Necropolis guarantees monotony around every corner.

Anthony LaBella
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Crayon Physics Deluxe

What Crayon Physics Deluxe represents is a game where the author's intent is barely a whisper.

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This is a Cry for Help

Edmund McMillen's collection shows the slow shift from just making games with an artistic edge, through the indie scene, and to the subsequent art games that are starting to become popular now.

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Left 4 Dead

Playing as the infected and coordinating with your team as you try and stop the survivors from reaching the safe room is just as fun and fleshed-out as playing as the survivors.

Jason Cook
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The Campbellian Myth of Monkey Island

The Secret of Monkey Island is one of the '90s' best examples of interactive fiction, and it accomplishes this by using a variety of narrative and game design techniques to deliver a Joseph Campbell experience.

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Pipe Mania

Pipe Mania features that holy grail of replayability: emergent gameplay.

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Silent Hill: Homecoming

"Atmosphere" is the key word when talking about Silent Hill, and Homecoming is no different.

Jason Cook
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Dead Space

While Dead Space's influences are easy to spot, it is extraordinarily smart about cohesively assembling key elements from these influences into a compelling experience.

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Iji

The thematic choice of the game is whether you wish to play Iji as she first starts out and refrain from violence, or use her newfound abilities to change her into a killer.

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The Political Machine 2008

Stardock has released a reduced but free version of their political simulator.

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Dracula: Origin

Dracula: Origin is one of those rare examples of the adventure genre that steadfastly avoids humor as if it will irrevocably damage its credibility.

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Quest for Glory II: Trial By Fire

This remake is such a precise recreation of the original, right down to all of the scenes looking exactly the same, that there are no real complaints to make.

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Spore

Ideally, Spore is more like a bucket of crayons than a copy of Candy Land -- it's a tool for creating, not a game to be won, lost, or even completed.

Jamie Lynn Dunston
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The Immortals of Terra

The Immortals of Terra represents the collision of the niche audience of adventure gamers with the niche audience of Perry Rhodan fans.

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Roogoo

Roogoo simplifies several puzzle game concepts while adding a variety of challenges to sustain the interest of its players.

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LEGO Indiana Jones

The player gets a special kind of thrill out of living Indiana Jones' iconic scenes through animated minifigs.

Jamie Lynn Dunston
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Beijing 2008

Gaming should have evolved a bit over the course of the last twenty four years.

Jamie Lynn Dunston
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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars' journey from PCs to consoles was apparently a bumpy one.

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Randy Balma: Municipal Abortionist

The concept of video game design and architecture has been expressed by several academics and yet within it there doesn't seem to be much room for Randy Balma: Municipal Abortionist.

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Hip, Urban, and Undead

A look at Kevan Davis' quietly groundbreaking grid and text-based sandbox MMORPG.

Jamie Lynn Dunston
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Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, Episode One: Homestar Ruiner

You control Strong Bad's actions in this very basic point and click game as he tries to win the Race to the End of the Race.

Darwin Hang
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The Political Machine 2008

It’s like playing Monopoly without the dice or the satisfaction of ever owning property. You just go around and around the board bidding on things.

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Baseball Mogul 2009

There is something wonderful to be said for a World Series between the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers and the 1973 Oakland A's.

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Everyday Shooter

The player has complete control over what he shoots and kills, but the sounds manage to combine in such a way that you feel like you're contributing to a collective whole.

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Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One

Rife with potty humor, the dialogue sometimes seems to have been written by the funniest, most precocious fourth-grade boy in the universe.

Jamie Lynn Dunston
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Immortal Defense

Enemies becomes friends, religions decay, and the universe you went into heaven to defend becomes unrecognizable.

L.B. Jeffries
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The Most Disturbing Thing I've Seen This Week

Some days I probably shouldn't click on every trailer that shows up in my mailbox...

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Sam & Max: Season 2

The comedy routines between Sam and Max run a bit like Calvin & Hobbes humor taken to a freakish extreme.

L.B. Jeffries
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Surfin' the Sound Waves

Green Mushroom is a feature of Moving Pixels that allows our Multimedia writers to comment on reviews in the Multimedia section, hence giving our coverage of those games...(wait for it)...extra life.

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Audiosurf

The real joy of Audiosurf is picking a song, any song, and seeing it literally appear before you as you travel and listen along.

L.B. Jeffries
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game, game, game, and again game

game, game, game, and again game isn't so much a game trying to be art as it is a work of art borrowing from games.

L.B. Jeffries
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Blackwell Unbound

Lauren Blackwell is a woman with a pack-a-day habit and a growing emotional apathy that comes from constantly staring at the end of existence and sending people there.

L.B. Jeffries
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Aquaria

Aquaria, as it turns out, has a lot in common with gourmet pizza.

L.B. Jeffries
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Trilby: The Art of Theft

Given that his game is free, Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw can actually toy with the idea of creating moments in the game that are expressly meant to piss you off.

L.B. Jeffries
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Lego Fever

The play modes of Lego Fever, while not necessarily all that original in their design, are executed perfectly.

Mike Schiller
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Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull

Twelve-year-old girls are champs at this stuff. I know because the GameFAQ I used was written by one.

L.B. Jeffries
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