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House Flipper Review

This house-renovating simulator provides a satisfying sense of progression and realism. Its focus veers away from architectural and interior design, letting handiwork steal the spotlight.

ValeGuard Early Access Review

ValeGuard is a great RTS game already, despite it being Early Access. With input from players and the already-planned changes from the studio it will only get better. This is a great play for anyone who enjoys the RTS genre.

Farm Manager 2018 Review

Managing a farm is its own reward in Farm Manager 2018, so don’t expect anything beyond that. If that’s what you’re looking for, then this title won’t disappoint.

Open Beta OPN Highlight: Grimmwood

Headup Games and Big Moustache Games announce their cooperation on Grimmwood, a challenging social multiplayer RPG experience, blending elements of survival, roguelike and exploration.

Monster Prom Review

Monster Prom is a dating sim that’s ready to scare away the competition with drop-dead gorgeous art, killer writing, and music that’s to die for.

Starship Corporation Out of Early Access May 3

Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Coronado Games announced that their spaceship-building game Starship Corporation is releasing out of Steam’s Early Access Program on May 3, 2018.

Make Sail Early Access Review

Make Sail is a beautiful game that initially is calming, but the primary features of the game, which are building and sailing, don’t hold up and swiftly lead to frustration. This may be a title to keep an eye on, but there’s not enough there at present to satisfy for very long.

Train Valley 2 Early Access Review

This Early Access train simulator serves as a great addition for fans of micromanagement titles that are easy to relax with. It’s fun, well-crafted, requires thought, and has a wonderfully casual feel. It has some minor flaws, but it’s still worth picking up.

The Endless Mission Gameplay Revealed

E-Line Media, creators of Never Alone, has announced its latest project - The Endless Mission. The Endless Mission is a sandbox-style creation game that takes players on a hero’s journey through a rich narrative world where they develop the power and opportunity to craft games and experiences of their own in the Unity engine - all while challenging forces larger than themselves.

Tempest Citadel Review

Tempest Citadel makes large promises and misses the mark on them all. While it’s certainly playable, it’s a frustrating experience that lacks player engagement. The most redeeming part of this title is the original artwork, which may entice the unsuspecting consumer into purchasing a lackluster entry into the already crowded strategy genre.

Silent Thunder Announced

Gaijin Entertainment, creators of the vehicular combat MMO War Thunder,announced a new, tactical submarine combat game in development, Silent Thunder. In clashes between three of the major military powers of the 21st century, players will face off against each other in combat on the world’s most powerful nuclear submarines.

Bio Inc. Redemption Review

Bio Inc. Redemption presents us with a confused tone: part of it wants to be taken seriously as a realistic medical simulator, while other parts seem to be trying to get a cynical laugh with out-of-place gore and sound effects. Still, this title is well polished and the gameplay is interesting (save for the Achilles’ heel of a terrible point management mechanic that destroys the immersion and fun). Flaws in both balance and theme could have been overlooked if not for the inclusion of this one unfortunate element.

Demolish & Build 2018 Review

Demolish & Build 2018 is a franchise heading in the right direction. While there could be a significant amount of development and tightening of the mechanics and controls, there are many improvements over the previous title. It’s an enjoyable, cooperative sim experience, despite an emphasis on demolishing stronger than on building. A good one to watch for patches, improvements, or to pick up during a Steam sale.

Stormworks: Build and Rescue Early Access Review

Stormworks: Build and Rescue has everything you look for in a casual (but not too casual) title. It expands on well-worn mechanics to provide a familiar but deep experience. Building is interesting and can be as simple or complicated as you’d like, with the logic system providing a wealth of possibilities. Gameplay is straightforward while still being challenging. It’s great as it stands in Early Access, so you can expect a truly great experience from the final product.

OOTP 19 Trailer Showcases New 3D Engine

Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and MiLB.com, announced that Out of the Park Baseball 19 will be released on March 22, 2018. OOTP 19 offers dozens of new features and improvements to its gameplay.

Carried Away Early Access Review

Despite the numerous problems that need to be addressed, Carried Away doesn't have the kind of bugs that make it unplayable. It has a solid foundation, promising to become a truly enjoyable building simulator with improvements. An example from gameplay makes a good metaphor for what you can expect: You can complete a level even if your skier dies because his corpse can skid across the finish line. This is either a morbidly humorous definition of passing a level, or a bug. The fact that you can't tell doesn't hinder you from laughing out loud.

The Station Review

Those looking for alien carnage may want to orbit on past it but fans of sci-fi exploration in space will find in The Station an “out of this world’ experience.  Puzzles and mysteries in an atmospheric setting with an intriguing storyline that delivers, it’s the kind that does not give away goodies from the start. For the patient explorer, a real treat.

Two Point Hospital Announced

Two Point Hospital, inspired by and from the creators of Theme Hospital, is set to be a return to one of gaming's most loved sim genres. Two Point Hospital draws on the experience of some the gaming industry's most experienced and successful sim developers, who between them, in addition to Theme Hospital, have worked on titles like Black and White, Theme Park and Fable at studios including Bullfrog, Lionhead and Mucky Foot. Two Point Hospital will deliver a compelling experience packed with the humor, charm and replayability fans of the genre have come to expect.

Medieval Kingdom Wars Early Access

Medieval Kingdom Wars is a live action RTS with a heavy emphasis on siege battles. Despite added features it feels like a reskinned Medieval Total War 2, although the developers promise a new look at the RTS genre. In their defense, they have been great at updating Medieval Kingdom Wars and incorporating player suggestions, so it’s worth keeping an eye on as it continues through early access before its full release in mid 2018.

Have you heard about DIE YOUNG?

I’m sure you’ve already heard about DIE YOUNG, the visually impressive first person open world survival game set in an island in the Mediterranean Sea featured by Daphne, a brave heroine who tries to escape from this dangerous place.

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