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  • You might regret downloading these 7 addictive mobile games

    People look for different things when it comes to mobile games – some want adventure, others want strategy and millions want Candy Crush. However there are a few games which prove to be hits due to their sheer addictiveness, departing from the typical format of Bejeweled and Farmville. So what are these mobile games? And what makes them so addictive that you’ll probably end up regretting downloading them when you find yourself still playing at 2am? Here are seven games that will keep you glued to your phone… 1. Rodeo Stampede Rodeo Stampede takes inspiration from endless runner games, but has a...

  • No Man’s Sky update brings basic multiplayer, much more

    No Man's Sky may have been a major disappointment at launch, given the hype, but you can't deny that Hello Games has done a solid job of building on the game's foundation. We saw numerous major updates being released since then, and now the latest one (dubbed Update 1.3: Atlas Rises) also adds a basic multiplayer component of sorts. "Visualised by strange floating orbs, up to 16 players can see and communicate with one another, and explore the universe together. While interaction with others is currently very limited, this is an important first step into the world of synchronous co-op in...

  • Q&A: the devs behind intriguing SA indie game Jetstream

    Last week I had the pleasure of attending Cape Town's Electronic and Gaming Expo (EGE) 2017, the third running of the local gaming event. I had unforgivably missed last year's EGE and seeing the incredible growth between the event's first and latest iteration was quite astonishing. As I fought my way through the sea of attendees, employing a sequence of judo chops and roundhouse kicks, I eventually found my way to the stand of IESA (Interactive Entertainment South Africa), which boasted a selection of locally developed games. One title that caught my attention was Jetstream, an incredibly addictive puzzle game currently...

  • Watch: the moment Valve disappointed its fans with new game

    Whenever video game colossus Valve announces a new game, it's almost guaranteed to be greeted warmly, to say the least. After all, this was the same company behind Half Life, Left 4 Dead, the Counter-Strike franchise and several other titles. However, as this week's announcement showed, if there's one genre that will be greeted with a negative reception, it's probably the collectible card game. This was the case when Valve showed a brief announcement trailer for Artifact, the Dota card game. The delayed "the Dota card game" line perfectly separates the rapturous applause from the mass disappointment. Check out the clip below.

  • UFO 50: indie dev stars to release 8-bit collection

    A group of indie developers, responsible for smash hits such as Downwell and Spelunky, have joined forces to release UFO 50, a collection of 50 8-bit video games. Set for a 2018 release on PC, the collection spans numerous genres, from platformers and RPGs to puzzlers and shooters. In an FAQ on the collection's website, the developers reassure consumers that the games, while somewhat shorter than many proper 8-bit titles, are full titles rather than minigames. "Completing the entire collection could easily take over a hundred hours," they add. UFO 50 will see 50 original 8-bit games being made by indie devs "The story...

  • F1 2017: what’s new in career mode?

    We really enjoyed F1 2016 (review), building on the solid but barebones F1 2015 to deliver one of the better approximations of the motorsport in years. It's almost time for F1 2017 to launch, and we already know that there'll be a dozen classic cars. But what about the all-important career mode? Fortunately, Codemasters has recently shed light on this mode, starting with invitational events throughout your career. The studio notes that throughout a season, you'll be invited to one-off events involving the aforementioned classic cars. These events include "overtake challenges, pursuit events, checkpoint, and time attack challenges". Career mode won't...

  • Indie spotlight: five intriguing indies games you may have missed

    Once upon a time indie games were part of an extremely niche market, but they've increasingly expanded their influence and fanbase -- creating some of the best titles we've come to love. In that spirit, it is only natural that we explore the indie sector to find some more interesting titles emerging. Here's a look at five lesser-known indie games from the past few months that we've had the pleasure of trying out… Among The Innocent: A Stricken Tale The first game on our list is a proudly South African product created by former NAG Magazine editor Geoff Burrows. Not only created by...

  • Humble Bundle and Tales: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. Another week, another opportunity to gather the best mobile games in one place. So let's get on with it! As for highlights? There's another fantastic Humble Bundle, as well as a follow-up to the Knights of Pen and Paper franchise. Galaxy of Pen and Paper (paid - Android, iOS) Ever played the Knights of Pen and Paper games on mobile and PC? No? Well, you're certainly missing out. Now, the franchise has moved from...

  • Fire Pro Wrestling World early access review: no Botchamania here

    The Fire Pro Wrestling games have been going for almost three decades now, but you'd be forgiven for never hearing of it until last month's Fire Pro Wrestling World. Human Entertainment released the first game way back on the PC Engine in 1989, with multiple titles coming out since then, before moving under the Spike Chunsoft banner. Bar a few off-shoots though, the gameplay and presentation has remained similar over the years. And the same rings true for the latest entry in the series, which hit Early Access on Steam after an almost decade-long absence for the franchise. The meat and potatoes You've got...

  • EGE 2017: 3 SA indie titles to watch

    This year's running of EGE 2017 was all about esports, but that didn't mean we didn't get to see some local gaming goodness, with IESA having a respectable stand and Matt 'RogueCode' Cavanagh also showing off his long time coming shooter. Here are three local titles, shown off at EGE, that are worth keeping an eye on. We no doubt missed a title or three (I didn't even know JetStream was available to play, for instance), so drop us a mail if you want to talk about your game. VALA The only one on the list I didn't get to play, owing...