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Phantom Fury – PC Review
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Phantom Fury – PC Review

Published by 3D Realms and created at Slipgate Ironworks™ comes a new retro-shooter called Phantom Fury. The game was released for Steam on April 24th, for £20.49, with a Digital Artbook also available for purchase at £2.49. Some players might know the protagonist from the developer's other work called Bombshell. Although that game was a top-down shooter, their new game changes to an FPS style. This is one Phantom that doesn't hide in the shadows We take the role of Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison after she awakes in a lab thanks to a character called the Colonel. The area you are in is being attacked by the GDF, and your first task is to arm up and get out of there. This takes the player across various areas and wielding a large armoury or weapons. This may be Shelly’s second game, but th...
Aarik And The Ruined Kingdom – PC Preview
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Aarik And The Ruined Kingdom – PC Preview

Set to release on June 20th, Aarik and the Ruined Kingdom is indie developer Shatterproof's first release. New perspectives on old favourites... As the perfect addition to the library of fans of Evo Explores and Monument Valley, the game combines simple yet beautiful graphics and perspective puzzles to build a mystic world and story filled with intrigue perfect for puzzle fans. Gameplay The demo of Aarik and the Ruined Kingdom is short yet packs a punch. With an introduction to Aarik, as well as his father, old pet and mother, the mystery of the story is present from the get go. The kingdom is already in ruin but there is not explanation for why it's so quiet, why Derek (Aarik's old pet) is dead and why his father refuses to wake up and get out of bed. The controls for the g...
Deceit 2- PC Review
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Deceit 2- PC Review

Deceit 2 is the sequel to 2016’s “Deceit.” It originally launched as a pay-to-play title in September of 2023 and has now been released as a free-to-play title as of April 3rd, 2024, coinciding with the console launch. Compensation will be granted to those who previously purchased the game in the form of the Werewolf DLC and some in-game currency. Upon logging into the game, I received a choice of legacy skin for playing the first game. Deception? In a game called deceit? Never... Deceit 2 launched to a rocky reception at first, with players highlighting the switch from free to paid play, and changes to the mechanics; with a majority of players sticking with the first game over the second. Now that the game has launched free-to-play and on consoles, is it worth a go? Gameplay Decei...
Knock’em Out – PC Review
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Knock’em Out – PC Review

Do you ever find yourself in need of an effective way to vent some steam after a hectic day? Instead of punching friends or fellow students/colleagues, game developer Adribeh has kindly created a forum to allow you to safely punch your friends to a bloody pulp with Knock'em Out. This early-access game was released on 4th April. At the moment there's a sale on reducing the price to £3.99. The developer provides a simple description on its Steam page, "Keep a cool head to knock out your opponents in the most violent and fun way!" I got the chance to get within punching distance with fellow Thumb Culture reviewers Stuart and Kyle to give the game a fair whack. See what we thought below. A Smash Hit That's Hard To Beat! Nothing beats the adrenaline when clutching a win in a fast-paced multip...
Bootleg Steamer – PC Review
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Bootleg Steamer – PC Review

From the horror specialists comes something completely different. Bootleg Steamer, a game about prohibition, moonshine and coastguards. Released today April 25th it is available on Steam. What makes this game stand apart and bring you to spend your hard earned money? Boats. Lots of Boats! Good Morning Moonshine! If you've not heard of the team over at Junkfish before, they are synonymous with Monstrum and Monstrum 2, among a couple of other games. The idea behind Bootleg Steamer came out of an internal Game Jam! So does bringing a rogue-lite style game to the water work? Or does it just become a complete shipwreck? Let's find out Gameplay What do you get if you cross Moonshine, Rum, Vodka, Whisky and grain? That's right! Prohibition! Bootleg Steamer is based in the 1920's prohibition e...
Sker Ritual – PC Review
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Sker Ritual – PC Review

I'm checking out the new game from Wales Interactive called Sker Ritual. The name might ring some bells as they did have a previous horror game as well called Maid of Sker. Although, that entry was a single-player horror experience. Their new game, however, takes a rather bold direction by switching to a round-based zombie shooter similar to Call of Duty Zombies.  You and up to three friends can fight waves together as Sker Ritual is available now on Steam for £19.99. The game is still in early access, but its full 1.0 release will be on the 18th of this month. There's a demo also available for the game for those looking to try before you buy. Nôl i mi eu heneidiau! From the Steam page, the Sker Ritual takes place after the events of Maid of Sker. The story primarily will appear throu...
Ready, Steady, Ship! – PC Review
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Ready, Steady, Ship! – PC Review

Have you ever received a parcel and thought you could give that a go? Well now you can, with Ready, Steady, Ship! From Solo developer Jollybits Games and published by Untold Tales. This parcel packing puzzler will bring you perilously to... prustration* Yeah I know, the alliteration kind of lost me there. Pop the right word down in the comments if you fancy a suggestion Evri Time, Always on Time! Releasing on the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 as well as Nintendo Switch and Xbox. Ready, Steady, Ship! brings a puzzler for you and a couch coop buddy to get your brains around. So sit down relax and get ready to see whether you should answer the door when the delivery man comes. Gameplay At its core, Ready, Steady, Ship! is a straightforward puzzler. You are tasked with sending specifica...
Beat Slayer – PC Review
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Beat Slayer – PC Review

Ever wonder what Hades mixed with Crypt of the NecroDancer set in a ‘90s dystopian city would be like? Well, wonder no more! ByteRockers’ Games takes all these juicy elements and blends them into a high-energy roguelike smoothie. Beat Slayer is a 3D hack-and-slash rhythm roguelike that tests not only your combat prowess but your musical timing. Hack-And-Slash Rhythm Roguelike - Beat Slayer It’s ‘90s Berlin and the twisted music mogul Dietrich has perfected the art of truly hypnotic music: using sound waves to emit mind-control signals. All who hear it become his mindless zombies and, with a robot army to keep order, he has the entire city under his control. But there’s one underground corner of the capital free from his grip and ready to fight back. Young rebel Mia and her crew of mis...
Penny’s Big Breakaway – PC Review
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Penny’s Big Breakaway – PC Review

Penny’s Big Breakaway is an Adventure 3D Platformer developed by Evening Star. Being their first released game, I’d say they brought a wrecking ball into the gaming industry. The attention to detail for each world, to the many ways you can either succeed or fail with your handling of the yo-yo. Around the world - Penny's Big Breakaway Penny and her magic yo-yo are pulling moves that not only defy science, but the universe itself…I’ll get it a popsicle later. Now let’s walk the dog and see the beauty that is the giant stage Penny has gotten herself into. Gameplay The game stars Penny, a street performer who wants to make it big and become a star. Penny hears about Eddie the Emperor looking for a new Palace Court Performer and jumps at the chance to win. On her way to the castle, Penny c...
Omega Crafter – PC Review
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Omega Crafter – PC Review

Get ready to chop trees, mine ore and… program robots to help you build your city in the middle of a wilderness?  Omega Crafter is the first Steam release by developer and producer Preferred Networks, which mixes elements of Minecraft, Portal Knights and other survival RPGs and teaches players the basics of programming. Program, build and explore a vast open world... Single player and multiplayer are available as you learn how to program your Grammies and fight bugs in an open world filled with different biomes, enemies and bosses. Omega Crafter is set to release on Steam on March 29th! Want to find some more games? Check out our PC reviews here. Gameplay With an interesting twist on the usual survival game genre, Omega Crafter launches you into a brand new world with the aim...