Higher Learning

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 14th, 2014


The gaming sphere is a wonderful place thanks to contributions from studios both large and small. At Toronto Thumbs, we love to play games from both sides of the coin. Sometimes, due to scheduling issues, there are titles that need exposure that we can’t get to in time – and it tears us up when we can’t help out a game that needs some extra publicity to get the support that it deserves. Fishing Cactus’ Algo-Bot is one such PC game. While this title has been green-lit on Steam, it recently missed a Kickstarter goal (that is actually quite reasonable), which is a shame since this puzzle game goes a long way to educate in the mystical ways of programming logic.

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Endless Legend Beta
First Impressions

By Rituro - September 13th, 2014


When last we checked in with Amplitude Studios’ Endless Legend, it was in a playable alpha preview. The core of the game was intact though many features and gameplay options were either blocked off or simply not created yet. Still, what I saw was enticing enough to get me excited for the next phase of development. Lo and behold, here we are with the beta preview! Three new factions, new special terrain tiles, updated diplomacy and fleshed-out markets for resources, heroes and units are all great additions but the biggest shiny feature to be enabled – one previously un-clickable from the title screen – is multi-player. Naturally, I had to test this out for the next phase of Toronto Thumbs’ ongoing coverage of Endless Legend. Of course, I’d need a suitable opponent to put the game through its paces; thankfully, it just so happens I have a younger brother who has been brought up to appreciate the finer things in life like Daft Punk and turn-based strategy games. Thus, I proudly present the following three-part preview featuring me and special-correspondent-and-playtester-for-a-day Brayconn. Enjoy!

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Tropico 5
Big Cheese DLC Code

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 7th, 2014


Earlier today, you might have seen Rituro’s review of new DLC for Tropico 5 called The Big Cheese. It looks like it wasn’t a bad addition to the game (though you can just read the review yourself to see what he had to say about it). Toronto Thumbs was lucky enough to score two codes for this, and we’d like to give away the extra!

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Good News Story
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 21st, 2014

Click the pic for the trailer for Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition.

A while back I reviewed Guacamelee! for the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Vita – and I really liked it! Since that time, the game has peen published for multiple platforms, and many people have expressed their love for the title (as well as the DLC). Recently, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (which contains new gaming areas, an extended story, new abilities and much more) was released for all the latest consoles, and now it is being released today (August 21st) on Steam ($14.99)! In fact, DrinkBox has announced something very special for folks who want to buy it: a time-limited 10% discount for newcomers to the series, and a 66% discount for those who own the original Steam Gold Edition (that’s $4.99, folks)!

This new edition of Guacamelee! includes Steam Workshop integration, Steam trading cards, and there are plans for future updates. How’s that for brightening your day?

How Much Do I OUYA?
So Many Me

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 13th, 2014


If you were one of the folks who jumped on the OUYA train, this particular post will be of interest to you. Extend Studio has released a clever little platformer for the cubed wonder called So Many Me. The cute art style and the cartoon-like dialogue hide a challenging and addictive puzzling mechanic that is sure to please even the most discerning players of this genre.

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Fashionably Late Reviews
Tropico 5

By Rituro - August 9th, 2014

Click here to play the video review of Tropico 5.

Sunshine, lush tropical forests, a gleaming presidential palace, acres of slummy shacks and tenements interspersed with banana and tobacco plantations…is there anything quite like life as a Caribbean dictator? Probably not, which is a very good thing. Also a very good thing? Haemimont’s third kick at the Tropico can, Tropico 5. Check out my video review to see what I liked and didn’t like in the latest edition.

First Impressions
Hand of Fate
Early Access

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 7th, 2014


Being invited to play games that are still in development is truly am honour, as it not only allows a sneak peek at what is to come, but also allows you to help the developer tweak certain things by providing valuable feedback. When Defiant Development invited us to try out their new game, Hand of Fate, on Steam Early Access, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, after spending some time with it, I was a bit disappointed; not because the game was a bad experience – but because it’s not finished yet and I really want to keep playing!

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