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Football Manager 2014
Blue and White – EP15

By Rituro & Jorge Figueiredo - April 17th, 2014


Back in March, Rituro returned from his quest to explore the world of soccer and handed me an SD card with encrypted video files on it. Well, these have finally been decoded, and I have to profess that they are quite interesting. The videos are all about Sports Interactive’s Football Manager 2014, and we in the Thumbs Control Center have chosen Episode 15 as a great launch point for those of you who wish to follow along in Rituro’s mad adventures. These videos tell the story of Rituro’s journey in the world of the game, and detail a fair number of the features of this title. Episode 15 deals with a recent patch (14.3) which was a great improvement.

Click this pic to watch the episode.

It’s not the most dynamic of viewing (I’m referring to the lack of actual soccer footage). However, it is highly informative for those of you who really enjoy management-style games.

Byte-Sized Reviews
Battletank: L.O.B.A.

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 14th, 2014


I met Quentin Preik at the 2013 Fan Expo in Toronto, where he was manning a booth for his game called Steel Archers. Since that time, I have run into him at various events, and chatted him up. In talking with Quentin, it’s easy to see how much he loves making games, and his love of simplicity in game-play coupled with good ol’ fashioned fun makes him a neat person to chat with. These qualities permeate the games that he makes – one of which is a little-known local multi-player PC gem that he sent our way. The game is called Battletank: L.O.B.A. (Local Offline Battle Arena), and it’s a party game with a simple hook: blow the crap out of your friends.

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Keyboard + Eye-Tracking = FUN

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 11th, 2014

Click this pic to watch a demo of Focalpoint.

When I was younger, the eye-tracking offered in the targeting system of the Apache attack helicopter fascinated me to no end. Even now, it’s not hard to imagine that eye-tracking is a possible next step in the evolution of interfacing with computers and other consumer technology. Gazepoint, a start-up from out West, has created a relatively affordable solution for those looking to develop applications that utilize this interface (and those who wish to study eye-tracking) – it’s called the GP3. Some students from the University of British Columbia have been working in collaboration with Gazepoint on a 2D puzzle-platformer that combines traditional keyboard controls with eye-tracking. It’s called Focalpoint, and it is a step in an exciting new direction.

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South Park: The Stick of Truth

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 1st, 2014


Full disclosure: I wasn’t going to review this game at all, as I figured that one of the other staffers would jump at the chance, it being South Park, and all. Interestingly enough, nobody on staff had a PC that was capable of running the copy that was sent to us (and the one person that did have a decent PC was a bit too busy to take on the assignment), so the job fell to me (the guy who hasn’t watched South Park in forever). You know what? I’m glad that fate dictated that the game should be mine to play and discuss, because it is a masterpiece! If you are a fan of South Park, or you want to be, Obsidian’s South Park: The Stick of Truth (published by Ubisoft) should be an essential part of your PC game collection (and it’s also on consoles).

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99 Spirits

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 19th, 2014


Fruitbat Factory’s 99 Spirits is an interesting take on role-playing games. This RPG/puzzler is weird and wacky, from its story to its implementation. If you are a fan of unconventional games (by North American standards), 99 Spirits might be something you find fun. At the very least, it’s pretty easy to pick up and play – and it contains a level of challenge that is somewhat unique in this space.

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Girls Like Robots

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 6th, 2014


Girls Like Robots (from developer Popcannibal) is an interesting study in social intricacies and people management. It’s an addictive puzzle game that originated on iOS (and Android) and has made its way over to the desktop through Steam. Girls Like Robots is undoubtedly an indie title, with relatively basic graphics and a simple hook; but, it is easy to pick up, but devilishly difficult holding promise for puzzlers.

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Fashionably Late Review
Avadon 2: The Corruption

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 1st, 2014


Avadon 2: The Corruption, is a single-player role-playing game for the PC from Spiderweb Software. Avadon 2 is very similar to many other RPGs, differentiating itself by offering a unique story and some interesting twists to the normal formula – at least, it really tries. In the end, Avadon 2 doesn’t offer very much in terms of innovative game-play, but it has been carefully crafted, so if the world that it presents is something that resonates with you, there should be little fear of being disappointed.

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