American Truck Simulator scratches a weird itch for me — you get to slowly build up a trucking empire while enjoying the scenery of the western United States, including my adoptive home state of New Mexico. It’s a great way to pass the time while listening to local radio and just relax.
If you’re more interested in the management side of things than the driving itself, then TransRoad USA might be more your style. The game is a tycoon or management sim, set in a similar truck-centric America rendered in interstates, truck stops and goods-producing industries that desperately need your help. Without the actual driving to focus on, you can instead manage your [...]
Ancient Frontier is a turn-based spaceship strategy game from two-man dev team Fair Weather Studios. While the far-future setting is achingly familiar and voice acting is tedious, the actual meat of the game is something you can get into. As with XCOM, you move your units one by one, seeking cover while obviating that of your enemy, but additional objectives force you out of a comfortable creep through the map.
Through the game’s early missions, you can get a sense of Ancient Frontier’s flow. Missions will task you with defending friendly freighters and take on rival factions, or merely exploring space and gathering resources. After you make it back in once [...]
Over the past couple of days I’ve been playing Qbeh-1, a first-person puzzle platformer by indie studio Liquid Flower. The game is most easily described as a mixture of Portal and Minecraft; you progress through the game’s serene levels by collecting and placing special blocks, ultimately arriving at a portal to the next level.