Octodad: Dadliest Catch reconstructs the tried and true gaming tradition of inescapable challenge in a new, orange cephalopod body – and a three-piece suit. It's exactly as endearing as it sounds, occasional irritating objective aside, delivering a pleasantly confounding stumble through mollusk fatherhood.
Becoming a teenager is never easy, but it's even less so when you've spent your life trapped on a spaceship with Fisher-Price décor and an omniscient, obsessively overprotective mom-puter. And don't even get us started on how tough coming of age can be when you've been selected as your village's maiden sacrifice to a giant, mysterious monster. These predicaments couldn't be more different, and yet they're intertwined in Broken Age, which follows space-boy Shay Volta and sacrifice-girl Vella Tartine through goofy parallel quests to subvert their destinies.
Death is permanent in Rogue Legacy, but it is never final. When a plucky Barbarian Queen is invariably fried by a warlock or chewed up by a warg during her quest to conquer Castle Hamson, one of her children will always be available to take up the mantle. Here's the catch: almost everything in Rogue Legacy is randomized, procedurally generated, or otherwise the result of some cosmic roll of the dice.
Fez takes place, as most games do, in a world on the brink: the mysterious Hypercube has exploded, setting off a chain reaction that eventually culminates with the universe collapsing unto itself. Armed with the titular hat that allows him to perceive three dimensions for the first time, a bulbous sprite named Gomez sets off to restore order. Fez is, ostensibly, a two-dimensional platform game, sporting the bright pixels and too-floaty jumps that have characterized the genre since the late 1980s.
Oswald Mandus, the meat-processing tycoon at the center of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, is a terrible father. He wakes up on New Year’s Eve 1899 – wracked by fever, with no memory of the past several months – to find that his two sons have disappeared. And rightly so: Mandus is an alcoholic and a violent pervert, and his London manse is littered with grimy, blood-slick hammers, calipers, hacksaws, and other instruments of whatever gruesome work happens underneath the abattoir and processing plant that bears his name. Nevertheless, the search for his children sets the game in motion.
You might think that Apple is done with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard now that OS X 10.7 Lion has hit the streets -- but you’d be wrong! Lovers of the snowy cat can head over to Software Update, where they’ll find Mac OS X 10.6.8 awaiting them again… sort of. Confused? Read on.