It’s been a long week, but it’s finally over. Shhh!
The end of the work week means it’s time to unwind and play some games, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. If we’re in a good mood, we can even make some pasta, add garlic to the bread, and pour a delicious Moscato. Again, this sounds like work. Best to just get some takeaway.
This week we’re conquering civilization, getting into some cyberpunk, and diving into word puzzlers.
James Billcliffe, Guide Editor – Citizen Sleeper and Gamedec
One weekend, two cyberpunk adventure games.
In this week’s Game Pass, you can get a really fun tabletop RPG, Citizen Sleeperwhere you play as an escaped contract robot trying to build a new life on a distant space station.
It has the classic moody synth arpeggiated vibe you’re looking for in a cyberpunk adventure, even if the massive random chance bumps up the bpm a bit. You can never shake the X-COM stuff, where the 10% chance of something bad happening seems to happen 95% of the time.
On a less random but adventure-like hand, I also give game consolehere you are a metaverse PI who solves the mystery of the game world, you can also try it.
Unlike Citizen Sleeper, it’s one of those games where you make decisions to keep progressing, but with so many options and abilities, I’d love to see if you can really have a big impact on the story, or if you can ‘Either way it ends the same way.
Stephany Nunneley, News Editor – Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition, Possible Exile
I know my game selection sounds like a broken record, but when you’re too busy to touch new things, it’s hard not to go back to old favorites.So, this weekend I’m going to play some Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition.
I haven’t played in a while, so I want to sharpen my skills a bit before the new DLC releases on May 26th. It adds the civilizations of Italy and Malta to the game and sounds like a lot of fun.
Besides, I’ve always been in the mood to play banished. It’s been a long time and it’s one of my favorite games. If you like city building strategy games, you should try this game. Developer Shining Rock Software is currently working on a new project that is somewhat similar to Banished in gameplay, but with a deeper simulation and a more personal focus. It travels, builds and grows with a group of nomads, growing from a small group to a full village. Sounds like it’s in my cab.
Tom Orry, Editor-in-Chief – Knotwords
I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that I don’t have much time in my life to play games in my free time. I still love them, read them all the time, and do my best, but usually when I only have a few minutes here and there, little games like Wordle are the best I can do.
So, glad to find Key words. Yes, this is a word puzzle game.It’s free to download and play on mobile devices (premium unlock if you want to have more features available), and £9.29 on Steam. The free daily challenges on my phone are enough for me for now, but I’d love to pay the full price to unlock everything.
Why? The puzzle elements here are just the right amount of taxation and achievable. It’s one of those games that makes you feel smart, maybe you’ve done something others can’t. Essentially, you have to solve the letter jumble problem, but each set of letters only forms part of a word, and may also be part of multiple words in some form of crossword puzzle.
It’s super neat and not as complicated as I said. If you like something other than Wordle, give it a try.
This is our weekend. What field are you planning to enter?