Simulation games

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Help, I’m obsessed with pressure-washing Lara Croft’s house | Ellie Gibson
I started playing a video game about cleaning for a laugh – now it’s all gotten out of hand and I’m going for the Guinness World Record

Ellie Gibson

28, Feb, 2023 @10:15 AM

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‘Uh oh … boom!’: TikTok is in love with simulated shipwrecks
Fans say the use of an accurate physics engine to reimagine historic shipwrecks makes it ‘difficult to look away’

Amelia Tait

12, Jan, 2023 @6:30 AM

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The video games you may have missed in 2022
Run an arcade, oversee an archeological dig, kill people on rollerskates or play the trombone – our critics pick some deep cuts from the year in games

Malindy Hetfeld, Lewis Packwood, Keza MacDonald, Bex April May, Nic Reuben, Rick Lane, Sarah Maria Griffin and Lewis Gordon

22, Dec, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Music to harvest and relax to: how the Stardew Valley soundtrack caught the rhythms of the seasons
Like everything else about the hit indie farming game, Stardew Valley’s soundtrack is an extension of its creator, Eric Barone. He reveals how he composed it by listening to the weather

Dom Peppiatt

16, Dec, 2022 @3:09 PM

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Unsocial hours: the best video games to play in ‘goblin mode’
Draw the curtains, pull up your weighted blanket and hunker down with these cosy sims, expansive fantasies or, for actual goblins, subterranean dungeon crawlers

Keith Stuart

08, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Pushing Buttons: the voice actors speaking out against NDAs, code names and poor pay
Stars of huge titles claim they get peanuts as games companies rake in millions. Now the lead actor on Bayonetta is asking fans to boycott its new game in protest

Keza MacDonald

18, Oct, 2022 @10:48 AM

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A busman’s video game? Meet the people who play job sims of their own careers
From the ex-military air dispatcher who enjoys flight sims over Bournemouth to the train driver who copies his real-life routes, gamers explain the peculiar joy of playing at their jobs

Keith Stuart

12, Oct, 2022 @9:02 AM

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‘Economists should study it’: inside Disney Dreamlight Valley, the latest game taking over TikTok
‘Disney Animal Crossing’ is all over the video platform, but is it merely an imitation of everyone’s favourite pandemic play? Or will Mickey and co have you enthralled?

Amelia Tait

29, Sep, 2022 @8:00 AM

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A midlife crisis in space: the Alters is a sci-fi comedy starring hapless clones
Featuring an astronaut trapped on a space station with only his alternate selves for company, 11 Bit Studios’ next game walks the line between comedy and commentary

Edwin Evans-Thirlwell

03, Aug, 2022 @1:47 PM

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Welcome to EVE Online: the spaceship game where high-flyers live out their imperial fantasies
This seductive sandbox attracts Washington lawyers and real-life rocket scientists to a safe space for virtual villainy

Tom Regan

03, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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What I learned about the fuel business playing Gas Station Simulator
If you think ending the supply chain crisis will be hard, pity the poor players of this popular job simulation game, who have to deal with angry customers, mean relatives and weird physics

Keith Stuart

09, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Boyfriend Dungeon review – a video game where you can date your weapons
It’s a jokey concept, but this dating game/dungeon crawler deals with everything from stalking to polyamory

Lewis Packwood

19, Aug, 2021 @8:30 AM

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