Worms clones are a dime a dozen these days. Earlier copy-cats like Hedgewarsand GunBound remain a cinch to locate and download today -- for free nonetheless-- while more recent inspirations of Team17's benchmark strategy game continue to pop up across a variety of modern formats. From Facebook to mobile devices, games such as American McGee's Crazy Fairies and Wild Ones strive to replicate Worms's massive success, all while attempting to bring something new to the table.
- A new point-and-click adventure game is coming to PC and Mac, helmed by Doug TenNapel, creator of Earthworm Jim and cult-classic claymation creation The Neverhood.
- Rayman Jungle Run, Ubisoft's award-winning mobile take on the Rayman Origins reboot, has just crashed landed into the Windows Store, presumably setting off burglar alarms and getting glass everywhere. This new version of the game is compatible with PCs and Surface tablets running either Windows 8 or Microsoft's mobile-centric operating system, Windows RT. Like its Android and iOS equivalents, the app goes for $2.99.
- Wanderer: War Song is a take on the basic premise of Infinity Blade, but one which sadly strives to replicate the game's visual fidelity over what made it truly great -- its controls. Set in beautiful 3D worlds, the game has you duke it out with giant mythical creatures in large arenas where you are allowed to move freely and maneuver around foes. Like Infinity Blade, attacks are issued by swiping at the touch screen, with your on-screen character replicating the angle you input. In Infinity Blade, the angling of hits actually offered a strategic advantage, but here, all attacks register damage the same, regardless of their positioning.
- Popular anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is coming to PC in the form of a free-to-play first person shooter. The announcement came from Nexon, a company specializing in F2P games, which is like best known for its 2D browser-based MMO MapleStory.
- The hidden object game genre carries along with it many common tropes, with its collection-based gameplay and puzzling plots that must be put together piece by piece. Sure, each game casts a unique art style and thematic glaze over the whole experience, but it is within the details of the plots that many of these games really get to flex their creative freedom. The results may not always be enthralling or captivating, but once in a while a gem shines through with an original story to tell, one beyond simple mystery devices and the who-done-it blueprint, one which delivers a tale really worth investigating. Chimeras: Tune of Revenge is one such game.
- Some new content is whirling its way into the land of Oz, as the social facebook farming game based on the fairytale franchise has a new update rolling out this week. The new content revolves around the Scarecrow character, who -- upon being plucked from his perch in the cornfields outside Munchkinland -- will introduce players to Scarecrow Farm, an alternative place for them to boost resources while still tending to their tasks in Munchkinland.
- In the town of Wallachian, it isn't a very good idea to go bar-hopping at night. In fact, violence in the town has gotten so bad that one local bar-maid has resorted to removing the door-knockers off her tavern. Bodies are filling the morgue, and even the doctor inspecting them has wound up dead. But luckily for the villagers, the town cleric had the wise insight to hire you, a renowned Constable known for sorting these kinds of messes out. Unluckily for you, however, it looks like you'll be dealing with something more than your run-of-the mill killer.