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Last Life interview: Sam Farmer on the intersection of Total Recall, film noir, and point-and-click adventure

Wes Fenlon at

I love film noir and adventure games, so Sam Farmer's Last Life, currently in its final hours on Kickstarter, seems like a game made for me. When I talked to Farmer, though, I was surprised that our conversation veered away from fedoras and shadowy bars and more towards Last Life's sci-fi core. The game is set on Mars, which is weird, and it's about transhumanism—how society changes when 3d printing can indefinitely extend life and AI becomes as intelligent as humanity—which is even weirder. The strangest fact I picked up about Last Life, though, is that Farmer's making the game with his parents.


The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

Well we've avoided global thermonuclear war for the time being, and what better way to celebrate the procrastination of our destruction than by playing some free games released over the last week (or thereabouts)? Read on for SNAAAAAAAKE, dreamy sleepy nighty snoozy snooze, replican not replican't, debris fields and delicious block rotation.


Hot Tin Roof, a new noir-inspired 3D platformer, seeks Kickstarter funding

Ian Birnbaum at

A glorious looking new indie platformer, Hot Tin Roof: The Cat that Wore a Fedora, has just announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund the final stages of production. Set in a stylish film-noir world, Hot Tin Roof features a kitty investigator sidekick and a ton of style.


Saturday Crapshoot: Conspiracies

Richard Cobbett at

Once again, Richard Cobbett rolls the dice to bring you an obscure slice of gaming history, from lost gems to weapons grade atrocities. Today, he dons his fedora to meet the Greek detective that even other sleuths call... well... Nick Delios, probably. Because that's his name.

Every great detective needs a gimmick. Nero Wolfe eats his weight in food on a daily basis. Adrian Monk can't shake hands, or even get near milk. Hercule Poirot's leetle grey cells make him the most punchable of all Belgians. Harry Dresden is the only crimesolving wizard in the phone book. If you don't have a gimmick, you don't have a career in sleuthing. It's that simple.

Prepare to meet Nick Delios: Crazy Hobo PI of THE FUTURE!