This week, pretty much everyone at PC Gamer got hooked on Valheim. It started with Chris, who says the Viking epic made him love survival games again (opens in new tab). Harry joined in, but mostly just worked on his house (opens in new tab). James taught everyone else to play a game called "Tree Chicken" (opens in new tab). Those of us who aren't playing it don't really know what's going on any more.
Mollie Taylor played The Sims 4 with its Paranormal Stuff expansion, the one spooky add-on she likes. It's odd how a game whose appeal is day-to-day dilemmas also throws in a bunch of Harry Potter spells and vampires, depending which packs you buy. This one keeps it real in a way, as Mollie discovered when she became a medium and possessed her own toilet.
Andy Kelly played Slipways, a space strategy game designed to not take up much space (opens in new tab). It's a small and combat-free game, a 3X I guess, where you connect worlds with beams that transport resources between them, aiming to get an efficient network of supply routes across the galaxy. It's currently in beta, but looks snacky and neat.
Rachel Watts played Wobbledogs, a pet sim about breeding mutants (opens in new tab). The wobbledogs are gelatinous rectangles with dog faces and legs, whose traits can be altered by messing with their diet. Then they pupate and emerge from their cocoons as, well, not exactly beautiful butterflies.