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Goat Simulator Review | Just Kidding Around

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Matt Gardner
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Coffee Stain Studios, Goat Simulator, Indie Games, PC games, Sandbox games

Goat Simulator Review | Just Kidding Around

Goat Simulator is one of the first games that I've ever come across that arrives with a disclaimer from the developers concerned, actively warning people off of the game:

Goat Simulator is a small, broken and stupid game. It was made in a couple of weeks so don’t expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats. In fact, you’re better off not expecting anything at all actually. To be completely honest, it would be best if you’d spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real-life goat.

And it might be right, you know.

For some, the thought of prancing about a pretty tiny, yet jam-packed sandbox as a crazy, bleating billy will seem completely pointless. Goat Simulator is a bit of an aberration -- a joke perhaps taken too far -- a broken, buggy mess that makes a mockery of game development and serves only as a flash in the pan designed to exploit today's obsession with YouTube-captured mishaps.

Goat Simulator is all of those things. Whether or not it's worth your ten dollars (or six pounds) will come down to how much of that you find amusing.

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Goat Simulator only £5.60 on Greenman Gaming (with code)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Coffee Stain Studios, Goat Simulator, PC, PC games

Goat Simulator only £5.60 on Greenman Gaming (with code)

Goat Simulator | Greenman Gaming | £5.60 (save £1.39)
Voucher Code: LPLTHA-IK05YA-J2WO1V

Goat Simulator was just a game jam-developed in-joke until the internet discovered it and demanded a full game. Now here it is, in its ridiculous, intentionally buggy and utterly hlarious glory. You'll get up to all manner of stupid gravity-defying shenanigans in an effort to cause as much damage and pull off as many sweet stunts as possible - and can save £1.39 by using Greenman Gaming's LPLTHA-IK05YA-J2WO1V voucher code.

Goat Simulator is utterly baaarmy and I can't stop playing it

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Coffee Stain Studios, Goat Simulator, Indie Games, PC games, Videos

Goat Simulator is utterly baaarmy and I can't stop playing it

I had to buy it. £6.18 seems a paltry price for getting stuck into a game that should never really have existed. But the Internet wants what the Internet wants, and after the rapturous reception to the first trailer for Goat Simulator, Coffee Stain Studios realised that this utterly barmy concept had captured the imaginations of a fair few people.

It's fitting that the game releases today of all days, but Goat Simulator is far from an April Fools' gag. Instead what you get for your ten dollars is a playpen of anarchy -- a little sandbox of destructible environments, oddball challenges, and daft achievements to unlock. It's deliciously open to modding, and I can't wait to see what people come up with in the weeks ahead. It's another YouTube darling, like Surgeon Simulator and Octodad before it, though without the purposefully botched controls.

It's a game that lets you become a jetpack-clad goat wreaking havoc on a small town, and that's amazing. There's a review coming shortly. No, really -- that's not an April Fools' gag either.

Daily Bite: Goat Simulator Launch Trailer

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Funnies
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Coffee Stain Studios, Daily Bite, Goat Simulator, PC, PC games

I'm going to put it out there... this might be the best trailer of anything that there's ever been. And it's out April 1st. Probably.

Goat Simulator is now a real game, coming to Steam

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Coffee Stain Studios, Goat Simulator, PC, PC games

Goat Simulator is now a real game, coming to Steam

"Okay Internet, You Win"

Goat Simulator may have started life as a joke Game Jam project, but has become so popular that Coffee Stain Studios are turning it into a real game. No, really, you can pre-order it right now. That's supply and demand in action.

New features include the ability to chase people around with park benches stuck to your tongue. Frankly, it's already GOTY 2014 material. Trailer below.

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Sanctum 2 gets free Steam Weekend & 85% discount

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Coffee Stain Studios, PC, PC games, Sanctum 2, Tower Defence games

Sanctum 2 gets free Steam Weekend & 85% discount

Sanctum 2 | Steam | £1.79 (RRP: £11.79)
Sanctum 2 Review

Sanctum 2 is one of my favourite games of 2013: a successful hybrid between tower defence and hectic FPS action. It works brilliantly, and you don't have to take my word for it, since the entire game is free to play on Steam this weekend! If you like it, you can pay a paltry £1.79 -- the cheapest price we've ever seen -- to buy it, or £2.84 for the complete edition.

Sanctum 2 4-Pack | £9.60 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Coffee Stain Studios, FPS, Reverb Publishing, Sanctum 2, Tower Defence games

Sanctum 2 4-Pack | £9.60 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

Sanctum 2 4-Pack | Green Man Gaming | £9.60 (RRP: £11.99)
Voucher Code: GMG20-4B9NY-L4FEN | Sanctum 2 Review

We've seen Sanctum 2 hit some sub-£5 levels over the last couple of months, but if you have a bit of a whip-round, you and three friends can grab a copy for £2.40. You'll get Steam codes.

Sanctum 2 | £3.99 (With Code) | Gamefly | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Coffee Stain Studios, FPS, Reverb Publishing, Sanctum 2, Tower Defence games

Sanctum 2 | £3.99 (With Code) | Gamefly | PC

Sanctum 2 | Gamefly | £3.99 (RRP: £11.99)
Voucher Code: GFDJUL20UK Sanctum 2 Review

The cheapest I've seen, and an utter bargain for a fantastic genre hybrid.

Sanctum 2: Road To Elysiom DLC Now Available

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Coffee Stain Studios, DLC, FPS, PC games, Sanctum 2, Tower Defence games

Sanctum 2: Road To Elysiom DLC Now Available

Sanctum 2's first expansion pack, Road To Elysiom, is now available on Steam for £2.99. For your three quid, you'll net a new player character who reveals dark backstory details, four new maps, extra weapons, towers and perks.

Details and trailer below.

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Sanctum 2 Out On EU XBLA Today

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Coffee Stain Studios, FPS, Sanctum 2, Tower defence, XBLA

Sanctum 2 Out On EU XBLA Today

Sanctum 2, the exceptional tower defence/FPS hybrid from Coffee Stain Studios, is finally available on the European Xbox Live marketplace following a mysterious delay. We awarded the PC version 9/10 in our full Sanctum 2 review (no, I don't know why it isn't in our GOTM roundup either), stating that "cerebral tower defence meets visceral FPS action in this exceptional genre hybrid."

We haven't tested the XBLA outing yet, so be aware that it may not include all the PC version updates that increase tower limits and improve balance. Also, expect a slightly inferior visual experience (though it works well on a controller, no worries).

Sanctum 2 | £9.60 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Coffee Stain Studios, FPS, Reverb Publishing, Sanctum 2, Tower Defence games
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Sanctum 2 | PC

Sanctum 2 | £9.60 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

Sanctum 2 | Green Man Gaming | £9.60 (RRP: £11.99)
Voucher Code: GMG20-LLASD-D8WBQ | Sanctum 2 Review

Game of the month contender right here.

Sanctum 2 Review | The Best Tower Defence Is A Good FPS Offence

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Coffee Stain Studios, FPS, Genre hybrid, PC games, PSN, Reverb Publishing, Tower Defence games, XBLA

Sanctum 2 Review | The Best Tower Defence Is A Good FPS Offence

Platforms: PC (reviewed) | XBLA (European launch delayed) | PSN (coming soon)

Developer: Coffee Stain Studios

Publisher: Reverb

If the original Sanctum was a brave yet flawed experiment into blending cerebral tower defence with FPS elements, its sequel is the main event. Sanctum 2 has been rebuilt from the ground up, polishing the mechanics that worked and refitting those that fell flat. It looks better, plays better and features a suite of improvements both subtle and sweeping.

The net result is an impeccable fusion of the two disparate gameplay styles; an exquisite balance between intelligent forward planning, tactical nouse and desperate no-holds barred gunplay as the ravening hordes close in. Like the best genre hybrids out there, Sanctum 2 succeeds because neither the strategy nor shooting aspects of the experience feel compromised, and they compliment each other in profoundly meaningful ways.

Perhaps more importantly, though, it's also seriously good fun.

Sanctum 2 Review | The Best Tower Defence Is A Good FPS Offence

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Sanctum 2 Launch Trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Coffee Stain Studios, FPS, PC games, Sanctum 2, Tower Defence games, trailer, XBLA
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PC | Xbox 360

Sanctum 2 Launch Trailer

Sanctum 2 launched yesterday on Steam and XBLA, and the launch trailer makes a convincing case for checking out the trial. Like its predecessor, Sanctum 2 is an FPS/Tower Defence hybrid that rewards tactics as well as twitchy reflexes, but contains "more characters, more enemies, more bosses, more levels, more weapons and more towers."

We've got the new video and a feature list after the break.

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Sanctum Collection | £3.42 With Voucher Code | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, Coffee Stain Studios, Indie Games, PC games, Sanctum
Sanctum Collection | £3.42 With Voucher Code | GamersGate | PC
  • What: Sanctum Collection
  • Where: GamersGate
  • Current Price: £3.42 (£3.60)
  • Voucher Code: G2PO
  • RRP: £13.99

If you've been on the fence about picking up the fun-yet-flawed tower defence hybrid, GamersGate have brought Sanctum down to £1.99. However, a bigger saving can be achieved if you buy its complete collection using the G2PO voucher code, which includes seven DLC packs and the soundtrack for less than £3.50. You'll effectively save £9.

Sanctum | £1.74 & Free Play Weekend | Steam | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, Coffee Stain Studios, Indie Games, PC games, Sanctum
Sanctum | £1.74 & Free Play Weekend | Steam | PC
  • What: Sanctum
  • Where: Steam
  • Current Price: £1.74
  • RRP: £6.99

Steam are currently running a weekend sale on Sanctum, the first person action/tower defence hybrid from Coffee Stain Studios. Even better, though, is the fact that you can download and play it for free until Sunday evening (UK time), which will help you decide whether to throw a few quid at it.

If you plan on playing regularly, however, you're probably better off buying the complete edition with all of the DLC towers. It's £3.75.

Sanctum Collection | £3.99 | Impulse Driven | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, Coffee Stain Studios, Indie Games, PC games, Sanctum
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PC
Sanctum Collection | £3.99 | Impulse Driven | PC
  • What: Sanctum Collection
  • Where: Impulse
  • Current Price: £3.99
  • RRP: £15.99

There's never been a better opportunity to get into Sanctum, the tower defence/shooter hybrid from Coffee Stain Studios. While critical reviews are middling to fair, £3.99 will net you the original game plus every single DLC pack... which would usually set you back nearly sixteen quid! Bargain.

You can also buy the original game for £1.74 by itself.

Sanctum | £3.49 & Free Play Weekend | Steam | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Action Games, Coffee Stain Studios, Indie Games, PC games, Sanctum
Sanctum | £3.49 & Free Play Weekend | Steam | PC
  • What: Sanctum
  • Where: Steam
  • Current Price: £3.49
  • RRP: £6.99

Steam are currently running a 50% sale on Sanctum, the first person action/tower defence hybrid from Coffee Stain Studios. Even better, though, is the fact that you can download and play Sanctum for free until Sunday evening (UK time), which will help you decide whether to throw a few quid at it.