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We're giving away $100 OP Store Credit!

Hey Opiates! Happy December to you all! To welcome the festive season we're kicking off a fan art competition to win OP store credit and a chance to have your art officially featured in this year's Opium Pulses Christmas Sale. We'd like our community to draw our mascot 'Opius' with a movie theme of their choice (Gremlins, Home Alone, Frozen, Ghostbusters, Child's Play, Toy Story, E.T. etc.) - a picture of Opius for reference has been added below. The winners will be picked sometime before December 17th, when our sale and on-site giveaway celebrations will begin. The winning piece of art will be used as the

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Stranded Deep Review

Survival games come in a variety of flavors, some realistic, others not so much, some focused almost entirely on survival, others with added elements of fantasy or horror, like mythical or not-so-mythical creatures out for your flesh and blood. Few games are focused almost entirely on taming nature and making it play by your rules.One of them is Stranded Deep, a game under development by Australian studio Beam Team  Games.A Little BackstoryThe backstory of your character on Stranded Deep is very thin: you are a person sitting on a private jet in flight over the high seas when something happens: the

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The Appeal of Collecting Cards And Why People Do It

Collecting playing cards is a well-known hobby among lots of men and women, regardless of their age. This is not a new activity, and it has been present since the old times, together with playing cards themselves. Nowadays, there are different options to choose from when you want to start or continue collecting playing cards, besides some traditional ones that keep on growing in popularity.If you want to find out what exactly makes people like this hobby so much, then keep on reading and find out some nice details that can convince you to try it or continue with this activity.Helps

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Lost Ruins Review

Lost Ruins is Altari Games’ first project, successfully backed on Kickstarter in September of 2020. It is a different, unique game, combining different styles and mechanics and that alone is why I appreciated it so much. It is not perfect, and you probably need to be more than a casual gamer to fully appreciate it. When you start a new game, you’re welcomed with the wisest words I’ve seen in a long time: “Those interested in enjoying the story with minimal obstacles are encouraged to try the Accessible difficulty.” Looks like I missed that part, because I started my game at

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Dinner Date Review

Dinner Date is a Simulator game that features supposedly a date that features not breakfast nor lunch. It plays on your hope.This article will not only review the quality of the game but also a brief discourse of the genre as a whole and its mechanics in the place of the market. The screenshots are taken from the game's steam store as there are some issue taking pictures in-game.According to the developer himself, Jeroen Stout, this game began as a school project. It finally turned into a product on steam with a price tag that seems controversial to many. The price may

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Sword of Legends Online Review

SOLO originally released in China in 2019, and just made its grand appearance in the west earlier this month. I was excited to jump in, and dove head first. It was a bumpy road with awkward translation, but overall it was beautiful and engaging—everything I want in an MMO.Reviewing a base MMO under regular circumstances is no small task. There is questing, levelling, dungeons, raids, pets, gearing, customization, UI’s and more to think of. That is all true with Swords of Legends Online, but this time we are starting from scratch, with no previous understanding of the game. It would take

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A Deep Dive in to Every Fable Game - Big, Small and Forgotten

Lionhead Studios was founded in July 1997 by Peter Molyneux, Mark Webley, Tim Rance and Steve Jackson - the majority of which were former Bullfrog Productions employees and left shortly after it was acquired by Electronic Arts to form Lionhead. The studio was named after Mark's hamster that sadly passed away a week prior to them forming. Despite their debut being the 2001 real-time strategy with a God-game twist "Black & White", which saw an official sequel four years later alongside the film industry simulator "The Movies", Lionhead Studios aren't known for much besides the Fable franchise, the first of which released

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Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons Review

Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons is an experiment on the potential of controllers servicing as a unique and refreshing gameplay experience as well as the testament of trust towards the players’ intelligence in understanding semiotics by confidently telling a story without an understandable language, verbal or written, all soaking in a beautifully crafted art style. On the SurfaceIt is an adventure game with beautiful scenery filled fully on the screen without a single distraction from the UI (or the lack thereof) all the way from the menu till the credits roll. It is certainly eye-candy wherever you look. Knowing this,

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Before We Leave Review

Coming in at a surprisingly small 1.3GB, there’s a whole solar system’s worth of city-building crammed within Before We Leave. This is a non-violent city builder, which means it has all pillars of a 4X game, except for the eXterminate mainstay. Balancing Monkey Games have made a game that’s both accessible for newcomers, but still offers enough depth for the hardcore. Before We Leave is as gorgeous as it is grand, and it only gets more enjoyable the more time you spend with it.Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Before We Leave sees how fifty peeps (hey, that’s what the game calls them) re-learn

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Pile Up! Box by Box Review

Pile Up is a family-friendly couch co-op 3D plaformer where players control boxes and must solve small puzzles to advance. The game looks good but does it deserve its 96% positive reviews on Steam (at time of review)? Most of the puzzles in the game are related to out-of-reach platforms and you need to use boxes to reach those places. There are different kinds of boxes (which are nicely introduced one by one) that you can gather and use to create stairs and such. While playing solo, there are always enough boxes to be able to go everywhere by yourself. In co-op