I can't believe how much I like this visual novel about playing Starcraft 2

You don't have to care about a sport to care about the people who play it.

PAUSE, a relaxation app from the studio that created Monument Valley

The impossible architecture puzzle game Monument Valley is pretty soothing—it's inspired hours of ASMR videos, if that's your jam—but the newest iOS release from Monument Valley developer Ustwo takes things a step further with a straight up relaxation app. PAUSE, a collaboration between ustwo and Pausable, has a simple concept: You simply press your finger on the screen, and move it slowly to make a colorful, amorphous blob grows larger and larger. MORE

There's never been a better time to take an adventure 'round the world

80 Days' latest update, which coincides with its release for PC and Mac on Steam, richly and lovingly highlights the game's best qualities—the sense of adventure it offers alongside truly unique and diverse characters. What makes it so special?

The Beginner's Guide is a game that doesn't want to be written about

The co-creator of The Stanley Parable has a new game that uses game design space in expressive, subversive ways.

Wheels of Aurelia, a girls' road trip, may be my favorite game of 2015 so far

The driving hardly matters at all. I love Lella. If I'd known her I would have gone to France with her in a heartbeat.

Help a beautiful Japanese-style RPG get made

Skullgirls artist Mariel Cartwright and Secret of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta team up on Indivisible, a neat-looking roleplaying adventure with a unique funding scheme. MORE

Marvel at the power of a psychic cat

What if, to a cat, the human world looks like a huge failed civilization bisected by unnatural celestial shapes? MORE

You are Michael Jackson, and you must defeat Michael Jackson

This two-player Michael Jackson game masters the look and feel of an illegal bargain-bin knockoff from the lost 1980s. Did you know he could transform into a spaceship? MORE

Get a wistful, mysterious brain-teaser at a ridiculous discount this week

Road Not Taken, the strange, risky but compelling game from Spry Fox (Triple Town, Alphabear), is 80 percent off, and we think you should check it out. MORE

Mess up the practice space while the band keeps playing

At first you're just knocking over, like, cups and tables and band members and stuff, but then you start to play with the sliders. MORE

Celebrate the classic Breakout, and then rethink the term 'empathy games'

This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us a takedown on 'empathy games' from one of the field's most well-known independent designers, as well as a unique collection of games inspired by the classic Breakout. MORE

You have 99 seconds to make art

Quick, make something creatively fulfilling before time runs out! MORE

1902 trading cards imagine the 'Women of the Future'

Way back in 1902, a French manufacturer released a set of trading cards designed by artist Albert Bergeret that imagined the "women of the future." The cards envisioned women stepping into roles that would have seemed fantastical to most ladies at the time: doctor, lawyer, politician, firefighter, even members of the military. MORE

The new face of Pokémon is butts

Historically, the Pokémon franchise has focused its merchandising efforts on the parts of Pokémon characters that were not their butts. But that's about to change, thanks to a new wave of toys, charms and other assorted swag from Japan that will finally allow you to catch them all. MORE

Home Free wants to make you a stray dog in the big city

It's not easy living in the big city, especially when you're a lost dog. MORE

The geometric horror game Euclidean is Lovecraft levels of scary

Tentacles made of cubes reach for you from within the watery abyss. "You're not supposed to be here," an unseen being informs you as you descend into the first level of the game Euclidean. Deep sea creatures made of shapes swarm, pulse and strain around you—and soon, they notice you. MORE

The Mercator Puzzle reminds you how deceptive maps can be

The Earth is round, and maps are flat. While we have may mapped nearly every inch of our world, figuring out how to translate that information from three dimensions to two remains a problem. MORE

This puzzle game makes me want to learn about opera

I've never watched an opera before, but the new iOS game Magic Flute by Mozart makes me want to. MORE

Wil Wheaton on voice acting and the virtues of therapy through Mario Kart

Greetings, Offworlders! We're proud to team up with our friends at Critical Distance to bring you a special digest edition of their popular This Week in Videogame Blogging feature, showcasing games discussion from all around the web. This week, a therapist shares her successes getting through to young patients through Mario Kart, actor Wil Wheaton discusses a possible union strike by industry voice actors, and we explore Line Hollis's mixtape of games that break the fourth wall. MORE

Read Only Memories breathes life into queer characters in Neo San Francisco

The forthcoming game Read Only Memories stars a queer guest from the future who finds hope amidst a cyberpunk dystopia. MORE