Waking up at the top of a bell tower, unarmed and without any of the skills you’ve earned during the main game, your job is to reach a designated extraction point alive.
And you’ve only got 30 minutes to do it. Completing side missions rewards you with extra time, weapons and skill points, but if you die you’ll need to start the whole process again. The mix of serious challenge and time pressure is complemented by leaderboards that encourage you to refine your approach, gradually recovering skills and improving tactics until you can shoot your way out.
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Papers, Please, iPad
When your name’s drawn in the Arstotzka labour lottery, you gratefully accept your role as border agent, checking the documents of visitors and returning residents. To start with, that means denying entry to those without an Arstotzkan passport, but you’ll soon be checking work permits and diplomatic visas, as well as foiling the plans of criminals. Although checking people’s papers at a fictitious communist state border doesn’t sound like the sort of fun you’d pay to have, this is an exquisite and poignant journey, with the iPad version adding a body scanner and multi-touch control to the award-winning PC original.
Resident Evil HD, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PC
The original Resident Evil put you in the slightly sweaty boots of a special agent during a zombie outbreak, its claustrophobic camera angles, wilfully awkward controls and eerie sound effects conspiring to make it surprising and frightening. Although this HD remastering of the 2002 remake can no longer rely on shock value, its tense and interesting exploration offers up a couple of new areas and puzzles. It may be deliciously nostalgic but the awfulness of the controls is a lot less forgivable in 2015 than it was in 1996.
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