SFTW: Nitrome

Each week Iain Simons selects a game so you can while away a few hours at your computer. This week <

The brilliant Nitrome have released a new game, a neat twist on the sliding puzzle games that populated the playgrounds of old. In the Dog House is a logic puzzle which challenges you to create a safe path delivering your dog to it’s dinner. The less moves with which you do this, the higher the score.

Beginning simply the game rapidly builds into a complex and satisfying puzzle as other elements are added, including of course - cats. All of this is lovingly rendered in Nitrome’s trademark pixel-art style and results in an addictive experience.

If you enjoy this, you’d be well advised to try out some of the other titles on Nitrome’s site, as one of the leading purveyors of desktop distractions there are some real treasures to be found here here.

Play In the Dog House

SFTW Update:

Fans of previous SFTW title Hoshi Saga will be pleased to learn that a further sequel has just been released. Hoshi Saga 3 is playable here…

Iain Simons writes, talks and tweets about videogames and technology. His new book, Play Britannia, is to be published in 2009. He is the director of the GameCity festival at Nottingham Trent University.
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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.