Out now! A futuristically felonious Wireframe #51

By Ryan Lambie. Posted

It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for another edition of Wireframe. Yes, the nefarious new issue is available from today, the 3 June If you're out shopping for essentials, the mag’s available in selected supermarkets and newsagents, but you can also get a copy delivered to your door by ordering it directly from our website.

What do we have lined up this month? You'll find all this and lots more: 

In a crime-themed special, we take a look at the chaotic history of the early Grand Theft Auto titles, and provide a run-down of the best GTA-style sandboxes of all time. Glitchpunk is this month’s cover star – we chat to the developers of this cyberpunk, GTA2-influenced crime sim.

Elsewhere, we looks at the varied – and often inaccurate – ways protests, riots, and civil uprisings are depicted in video games, and catch up with Francois Lionet, the creator of the Amiga-era programming language, AMOS.

We talk to the developers of Glitchpunk, a cyberpunk-themed crime sandbox in the GTA mould.

In our Toolbox section, we’ll show you how to make a Frogger-esque action game, explain how video game AI works by trapping a snake in a maze, and give you the piece of code you need to get an eye-popping parallax scrolling effect working in Python and Pygame Zero.

That still not enough Wireframe goodness for you? Then feast your eyes on this little lot:

  • New World: we go hands on with Amazon’s colonial-fantasy MMO
  • MetaHuman Creator: an early look at Epic’s cloud-based person-maker
  • GetsuFumaDen: a chat with Konami about its upcoming roguelite
  • Gamedec: inside Anshar Studios’ adaptive cyberpunk detective RPG

Plus you'll find our usual menu of news, regulars and reviews, including our verdicts on Bravely Default 2, Balan Wonderworld, Evil Genius 2, and It Takes Two.

The creators of the original GTA games talk exclusively to us about the series' chaotic beginnings.

Get your copy of Wireframe

Physical copies of Wireframe are available now in WHSmiths, selected supermarkets and local newsagents if you're already out shopping for essentials. But you can also order a copy online at the Raspberry Pi Press store - and yes, we'll deliver to just about anywhere in the universe, with free postage in the UK.

Indulge your dark side with our pick of the finest GTA-style crime sandboxes.


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Follow our guide to make your own top-down, Frogger-style arcade game


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