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Review: Rabbids Land photo
Review: Rabbids Land
by Jim Sterling

It's hard not to like the Rabbids. Cute in an ugly way, stupid in an admirable way, the bug-eyed creatures bear an innate charm, and it's hardly surprising they swiftly stepped out of Rayman's shadow to star in their own franchise. 

It saddens me that the franchise in question has built itself on a foundation of forgettable mini-game compilations. 

Rabbids Land is no exception. Billed as the "Perfect Party Game," it exists as Ubisoft's foot in the door of the Wii U's potential family market, offering a selection of uncomplicated distractions with a glossy paint of cuteness. It's ... as engaging as it sounds. 

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Preview: Wizardlings photo
Preview: Wizardlings
by Dale North

I had a chance to check out Square Enix's casual iOS (and soon Android) RPG Wizardlings at New York Comic-Con a week or so back. It's a cute little title that has your hero or heroine moving to lift the darkness and push back the shadows, tile by tile. 

Your character follows the tap of your finger around floating segments of the colorful world of Skywind, but their movement is limited to the lit/uncovered tiles only. When coming to a tile covered in dark shadows, it's your job to cast the darkness out with one of your magic wands. The eventual goal is to clear out all of the darkness, unearthing scenic lands and treasure along the way, moving on to explore more of Skywind. But monsters hidden in the shadows won't make it easy for you.

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11:30 AM on 08.20.2012

PopCap announces Plants vs. Zombies 2

Prepare to defend yourself from an all new zombie onslaught as PopCap Games has just announced a sequel to Plants vs. Zombies. Scheduled for release in Spring 2013, Plants vs. Zombies 2 will feature new scenarios to keep...

Conrad Zimmerman

8:00 PM on 08.16.2012

A little more on Sports Connection for Wii U

Simple, fun, and oddly addicting, 2006's Wii Sports is perhaps the game most credible in establishing Nintendo's early dominance in the casual market. In a fashion similar to Wii Sports, Ubisoft's upcoming Sports Connection f...

Abel Girmay

11:00 PM on 07.26.2012

Roku boxes get cloud gaming in Big Fish partnership

Do you have one of those nifty Roku streaming internet boxes? I have two as they're amazing little things. I just bought my dad one for Father's Day, too. They're cheap and insanely useful, and I can't recommend them enough. ...

Dale North

10:00 AM on 07.24.2012

Sony focusing on family-friendly games this Christmas

If you're looking forward to a slew of cool PS3 games to play this holiday season, you might want to dial your excitement back just a touch. Sony has declared it'll focus on "family-friendly" games this Christmas, hoping to r...

Jim Sterling





7:00 PM on 06.17.2012

Zynga's Draw Something game show coming to CBS

I fell in love with, became addicted to and later swore off mobile drawing game Draw Something over the course of 3 days. I deleted the app, washed my hands of it, and never spoke of it again. Zynga paid about $200 million to...

Dale North

5:00 PM on 06.17.2012

Finally! Hironobu Sakaguchi's surfing game is almost done

Mistwalker's next game isn't a massive multi-disc RPG or anything even close to that. It's a surfing game called Party Wave. Let that name echo around in your brain for a second. Sakaguchi's recent tweet: Finally t...

Dale North



Review: Space Ark photo
Review: Space Ark
by Alasdair Duncan

You know that when the main characters of the game you're about to play are adorable animals like cats and penguins, you're possibly playing a game aimed at children. A few months ago, I played Shaun The Sheep: Home Sheep Home 2 and found that despite the game being made for children, there was still a lot of fun to be had.

After it's initial release on Xbox 360, would this be the case with the colourful and cute Space Ark on PC?

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New details of Spicy Horse's Big Head Bash revealed! photo
New details of Spicy Horse's Big Head Bash revealed!
by Conrad Zimmerman

Last year, Spicy Horse (the Shanghai-based development studio founded by American McGee in 2007) began to focus on developing casual, free-to-play titles for social platforms. Now, the fruits of that labor are starting to manifest and Big Head Bash, one of three projects the studio is currently working on, is shaping up to be rather interesting.

In Big Head Bash, players are transported to a virtual toy store where the toys just can't seem to get along. Armed with all manner of bizarre and fantastic weapons, they wage a constant battle with one after the store closes for the night. Players will control one of these toys in team-based, 2D platforming arenas, racking up kills to earn new toys and new weapons to wreak still more havoc with.

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A new Kinect blockbuster: Wreckateer photo
A new Kinect blockbuster: Wreckateer
by Dale North

Take the flinging action of Angry Birds and the chained destruction of Boom Blox, add Kinect control and you'll have some idea of what Iron Galaxy's upcoming title Wreckateer is like. It's castle-busting game play is really easy to get into, but getting the most destructive bang for your bomb takes a bit of work.   

Wreckateer has you working as the demolition man of an unconventional medieval destruction company. You'll work to take down dozens of old, monster infested castles with unique projectiles shot from a huge ballista. In each stage you're given a set number of shots, and you'll send them off into these castles to pull in the highest score by doing as much damage as possible. 

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3:15 PM on 02.06.2012

Apple pulls knock-off games from App Store

Angry Ninja Birds? Plant vs Zombie? Who are these assholes that make these rip-off games? No, not Zynga. We're talking about iOS here. No matter, as Apple has pulled these and other one-offs from the App Store, and they are n...

Dale North

1:00 PM on 01.30.2012

Cloning continues: Zynga accused of copying another game

Last week the internet gave Zynga sh*t for biting a bit too much off Tiny Towers for their new game Dream Heights. As you'd imagine, NimbleBit, a three-person company, was not pleased to see that the social gaming monste...

Dale North

11:30 AM on 01.04.2012

Angry Birds: 6.5 million downloads on Christmas Day

What. In. The. Hell? Angry Birds was downloaded 6.5 million times on Christmas Day? It's like every device given at Christmas was gifted solely for use with Rovio's silly game. This massive one-day figure includes both free a...

Dale North

6:30 PM on 12.27.2011

Keiji Inafune's 'The Island of Dr. Momo' is out now

Anyone who has been following Keiji Inafune since his departure from Capcom a year ago will know that his new company, Comcept, has been working on several new titles including a cute little iOS and Android game called The Is...

Harry Monogenis

2:30 PM on 12.22.2011

Tetris manager: Angry Birds is just a fad

No sh*t, Tetris guy. You knew that the silly physics flinger was on the way out when you started seeing too much branded merchandise at the checkout stand at the grocery store. I saw a senior citizen with an Angry Birds shirt...

Dale North