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6:00 AM on 05.20.2014

Insomniac supports Harmonix by pledging $7,500 to Amplitude Kickstarter

With only a few days left in Harmonix's Kickstarter for a remake of Amplitude, fellow developer Insomniac Games made a sizable contribution. The $775,000 asking price is now $7,500 closer to its goal. Insomniac cites being a...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 05.19.2014

Amplitude Kickstarter adds Anamanaguchi, Freezepop, Danny Baranowsky, and more

Harmonix's Amplitude Kickstarter campaign is four days away from ending, and it is only about halfway to its $775,000 goal. Some of the trepidation that potential backers have expressed has been regarding the soundtrack. Rath...

Darren Nakamura

12:45 PM on 05.06.2014

The Way goes out of this world, is inspired by Out of This World

A lot of bygone genres have been making comebacks in recent years, like adventure games or fighting games, but a particular style of game has not yet made a return to the limelight. In today's terms, games like Out of This W...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 AM on 05.06.2014

Adventures of Pip follows one pixel's journey to become a hero

As long time videogame enthusiasts, we have seen graphics evolve slowly over time, with character sprites becoming more and more detailed as time went on. What we do not see often is that evolution through the course of a si...

Darren Nakamura

3:45 PM on 04.29.2014

Starstruck: Star Citizen crosses $43 million in crowdfunding

For the ambitious, crowd-funded space sim Star Citizen, it took four months to shoot from $30 million to $40 million. So $2.5 million a month. And in the last month and a half, it's reached $43 million, showing no signs of s...

Steven Hansen



Uncanny Valley does survival horror in 2D photo
Uncanny Valley does survival horror in 2D
by Steven Hansen

I got a bit of a The Shining (stylistically crossed with Gods Will Be Watching) vibe in this trailer for Uncanny Valley, but that quickly jumped to more overtly terrifying fare.

Still impressive when a pixel art, 2D game can do scary -- like Lone Survivor. Nice sound design helps that cause. Uncanny Valley is up on Indiegogo right now. I think it looks promising. And that bit of levity at the end of the trailer was cute.

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6:00 PM on 04.24.2014

A fresh look at Darkwood before it hits Steam Early Access

Acid Wizard Studio has returned after a year for a new teaser trailer ahead of the Steam Early Access release of Darkwood, its top-down survival horror game that was crowdfunded last year. It's a blend of genres, with roguel...

Jordan Devore



Dyscourse really does take player choice into account photo
Dyscourse really does take player choice into account
by Darren Nakamura

While scoping out titles in the Indie MEGABOOTH at PAX East, I ran into long time Destructoid community member Andrew Benton, and we continued to look at games together. Dyscourse was on my list to play, so we both started up the demo on separate computers.

Though my experience with the choose-your-own-adventure style game was neat enough on its own, the real magic came afterward. After talking with Andrew, I learned that we experienced wildly different stories, despite starting in the same spot and being presented with the same challenges. It highlights Dyscourse's main strength: it varies significantly based on the player's choices throughout the many-branched narrative.

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Prodigy ventures to places most hybrid board/videogames shy away from photo
Prodigy ventures to places most hybrid board/videogames shy away from
by Darren Nakamura

With board games continuing to increase in popularity, it is no surprise that there has been a lot of crossover between that space and videogames. Not only are a lot of board games being adapted or reimagined digitally, but some developers are trying to merge the two, creating games that function in both the digital and physical worlds at the same time.

Prodigy is one such game, but what really sets it apart from titles like Eye of Judgment or Golem Arcana is that it aspires to be more than just a board game about tactical combat with videogame flourishes. It looks to be equally inspired by traditional videogame RPGs, with elements like exploration and narrative focused on as well.

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10:30 AM on 04.08.2014

Mark of the Old Ones swings through a Lovecraftian metroidvania

Kickstarter is a different landscape for videogame funding than it was a few years ago. Long gone are the days when a good idea and some concept art could get a project funded (Double Fine notwithstanding). Mark of the Old O...

Darren Nakamura

6:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping

Way back in the day, most side-view took place on a single screen at a time, and often moving off the edge of one side caused the player to reappear on the other. (See: Joust, Asteroids, Mario Bros.) Then Super Mario Bros. c...

Darren Nakamura





7:00 PM on 04.04.2014

Popup Dungeon brings a papercraft tabletop RPG to life

Running through tabletop role-playing games can be fun, but it can also be a huge amount of work for an average dungeon master. Not only does the role require crafting scenarios and stories, more industrious DMs physically b...

Darren Nakamura

1:30 PM on 04.03.2014

The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV

If you have ever been playing the spirit-breakingly difficult platformer Super Meat Boy, and thought to yourself, "You know what this game needs? A gravity switching mechanic," then The Land of Eyas might be just what you ha...

Darren Nakamura

6:00 PM on 04.01.2014

Caffeine is an oddly titled space horror game

It feels like we've waited a while for some space-based horror games to arrive and now there's a glut incoming; Routine, Stasis, and Alien: Isolation are incoming later this year with SOMA from Frictional Games coming in 201...

Alasdair Duncan

11:30 AM on 03.26.2014

Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism

Games are maturing, and not just in the sense that they feature a lot of sex and violence. Truly mature themes can be explored, like the loss of a loved one and a resulting downward spiral of addiction. Spate takes on those ...

Darren Nakamura

5:45 PM on 03.14.2014

The Hero Trap lets you play as a berserk luchador bear

"Lightning fast dungeon crawler" may seem like an oxymoron, but the trailer above for The Hero Trap shows what it means by that: frenetic action gameplay within an ever-changing combination of dungeon arenas. To be honest, I...

Darren Nakamura