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2:15 PM on 07.31.2014

Man, I wish I were playing Crypt of the NecroDancer right now

Are you playing Crypt of the NecroDancer? You should be playing Crypt of the NecroDancer. It's a rhythm-based roguelike in which you hop around dungeons to the beat of music, a novel mechanic that ends up being enjoyable -- n...

Jordan Devore


6:30 PM on 07.30.2014

Put a dinosaur head on your spaceship in Habitat: A Thousand Generations in Orbit

"Habitat is the only strategic space survival game that uses orbital debris to build the future homes of humanity and where hope for survival relies on the creativity and resourcefulness of the player." This is one of those...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 07.29.2014

PC Port Report: OlliOlli

OlliOlli first showed up earlier this year on the PlayStation Vita, and it flip tricked and grinded its way into the heart of Ian Bonds, who gave it a 9.5/10 and called it a masterpiece "in the sweet spot of 'simple to contro...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 PM on 07.26.2014

There's a Shadowrun: Dragonfall extended director's cut incoming

After a few weeks of disappointment and controversy regarding certain Kickstarter projects, it's maybe worth reminding ourselves of some of the successful ones. Shadowrun Returns was a really well received game from last yea...

Alasdair Duncan

7:00 PM on 07.24.2014

Crawl is back with a new release date and an 'IRS MAN' monster

I absolutely loved the way Powerhoof handled its delay of Crawl due to some untimely tax issues that needed to be resolved before the game was released. The studio wasn't sure how long it would take to get back on track, but...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 07.24.2014

Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup

Usually when one thinks about shmups, precision motor skill and quick reaction are what come to mind. Mighty Tactical Shooter turns that completely on its head. Though precision movement and shot placement is still required,...

Darren Nakamura

1:45 PM on 07.24.2014

Trine overhauled with new Enchanted Edition

Frozenbyte has come out with a new Trine Enchanted Edition today on PC that's a remake of the original game in the Trine 2 engine, complete with online and local co-op play and mid-level saving functionality. It's currently ...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 07.23.2014

The Deer God funded, now coming to Wii U and Xbox One too

Did you get your pledge in for The Deer God? I didn't, because these days I try to severely limit the number of projects I back on Kickstarter, but damn did it look neat -- visually and conceptually. Crescent Moon Games ende...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Conflicks has a great alternate history setup with anachronistic space colonialism

Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci discovered MetaMatter? Well, not in real life, but in the universe of Conflicks he did. It turns out all it takes is to separate a chicken egg's yolk from its albumen, and to heat up the y...

Darren Nakamura



So, uh, EA is giving out The Sims 2 Ultimate for free photo
So, uh, EA is giving out The Sims 2 Ultimate for free
by Jordan Devore

EA recently announced the end of its technical support for The Sims 2 and in doing so said that players would be given a free The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection upgrade as thanks.

That was an unexpected move, but this one's even more surprising: folks who don't even own The Sims 2 can also get the game and all of its expansions for free.

You just need to have an Origin account and, from the Games tab, redeem the product code "I-Love-The-Sims" -- it'll remain active until July 31, 2014 at 10:00am Pacific.

Never once thought I'd own any Sims expansion content, and now I have it all. Wild!

[Via NeoGAF]

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Review: Sokobond photo
Review: Sokobond
by Darren Nakamura

Chemistry is governed by a definite set of rules. Opposite charges attract, like dissolves like, matter is always conserved. There are more rules than just those, but one of the great things about the study of matter and its interactions is that if one truly understands the rules and laws governing chemicals, he can predict outcomes given a set of preconditions.

In that sense, Sokobond has even more in common with chemistry than it lets on. Though it boasts that no chemistry knowledge is required to play, it too runs on a specific set of rules, and any player who internalizes those rules can find success in-game. As a fortunate side effect, any who spend time connecting atoms in Sokobond might just learn something about chemistry too.

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10:15 AM on 07.23.2014

Frozen Endzone renamed Frozen Cortex, Mac and Linux versions available

Frozen Endzone, the tactical robo-sport from the developers of Frozen Synapse, has officially been renamed. The new name is Frozen Cortex, and I've taken the liberty of making a new logo for it. The rename is taking place bec...

Patrick Hancock

4:30 PM on 07.22.2014

Aegis Defender is a sweet looking 16-bit tower defense platformer

A lot of the time, all it takes to make an interesting game is to tweak an existing formula or to just mesh two separate mechanics and concepts together. Case in point, Aegis Defenders, a lovely looking homage to the 16-bit ...

Alasdair Duncan

4:00 PM on 07.22.2014

Gods Will Be Watching dials back the torture for a launch trailer

Launching a videogame is usually cause for celebration. However, this Gods Will Be Watching launch trailer is bleak enough that you won't want to celebrate anything, not even the game's impending July 24 release. At lea...

Brett Makedonski

2:45 PM on 07.22.2014

Go play the first part of Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas for free

Blizzard has rolled out the first wing of Curse of Naxxramas, a single-player adventure for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. It's free until early September, but the four subsequent wings will cost $6.99 or 700 in-game gold ...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 07.22.2014

Binding of Isaac: Rebirth's Jar lets you capture hearts like Link does fairies

Some 150 new items are being added to Binding of Isaac for Rebirth, and as the game inches toward completion, Edmund McMillan is dutifully trotting several of them out one at a time to let us know what we can expect. The...

Brett Makedonski