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6:00 AM on 07.10.2014

Vita owners should keep an eye on The Firefly Diary

NIS America confirmed The Firefly Diary for the West this week, and now we have another look at the PlayStation Vita puzzle platformer in action courtesy of the localization house. Company president Sohei Niikawa&n...

Kyle MacGregor

12:45 PM on 07.09.2014

Less than three weeks until Rogue Legacy hits PlayStation

Cellar Door Games' well-liked action-platformer Rogue Legacy comes to PS3, PS4, and PS Vita on July 29, 2014. It'll arrive in style, with support for Cross-Buy and cross-platform saves. These new ports will include everything...

Jordan Devore

10:45 AM on 07.09.2014

Cave Story-inspired platformer Momodora III is out on Steam for $5

Momodora III went through Greenlight earlier this year, and now it is finished and available on Steam for purchase. Though it looks like it plays more like Shovel Knight, the visuals seem to remind most of the legendary indi...

Darren Nakamura

4:30 PM on 07.08.2014

Action Henk slides onto Steam Early Access and Humble Store today

So Action Henk missed its initial goal of hitting Steam Early Access on June 18, but only by a bit. The action figure racing game is now available there, as well as through the Humble Store. I have been fortunate enough to s...

Darren Nakamura

9:00 AM on 07.04.2014

Tempting: Temporus is a squat little time traveling platformer

Look, a 2D platformer on Kickstarter, Temporus. Who would've thought we'd see one of them. It looks pretty great, though, thanks in large part to the art of Peter Queckenstedt. "The main premise of the game is time trav...

Steven Hansen

3:15 PM on 07.03.2014

Here's how to unlock Shovel Knight's Butt Mode

In almost every conceivable way, Shovel Knight is a throwback to how videogames used to be a few decades ago. Everything positively oozes that retro style, save for blowing into a cartridge before firing it up. Even the ...

Brett Makedonski

1:30 PM on 07.02.2014

Trials Fusion rides to the Rustlands on July 29

Hey, you have that Trials Fusion season pass yet? It's your ticket to keep riding your cute little bike across absurdly dangerous locales. The first guided tour takes place later this month, and there may even be some mu...

Brett Makedonski



Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another photo
Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another
by Brett Makedonski

Videogames are often at their best when you can just tell that the developers had fun making it. There's a special quality that shines through -- one that can sometimes be tough to place, but somehow makes itself passively apparent. When games are developed by people that truly love creating with one another, well, it just seems like everything turns out better.

Guacamelee! was undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable titles of 2013. The comedic action platformer had an odd, quirky brilliance permeate the entire experience. When DrinkBox Studios went into the lab to make Guacamelee! and Super Turbo Championship Edition, everyone had a good time doing so -- usually light-heartedly at the expense of their co-workers.

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7:00 PM on 06.30.2014

Super Mario World's too good to not watch three people play simultaneously

This video may be just more than 50 minutes long, but I managed to have quite a few nostalgic flashbacks to my youth in that short time. I played the hell out of it as a kid. And that was very correct of me, because after al...

Brett Makedonski



Thomas Was Alone's jetpack DLC is free on Steam photo
Thomas Was Alone's jetpack DLC is free on Steam
by Jordan Devore

Benjamin's Flight, a set of new levels (and music and lovely narration) for Thomas Was Alone, debuted exclusively on PlayStation systems. Now, here the DLC is on Steam, for free.

You get to use a jetpack in it, so, yeah. Nothing more needs to be said about the subject.

Although, it is worth mentioning Thomas Was Alone is on sale. Fund it with the store credit you earned by flipping Steam Trading Cards, if you must. It's a real charmer.

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Very Quick Tips: Shovel Knight photo
Very Quick Tips: Shovel Knight
by Chris Carter

Shovel Knight is an amalgamation of a lot of old school 2D platformers, most notably Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Mega Man. As such, it involves a decent amount of tricky jumps, boss fights, and some adventure elements that are a bit more cryptic than the average game.

Here are some basic tips to help you on your way to New Game+.

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Free Octodad: Dadliest Catch DLC 'Shorts' coming late summer photo
Free Octodad: Dadliest Catch DLC 'Shorts' coming late summer
by Darren Nakamura

Since its release in January, Octodad: Dadliest Catch has sold over 250,000 copies, according to developer Young Horses. The awkward octopus-in-dad's-clothing simulator is a lot of fun for those who take the time to really learn how to control it, and it looks like we will be seeing more content for the game, at no extra charge. Ah, the wonderful world of indie gaming.

Young Horses says that it had too many ideas to fit neatly into the release version of Octodad: Dadliest Catch, but the studio still wants to explore those ideas through downloadable scenarios. Two of these "Shorts" will be released in a few weeks as a title update. They are meant to be "stand-alone Octodad levels which are self-contained stories."

One screenshot from each level has been released. The first shows Octodad and Scarlet on their first date in a fancy restaurant, while the second involves Tommy and Stacy imagining their dad as a character in a television medical drama. Hopefully things do not get quite as messy as Surgeon Simulator 2013, but with Octodad manning the scalpels, it probably will not end well.

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8:05 AM on 06.26.2014

Here are the differences between the three Shovel Knight platforms

Although our review is for the Wii U version of Shovel Knight, I had a chance to test out all three versions -- and since all three platforms are utterly different in nature, it can be pretty tough to decide between them. Her...

Chris Carter



Review: Shovel Knight photo
Review: Shovel Knight
by Chris Carter

Good things come to those who wait. And boy, have we been waiting for Shovel Knight.

Even though they only just completed their Kickstarter last April, it feels like we've been twiddling our thumbs for eons for Yacht Club Games' debut release. With delay after delay prohibiting us from getting our hands on this love-letter to retro platformers, at one point it felt like it was never going to see the light of day.

Well, it's here now -- and it's everything we hoped it would be.

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10:44 PM on 06.25.2014

Shovel Knight is available now for backers

As a backer of Shovel Knight, I randomly got an email that other backers are probably going to enjoy -- you can redeem your code for Shovel Knight now, ahead of the game's launch tomorrow morning. Just follow the Humble ...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 06.24.2014

Dear god! The Deer God is on Kickstarter with 3D pixel art

"The Deer God is a breathtaking 3D pixel art game that will challenge your religion and your platforming skills," the Kickstarter page reads. Challenge well accepted. I am incredibly good at both platformers and religion. I ...

Steven Hansen