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7:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Cellar Door wants to do another Rogue Legacy, but not yet

Cellar Door Games didn't get its start with the "rogue-lite" Rogue Legacy -- it previously found success in making browser-based games -- but that's likely going to be the title we associate with the studio for years to come....

Jordan Devore



Review: Yumi's Odd Odyssey photo
Review: Yumi's Odd Odyssey
by Chris Carter

We truly live in a magnificent era when it comes to portables. Games we would have never imagined seeing the light of day are localized, and indies are thriving with the combination of the eShop and low development costs of the 3DS.

The latest developer to take a bite of the apple is Agatsuma Entertainment, who is finally bringing over a piece of the Umihara Kawase series -- which has been going strong since its debut on the Super Nintendo in 1994.

While the price point may be undeniably steep, I'm really glad that this game was localized.

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10:45 AM on 03.28.2014

Ditto is your free time-waster of the day

Looking for something to do today while pretending to work? Nitrome has you covered with its newly released puzzle-action platformer Ditto. In it, you control a white creature that looks a bit like a cross between Toro Inoue ...

Darren Nakamura

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



Chariot is a great indie platformer with one royal hook photo
Chariot is a great indie platformer with one royal hook
by Brett Makedonski

[Update: Frima Studios has reached out and informed us that it miscommunicated its statement about not being able to clear the game solo. The game can be beaten singleplayer, but only about 80 percent of the optional paths are accessible without a cooperative partner.]

Of all the titles on display at IGN's independent games mixer at GDC, I couldn't help but be intrigued by one in particular. It was kind of tucked away in a corner, but that didn't mean that it wasn't getting its share of traffic. That's because it immediately looked cute, colorful, and challenging -- three criteria that certainly help indie games flourish. At first glance, it seemed like the kind of game that could win your heart in an instant.

The game in question is Chariot, a co-op platformer by Frima Studios. Chariot's centered around a princess that's out to take her recently deceased father to the resting place of his choosing. She does this by lugging his casket through perilous ancient caves in an effort to please him.

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2:30 PM on 03.25.2014

Fez is out today on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita with Cross-Buy

Fez. Have you played it? If not, are you ever going to play it? Another opportunity to do so has presented itself today with the launch of Polytron's puzzle-platformer on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita for $12.99, or $9.99 for PS Plu...

Jordan Devore







Escape Goat 2 released as Tim Schafer tries to take credit photo
Escape Goat 2 released as Tim Schafer tries to take credit
by Conrad Zimmerman

Are you ready to laugh? Double Fine has released this video to promote the launch of Escape Goat 2 today on Windows, Mac and Linux PCs, and I suspect it's the funniest thing I'm going to see today. Watch what happens when Tim Schafer mistakes the developers of Escape Goat 2, MagicalBeanTime, for burglars and unleashes some street justice before attempting to steal all the glory from their work.

As many good ones do, the joke arises out of reality. MagicalBeanTime completed the final weeks of development on Escape Goat 2 using a spare office at Double Fine headquarters. 

Even if you don't give a whit about this really fun and strange puzzle-platform game, that's a damned funny ad. And if you do care, you can pick it up from Steam, Humble or GOG.com this week for 10% off the regular price of $9.99.

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Monochroma will remind you of Limbo, and that's an amazing thing photo
Monochroma will remind you of Limbo, and that's an amazing thing
by Brett Makedonski

With all the cool tech demos and innovative ideas on display at GDC Play, it's a bit surprising that a 2D side-scrolling puzzle platformer is one of the most worthwhile things to check out. But hey, good games are good games, and that's exactly what Monochroma look like it is.

At first glance, Monochroma invites comparisons to Limbo. Hell, executive producer Burak Tezateser said as much as soon as the demo started. For good reason too: the color scheme made up of hues of black and grey, the small boy protagonist, the unsettling environments -- it all positively smacks of the style popularized by Playdead. However, Monochroma has enough going on that it doesn't need to use these comparisons as a crutch.

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Review: The LEGO Movie Videogame photo
Review: The LEGO Movie Videogame
by Ian Bonds

First things first: if you haven't seen The LEGO Movie, you should probably go do that right now. It's awesome, and your face will love it.

Back yet? OK, good.

For those of you who have seen it, this is your predictable licensed tie-in. Well, predictable in that it exists, not that it behaves predictably as a tie-in. Though, if you've played any of Traveler's Tales LEGO games, there is a certain amount of predictability here anyway.

Not that most of that is a bad thing in this case...

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3:45 PM on 03.20.2014

Like Cave Story? Greenlight the adorable Momodora III

Old school action platformer Momodora III has gone up on Steam Greenlight and it's looking cute as heck. Give it a vote, why don't you. You can also play the first two Momodora games for free. They're available for download on Bombservice's website.

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 03.20.2014

Cloudbuilt is out today, with a 10% discount this week

I really enjoyed my time with Cloudbuilt, and now the real thing is out this week on Steam. You can grab it for $19.99, but it's also 10% off this week to celebrate its launch. If you haven't played it before, it's basically...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 03.18.2014

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is coming to the 360 in April

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood served as another great early exclusive in the Xbox One's lifecycle, but it's also heading to the 360 soon, Phil Spencer has confirmed. No price has been confirmed, but it'll arrive on the Xbox 3...

Chris Carter



The devs of Glitchspace want to make programming fun and cool photo
The devs of Glitchspace want to make programming fun and cool
by Alessandro Fillari



One of the benefits of being at the Game Developers Conference is being able to meet the talent behind such inventive and quirky games. While many of the heavy hitters get most of the attention, there's plenty of other titles that will make you look twice. Many of which offer something a bit different and bizarre, such as Glitchspace.

Glitchspace is an action/adventure platformer focusing on emergent gameplay within a digital world. Currently released in paid Alpha form, players must trek through a series of devious and mind-bending puzzles that take advantage of the environment, while using your programming skills to traverse the ever changing landscape of cyberspace.

Yes, programming is a major part of the game, and it's actually fairly simple to use. Now before you freak out, you're not asked to type out lines of code on the spot, it's much more interesting than that. In Glitchspace, your character in the digital world possesses a gun that allows them to manipulate special glitched platforms and other objects in the world. You can assign special programmed 'objects' to these glitches, which can manipulate the properties of the environment.

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11:00 AM on 03.16.2014

Sup Holmes gleams the cube with OlliOlli's John Ribbins

This week on Sup Holmes we welcome John Ribbins of Roll7 to the program. John's worked on a variety of games in his +5 years in the industry, including the top-rated, massive skateboarding platformer OlliOlli, the still in de...

Jonathan Holmes

2:00 PM on 03.15.2014

What if VHS-style tip guides still existed?

There was something about the VHS days that brought out the goofiest tips and promotional videos from game makers. Especially Nintendo. The most memorable one that comes to mind is their Star Fox SNES promo that had Sony and...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:00 PM on 03.14.2014

Metrico for PS Vita looks as surreal as ever

It's been around a year since we first heard about Metrico, an upcoming PlayStation Vita game that's hard to pin down outside of its unique theme. In the words of Digital Dreams, this is "all about using input to shape the i...

Jordan Devore