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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



Mutant Mudds Deluxe: Tomorrow's PlayStation Plus freebie photo
Mutant Mudds Deluxe: Tomorrow's PlayStation Plus freebie
by Steven Hansen

PlayStation Plus is ending the month with a smaller showing this week, but Mutant Mudds Deluxe actually just came to Vita about six months ago, so it's relatively new, which is nice.

There are also some sales that seem slight against Steam sales.

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5:30 PM on 06.20.2014

'Sackworm' missed the cut for LittleBigPlanet 3

I'm team Oddsock forever. It's just a super cute dog sack. I love it. I could take or leave the rest. Particularly a bird that makes platforming irrelevant. I guess LittleBigPlanet has always been creativity and co-op fi...

Steven Hansen

12:00 AM on 06.20.2014

This 300-piece Kirby: Triple Deluxe puzzle is worth taking the time to put together

One of my favorite parts of Kirby: Triple Deluxe was collecting all of the adorable little keychains. I've been hoping to see an entire set of them released for purchase, pixelated goodness and all, but I've not seen them jus...

Brittany Vincent

6:45 PM on 06.19.2014

PSA: Here's the status on all of the Shovel Knight Kickstarter rewards and stretch goals

When Shovel Knight drops next week, everything from the Kickstarter won't be ready just yet. I had a chance to chat with Yacht Club Games and I got the lowdown on everything -- from digital stretch goal inclusions to phy...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 06.19.2014

Guacamelee! coming to Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 in early July

DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee! was part brawler, part platformer, and loads of fun. Enough so that double dipping isn't entirely out of the question -- far from it! The game is coming to new platforms soon with an expanded ver...

Jordan Devore





2:00 PM on 06.18.2014

Trials Fusion's first update makes it even more competitive

Games in the Trials franchise have a way of bringing out the unbridled competitiveness in people. Knowing that you're just a tenth of a second off of a friend's score, you might play the same track over and over to make ...

Brett Makedonski

5:00 AM on 06.18.2014

Snag Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack on PS3 starting today

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack was one of the first games I ever picked up for my Vita, and I still find myself going back to it from time to time. Today, it's available via PS3 for the first time, so you can save civ...

Brittany Vincent

1:00 AM on 06.18.2014

Another World is a classically freaky platformer that's coming to PS4

The surreal platformer Another World is making its way to PS4 next week, and I couldn't be more excited. The game's 20 years old, for crying out loud, and yet it's somehow found a spot on a next-gen console so that people can...

Brittany Vincent

10:45 AM on 06.16.2014

Here's your jam for today: VVVVVV soundtrack, but metal

Terry Cavanagh's gravity-flipping platformer VVVVVV is beloved for many reasons, and for a lot of fans, one of those reasons is Magnus "Souleye" Pålsson's kicking electronic soundtrack, PPPPPP. I know I have spent after...

Darren Nakamura



Video: Yoshi's Woolly World has weaponized cannibalism photo
Video: Yoshi's Woolly World has weaponized cannibalism
by Jordan Devore

What's the verdict on Yoshi's Woolly World? Unsurprisingly, Max says it looks and feels good.

He's a huge fan of the original Yoshi's Island on Super Nintendo and after the recent Yoshi's New Island, this game and its adorable hand-crafted aesthetic can't come soon enough. Shame it's not out until 2015, a running theme for much of this year's E3 lineup. No Baby Mario, at least.

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1:00 PM on 06.13.2014

Volgarr the Viking will be coming to Xbox One 'soon'

Volgarr the Viking is a pretty awesome success story. It stayed with its old school roots and gave us a punishing, yet fair retro 2D adventure, and it became a hit in many circles. Now, according to an ID@Xbox announcement at...

Chris Carter



Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is almost too cute for words photo
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is almost too cute for words
by Darren Nakamura

Nearly ten years ago, Kirby: Canvas Curse graced our original Nintendo DS handhelds, showing us (once again) that Kirby games could be about things other than floating around, ingesting bugs, and vomiting stars. Canvas Curse also had the responsibility of showing that fully touch-controlled games could be worthwhile, and by most accounts, it succeeded in that endeavor.

That same gameplay hook is back with Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Now on the larger screen of the Wii U GamePad, players will still tap Kirby to make him move and draw rainbows for him to use as platforms. What is new is the clay aesthetic, which brings to the game its own neat mechanics.

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4:15 PM on 06.12.2014

Sequin Yoshi, beaded Yoshi, and other cute prototypes

Nintendo settled on a knitted yarn style for Yoshi's Woolly World and I don't know what's better: it or Kirby fashioned out of clay in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Either way, we win. There were other potential designs for th...

Jordan Devore



VVVVVV's user-created levels and editor are now free photo
VVVVVV's user-created levels and editor are now free
by Jordan Devore

Designer Terry Cavanagh has release a free version of VVVVVV that features player-created levels and the full level editor. It's called VVVVVVV: Make and Play Edition, and it can be downloaded as of today for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Version 2.2 of the full game is out now, fixing "a bunch of long standing bugs (for example, player level warp lines) and makes the 2.1 changes official (like player maps, colored text in player levels, editor direct mode, etc)." Steam Achievements have been implemented as well, so if you've put in the effort already, expect to unlock a bunch of those at once after updating.

That was far from the only VVVVVV news this week, as Cavanagh also released the game for iOS, Android, and Ouya, in addition to a related minigame called Super Gravitron for mobile. That's free, too! And there's a metal cover album for that special someone in your life.

Outer Space [Distractionware]

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Turning yarn Yoshis into yarn balls in Yoshi's Woolly World photo
Turning yarn Yoshis into yarn balls in Yoshi's Woolly World
by Steven Hansen

Yarn Yoshi is a pretty good name. Yoshi's Woolly World is an okay name.

Yoshi's Yarn is a better name and what the game should've been called for the sake of alliteration and Yoshi's Story symmetry (a yarn is like a story!!!). I'm going to keep writing Yoshi's Woolly World as Yoshi's Yarn. Sorry.

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