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Yooka-Laylee snake

Yooka-Laylee has a shorts-wearing snake named Trowzer


Lovely
May 11
You just knew someone in Yooka-Laylee was going to rock shorts. If not the titular chameleon and bat duo, then a side character, surely. Today, Playtonic Games gave us the goods. "Trowzer is a business-snake whose career neve... read
Abyss Odyssey PS4

Abyss Odyssey: Extended Dream Edition is coming to the PS4


Dodge-cancels are in
May 11
Abyss Odyssey was a pretty neat little action game that was built on fighting game mechanics, and in addition to the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 release, it's also coming to the PS4 as an Extended Dream Edition. The game will... read
Obscure Video Games

Obscure Video Games: Panic Restaurant


Keep calm and beat your meat
May 09
So this week I decided to go crazy and review a game that actually saw release in the US. I still consider it pretty obscure, though. The game is Panic Restaurant, a 1992 NES release from the late, legendary game designer Ken... read
Spelunker Z

Spelunker Z is heading to the PlayStation Vita, with Cross-Play


::Crickets::
May 08
Remember when Square Enix hyped up something mysterious, and it ended up being Spelunker Z on the PS4? No? Well you wouldn't be alone then. If you have been playing Spelunker Z in Japan though, you'll be happy to kn... read
PixelJunk

More PixelJunk! Nom Nom Galaxy hits PS4 next week


As for PS Vita, 'never say never'
May 07
Q-Games' Nom Nom Galaxy (previously PixelJunk Inc.) is coming to PlayStation 4 on May 12. The game is a meld of platforming, exploration, building, and base defense. Broadly speaking, players are on a mission to expand their ... read
Touhou

Japan's most popular indie series arrives in the West


Touhou 14 out now on Playism
May 07
The Japanese indie sensation Touhou has been around for nearly two decades. Since debuting in 1996, the series has transformed from a collection of obscure shoot-'em-ups into a cultural phenomenon, spawning a myriad of deriva... read
Rogue Legacy

Xbox One owners can explore Rogue Legacy on May 27


Sword or whip?
May 05
I'd like to use a time machine to, among other deeds, dissuade Brett from using the headline "Xbox One inherits Rogue Legacy" so that I might use it right now in this post. Hate coming up with these things. But, really, savin... read
Guacamelee

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a few of the craziest references in Guacamelee


You might recognize a certain green robot
May 05
What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than remembering Guacamelee, one of my favorite platformers in recent memory. Alongside of solid Metroidvania action, DrinkBox Studios created a memorable world that will stay with y... read
Yooka-Laylee

Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter is still going strong, reveals final stretch goal


It's still ticking up as I type
May 04
When Yooka-Laylee arrived, it hit all of its stretch goals in less than 24 hours. At the time, the highest goal was a simultaneous Wii U, Xbox One, and PS4 release in addition to the planned PC platform. Since then, the "old ... read
Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter

Yooka-Laylee hits all stretch goals in less than a day


Expect simultaneous release on all planned platforms
May 02
Developer Playtonic Games must be sitting pretty right about now. Two days ago, the 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee revealed its official name. Yesterday, it launched a Kickstarter campaign with a base funding goal of about $270,0... read
Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter

Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee now on Kickstarter


Hits funding goal in just 40 minutes
May 01
It has been a whirlwind these last couple days for Yooka-Laylee. We have known about "Project Ukulele" for a while, but just yesterday we learned its official title (with googly eyes in the logo and everything). Today, the t... read
Project Ukulele

Yooka-Laylee is the successor to Banjo-Kazooie


I love where this is going
Apr 30
Yooka. Laylee. Yooka-Laylee. Yep, they've still got it! We've talked about Project Ukulele a few times now, but, quickly: it's a vibrant 3D platformer in development at Playtonic, a fresh new studio founded by former Rare dev... read
Yoshi's Wooly World

New Yoshi variations unlockable in Yoshi's Woolly World


Shy Guy, Circus, and Flower Yoshi!
Apr 29
Looks like Yoshi's Woolly World is going to have a plethora of unlockables, including Yoshi variations! Confirmed variations are Circus Yoshi, Flower Yoshi, and Shy Guy Yoshi. These are unlocked by finding five Wonder Wools t... read
Shovel Knight

Learn the real names of the enemies in Shovel Knight


Know your Blorbs from your Beetos
Apr 27
Clearing Super Mario World for the first time and discovering that the fiery, big-eyed dinosaurs who leap out of the lava are named Blargg was quite the revelation. Come again? Blargg? I can't remember what I called the enemy... read
SWR JST DX Selective Memory Erase Effect, or Sword Justice Deluxe Selective Memory Erase Effect, as it's also known, is one of those indie titles that tries to mimic games of old while still making a fresh new ... read feature

Legend of Kay Remaster

Does anyone remember Legend of Kay?


If you do, is it a classic?
Apr 22
Legend of Kay is a 3D platformer action-adventure title starring Kay, a cat who uses his claws in "meow-tial arts" as well as weaponry to fight evil gorillas who have been oppressing cat kind. So the game is about a species w... read
Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight unearths April 29 Xbox One launch


Get ready to battle some toads
Apr 22
Shovel Knight is now available on PlayStation Network, and Destructoid's illustrious reviews tycoon Chris Carter is as fond of the game as ever, giving us the scoop on the new versions and the Kratos boss ... read
Shovel Knight

Get Shovel Knight on the PSN if you haven't already


Though it may not be worth a double-dip
Apr 22
Shovel Knight has arrived this week on the PSN, bringing Cross-Buy and Cross-Save promotions to the PS3, PS4, and Vita platforms. I had a chance to test out all three, and although the justification for buying it again is very slim, it's no doubt the best version yet. read
 
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Review: JumpJet Rex

Apr 22 // Chris Carter
As a kid of the '90s, I'm no stranger to mascot platformers. Aero the Acrobat, Jersey Devil -- I've pretty much played them all, and for the most part, they were safe and enjoyable experiences. But in the current era dom... read feature

Shantae on Steam

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse sheds Nintendo exclusivity for Steam


Releasing this Friday on PC
Apr 21
Surprise! WayForward is bringing Shantae and the Pirate's Curse to Steam on April 24, 2015. Having failed to nab the well-received game twice now -- first on 3DS, and then again on Wii U -- perhaps Steam will make all the dif... read
Circa Infinity

I'm trying to wrap my head around Circa Infinity


With marginal success
Apr 21
At a base level, I think I understand what's going on in Circa Infinity. While on the outside of a circle, the player character needs to get to a wedge to move inside. While on the inside of a circle, the player character ne... read
Trine 3

Trine 3 will use Steam Early Access to nail its new 3D gameplay


It's headed to PC first and other platforms later
Apr 17
There are certain games I wouldn't expect to appear on Steam Early Access. Trine is one of them. The puzzle-platformer series has done tremendously well for itself on PC and consoles, and from what we've seen of the third tit... read
DK Rap

Yes, Nintendo, this Kong IS one hell of a guy


The Wii U port of Donkey Kong 64 says the swear
Apr 16
And let's keep it that way. None of that "heck" monkey business. Or Donkey Kong Frappuccinos. read
Conker

A better look at our beloved Conker in Project Spark


DLC releasing April 23 for $9.99 / 1,000 Tokens
Apr 16
That last trailer for Conker's arrival in Project Spark didn't go over so well. There was no getting around the disappointment of seeing a long abandoned (but never forgotten!) character return not in his own adventure, but ... read
Sayonara Umihara Kawase

Sayonara Umihara Kawase+ hooks onto PS Vita next week


Original Umihara Kawase included!
Apr 15
The newly remastered version of Sayonara Umihara Kawase, the grappling hook platformer which originally launched on the 3DS two years ago, will be making its way onto PS Vita on April 21. The remaster will feature updated gr... read
Oddworld

Lorne Lanning confirms remake of Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus is happening


Oddly good news
Apr 14
Oddworld Inhabitants developer Lorne Lanning has confirmed that a remake of Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus is on its way. Talking in a recent Twitch stream, Lanning added that after speaking with fans of the platformer series during... read
Ori Easter Egg

Ori has another homage to another great SMB


Paying tribute to The Brothers Mario
Apr 07
A few weeks back, we called attention to Ori and the Blind Forest giving a nod to a revered platformer: Super Meat Boy. Turns out that wasn't the only great platformer (or even the only "SMB") tucked away within the game... read
Aaru's Awakening

Aaru’s Awakening hits PS4, PS3 (free with PlayStation Plus)


Grueling indie platformer
Apr 07
The challenging, hand-drawn Aaru's Awakening is now available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 for the same $15 it launched at on PC. For PlayStation Plus subscribers, though, it's free off the bat. Conrad reviewed it positively, calling it, "A fine game which presents a grueling challenge...perfect for the player who thinks 2D platform games today just aren't difficult enough." read
La-Mulana EX

La-Mulana EX is nirvana for punishing game enthusiasts


Alternatively, 'Spelunking for Masochists'
Apr 04
There's a certain thrill to a game that punishes you for attempting to best it, as Bloodborne and Souls series fans can attest to. That's why there happen to be so many of them cropping up here and there, especially over the ... read
Mario Maker

Create cruel levels in Mario Maker this September


Nintendo has suprises in store for Mario's 30th anniversary
Apr 01
Mario's 30th anniversary is approaching and, thank goodness, so is Mario Maker. Nintendo announced a September release date during its Direct presentation today. Ever since I saw the kind of cruel, downright mean-spirited lev... read
1001 Spikes

1001 Spikes Wii U off-TV patch finally coming


3DS patch still on the way
Mar 27
Are you a Wii U owner who picked up 1001 Spikes and has been disappointed with the inability to play the game entirely on the GamePad screen? Had you almost given up hope that the promised patch to bring that functionality wo... read
“When in doubt, switch them out.” Sage-like advice, really. That’s what Mekazoo’s creative director Jarrett Slavin had to tell me to do when I showed obvious struggles playing his demo. I’m no st... read feature







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