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11:30 AM on 07.27.2014

The Swapper is coming to the Wii U later this year

I don't want to spoil much about the game (watch the comments!), but The Swapper is a game that absolutely deserves more of a spotlight. It was previously available on the PC before it was announced for the PS3, PS4 and ...

Chris Carter


5:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Puzzle & Dragons W releases in Japan on July 29

Puzzles & Dragons W, an updated version of Puzzles & Dragons Z, will release in Japan on July 29, according to GungHo Online Entertainment. Puzzles & Dragons W will include both the original Puzzle and Dragons mod...

Brittany Vincent



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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1:30 PM on 07.17.2014

Puzzle & Dragons Z ships over 1.5 million on 3DS

Puzzle & Dragons Z shipments have exceeded the 1.5 million mark, GungHo Online announced today. The Nintendo 3DS iteration of GungHo Online's trendy role-playing puzzle game launched last December, topping charts in its o...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 07.16.2014

'Infographics action game' Metrico lands on PS Vita next month

We've covered Metrico a couple of times before but it's only now, in the last big push before release, that I am starting to grasp what it's all about. This trailer helps. The game is full of infographics that "change based ...

Jordan Devore

5:45 PM on 07.15.2014

Author Neil Gaiman's first game is up on Steam right now

Almost a year to the day after its announcement, Wayward Manor from author Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Sandman) and the team behind  The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom, is now on Steam.  The Beetlejuice-esque puzzle/adventure game set in the 1920's has you playing a ghost trying to scare the current residents from your old manor. 

Steven Hansen

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



Review: MouseCraft photo
Review: MouseCraft
by Darren Nakamura

At first glance, MouseCraft reminds players of two classic puzzle games: Tetris and Lemmings. The pieces are there on a superficial level. Three mice walk blindly forward under a specific set of rules; meanwhile, the player rotates and places tetrominoes to aid in reaching the goals.

That is where the similarities end. The mice themselves never take on any special roles, and the tetrominoes do not disappear when fit together in a line. Indeed, a lot of the puzzles require that the blocks do not fit snugly together, which runs counter to conventional play with them. MouseCraft is very much its own puzzle game with its own puzzle premise, and that premise is pretty good.

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10:15 AM on 07.08.2014

Serious Sam devs ditching guns for a mysterious puzzler (with lasers)

The Talos Principle was revealed at E3, from which Darren Nakamura got a nice preview of the game. The latest from Croteam (Serious Sam) seems more Portal than shotgun eviscerator and will be available this yea...

Steven Hansen

8:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Have fond memories of The Incredible Machine? Check out Contraption Maker

It's been just over a year since I told you about Contraption Maker, a puzzle game in the vein of the DOS classic The Incredible Machine that's being worked on by some members of the original development team including Jeff ...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 07.07.2014

NIS bringing Vita action-puzzler The FireFly Diary to North America, Europe

Along with Criminal Girls: Invite Only and The Awakened Fate Ultimatum, NIS America has also announced it is localizing "moody puzzle action game" htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary. "In this atmospheric title, you&r...

Steven Hansen





10:45 AM on 07.03.2014

Alphabeats puts some wub wub in a word game

You know Teddy Diefenbach, right? He is one of the people working on the Kickstarter uber-success Hyper Light Drifter, and he just cannot seem to stop making new games. At E3 we got to play a bit of his newer title Kyoto Wil...

Darren Nakamura

12:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Peggle 2's Jimmy Lightning is less exciting than the first DLC

Peggle 2 is one of those games that's good to just pick up and play every so often, and whenever a new character drops, I get the itch to play again. This time the newcomer isn't an original character like Windy the Fai...

Chris Carter

1:15 PM on 06.24.2014

Peggle 2 adds Jimmy the gopher, dubstep

Classic Peggle Master Jimmy Lightning makes a return to zany peg-clearing action in Peggle 2 today, but he's doing so with a new style about him. Since we last saw Jimmy, he got really into dubstep. I'm not kidding...

Brett Makedonski

2:15 PM on 06.20.2014

Well, isn't Pavilion a lovely looking PS4 and PS Vita puzzler

I've somehow missed the "fourth person" (what) puzzler Pavilion in our past posts and I certainly missed it midst the pomp and posturing of E3, so how lovely of them to show off this extended trailer a week later.  It's like Patapon x Papillon. (No. No it's not.)

Steven Hansen



The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers photo
The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers
by Darren Nakamura

Nestled in a parking lot across the street from the convention center in Los Angeles was Devolver Digital's phalanx of air conditioned campers. The publisher had a good mixture of highly anticipated titles like Hotline Miami 2 and Broforce, and more recently announced titles. The Talos Principle is one such game, and as usual, Devolver knows how to curate good content.

Though it is being developed by Croteam, which is probably best known for its over-the-top first-person shooter series Serious Sam, The Talos Principle has more in common with Portal. Its first-person puzzle platforming is not built off the most mindblowing ideas, but it is only part of the focus. The rest is on a deeply philosophical narrative, courtesy of Tom Jubert, who delivered a fantastic story in my favorite game from 2013: The Swapper.

Suffice it to say, I left the camper with fairly high expectations for this.

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