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#Puzzle games

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Zero Time Dilemma

Zero Time Dilemma takes text skipping to a new level

I can still recall the pain of playing through various New Game+ modes in old games where you couldn't skip cutscenes. It was excruciating, having to sit through 10-15 minute expositions constantly, but newer games have gotten better about ...

 
Bulby Diamond Course photo
Bulby Diamond Course

If you miss Kirby's Dream Course, take a look at Bulby

Kirby's Dream Course holds a special place in gaming history. Despite releasing more than 20 years ago and featuring a unique gameplay hook, it didn't see many copycats. Sure, there have been other golf games, but nothing has been quite lik...

 
Games with Gold photo
Games with Gold

Temper your expectations for May's Games with Gold

If April's Games with Gold lineup was the best yet, and I'm inclined to agree with Brett that it was, then whatever Microsoft has in store for May can't possibly stack up. I had that sentiment in mind when reading over the list of what's co...

 
China

Review: Koi

"Made in China" is a phrase typically etched into the underside of cheap consumer goods. Hidden from view, it's more of an admission than a selling point. It's a reminder of the grim realities of our globalized economy, a sta...   read

Zenge review

Review: Zenge

Most modern puzzle games go heavy on the logic/deduction/critical thinking. Some of them are so difficult the average person can't complete them without looking up a guide. On the other end of the spectrum, zen games take a m...   read

The Firefly Diary photo
The Firefly Diary

How many times will NIS delay this?

NIS America has postponed the PC port of htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary once again. The publisher initially planned to release the title on March 14, but pushed its arrival date back to April 25. But that is no longer happening. Now, NIS hopes...

 
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PAX

She Remembered Caterpillars is a charming bug puzzle adventure

When I first saw there was a game on the PAX East show floor called She Remembered Caterpillars, I was expecting some kind of 3D walking simulator about a young girl tending a garden. As it turns out, it's something entirely different and a...

 
Mini Mario & Friends photo
Mini Mario & Friends

Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge's wide release is on the horizon

For those of you who bought an amiibo recently, you were probably provided a free 3DS and Wii U code for Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge, a Mini Mario spinoff of sorts that uses your figures to unlock characters. It's al...

 
Stephen's Sausage Roll
You've heard of thinking outside the box, but have you heard of thinking outside the sausage?   read

Puzzle & Dragons X photo
Puzzle & Dragons X

Puzzle & Dragons X's anime sequences are looking hot

Puzzle & Dragons made a pretty decent splash on 3DS when it arrived back in 2015, and now, GungoHo Online is preparing to unleash Puzzle & Dragons X on the same platform. It'll drop on July 28, and will feature a full dungeon s...

 
Esper 1 photo
Esper 1

Esper 1 is coming to Oculus Rift, Esper 2 owners get it for free

In case you haven't heard, Esper 2 is a quirky, very fun puzzle game that makes great use of its virtual reality setting on Gear VR and the Oculus Rift. But there's a lesser known Esper 1 (the "2" isn't merely for show) that also exist...

 
The Witness photo
The Witness

New PS4 update for The Witness might help with motion sickness

It sure does feel odd to boot up The Witness again. I had intended to continue solving optional puzzles after earning the platinum Trophy, albeit at a much laxer, much more sane pace, but ended up stopping completely. Why go back now? A Pla...

 
Snake Pass photo
Snake Pass

This puzzle game has some slick-looking snake physics

I'm not overly fond of snakes, but I like the potential of a puzzle-platformer in which you play as one that slithers and wraps around objects semi-realistically. This is Snake Pass, a PC game from Sumo Digital that came out of its first i...

 
Esper 2 review

Review: Esper 2

Those who are on the fence with virtual reality typically cite a dissonance between the actual state of a real-life subject compared to the actions taking place in-game. In other words, outside of the HTC Vive, most VR h...   read

the Sequence review
Computer programming is a lot like a puzzle. An individual program has a main goal to accomplish, and getting there requires a set of pieces executed in a particular order. It takes a certain part of the brain to think ahead,...   read

Darknet VR review

Review: Darknet

"Hacking" is a gaming term that almost always initiates a series of groans from players. Usually forced in as a ham-handed minigame, I don't have many fond memories of hacking outside of a few clever uses of the mechanic like...   read

amiibo Challenge review
Nintendo backed itself into a corner with amiibo in terms of software. Now that the things are wildly popular, it's at a crossroads. Does it gate substantial content behind them and piss off casual fans who don't want to buy ...   read

Ed! photo
Ed!

Esper 2 has Shaun of the Dead's Nick Frost and is out today

Lovely boy Nick Frost of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame is lending his voice to Esper 2, a game about dealing with an outbreak of people having telekinetic abilities apparently caused by some kind of villain on a quest ...

 
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Because poop is funny

The Binding of Isaac developers are making another 'shitty' game, The Legend of Bum-bo

The developers of The Binding of Isaac Fingered (Edmund McMillen, James Id, and Ridiculon) announced they are working on a new title called The Legend of Bum-bo that is set to be "a turn-based puzzle RPG type thingy that's randoml...

 
The Turing Test
Around this time last year, a first-person puzzle game called Pneuma: Breath of Life released. Although it was built around an interesting conceit, I didn't find myself too enamored with it. The puzzles mostly failed to ...   read

Keen preview
During GDC I met with a couple of lovely Brazilian gents from Cat Nigiri, a studio whose logo is a kawaii-looking kitty draped under slab of raw fish. The duo was showing off its commander-less Keen, a Zelda-inspired game tha...   read

Dynetzzle review
The moment I saw Dynetzzle Extended, I wanted it. Dice logic, spatial reasoning, atmospheric music, and a clean aesthetic. It was my jam. Two hours later, I became a little chilly on it. Where I went in hoping for a nice session of deep thought, I came out the other side with something that feels more like sudoku. It's built on a cool idea, but soon enough it becomes rote.   read

Frozen Synapse 2 photo
Frozen Synapse 2

Get a look at Frozen Synapse 2 in action

We knew Frozen Synapse 2 was coming, but we didn't get an actual taste of it until just recently. This new video shows off a bit of gameplay mixed with the series signature art style, and it's important to note that the sequel is now a...

 
Oddworld: Soulstorm photo
Oddworld: Soulstorm

Oddworld: Soulstorm is the Exoddus remake, set for 2017

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty did great justice to Abe's Oddysee. It took the already fantastic puzzle-platformer and made it friggin' gorgeous, up to today's resolution standards. It only made sense to do the same with the next game in Abe's sto...

 
NIS America photo
NIS America

NIS delays The Firefly Diary's PC release

NIS America has postponed the PC release of htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary. The puzzle game was initially supposed to arrive next Monday, March 14, but is now being delayed until April 25 to give the publisher more time to test the game a...

 
Telepaint review

Review: Telepaint

Titan Souls took the world by storm last year. Born out of the minds of the tiny indie team Acid Nerve, everyone was anxious to see their follow-up. While Telepaint, a bite-sized mobile puzzle game, isn't quite as titanic as a hardcore boss rush project, it's still very much representative of Acid Nerve's talent as a studio.   read

The Firefly Diary
htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (which I am never typing ever again) is coming to PC in less than two weeks. I've been playing it a bit to see how the former PlayStation Vita exclusive translates to a mouse and keyboard setu...   read

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World to the West

Teslagrad is getting a 3D action-adventure follow-up

Rain Games did quite well for itself with the magnetic puzzle-platformer Teslagrad. While its next game won't be a direct sequel, it's another adventure, and it's even set in that same universe. World to the West stars four disparate charac...

 
Koi photo
Koi

Zen fish adventure Koi will be the first Chinese-developed game on PS4

With so many action-packed games to play, sometimes it's nice to temper the experience with something more chill. Koi catches the eye in the same way flOw did during the last generation. It just looks like a relaxing thing to do in order to...

 
Attractio review
Almost 10 years ago, Portal showed us what a first-person puzzle-platformer can be. It was built on an incredible gameplay mechanic at its heart, but it also excelled in art direction, writing, voice work, and pretty much eve...   read


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King's Quest: Once Upon a Climb"A tale of two princesses"

 

Stories: The Path of Destinies"Choose your own adventure/death"

 

Koi"Fish out of water"

 

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ZEN Pinball 2: Aliens vs. Pinball"Not the Alien's most terrifying incarnation"

 

Alienation"Welcome to Earth"

 

Zenge"Slide, slide, slippity slide"

 

Sega 3D Classics Collection"Not all who wander are classics"

 
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Fenriff

Someone invaded me in Dark Souls I ended

 
ZombZ

As someone who works in IT and can solve 99% of the issues with a reboot I have to praise the sun for this Windows+R command: iexplore -k

 
Deadgar64

So, I ordered a new graphics comes the new have no interest in the heard people talk about trading on Steam but everything Ive read seems know if thats a thing that can be done safely?

 
TheLimoMaker

On the final boss of Dark Souls Wish it was better The lore implications are superb, but the awful tracking attacks and cheap magic shots are things I will never let slide I was expecting an awesome one-on-one duel, I got a pansy magic

 
Nekrosys

Ratchet and Clank is now my Even though Dark Souls also came out this Because you can turn bosses into This is And yes, I know the PS4 capture footage shows how utterly shit I am at

 
RiffRaff

Id love to see the

 
whatsacow

I feel like an old man, but fuck Ive noticed that they all seem to be over priveleged white people who want to feel like their ordeals are as important as real minorities - or they need serious mental help and not fucking

 
AdmiralAckbong

TotalBiscuit? No Red lobster cheddar biscuit? Ill fuck that shit up in a heartbeat, sign me up

 
JohnSmith123

Man FFXIV seems like THE MMO right So much stuff is New dungeons, new raids, new trials, new features like Palace of the Dead, a new collab with level 5 and yokai watch, and much Thats just a patch

 
Sharukurusu

Playing FF6 and Im thinking, thieves in Zozo never thought a dude with a chainsaw would show up

 
Dreamweaver

I was goofing around invading in Dark Souls III and saw something kinda funny: I had to fight off two guys (I obviously wasnt trying to kill them) when another phantom got summoned to After they both killed me, the other guy arrived way too

 
EAPidgeon

Just a reminder that Guiles Theme in SFV is

 
Jed Whitaker

You hear that guys? It is my heart shattering because Total Biscuit disagrees with

 
lewness

Any DS3 fight clubs going on for Dtoid? There seem to be enough players around

 
Retrofraction

Welp, I am the kind of person that forgets the important passwords to log into Vimeo will not let me log into my paid account for another two the worst system locked out you never get back in)

 
Nekrosys

The new Ratchet and Clank has easily secured a place on my top 5 games of 2016 through sheer virtue of it containing a Trophy that is unlocked by turning a helicopter into a That is

 
Robo Panda Z

Oh hey, I just noticed I recently crossed the five-year mark as an active, non-lurking member of this community!

 
StriderHoang

Suddenly I want a Fatal Fury hat

 
hlarge4

Ok, Pontiff Hes maybe a bit But not in a good Random Many with animations too fast to react When I beat him I feel like itll be more luck than

 
Dr Mel

So, with DS2 I came to like the game less and less over I really liked it at Thakfully I seem to be having the opposite experience with I was maybe skeptical at first but now I stop thinking about how Im going to replay it over and over

 
JohnGrisham

Was Super Mario 64 really that great? Never owned it, played a few times at a friends My N64 time was spent on 007, OoT, BanjoKazooie, Mario Kart,

 
Agent9

If you guys have the time, do a solid for your favorite LPer or youtube personality and take some time to let people know what videos have inspired you to go out and support the developers/film links in the

 
Gamemaniac3434

Been playing severed, having a fantastic time with it and I beat the first I do wish Drinkbox hadnt released images that spoil a certain moment and drain a bit of the impact but Having a good time with the game-got a vita? Get

 
Parismio

I was feeling drained the last few Was looking forward to watching legends of tomorrow tonight but it turns out the recording was This is one of those times I get so salty about the tiniest

 
klaw616

Still on my Kill la Kill kick (la Gotta share this amazing piece of art I got over the weekend from a local artist at this awesome little game Dude was even kind enough to sign it (even if I did cover it with the frame)

 
Steven Hansen

my mom has begun using e-mail again

 
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A Certain Magical Generic magical high school Death Something genuinely Target

 
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TB: Destructoid is shit! /torch: your waifu is shit!

 
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I will be very glad to be over the

 
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Conan plays a Nintendo game, but its a game that existed at the start of a dead Good timing, very

 

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