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Review: Tappingo photo
Review: Tappingo
by Darren Nakamura

Pure puzzle games can have a sort of zen effect for some players. Through repetition, players can almost subconsciously solve logic puzzles that would take an untrained person serious thought. When done well, time seems to melt away and all that matters is achieving nirvana through the journey to the solution.

The Japanese puzzles sudoku and nonogram (better known as Picross among gamers) manage to hit that sweet spot for many. Tappingo aims to join those ranks with a new way to recreate pixel images through use of deductive reasoning. It begins with promise, but never manages to reach its full potential.

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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

8:00 PM on 03.12.2014

Android users can now play Threes! like the rest of us

Android users may be late to the Threes! party, but it's still a party. A party with math 'n' stuff. Sirvo's acclaimed iOS puzzle game is now playable on Android devices (4.0 and up) in exchange for a reasonable $1.99. Combine numbered tiles to form threes, then sixes, and so on and so forth. It's an immediately graspable concept, one that fosters fierce competition. Play it!

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 03.11.2014

Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles

Using gravity to manipulate orbit and slingshot to a desired destination is always satisfying, in an "I could have been a NASA scientist" kind of way. With titles like Kerbal Space Program and Gravity Ghost, we've seen the m...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy photo
Review: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
by Darren Nakamura

With five previous games and one movie under his belt, Professor Layton's reputation precedes him. Since 2007's Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Level-5 has been giving players control of the eminent gentleman Layton and his spry apprentice Luke on an almost yearly basis, with 2012's Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask making the jump from the DS to the 3DS.

Azran Legacy picks up after the events in Miracle Mask, completing the prequel trilogy that began with Professor Layton and the Last Specter. Though it changes up the format slightly, anybody who has played any entry in the series knows what to expect: hunting for hint coins and engaging in unconventional mind puzzles.

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4:15 PM on 03.10.2014

Halfbrick reveals new puzzle game Bears vs. Art

I hope you have some insulin handy because this trailer introducing Halfbrick's new game, Bear vs. Art, is sweeter than strawberry sundae topped with candy-coated gumdrops. I have watched it four times and still giggle at ho...

Conrad Zimmerman





8:00 PM on 03.07.2014

Peggle, Bejeweled, Bookworm, and more in this PopCap bundle

It's chaos on the Humble Store right now, from the Humble Mobile Bundle 4 to Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight 2014 to Devolver Digital's bundle for IGF chairman and all-around terrific human being Brandon Boyer. Here's one mor...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 03.07.2014

Pavilion is a game presented in the fourth-person, in a way

You know how indie games always seem like they have to have some sort of hook – something unique to make them stick out from all the other games? Well, that’s what Visiontrick, a two-man development team, has wit...

Brett Makedonski

10:45 AM on 03.06.2014

Indie studio Exkee wants you to Kill the Bad Guy

When we hear about new titles being approved on Steam Greenlight, it is usually a small handful of games that have received a fair amount of buzz, buried in a group of otherwise unknown games. One such title that previously ...

Darren Nakamura

10:30 AM on 03.05.2014

Leave None Behind wants to celebrate many forms of art

At first glance, Leave None Behind might not seem like an entirely new idea. It aims to be a puzzle platformer, featuring three characters with distinct abilities that the player can switch between in order to progress, a la...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Pac-Man Museum photo
Review: Pac-Man Museum
by Chris Carter

Let's not beat around the bush here -- with the new Pac-Man Museum compilation, you're getting a bunch of really old games you've most likely played before, a few you probably already own, and Pac-Man Battle Royale. Royale is a bit of a unique release, as it's only been playable outside of Japan at special events and arcades, and has been highly sought out by fans of the genre.

To be blunt, this is the perfect opportunity to wait for a sale just to pick up Royale.

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3:30 PM on 02.27.2014

Magnetic puzzle-platformer Teslagrad coming to PS Vita

Another worthwhile indie port for PlayStation Vita. What else is new? Following Teslagrad's "good reception" on PC, Rain Games will be porting its puzzle-platformer over to the system this summer. Before that, however, the ti...

Jordan Devore



Review: Basement Crawl photo
Review: Basement Crawl
by Chris Carter

Basement Crawl starts off with one of the most interesting premises I've seen in a downloadable game in quite some time.

Then it goes completely downhill from there, plummets off a cliff, hits some spiky rocks on the way down, and explodes at the bottom.

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9:00 PM on 02.26.2014

Ether One will finally materialize on March 25

A few days ago I was bemoaning the long wait between games coming through Steam's Greenlight service and actually being released. One title I've been waiting for is Ether One, the atmospheric, first-person puzzle game from W...

Alasdair Duncan

6:00 PM on 02.26.2014

Former PixelJunk devs' Nova-111 looks real clever

The concept of "real-time" has begun bleeding into the otherwise turn-based world of Nova-111, a super-neat-looking game from ex-PixelJunk developers. I'd recommend watching this trailer to get a better handle on what that m...

Jordan Devore

3:00 AM on 02.21.2014

I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness

I'm looking out my window as I type this and what I see is a mostly overcast sky and lots of drab grays and blues. It's sleepy. What I'd rather be looking at are these warm, teeming-with-life screenshots from Jonathan Blow's ...

Jordan Devore