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12:00 PM on 08.20.2014

Review: CounterSpy

CounterSpy's stylized Cold War re-imagining is on point. It looks good, with its spindly spy running, rolling, and leaping like a jumping spider. It sounds good, with its jazzy soundtrack that reminds of James Bond.  Unfortunately, the rest of it feels half-baked. 

Steven Hansen


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




9:30 AM on 08.20.2014

This old school JRPG arrives on PC later this week

Helen's Mysterious Castle wanders to Windows PC this Friday, Playism announced today. The role-playing game follows our eponymous heroine, as she explores a labyrinthine castle on a floating island in the sky. Some...

Kyle MacGregor

6:30 PM on 08.19.2014

Gneiss: Mountain is now on Steam

I'm still not entirely sure what to make of David O'Reilly's Mountain, but now that it's out on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux, I am that much closer to taking the $0.99 plunge and finding out. This is an ambient game "des...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 08.19.2014

Vagante is a tough, promising 2D action-platformer

Nuke Nine has launched a Kickstarter for its action-platformer with RPG elements Vagante and the best part about the pitch -- well, besides several attention-grabbing .gifs -- is the included demo. Vagante has permanent deat...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 08.19.2014

Puppygames goes broke, announces Basingstoke

UK independent game studio Puppygames recently announced via blog post that it is running out of money. In fact, the team admits that it is broke: "Due to several decisions of dubious merit last year we've ended up wasting mo...

Rob Morrow

8:00 AM on 08.19.2014

Team Meat's new game: Either about voyeurism or more Meat Boy

Team Meat, makers of Super Meat Boy and the upcoming Mew-Genics, has put up a website and trailer for what it calls "A live-action stealth game," called A Voyeur for September. Through my handsomeness and ability t...

Steven Hansen

4:00 AM on 08.19.2014

Some Team Fortress 2 characters join the Super Time Force Ultra team

Well, looks like I'll be playing Super Time Force all over again when it hits Steam. Why? Well aside from the new challenge levels and alternate-dimension powers, there's three new playable characters. Two of which are from ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 PM on 08.18.2014

Double Fine picks up goofy multiplayer brawler Gang Beasts

Gang Beasts is hardly new at this point, but we've been given another opportunity to talk about it now that it's a part of the Double Fine Presents line. I'll take it. The funny multiplayer brawler will be playable later thi...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 08.18.2014

Tetropolis, the world's first 'Tetroidvania' launches on Kickstarter

In a world obsessed with perfection, one misshapen Tetromino will team with an orphaned block to start the revolution. This is the concept for Tetropolis by NextGen Pants, a first in the new side-scrolling genre of "Tetroidva...

Brittany Vincent



This parody of R. Kelly's 'Trapped in the Closet' made my day photo
This parody of R. Kelly's 'Trapped in the Closet' made my day
by Jordan Devore

When Teddy Diefenbach isn't working on Kyoto Wild or Hyper Light Drifter, he's reading what people are saying about his games online. Sometimes, no matter how much praise is given, all it takes is a single negative comment to put you in a bad, obsessive mood.

It's a feeling he's humorously captured in this music video for Trapped in the Comments, a parody of R. Kelly's one-of-a-kind, can't-believe-that-happened "hip hopera" Trapped in the Closet.

Seriously. Made my day.

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3:15 PM on 08.18.2014

Indie Megabooth: The PAX Prime games you want to see

If you're going to be at PAX Prime in Seattle this year and you plan to play videogames sometimes instead of getting drunk and singing karaoke all of the times, you should go to the Indie Megabooth and see some of this cool, weird junk.  And that's not all. Chroma Squad, Hotline Miami 2. 78 games in total, including 20 truncated showings from the Indie Minibooth.

Steven Hansen







The Testament of the White Cypress is out now and free photo
The Testament of the White Cypress is out now and free
by Patrick Hancock

David O'Toole, developer of 2x0ng, has just released his newest game, The Testament of the White Cypress. Inspired by games like Ultima and Zork, Cypress follows a monk named Geoffrey as he explores a strange and dangerous world while getting caught up in something much bigger, which maybe includes some time travel? Cypress is a one man show, as David O'Toole did everything. The watercolor art, original soundtrack, writing, and the programming are 100% David which makes this game a labor of love through and through. 

The game is a blast to explore and a great way to enjoy an afternoon. David considers this to be episode 1 of a "three episode thing," and if people show interest, more episodes will come. So give it a go! Make sure you read everything, especially the tutorial in the beginning. You won't get an objectives screen blatantly telling you what to do, so be sure to pick up on the hints from the various writings you encounter.

Oh, and if you enjoy it, don't forget to give it a vote on Steam Greenlight!

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Review: Hohokum photo
Review: Hohokum
by Kyle MacGregor

Hohokum is amazing. It can also be awful. My time with it was often as captivating as it was arduous. Hohokum is everything right and wrong with videogames. It's equally worthy of condemnation and acclaim.

I adore this horrible thing.

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1:00 PM on 08.16.2014

Q.U.B.E. 2 announced for PS4, Project Morpheus

Q.U.B.E. 2, the follow-up to Toxic Games' first-person puzzler, is coming to PlayStation 4, the developer revealed this week via the PlayStation Blog. Since the release of the original Q.U.B.E., the developer has be...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 AM on 08.16.2014

Touhou 14 now available via Playism Japan

Touhou Kishinjou: Double Dealing Character is now available for Windows PC via Playism Japan. Initially released last summer at Comiket 84, Double Dealing Character is the fourteenth official entry in the Touhou Project,...

Kyle MacGregor

10:00 PM on 08.15.2014

Colony builder Clockwork Empires now on Steam Early Access

After a minor delay, Dungeons of Dredmor studio Gaslamp Games has brought its colony-building sim Clockwork Empires to Steam Early Access. It's $29.99, currently only for PC. If maintaining a colony doesn't sound too appeali...

Jordan Devore