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6:30 PM on 04.17.2014

Aaru's Awakening is all about movement

I’ve been interested in Aaru’s Awakening ever since its announcement captivated me with its hand-drawn art style. It’s pretty hard to pass up playing a game that looks the way Aaru’s Awakening does. Fr...

Patrick Hancock

8:00 AM on 04.11.2014

A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun

Press Play proved it can make a platformer with Max and the Curse of Brotherhood, but it wasn't meant to test your muscle memory and invite speed running. It was a colorful adventure with some charm and plenty of stopping for...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 04.03.2014

To Leave is one of the neatest games I played during GDC

GDC is full of neat games. There are sentai management sims. Body building cats. Hyper Light Drifter. But one of the neatest games I played during GDC is To Leave, which creative director Estefano Palacios says is the first i...

Steven Hansen

9:00 PM on 03.25.2014

Chariot is a great indie platformer with one royal hook

[Update: Frima Studios has reached out and informed us that it miscommunicated its statement about not being able to clear the game solo. The game can be beaten singleplayer, but only about 80 percent of the optional&nbs...

Brett Makedonski

7:30 PM on 03.21.2014

Monochroma will remind you of Limbo, and that's an amazing thing

With all the cool tech demos and innovative ideas on display at GDC Play, it's a bit surprising that a 2D side-scrolling puzzle platformer is one of the most worthwhile things to check out. But hey, good games are good games,...

Brett Makedonski

9:00 PM on 03.17.2014

The devs of Glitchspace want to make programming fun and cool

One of the benefits of being at the Game Developers Conference is being able to meet the talent behind such inventive and quirky games. While many of the heavy hitters get most of the attention, there's pl...

Alessandro Fillari

12:00 PM on 02.27.2014

Meet Yoshi's New Island, same as the old island

Do you know what's fun? Making Yoshi noises. Come on. Do it. The tongue grab. The flutter jump. The ground pound. Such an animated dinosaur. Hamza and Dale are really good at making Yoshi noises. Yoshi's New Island is also fun.

Steven Hansen

4:00 PM on 02.14.2014

Cloudbuilt: It's like Mega Man & Mirror's Edge had a baby

When I first saw Cloudbuilt, I fell in love with the art style. It was pretty much heaven in my mind, with gorgeous aerial views mixed with sketch-heavy visuals. It helps that the gameplay looks like a solid mixture of parkou...

Chris Carter

4:00 PM on 01.09.2014

TowerFall Ascension is shaping up to be one kickass port

In 2013, the highly anticipated TowerFall hit the Ouya platform -- and so began the thousands of voices clamoring for a port to any other platform. As of late last year creator Matt Thorson reported that he had only sold...

Chris Carter

4:00 PM on 01.07.2014

Preview: Aban Hawkins & the 1001 Spikes

Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes was a great concept. It launched way back in 2011 on the Xbox Live Indie store for a whole dollar, and remains one of the best games on the marketplace to this day. But the folks over at Nic...

Chris Carter

1:00 PM on 12.19.2013

Max: Curse of Brotherhood should prove an endearing romp

I quite liked the first Max and the Magic Marker. It was a cute little 2D game that let me draw things and crush enemies with them. I was surprised to hear of a sequel, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, especially as one of th...

Steven Hansen

4:00 PM on 11.03.2013

Impressions: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Wii U)

Last year, after a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Black Forest Games was able to take what started as a Mario rip-off with the Great Giana Sisters and turn it into a unique, beautiful platformer. After being one o...

Ian Bonds

9:30 AM on 10.18.2013

Dying a decent amount in Knack

Sony threw a PlayStation 4 shindig this week and Knack was featured heavily. We were treated to a video, narrated live by PS4 architect and Knack director Mark Cerny, with a lot of the gameplay sliced out in order to focus on...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 10.04.2013

Super Mario 3D World is an absolute blast to play

I played Super Mario 3D World at E3 this past year and for whatever reason it just didn't interest me at all. Yeah, it's neat and it's about time they made a 3D Mario game with mulitplayer, but the demo made it feel like yet ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:00 PM on 09.24.2013

Gravity Ghost dances between planets, makes Newton proud

We have had our eyes on Erin Robinson's Gravity Ghost for only a short while now, but every time we get to talk about it, we can't help but spew nice things about the title. As a PAX 10 alumna with 2010's Puzzle Bots, it's no...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 AM on 09.23.2013

Picking up houses and riding butterflies in SCALE

Aside from the conversation that Jonathan had with developer Steve Swink, we haven't done much to cover SCALE. Fortunately, the Phoenix area indie game developer group Game CoLab put together an event at the Phoenix Art ...

Darren Nakamura