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1:00 PM on 10.15.2012

Preview: Professor Layton 3DS looks amazing

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask launched with the 3DS. In Japan, anyway. We’ve had to wait a bit longer. Over a year and a half. You know what they say: Rome wasn’t localized in a day. Thankfully, Miracle Ma...

Steven Hansen

2:00 PM on 10.12.2012

Preview: Get ready for another block party with Crashmo

I was on the outside looking in during the Pushmo craze, still without a 3DS. While I could appreciate seeing Dtoiders recreate Jonathan Holmes’ face, I couldn’t explore its depths and intricacies -- its well-worn...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 09.21.2012

TGS: Professor Layton enters a winter wonderland

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is labeled as the sixth and final game to follow Hershel Layton. The game starts in a cozy, winter village and follows the crew on a globetrotting adventure after Layton and co. embark on...

Allistair Pinsof

9:00 AM on 09.21.2012

TGS: Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright join forces

Professor Layton and Ace Attorney are unique within the puzzle/adventure genre, but both share enough in common with each other to make for a perfect crossover game. Not since Marvel vs. Capcom and Kingdom Hearts have dedicat...

Allistair Pinsof

8:00 PM on 09.20.2012

TGS: Professor Layton's iOS debut isn't what you'd expect

The idea of developers dedicating resources to mobile versions of franchises is something I’ve long been against, but have slowly been warming up to. So, they might as well make something good. Layton Brothers: Myster...

Allistair Pinsof

2:00 PM on 09.07.2012

Preview: Solving simple puzzles in The Cave

At the Sega Booth during PAX Prime 2012, I was able to get a quick demo preview of The Cave, an upcoming puzzle platformer coming to both consoles and PC by Ron Gilbert and Double Fine. From first impressions, I immediately a...

Casey Baker

5:45 PM on 08.15.2012

gamescom: Angry Birds Trilogy looks gorgeous on consoles

So I like Angry Birds. Yeah, I said it haters. It's a fun physics based puzzle game, and a great time waster when I'm on the go. I can never look at the mobile game the same again though thanks to what I played of Angry Birds...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 AM on 06.12.2012

Quantum Conundrum is a wonderful delight

Quantum Conundrum is a wonderful upcoming puzzle platformer from creative director Kim Swift. Her past work includes Portal, and while the game has some influences from Valve's little puzzler, Quantum Conundrum takes things ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:25 PM on 06.07.2012

E3: Motley Blocks, a puzzle game that I love to hate

There are a handful of mobile games that I will always go back to. Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride, Angry Birds Space -- basically puzzle games. It's not because I love them, but rather that I love to hate them. They're simple l...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 PM on 06.05.2012

E3: 'Smart As...' proves game journalists are stupid

It took me a good 15 minutes of playing Smart As... until the pun in the game’s title hit me. Clearly, I shouldn’t be playing a brain training puzzle game but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it. Smart As... is the game Brain Age should have evolved into, except it’s way prettier because it’s on the Vita.

Allistair Pinsof

6:45 PM on 04.10.2012

Transcripted mixes shooting, puzzles, and science

One of the more recent trends in gaming has been to take two seemingly unrelated genres and mash them up, creating a sort of remixed videogame. Match-three puzzle elements have been combined with role playing and platforming...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 PM on 03.27.2012

Preview: Antichamber

Going into Antichamber, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I had this vague concept of what it might be like, given the minimalistic style and knowing that it was a first-person puzzle game. But it ended up being remarkab...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 03.12.2012

Preview: Brain busting goodness in Quantum Conundrum

I had the pleasure of working through my first Quantum Conundrum play session with the help of its Creative Director, Kim Swift. After helping create Valve hit games Portal and both Left 4 Dead titles, Swift moved o...

Dale North

4:00 PM on 03.10.2012

Preview: Lupine comedy in MacGuffin's Curse

MacGuffin's Curse is an adventure puzzler that promises comedy, addictive puzzles, and a compelling story. The name alone should give you a hint at the humor, and the puzzles are reminiscent of those found in Zelda-...

Victoria Medina

10:00 PM on 03.09.2012

GDC: I have seen into the eye of the duck

Jonathon Holmes and Jordan Devore have been fans of Shawn McGrath's Dyad in the past. I played it for about two hours at GDC and I must say, it made me a believer. This is a short bit about my experience with this very unique, psychotic, and amazing indie game.

Daniel Starkey

6:00 PM on 12.15.2011

Mighty Switch Force has an 'Ugly Checkpoint Dog'

During a session with some of Nintendo's first- and third-party 3DS eShop game developers yesterday, I got a chance to check out the (incredibly promising) future of the eShop. I first got some hands-on time with WayForward's...

Casey Baker