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Remember Triple Triad in Final Fantasy VIII? Check out Eminence: Xander's Tales

Back in the day when I first played Final Fantasy VIII, I fantasized about a world in which people could walk up to random strangers, ask to play a card game, and be treated to one without it being weird. We are not there ye...   more

Remember Triple Triad in Final Fantasy VIII? Check out Eminence: Xander's Tales photo

Motorcycle combat racer Road Redemption on Steam Early Access

It has been a little over a year since the Road Redemption Kickstarter campaign launched, and to nobody's surprise, it has slightly missed its projected August 2014 launch window, but it is not too far behind yet. The Road R...   more

Motorcycle combat racer Road Redemption on Steam Early Access photo

Like Robotron and Smash TV? You might dig Iron Fisticle

Silly name aside -- and, you know, at least it's memorable -- I'm all about Iron Fisticle. This is a twin-stick shooter inspired by the likes of Robotron, Gauntlet, and Smash TV, which are such terrific games to borrow from ...   more

Like Robotron and Smash TV? You might dig Iron Fisticle photo

Thomas Was Alone jumping to Wii U, Xbox One

Thomas Was Alone appears to be hopping over to Wii U and Xbox One, according to a pair of listings from the USK, Germany's software ratings board. The indie platformer from Mike Bithell launched on PC in 2012, and has since c...   more

Thomas Was Alone jumping to Wii U, Xbox One photo

Top-down '70s heist simulator The Masterplan now available on Steam Early Access

Shark Punch, a four-person studio operating out of San Fransisco, California and Helsinki, Finland has recently launched its lovely looking 2D tactical-action heist game on Steam Early Access. The Masterplan is said to draw ...   more

Top-down '70s heist simulator The Masterplan now available on Steam Early Access photo

Team17 to publish blind adventure Beyond Eyes

Team17 has really been branching out lately. Best known for the Worms series, the small developer has recently been publishing independently developed games from even smaller teams. Previously, we have heard about the studio ...   more

Team17 to publish blind adventure Beyond Eyes photo

Review: Size DOES Matter

Simple graphics, twitch gameplay, and fresh music constitute a good formula for mobile gaming. Titles like this allow for a quick bit of play during minutes of downtime, and can paradoxically keep players going for long perio...   more

Review: Size DOES Matter photo

Wolfire's cool, experimental FPS Receiver is free today

Wolfire Games' Receiver is a first-person shooter unlike any other I've played. Instead of a quick button press to reload your gun, here, reloading is a much more realistic, multi-step process that requires effort on your par...   more

Wolfire's cool, experimental FPS Receiver is free today photo

It's official: Microsoft bought Mojang, creator of Minecraft

[Update: Microsoft's Phil Spencer and Notch have chimed in with their own statements. Spencer is obviously excited (and confirms that Minecon still exists), and Notch gives us a look at his mindset over the past few year...   more

It's official: Microsoft bought Mojang, creator of Minecraft photo

Science-themed runner Boson X coming to Steam tomorrow

After hearing about it from iOS users, I was excited late last year when Boson X first came to Android, my mobile platform of choice. A few months later, I finished the six levels included in the Android version and discover...   more

Science-themed runner Boson X coming to Steam tomorrow photo


Science-themed runner Boson X coming to Steam tomorrow photo
Science-themed runner Boson X coming to Steam tomorrow photo
Science-themed runner Boson X coming to Steam tomorrow photo
Science-themed runner Boson X coming to Steam tomorrow photo
Science-themed runner Boson X coming to Steam tomorrow photo
Science-themed runner Boson X coming to Steam tomorrow photo



PvP shark-'em-up Depth swims closer to a November release on Steam

Originally begun as a student project back in 2009, Digital Confectioners' Depth has undergone a lot of changes over the years. Envisioned as an single-player ARPG focused mainly on stealth and shark avoidance, the titl...   more

PvP shark-'em-up Depth swims closer to a November release on Steam photo


PvP shark-'em-up Depth swims closer to a November release on Steam photo
PvP shark-'em-up Depth swims closer to a November release on Steam photo
PvP shark-'em-up Depth swims closer to a November release on Steam photo
PvP shark-'em-up Depth swims closer to a November release on Steam photo
PvP shark-'em-up Depth swims closer to a November release on Steam photo
PvP shark-'em-up Depth swims closer to a November release on Steam photo



Monaco: What's Yours is Mine sells 1 million

Sales of stealth action game Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine have surpassed the one million mark, developer Pocketwatch games announced this week. Monaco was the big winner at GDC's Independent Games Festival in 2010, ...   more

Monaco: What's Yours is Mine sells 1 million photo

Shovel Knight now available for Mac

Shovel Knight is now available on Mac, Yacht Club Games announced today. The studio also supplied updates on the Linux version and European release, both of which are apparently moving forward, though no real timetables were specified. Also, physical rewards from the title's Kickstarter campaign will likely be sent out very soon.   more

Shovel Knight now available for Mac photo

Titan Souls is my PAX Prime 2014 game of show

Confession time: I'm pretty out of the loop when it comes to the indie game scene. I love me some Nidhogg, Samurai Gunn, and Crawl, but it's not uncommon for me to have only heard about these games just before release or late...   more

Titan Souls is my PAX Prime 2014 game of show photo

Adam Freeman's Berzerk-influenced Hazard is pretty snazzy, also completely free

What if Berzerk were reborn as a first-person shooter using the DarkPlaces engine? What if the soundtrack were crafted by electronic music producer Wolfgun? What if you could be playing this game, right now, fo...   more

Adam Freeman's Berzerk-influenced Hazard is pretty snazzy, also completely free photo


Adam Freeman's Berzerk-influenced Hazard is pretty snazzy, also completely free photo
Adam Freeman's Berzerk-influenced Hazard is pretty snazzy, also completely free photo
Adam Freeman's Berzerk-influenced Hazard is pretty snazzy, also completely free photo
Adam Freeman's Berzerk-influenced Hazard is pretty snazzy, also completely free photo
Adam Freeman's Berzerk-influenced Hazard is pretty snazzy, also completely free photo
Adam Freeman's Berzerk-influenced Hazard is pretty snazzy, also completely free photo



Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR shoots up PC tomorrow

Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR launches its attack on PC tomorrow for $9.99, Playism announced today. The shoot-'em-up comes by way of doujin studio Cross Eaglet, and is most notable for its eponymous swivel mechanic. The t...   more

Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR shoots up PC tomorrow photo

Nicalis kicked my ass again with Castle in the Darkness

After checking out The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth at PAX Prime, I spent a decent chunk of time with another upcoming Nicalis project, Castle in the Darkness. It's a challenging platform-adventure PC game that feels all too app...   more

Nicalis kicked my ass again with Castle in the Darkness photo

Neverending Nightmares is eerily evocative, and set for release on September 26

It's certainly an exciting time to be an independent game developer. With the rise of Kickstarter allowing anyone with the knowledge, the skills, and an idea to find support, we're seeing a larger breadth of games come out th...   more

Neverending Nightmares is eerily evocative, and set for release on September 26 photo

Tharsis: Commit cannibalism, save humanity

Destructoid recently caught up with the folks at Gaijin Games Choice Provisions to check out the studio's next Bit.Trip game completely new project, Tharsis. The turn-based strategy game follows a team of astro...   more

Tharsis: Commit cannibalism, save humanity photo

Extrasolar Season 2 is being funded through Kickstarter

I do not envy Lazy 8 Studios with the balancing act it has trying to market Extrasolar. By revealing too little, only a relatively small demographic will ever try out the exoplanet rover simulator. By revealing too much, a t...   more

Extrasolar Season 2 is being funded through Kickstarter photo

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is everything I hoped it'd be

One of my favorite parts of PAX Prime this year was an appointment with Nicalis. Not only was the meeting away from the crowded, noisy Washington State Convention Center, it was an opportunity to get sucked into The Binding o...   more

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is everything I hoped it'd be photo

SoundSelf with Oculus Rift is the ultimate trip

It's no secret that gaming conventions are fertile ground for developers to try out their new creations. Back in April, Jonathan Holmes got the chance to check out SoundSelf with Robin Arnott, the creator of the unorthodox ho...   more

SoundSelf with Oculus Rift is the ultimate trip photo

2D survival horror Uncanny Valley has a demo out now

Way back in April, we first heard about Uncanny Valley, and we all had a nice juvenile moment of pointing and snickering at pixelated medical diagrams of human genitalia. The trailer also showed slightly less funny stuff: da...   more

2D survival horror Uncanny Valley has a demo out now photo

Review: Halfway

One of the things that is so appealing about science fiction is that it deals with situations that seem fantastical, but are ultimately plausible. Technology today would look like magic to those from years past, and so the te...   more

Review: Halfway photo

If you ever get to play Upsilon Circuit, the world will be watching

At PAX Prime, I got my first and what could be only opportunity to try Upsilon Circuit. You see, once it goes live, eight people will be able to play at any given time. That's eight people, total. And the "permadeath" here is...   more

If you ever get to play Upsilon Circuit, the world will be watching photo

A statement from Phil Fish

Full disclosure - I have met Phil Fish on one occasion. We bickered a little bit about if Fez would be a good fit for Nintendo 3DS, (I thought it would be good, Fish disagreed) but there was no hostility there. I was exc...   more

A statement from Phil Fish photo

The Dark Phantom hits up Kickstarter for funding to complete game

The Dark Phantom is a neo-noir comic-book influenced third-person shooter about a man calling himself the "Dark Phantom" as he hunts down criminals across the city. Sound familiar? The Dark Phantom is reminiscent of Rorschac...   more

The Dark Phantom hits up Kickstarter for funding to complete game photo

Warlocks takes its cooperative fantasy brawling to Kickstarter

Risk of Rain was pretty cool, so anything that reminds me of that catches my attention. Warlocks looks to have a similar feel in some ways, bringing frantic 2D battles to a fantasy world. I typically shy away from fantasy in...   more

Warlocks takes its cooperative fantasy brawling to Kickstarter photo

Band Saga looks like the Audiosurf of isometric shooter action

Generating gameplay using music might be one of my favorite things to happen in videogames in the last ten years. Though Audiosurf released six years ago, there still are not many games that utilize the functionality. Soon e...   more

Band Saga looks like the Audiosurf of isometric shooter action photo

Gang Beasts out on Steam, fight your friends like a drunk on skates

Gang Beasts is fun as heck. That's probably why Double Fine picked it up. And now you can pick it up as it's come to Steam on Early Access.  I played it for a good while last week. Laughs and cries of exaltation we...   more

Gang Beasts out on Steam, fight your friends like a drunk on skates photo

N++ is going to break me, but I'm okay with that

One of the games I knew I had to check out at the Indie Megabooth this PAX Prime was N++. I liked its predecessor on Xbox Live Arcade a great deal, which is to say it infuriated the hell out of me but was satisfying beyond wo...   more

N++ is going to break me, but I'm okay with that photo

Italian indie title The Town of Light is haunting

Italian independent game studio LKA.it's Greenlit project The Town of Light is described as a first-person psychological adventure that is set in a notorious former psychiatric hospital. Part historical documentary...   more

Italian indie title The Town of Light is haunting photo


Italian indie title The Town of Light is haunting photo
Italian indie title The Town of Light is haunting photo
Italian indie title The Town of Light is haunting photo
Italian indie title The Town of Light is haunting photo
Italian indie title The Town of Light is haunting photo
Italian indie title The Town of Light is haunting photo



Fire watch with me: Firewatch gets first, mysterious trailer

I am into this. It's a bit inscrutable, sure, but a mystery game needs to be mysterious. I was into Firewatch as soon as I heard of the talent involved. Artist Olly Moss, whose work we enjoy regularly, along with Mark o...   more

Fire watch with me: Firewatch gets first, mysterious trailer photo

GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam

Nine Dots Studio's gorgeous-looking multiplayer space combat game GoD Factory: Wingmen is now available on Steam. Wingmen is a 4v4 competitive arcade-like title where the goal is to destroy the enemy's 13km carrier...   more

GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo


GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo



Super Meat Boy Forever is harder than the original

Team Meat's new project Super Meat Boy Forever made its first appearance today at PAX Prime in Seattle -- and it makes the original game look like a cakewalk by comparison. The newly revealed title is an a...   more

Super Meat Boy Forever is harder than the original photo

Now I know why Devolver picked up A Fistful of Gun

It takes a certain kind of appeal for Devolver Digital to add a title to its stable of games. While the indie-friendly publisher doesn't necessarily have an underlying style that unite all of its games, there is a common them...   more

Now I know why Devolver picked up A Fistful of Gun photo

Nefarious 'gamifies' kidnapping the damsel in distress

Inspired by the likes of Earthworm Jim and Mega Man, Nefarious sticks with platformer tropes, with one inversion: you are kidnapping princesses. And each princess you kidnap changes how your character controls and ...   more

Nefarious 'gamifies' kidnapping the damsel in distress photo

Gone Home coming to Wii U

Gone Home. It spawned the worst debate since, "Is it art?" the dreaded, "Is it a game?" Thankfully it lead to more thoughtful writing, too, outside of that human centipede.  It was previously announced for undisclosed co...   more

Gone Home coming to Wii U photo

Shovel Knight looks great in 16-bit, Aegis Defenders just looks great

Oh my goooddd. How did I miss this until now? It's like a Nausicaa game. Thank you sir Shovel Knight for making a cross over appearance (above) in Aegis Defenders, which is how it came to my attention.  The Kickstarter already passed its initial funding goal and its PS4 stretch goal. Local co-op and a Wii U version are up next. Here's hoping. This looks amazing.    more

Shovel Knight looks great in 16-bit, Aegis Defenders just looks great photo

PS4, Vita getting psychological romance adventure Alone With You

 Alone With You, presumably the prequel to "Stuck in the Middle With You," comes from the man behind 2D horror Home and its spray can pastel world seems cool. You're the only remnant of a failed terraforming outfit...   more

PS4, Vita getting psychological romance adventure Alone With You photo

Nidhogg and Dust: An Elysian Tail are heading to PlayStation

More PlayStation ports of great games sounds good to me. The lovely 2D action-RPG Dust: An Elysian Tail is coming soon to PlayStation 4, while the hilarious fencing game Nidhogg is headed to both PS4 and PS Vita, complete wit...   more

Nidhogg and Dust: An Elysian Tail are heading to PlayStation photo

Ska Studios' next game Salt and Sanctuary is headed to PlayStation

Ska Studios certainly has a style all its own. The independent studio is following up on The Dishwasher series and Charlie Murder with Salt and Sanctuary, a sidescrolling action-RPG coming next year to PlayStation 4 and PS V...   more

Ska Studios' next game Salt and Sanctuary is headed to PlayStation photo

September Games with Gold: Super Time Force, Halo: Reach, and Monaco

Next month's Games with Gold lineup is among the service's best yet. Xbox 360 owners who are subscribed to Xbox Live Gold can nab Monaco: What's Yours is Mine for free from September 1 - 15, followed by Halo: Reach from Septe...   more

September Games with Gold: Super Time Force, Halo: Reach, and Monaco photo

Here's how Miegakure's four-dimensional puzzles work

Miegakure has been around for several years -- and it's not done yet -- but the last time I took a real good look at it, the game was still rocking placeholder art. It's been a while. In all that time, the core concept of so...   more

Here's how Miegakure's four-dimensional puzzles work photo

Back Moon Hunters for an interesting take on the action-RPG

Moon Hunters is a 1-4 player action RPG and is one of the first games to have joined the Square Enix Collective series of games, with an 83% approval rating. It's also a gorgeous-looking title that might very ...   more

Back Moon Hunters for an interesting take on the action-RPG photo

Iron Fisticle looks a bit like Robotron x Gauntlet

Curve Digital made a name for itself in recent years by porting popular independent games like The Swapper and Thomas Was Alone to PlayStation platforms but Iron Fisticle, an upcoming twin-stick arcade arena shooter, is anoth...   more

Iron Fisticle looks a bit like Robotron x Gauntlet photo

OlliOlli grinds perfectly onto PS4 and PS3

Minimalist skateboarding game OlliOlli first kickflipped its way into our hearts this January when it landed on PlayStation Vita, and now it's rolled onto PS3 and PS4. The console version is every bit as gnarly as its portable predecessor. Plus, it features cross-buy and cross-save functionality, so experienced shredders needn't stall jumping back in.   more

OlliOlli grinds perfectly onto PS4 and PS3 photo

Pillar, a collection of 'psychological minigames' is coming to PS4

Developer Michael Hicks has announced a new project for the PS4 -- it's called Pillar. It will consist of a collection of minigames, each modeled after a different personality type. Examples given are introverts, logical peop...   more

Pillar, a collection of 'psychological minigames' is coming to PS4 photo

SteamWorld Dig will have a cross-buy discount in Europe, but not in North America

SteamWorld Dig is hitting the Wii U on August 28th, and if you happen to live in the EU, AUS, or NZ regions, you'll get a 25% off discount for owning the 3DS version. But wait -- why isn't this cross-buy discount availab...   more

SteamWorld Dig will have a cross-buy discount in Europe, but not in North America photo

Spry Fox's next game is Free-Range Dragons

While finishing up work on the roguelike puzzler Road Not Taken this year, Spry Fox also began prototyping its next project, an action title called Free-Range Dragons. With a name like that, it's already off to a good start....   more

Spry Fox's next game is Free-Range Dragons photo