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Marvelous-looking metroidvania Ori and the Blind Forest pushed to 2015

Delays aren't usually all that interesting as a topic of discussion, but in the case of Ori and the Blind Forest, a revised release date is an excuse to further cement its name in your mind. Ori is a tough platform adventure ...   more

Marvelous-looking metroidvania Ori and the Blind Forest pushed to 2015 photo

Review: Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal

While Sonic Boom on the Wii U has its issues, there are also some redeeming qualities. Co-op is enjoyable, the platforming is pretty fun, and the 2D sections aren't bad. With a few more months in the oven and more polish, it could have ultimately been a decent Sonic title. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the 3DS version of Sonic Boom. There's almost nothing redeeming about it.   more

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Review: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

As a character, Sonic gets a bad rap these days. No matter what is announced, I can practically hear the collective groaning from my desk. Like any popular franchise with consecutive releases, some of them are going to be goo...   more

Review: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric photo

Mighty Gunvolt is getting a free update and paid DLC soon

[Update: Inti Creates mistakenly reported that the Mighty Gunvolt update and DLC will both be available on November 28, alongside the release of the game for direct purchase. It has since offered a correction, stating that th...   more

Mighty Gunvolt is getting a free update and paid DLC soon photo

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One

In an expected move, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams was released in 2009, and it actually did quite well critically. Since then the game was released on the 360, PS3, and Wii U, and now it's gearing up for an Xbox One and...   more

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One photo

Review: LittleBigPlanet 3

Back in 2008, LittleBigPlanet was a staple in the Carter household for a good year. It was tough to put down as we earned a full 100% completion rate, and creating levels for each other was a joy. Floaty physics hate be ...   more

Review: LittleBigPlanet 3 photo

Review: Never Alone

A cursory glance at Upper One Games' Never Alone, while sure to impress, won't do it justice. Its appeal is obvious, but its intention is buried shallow under a light dusting of snow. But, it's that intention that transc...   more

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Inside My Radio is a rad rhythm-platformer

There are things to consider when it comes to playing music in public. Are you in an open space, perhaps a park, with enough distance between you and others so that your tunes don't dance on over into unwilling ears? Are you...   more

Inside My Radio is a rad rhythm-platformer photo

Spelunky updates: PS TV support, replay fast-forwarding, Daily Challenge ghosts

A reason to bring up Spelunky again? Yup, better jump on that. The PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita versions of the game have new updates that are worth a look. PS4 Fast forward replays Misc. fixes PS3 L...   more

Spelunky updates: PS TV support, replay fast-forwarding, Daily Challenge ghosts photo

This seems like a bad title for a game, but it's Snot

I'll admit: I very nearly deleted the email about Snot without a second thought. How could a game named after nasal mucus be worth even a few seconds of my time? Still, I did my due diligence and played the video attached, a...   more

This seems like a bad title for a game, but it's Snot photo

Klay Kirby has multiplayer, coming February 2015

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U has a release date: February 2015. The Canvas Curse inspired line-drawing game will also have four player multiplayer. Three other players will be able to play as Waddle Dee and...   more

Klay Kirby has multiplayer, coming February 2015 photo

When You're Gone tells its story of love lost in painted comic style

In life, everybody deals with love, loss, and regret. When You're Gone's premise is built on the relatability of its story: A middle-aged man reflects on his life and comes to terms with "the one who got away." Protagonist S...   more

When You're Gone tells its story of love lost in painted comic style photo

Fan recreates Symphony of the Night in LittleBigPlanet 3

We're just two weeks away from LittleBigPlanet 3's November 18 release, but it doesn't feel that way. I think it's become its own thing, propped up by a community that has created millions of levels, all of which are grandfa...   more

Fan recreates Symphony of the Night in LittleBigPlanet 3 photo

Electronic Super Joy: Groove City coming to Wii U and Xbox One

Eletronic Super Joy and its Groove City expansion have done pretty well so far, but I can't help but shake the feeling they could go farther. "Quirky and challenging platformer fatigue" is a problem for a lot of good ga...   more

Electronic Super Joy: Groove City coming to Wii U and Xbox One photo

Another de Blob isn't totally out of the question

Nordic Games has picked up yet another property from the defunct publisher THQ. This time, it's de Blob, a cute 3D puzzle-platformer about a blob who paints a drab city with its body. "We are excited about what the future hol...   more

Another de Blob isn't totally out of the question photo

Earthworm Jim 2 scares me to this day

Leading up to Halloween, I've been wanting to write about horror games because that's what you do in October, right? I still might; I'm playing the oft-recommended Fatal Frame II for the first time now and am planning to revi...   more

Earthworm Jim 2 scares me to this day photo

More Slugcat gifs? More Slugcat gifs

What's that? You didn't get enough Rain World gifs this week? What's that? Timmy is trapped in a well, rehabbing from that awkward back spasm in mop up? What's that? Old Man Tim is going to be lights out tonight in his s...   more

More Slugcat gifs? More Slugcat gifs photo

Beating Spelunky on a dance pad is quite the remarkable feat

Spelunky players are always finding new and interesting ways to torture themselves. Let's face it -- besting Spelunky's unforgiving randomly generated mazes is an accomplishment unto itself. Learning to do it with your feet ...   more

Beating Spelunky on a dance pad is quite the remarkable feat photo

Forward to the Sky looks like a fun platforming romp

Every once in a while a game will come along that reminds me of the Dreamcast era, filled to the brim with great looking games like Skies of Arcadia. Forward to the Sky looks like one such title, an action platformer that ju...   more

Forward to the Sky looks like a fun platforming romp photo

Review: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

I've always thought that Shantae is a bit of an underrated series. While WayForward can be hit or miss these days, I can always rely on their ability to craft a good platformer. Shantae: Risky's Revenge for the DSi ...   more

Review: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse photo

Risk of Rain's new engine should mean less slowdown

Risk of Rain is a great little action platformer that'll make you feel like garbage before building you up into an unstoppable force of destruction. Try it, sometime! You can even bring friends along. Developer Hopoo Games ha...   more

Risk of Rain's new engine should mean less slowdown photo

Slugcat gifs? Slugcat gifs

It's been a while since I've espoused my love for Rain World. It looks even smoother in this interesting Kickstarter update, as the game has transitioned to Unity. The update is a good read, but if you're just here for the gifs, well, I feel you. Ain't nothing wrong with that.   more

Slugcat gifs? Slugcat gifs photo

Joylancer still looks pretty great entering Early Access

Joylancer has a new trailer to celebrate its impending Early Access release, and it's still looking good. Some new things that have arrived in Joylancer include DX Mode, more abilities, more stages, boss fights, an...   more

Joylancer still looks pretty great entering Early Access photo

Hah, remember Gex? It's back on GOG.com

Couple of things about Gex. First and foremost, the PC version of the original is now available on GOG.com. It's priced at $5.99 and should be quite the nostalgia trip for some of you. That's the main reason I'm writing this ...   more

Hah, remember Gex? It's back on GOG.com photo

FPS platformer Deadcore is the kind of game I want to play on Oculus Rift

Deadcore is a futuristic first-person shooter/platforming hybrid that got its start in a 7DFPS game jam in 2012 by five friends who met while studying videogame design in Angoulême, France. Extended work on the prototy...   more

FPS platformer Deadcore is the kind of game I want to play on Oculus Rift photo


FPS platformer Deadcore is the kind of game I want to play on Oculus Rift photo
FPS platformer Deadcore is the kind of game I want to play on Oculus Rift photo
FPS platformer Deadcore is the kind of game I want to play on Oculus Rift photo
FPS platformer Deadcore is the kind of game I want to play on Oculus Rift photo
FPS platformer Deadcore is the kind of game I want to play on Oculus Rift photo
FPS platformer Deadcore is the kind of game I want to play on Oculus Rift photo



Ethereal is a puzzle platformer with pretty polished pixels

When developer Thomas Finch first showed bits of Ethereal, I almost wanted to share it simply because of how pretty it looked (especially in motion), but at the time, there was not a lot of other information to go on. It is ...   more

Ethereal is a puzzle platformer with pretty polished pixels photo

Watch me beat the third and final Mighty No. 9 beta level, out today

The Mighty No. 9 beta has updated with its third and "final" stage, the Power Plant. This morning I decided to give it a go, and here are the results of my second playthrough of it. As usual this is a zero death run, quick a...   more

Watch me beat the third and final Mighty No. 9 beta level, out today photo

Donkey Kong Country trilogy returning to Virtual Console in the UK

Back in November 2012, Nintendo removed the Donkey Kong Country series from the Wii's Virtual Console for some reason that, to my knowledge, was never publicly addressed. But those games will resurface this month on Wii U alo...   more

Donkey Kong Country trilogy returning to Virtual Console in the UK photo

The Land of Eyas is back on Kickstarter with a lower funding goal

Earlier this year we got a brief look at The Land of Eyas, which has Super Meat Boy-style platforming with a gravity switching mechanic, as well as a kid in a cute cat suit. At the time, it was seeking approval on Steam Gree...   more

The Land of Eyas is back on Kickstarter with a lower funding goal photo

Captain Toad tracks treasure starting December 5

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launches in North America on December 5. The Wii U puzzler is based on a minigame from Super Mario 3D World, and sees the eponymous protagonist explore a myriad of locales in search of hidd...   more

Captain Toad tracks treasure starting December 5 photo

Sand Sailor's atmospheric Black The Fall slinks to Kickstarter

Romanian development studio Sand Sailor has recently taken to Kickstarter to fund its stealth-action platformer, Black The Fall. Inspired by the communist country they grew up in, the developers would like their game to impa...   more

Sand Sailor's atmospheric Black The Fall slinks to Kickstarter photo


Sand Sailor's atmospheric Black The Fall slinks to Kickstarter photo
Sand Sailor's atmospheric Black The Fall slinks to Kickstarter photo
Sand Sailor's atmospheric Black The Fall slinks to Kickstarter photo
Sand Sailor's atmospheric Black The Fall slinks to Kickstarter photo
Sand Sailor's atmospheric Black The Fall slinks to Kickstarter photo
Sand Sailor's atmospheric Black The Fall slinks to Kickstarter photo



Thomas Was Alone has friends in new platforms

Thomas Was Alone, the minimalist indie platformer about friendship and jumping, is finding companionship on some new consoles. It's been recently revealed that the game will come to PS4, and now it's confirmed to be headed t...   more

Thomas Was Alone has friends in new platforms photo

Review: Chariot

Local cooperative play is something that's been increasingly neglected in an age of videogames that pushes online connectivity seemingly first and foremost. It's ironic that titles like Destiny are the current benchmark ...   more

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Robot platformer Poncho is worth backing

Whenever I've posted an article about a videogame Kickstarter, I've tried to lean on the side of titles that have either a demo as that helps ease some of the potential doubts you can have while backing a project. The team be...   more

Robot platformer Poncho is worth backing photo

Club Nintendo EU has a physical Kirby: Triple Deluxe soundtrack

In Europe, Club Nintendo members can spend their points on the 46-track Kirby: Triple Deluxe soundtrack. The CD costs 2,000 Stars and listening to it will make you feel good, I bet. Not exactly relevant to me as an American, ...   more

Club Nintendo EU has a physical Kirby: Triple Deluxe soundtrack photo

Poncho is a cute robot in a lovely open-world platformer

It always hurts my heart a little bit to see what looks like a great game failing to gain traction on Kickstarter. Certainly, the crowdfunding community is more cautious these days than it used to be, and with good reason in...   more

Poncho is a cute robot in a lovely open-world platformer photo

Here's a full playthrough of the second Mighty No. 9 beta stage

The second Mighty No. 9 beta stage focuses on the female No. 2 boss, who is a master of ice and water. In addition to my playthrough of the first stage here, you can also get a better look at the next phase of the beta ...   more

Here's a full playthrough of the second Mighty No. 9 beta stage photo

Mighty No. 9's beta just got a new level

Some time ago the Mighty No. 9 beta hit Steam. It consisted of one level, and the developers weren't sure if they were going to add anything more to it. Well that day has come, so boot up your game and you'll find yet a...   more

Mighty No. 9's beta just got a new level photo

Nice! Housemarque's Outland is coming to Steam

Back in 2011, Super Stardust HD and Resogun developer Housemarque released an action-platformer called Outland for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. It's coming to Steam on September 29, priced at $9.99/£6,99, ...   more

Nice! Housemarque's Outland is coming to Steam photo

Thomas Was Alone hopping on over to PlayStation 4

Thomas Was Alone is making the leap to PS4 later this year, Curve Studios announced this week. The PS4 version will feature cross-buy compatibility with the PS3 and Vita iterations, so veterans will be able to upgrade at...   more

Thomas Was Alone hopping on over to PlayStation 4 photo

Ori and the Blind Forest looks crazy good

I keep forgetting that Moon Studios' platform adventure game Ori and the Blind Forest is coming to PC as well as Xbox One, despite being published by Microsoft Studios. Big thing to forget! My takeaway from Brett's preview o...   more

Ori and the Blind Forest looks crazy good photo


Ori and the Blind Forest looks crazy good photo
Ori and the Blind Forest looks crazy good photo
Ori and the Blind Forest looks crazy good photo
Ori and the Blind Forest looks crazy good photo
Ori and the Blind Forest looks crazy good photo
Ori and the Blind Forest looks crazy good photo



Sonic Boom dashing to Wii U a week early

In a year when so many titles have been delayed, Sega is bucking trends. The rogue publisher has announced plans to actually hasten the release of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. Quelle surprise! The Wii U action platformer will now cross the finish line a week early, launching on November 11 alongside its Nintendo 3DS companion, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.   more

Sonic Boom dashing to Wii U a week early 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

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse launches next month

WayForward is targeting a mid-October release for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse in the United States, the developer announced this week via Twitter. No word on a specific date just yet. The studio also indicated the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS platformer will have a later arrival across Europe and Australia due to the localization and submission processes. Please understand. WayForward [Twitter]   more

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse launches next month photo

Dying Light makes leaps and bounds in January 2015

Dying Light will release worldwide in January 2015, developer Techland has announced. The zombie parkour game is hurtling to the Americas on January 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.  It will then jump on over to Australia and New Zealand the next day, prior to landing in Europe and Asia on January 30.   more

Dying Light makes leaps and bounds in January 2015 photo

There's a Donkey Kong Country mod for Doom

I sometimes forget just how crazy Doom modders can get. Here's a firm reminder. This is a total-conversion mod by DooMero that, well, you see ... it's the Donkey Kong Country experience rebuilt in GZDoom. Which is to say it'...   more

There's a Donkey Kong Country mod for Doom photo

Adventure Time Game Wizard has a pretty cool level editor

There's a new game coming out based on everybody's favorite television show, Adventure Time! You know what that means right? Go on and grab your friends, because we're going to some very distant la---actually, you might want ...   more

Adventure Time Game Wizard has a pretty cool level editor 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

Joylancer, the love letter to the Game Boy, will hit Early Access in October 26th

[Update: the Steam listing page is live right now.] Joylancer has been on my radar for quite a while now. It's an independent production that seeks to recreate the great feeling of the Game Boy era, with a solid platforming ...   more

Joylancer, the love letter to the Game Boy, will hit Early Access in October 26th photo

Never Alone may have stolen the show at PAX

If Upper One Games’ Never Alone sticks out to you as one of the best examples of storytelling in recent memory, don’t be surprised. It sort of has an unfair advantage. You see, the tale it tells has only been pass...   more

Never Alone may have stolen the show at PAX photo