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The Deer God funded, now coming to Wii U and Xbox One too

Did you get your pledge in for The Deer God? I didn't, because these days I try to severely limit the number of projects I back on Kickstarter, but damn did it look neat -- visually and conceptually. Crescent Moon Games ende...   more

The Deer God funded, now coming to Wii U and Xbox One too photo

Canabalt 2.0 brings more modes and multiplayer to iOS

For the most part, I'm over endless runners, but I'll always have Canabalt. It hit at the right time and holds up well. Matter of fact, it's gotten even better with age: there's a free new update for the iOS version, out now,...   more

Canabalt 2.0 brings more modes and multiplayer to iOS photo

Platformer Freedom Planet borrows from the Sega Genesis greats

Freedom Planet looks like a lost Sega Genesis gem, but it's actually a brand new action-platform game created by GalaxyTrail. I remember hearing about it a while back from Tony Ponce -- first in 2012 and again last year when...   more

Platformer Freedom Planet borrows from the Sega Genesis greats photo

Azure Striker out next month in Japan, working on North American release parity

Keiji Inafune's other not Mega Man game, Azure Striker: Gunvolt, is coming to Japan (via 3DS eShop) on August 20. No word on a specific North American release date. Inti Creates' Takuya Aizu explained...   more

Azure Striker out next month in Japan, working on North American release parity photo


Azure Striker out next month in Japan, working on North American release parity photo
Azure Striker out next month in Japan, working on North American release parity photo
Azure Striker out next month in Japan, working on North American release parity photo
Azure Striker out next month in Japan, working on North American release parity photo
Azure Striker out next month in Japan, working on North American release parity photo
Azure Striker out next month in Japan, working on North American release parity photo



Party like it's 1997: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launch trailer

You can read our Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty review just a bit later today, but you can watch the launch trailer for the spruced up cult classic platformer right now. It's as delightful as ever, but also clean and pretty. Or, new and tasty. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty will be available in North and South America on July 22, Europe and Australia July 23.   more

Party like it's 1997: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launch trailer photo

Yumi's Odd Odyssey gets a permanent price drop on 3DS

If you've been on the fence about Yumi's Odd Odyssey due to its high price, I have good news -- it's just been discounted permanently in the US. Previously the 3DS eShop game was $29.99, but now you'll find it for $...   more

Yumi's Odd Odyssey gets a permanent price drop on 3DS photo

'Infographics action game' Metrico lands on PS Vita next month

We've covered Metrico a couple of times before but it's only now, in the last big push before release, that I am starting to grasp what it's all about. This trailer helps. The game is full of infographics that "change based ...   more

'Infographics action game' Metrico lands on PS Vita next month photo

Review: Abyss Odyssey

One thing you can't accuse Chilean developer ACE Team of doing is ploughing the same, well trodden ground as other indie devs. Its debut hit Zeno Clash combined a surrealistic art style with first-person, melee combat, while ...   more

Review: Abyss Odyssey photo

Beating Spelunky in under two minutes

One minute and fifty five seconds -- that's the new world-record any% time for Spelunky set by Pibonacci. It hurts my brain thinking about how many runs must have happened before the right conditions presented themselves for this to unfold. To think, I was happy to clear Olmec in under eight minutes for the "Speedlunky" achievement.   more

Beating Spelunky in under two minutes photo

The Temporus Kickstarter project gets a few notable updates

Temporus the 2D platformer is still going on Kickstarter, and now we have a bit more info on things like stretch goals and the game's musical elements. Specifically, remix soundtrack goals involving Jake Kaufman, Jeff Ba...   more

The Temporus Kickstarter project gets a few notable updates photo

Sonic Jump Fever is fun for about two minutes

Sonic Jump Fever is now available worldwide via iTunes and Google Play, Sega announced today. The vertical platformer is a free-to-play sequel to Sonic Jump, which first appeared on Japanese mobile phones in 2005. The experi...   more

Sonic Jump Fever is fun for about two minutes photo

Vita owners should keep an eye on The Firefly Diary

NIS America confirmed The Firefly Diary for the West this week, and now we have another look at the PlayStation Vita puzzle platformer in action courtesy of the localization house. Company president Sohei Niikawa&n...   more

Vita owners should keep an eye on The Firefly Diary photo

Less than three weeks until Rogue Legacy hits PlayStation

Cellar Door Games' well-liked action-platformer Rogue Legacy comes to PS3, PS4, and PS Vita on July 29, 2014. It'll arrive in style, with support for Cross-Buy and cross-platform saves. These new ports will include everything...   more

Less than three weeks until Rogue Legacy hits PlayStation photo

Cave Story-inspired platformer Momodora III is out on Steam for $5

Momodora III went through Greenlight earlier this year, and now it is finished and available on Steam for purchase. Though it looks like it plays more like Shovel Knight, the visuals seem to remind most of the legendary indi...   more

Cave Story-inspired platformer Momodora III is out on Steam for $5 photo

Action Henk slides onto Steam Early Access and Humble Store today

So Action Henk missed its initial goal of hitting Steam Early Access on June 18, but only by a bit. The action figure racing game is now available there, as well as through the Humble Store. I have been fortunate enough to s...   more

Action Henk slides onto Steam Early Access and Humble Store today photo

Tempting: Temporus is a squat little time traveling platformer

Look, a 2D platformer on Kickstarter, Temporus. Who would've thought we'd see one of them. It looks pretty great, though, thanks in large part to the art of Peter Queckenstedt. "The main premise of the game is time trav...   more

Tempting: Temporus is a squat little time traveling platformer photo

Here's how to unlock Shovel Knight's Butt Mode

In almost every conceivable way, Shovel Knight is a throwback to how videogames used to be a few decades ago. Everything positively oozes that retro style, save for blowing into a cartridge before firing it up. Even the ...   more

Here's how to unlock Shovel Knight's Butt Mode photo

Trials Fusion rides to the Rustlands on July 29

Hey, you have that Trials Fusion season pass yet? It's your ticket to keep riding your cute little bike across absurdly dangerous locales. The first guided tour takes place later this month, and there may even be some mu...   more

Trials Fusion rides to the Rustlands on July 29 photo

Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another

Videogames are often at their best when you can just tell that the developers had fun making it. There's a special quality that shines through -- one that can sometimes be tough to place, but somehow makes itself passive...   more

Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another photo


Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another photo
Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another photo
Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another photo
Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another photo
Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another photo
Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another photo



Super Mario World's too good to not watch three people play simultaneously

This video may be just more than 50 minutes long, but I managed to have quite a few nostalgic flashbacks to my youth in that short time. I played the hell out of it as a kid. And that was very correct of me, because after al...   more

Super Mario World's too good to not watch three people play simultaneously photo

Thomas Was Alone's jetpack DLC is free on Steam

Benjamin's Flight, a set of new levels (and music and lovely narration) for Thomas Was Alone, debuted exclusively on PlayStation systems. Now, here the DLC is on Steam, for free. You get to use a jetpack in it, so, yeah. Noth...   more

Thomas Was Alone's jetpack DLC is free on Steam photo

Very Quick Tips: Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight is an amalgamation of a lot of old school 2D platformers, most notably Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Mega Man. As such, it involves a decent amount of tricky jumps, boss fights, and some adventure elements that are a bit more cryptic than the average game. Here are some basic tips to help you on your way to New Game+.   more

Very Quick Tips: Shovel Knight photo

Free Octodad: Dadliest Catch DLC 'Shorts' coming late summer

Since its release in January, Octodad: Dadliest Catch has sold over 250,000 copies, according to developer Young Horses. The awkward octopus-in-dad's-clothing simulator is a lot of fun for those who take the time to really l...   more

Free Octodad: Dadliest Catch DLC 'Shorts' coming late summer photo

Here are the differences between the three Shovel Knight platforms

Although our review is for the Wii U version of Shovel Knight, I had a chance to test out all three versions -- and since all three platforms are utterly different in nature, it can be pretty tough to decide between them. Her...   more

Here are the differences between the three Shovel Knight platforms photo

Review: Shovel Knight

Good things come to those who wait. And boy, have we been waiting for Shovel Knight. Even though they only just completed their Kickstarter last April, it feels like we've been twiddling our thumbs for eons for Yacht Club Gam...   more

Review: Shovel Knight photo

Shovel Knight is available now for backers

As a backer of Shovel Knight, I randomly got an email that other backers are probably going to enjoy -- you can redeem your code for Shovel Knight now, ahead of the game's launch tomorrow morning. Just follow the Humble ...   more

Shovel Knight is available now for backers photo

Dear god! The Deer God is on Kickstarter with 3D pixel art

"The Deer God is a breathtaking 3D pixel art game that will challenge your religion and your platforming skills," the Kickstarter page reads. Challenge well accepted. I am incredibly good at both platformers and religion. I ...   more

Dear god! The Deer God is on Kickstarter with 3D pixel art photo

Mutant Mudds Deluxe: Tomorrow's PlayStation Plus freebie

PlayStation Plus is ending the month with a smaller showing this week, but Mutant Mudds Deluxe actually just came to Vita about six months ago, so it's relatively new, which is nice. There are also some sales that seem slight against Steam sales.   more

Mutant Mudds Deluxe: Tomorrow's PlayStation Plus freebie photo

'Sackworm' missed the cut for LittleBigPlanet 3

I'm team Oddsock forever. It's just a super cute dog sack. I love it. I could take or leave the rest. Particularly a bird that makes platforming irrelevant. I guess LittleBigPlanet has always been creativity and co-op fi...   more

'Sackworm' missed the cut for LittleBigPlanet 3 photo

This 300-piece Kirby: Triple Deluxe puzzle is worth taking the time to put together

One of my favorite parts of Kirby: Triple Deluxe was collecting all of the adorable little keychains. I've been hoping to see an entire set of them released for purchase, pixelated goodness and all, but I've not seen them jus...   more

This 300-piece Kirby: Triple Deluxe puzzle is worth taking the time to put together  photo

PSA: Here's the status on all of the Shovel Knight Kickstarter rewards and stretch goals

When Shovel Knight drops next week, everything from the Kickstarter won't be ready just yet. I had a chance to chat with Yacht Club Games and I got the lowdown on everything -- from digital stretch goal inclusions to phy...   more

PSA: Here's the status on all of the Shovel Knight Kickstarter rewards and stretch goals photo

Guacamelee! coming to Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 in early July

DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee! was part brawler, part platformer, and loads of fun. Enough so that double dipping isn't entirely out of the question -- far from it! The game is coming to new platforms soon with an expanded ver...   more

Guacamelee! coming to Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 in early July photo

Trials Fusion's first update makes it even more competitive

Games in the Trials franchise have a way of bringing out the unbridled competitiveness in people. Knowing that you're just a tenth of a second off of a friend's score, you might play the same track over and over to make ...   more

Trials Fusion's first update makes it even more competitive photo

Snag Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack on PS3 starting today

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack was one of the first games I ever picked up for my Vita, and I still find myself going back to it from time to time. Today, it's available via PS3 for the first time, so you can save civ...   more

Snag Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack on PS3 starting today photo

Another World is a classically freaky platformer that's coming to PS4

The surreal platformer Another World is making its way to PS4 next week, and I couldn't be more excited. The game's 20 years old, for crying out loud, and yet it's somehow found a spot on a next-gen console so that people can...   more

Another World is a classically freaky platformer that's coming to PS4 photo

Here's your jam for today: VVVVVV soundtrack, but metal

Terry Cavanagh's gravity-flipping platformer VVVVVV is beloved for many reasons, and for a lot of fans, one of those reasons is Magnus "Souleye" Pålsson's kicking electronic soundtrack, PPPPPP. I know I have spent after...   more

Here's your jam for today: VVVVVV soundtrack, but metal photo

Video: Yoshi's Woolly World has weaponized cannibalism

What's the verdict on Yoshi's Woolly World? Unsurprisingly, Max says it looks and feels good. He's a huge fan of the original Yoshi's Island on Super Nintendo and after the recent Yoshi's New Island, this game and its adorable hand-crafted aesthetic can't come soon enough. Shame it's not out until 2015, a running theme for much of this year's E3 lineup. No Baby Mario, at least.   more

Video: Yoshi's Woolly World has weaponized cannibalism photo

Volgarr the Viking will be coming to Xbox One 'soon'

Volgarr the Viking is a pretty awesome success story. It stayed with its old school roots and gave us a punishing, yet fair retro 2D adventure, and it became a hit in many circles. Now, according to an ID@Xbox announcement at...   more

Volgarr the Viking will be coming to Xbox One 'soon' photo

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is almost too cute for words

Nearly ten years ago, Kirby: Canvas Curse graced our original Nintendo DS handhelds, showing us (once again) that Kirby games could be about things other than floating around, ingesting bugs, and vomiting stars. Canvas Curse ...   more

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is almost too cute for words photo

Sequin Yoshi, beaded Yoshi, and other cute prototypes

Nintendo settled on a knitted yarn style for Yoshi's Woolly World and I don't know what's better: it or Kirby fashioned out of clay in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Either way, we win. There were other potential designs for th...   more

Sequin Yoshi, beaded Yoshi, and other cute prototypes photo

VVVVVV's user-created levels and editor are now free

Designer Terry Cavanagh has release a free version of VVVVVV that features player-created levels and the full level editor. It's called VVVVVVV: Make and Play Edition, and it can be downloaded as of today for Windows, Mac, an...   more

VVVVVV's user-created levels and editor are now free photo

Turning yarn Yoshis into yarn balls in Yoshi's Woolly World

Yarn Yoshi is a pretty good name. Yoshi's Woolly World is an okay name. Yoshi's Yarn is a better name and what the game should've been called for the sake of alliteration and Yoshi's Story symmetry (a yarn is like a story!!!). I'm going to keep writing Yoshi's Woolly World as Yoshi's Yarn. Sorry.   more

Turning yarn Yoshis into yarn balls in Yoshi's Woolly World photo

La-Mulana coming to PS Vita this December

Nigoro's challenging 2D action game La-Mulana will make an appearance on PlayStation Vita this December, Pygmy Studio has announced. More features have been promised for this port, although the announcement post on the PlayS...   more

La-Mulana coming to PS Vita this December photo

Metroid: Zero Mission coming to Wii U Virtual Console

Rejoice, Metroid fans! One of the greatest entries in the franchise is making its way to the Wii U Virtual Console, and it could be slated for a North American release if we're lucky enough. Metroid: Zero Mission is headed fo...   more

Metroid: Zero Mission coming to Wii U Virtual Console photo

Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful metroidvania

Before I was able to play Ori and the Blind Forest, Microsoft Studios producer Daniel Smith rattled off a list of influences for the game, which sets lofty, perhaps unreasonable, expectations. He cited the works of Hayao Miya...   more

Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful metroidvania photo

Create your own custom levels in Mario Maker

Yes, Mario Maker is real and it's exactly what we thought it'd be: a game that lets you create and play your own custom Mario levels. It's coming to Wii U next year. You'll put down various elements like pipes and Goombas, a...   more

Create your own custom levels in Mario Maker photo


Create your own custom levels in Mario Maker photo
Create your own custom levels in Mario Maker photo
Create your own custom levels in Mario Maker photo
Create your own custom levels in Mario Maker photo
Create your own custom levels in Mario Maker photo
Create your own custom levels in Mario Maker photo



Nintendo announces Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U

We just can't get enough Kirby, it seems. Nintendo announced Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for the Wii U today, which looks to be a clear follow-up to the DS title Canvas Curse. Not much is known at this point, but it looks like Kirby will have a ton of different forms to morph into, and the same stylus gameplay will be present.   more

Nintendo announces Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U photo


Nintendo announces Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U photo
Nintendo announces Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U photo
Nintendo announces Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U photo
Nintendo announces Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U photo
Nintendo announces Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U photo
Nintendo announces Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U photo



Yoshi's Woolly World looks AMAZING

At Nintendo's E3 Digital Event, Good-Feel gave us a long-awaited progress update on Yarn Yoshi, and it's without a doubt the Yoshi game we've been waiting for all these years. It's now called Yoshi's Woolly World and is set ...   more

Yoshi's Woolly World looks AMAZING photo


Yoshi's Woolly World looks AMAZING photo
Yoshi's Woolly World looks AMAZING photo
Yoshi's Woolly World looks AMAZING photo
Yoshi's Woolly World looks AMAZING photo
Yoshi's Woolly World looks AMAZING photo
Yoshi's Woolly World looks AMAZING photo



Sonic Boom on 3DS seems like a pleasantly surprising platformer

Just last week, Sega announced that the two upcoming Nintendo-exclusive Sonic games were given subtitles. The Wii U title is now Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, and the 3DS version is Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. Despite sh...   more

Sonic Boom on 3DS seems like a pleasantly surprising platformer photo

LittleBigPlanet 3 has three new playable characters

Sony has some LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4) footage and the biggest change in the series is the introduction of new character types alongside Sackyboy. Oddsock runs on all fours and quickly. It can wall jump and burst through cert...   more

LittleBigPlanet 3 has three new playable characters photo