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La-Mulana 2 aims to be more 'intuitive,' still hard as heck

La-Mulana was regarded by some as the hardest game ever. This isn't going to change, though Nigoro's Takami Naramura wants it to be slightly more intuitive so perhaps all those deaths don't lead to warranted frustration and ...   more

La-Mulana 2 aims to be more 'intuitive,' still hard as heck photo

Open world platformer/space shooter A.N.N.E is a retro buffet

Really, why even play clearly deficient retro games? I mean, where are the shmup segments in Metroid? Where are the open world segments in Contra? Where are the line segments in a bisected triangle? A.N.N.E. is one part platformer, one part shmup, one part RPG. And this year at PAX A.N.N.E. has all its systems in play. Maybe we'll all get to play it this year.   more

Open world platformer/space shooter A.N.N.E is a retro buffet photo

Addiction allegory Spate's soundtrack is available now

Spate made a bit of a stir with its release last month, if not for its attempt to tackle themes more mature than shooting bullets at beefy dudes, then for its dated representation of absinthe as it exists and is understood to...   more

Addiction allegory Spate's soundtrack is available now photo

Rain World has competitive slugcat multiplayer and bat attacks

Rain World is still the best. And it's coming to Vita (and more). Jonathan Holmes went and chatted with Rain World's developers at PAX. In the background you can see a very early alpha multiplayer sandbox that looks to be in the vein of Samurai Gunn and Towerfall. You get points for eating flies and lizards and killing each other. Did you know lizard only has one "z"? That's weird.   more

Rain World has competitive slugcat multiplayer and bat attacks photo

Shovel Knight gets 3DS and Wii U specific features

Wondering which version of Shovel Knight to get? Well, maybe some additional features might help. Thanks to the 3DS' two screens, when you play Shovel Knight you don't have to stop shoveling fools to change your items or vie...   more

Shovel Knight gets 3DS and Wii U specific features photo

Review: Putty Squad

Of all of the games to get a PS4 remake, you'd probably never put Putty Squad, an SNES game from 1994, at the top of the list. But here we are in 2014 with a full-on re-imagining, with more or less the same platforming mechanics that still work nearly 20 years later. The only problem is, System 3 Software has opted to charge $29.99 for a decidedly dated game -- which is a bit of a problem.   more

Review: Putty Squad photo

Yes! Rain World is coming to Vita, PSN

Last week we learned Adult Swim Games had picked up and planned to publish Rain World, among other cool games. I have been unfettered in my enthusiasm for Rain World, which stars a slugcat who goes around stabbing other weir...   more

Yes! Rain World is coming to Vita, PSN photo

Still Alive is a PVP survival platformer

It seems like the the genre of "survival games" is well and truly established, what with the likes of DayZ, Rust, et al being pretty popular. So it's no surprise to see newer games take the core ideas but tweak the gameplay ...   more

Still Alive is a PVP survival platformer photo

PS Plus adds Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse tomorrow

When the North American PlayStation Store updates tomorrow, PS Plus subscribers will be able to download Sega's Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse remake on PS3 for free. Like the other featured titles this month, this ...   more

PS Plus adds Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse tomorrow photo

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...   more

A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo


A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo
A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo
A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo
A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo
A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo
A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo



Review: Constant C

Since Braid hit it big in 2008, puzzle platformers have been indie bread and butter. Manipulation of physics concepts like time and gravity has become relatively common in the genre. Constant C takes those ideas a half step f...   more

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Adult Swim Games to publish Oblitus, Rain World, and Westerado: Double Barreled

Adult Swim's presence in gaming continues to rise, and their next selection of games they're publishing are all head turners. Oblitus is developed by Connor Ullman, and follows the tale of a spear-wielding creature who seeks ...   more

Adult Swim Games to publish Oblitus, Rain World, and Westerado: Double Barreled photo


Adult Swim Games to publish Oblitus, Rain World, and Westerado: Double Barreled photo
Adult Swim Games to publish Oblitus, Rain World, and Westerado: Double Barreled photo
Adult Swim Games to publish Oblitus, Rain World, and Westerado: Double Barreled photo
Adult Swim Games to publish Oblitus, Rain World, and Westerado: Double Barreled photo
Adult Swim Games to publish Oblitus, Rain World, and Westerado: Double Barreled photo
Adult Swim Games to publish Oblitus, Rain World, and Westerado: Double Barreled photo



Broforce now available on Steam Early Access

I really want Broforce in my life. As of today, that can be a reality as the game has launched in Steam Early Access. You may now feel free to exchange $14.99 for the ability to play on PC or Mac. A new trailer has also...   more

Broforce now available on Steam Early Access photo

Puzzle-platformer Stealth Inc. free with PS Plus

The game formerly known as Stealth Bastard will be free to download on PS3 and PS Vita as of tomorrow if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber. The newly-released Stealth Inc.: Ultimate Edition for PS4 is not part of this offe...   more

Puzzle-platformer Stealth Inc. free with PS Plus photo

Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping

Way back in the day, most side-view took place on a single screen at a time, and often moving off the edge of one side caused the player to reappear on the other. (See: Joust, Asteroids, Mario Bros.) Then Super Mario Bros. c...   more

Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo


Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo



Flying Hamster II is here for you, Wonder Boy fans

Flying Hamster was a shoot-'em-up (or should I say, "cute-'em-up") for PSP, PS Vita, and iOS. Its sequel is not that, at all -- it's much more compelling. Fans of the Wonder Boy / Monster World series are going to want to ta...   more

Flying Hamster II is here for you, Wonder Boy fans photo

The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV

If you have ever been playing the spirit-breakingly difficult platformer Super Meat Boy, and thought to yourself, "You know what this game needs? A gravity switching mechanic," then The Land of Eyas might be just what you ha...   more

The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo


The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo
The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo
The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo
The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo
The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo
The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo



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...   more

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

Shovel Knight is basically 'done', release imminent

The last we heard of Shovel Knight, it was delayed into April for some last minute tweaks. But now Yacht Club Games has released a new Kickstarter update, noting that it was "essentially complete," and the major reason f...   more

Shovel Knight is basically 'done', release imminent photo

Review: Mercenary Kings

Mercenary Kings is a Kickstarter success story that has finally made its way into the consumer’s hands. Combining elements from games like Monster Hunter and Metal Slug, Kings attempts to capture player’s hearts with its retro look and lighthearted feel. Also you can make a gun that is a cat and goes "mew!" when you fire it.   more

Review: Mercenary Kings photo

Any excuse to talk about Tearaway is a great thing

Tearaway is a fantastic amazing title you PlayStation Vita owners should already have in your collection. And I will take any excuse to sing the praises of this game, even when there's some silly downloadable content released...   more

Any excuse to talk about Tearaway is a great thing photo

Vote on the next Mega Man game to hit the 3DS eShop

It's been a long time coming for those promised Mega Man Game Boy titles to hit the 3DS eShop in North America, but it's finally happening in May. (Or "Mega May," as it were.) Capcom has opened a poll for fans to vote on whic...   more

Vote on the next Mega Man game to hit the 3DS eShop photo

Nightsky is free on iOS, ya dingus

Nightsky is a meditative puzzle platformer with satisfying physics and brilliant level design, and its free right now on iOS. It's a game best played with a traditional pad and button set up, but its still a lot fun on your p...   more

Nightsky is free on iOS, ya dingus photo

Cellar Door wants to do another Rogue Legacy, but not yet

Cellar Door Games didn't get its start with the "rogue-lite" Rogue Legacy -- it previously found success in making browser-based games -- but that's likely going to be the title we associate with the studio for years to come....   more

Cellar Door wants to do another Rogue Legacy, but not yet photo

Review: Yumi's Odd Odyssey

We truly live in a magnificent era when it comes to portables. Games we would have never imagined seeing the light of day are localized, and indies are thriving with the combination of the eShop and low development costs of t...   more

Review: Yumi's Odd Odyssey photo

Ditto is your free time-waster of the day

Looking for something to do today while pretending to work? Nitrome has you covered with its newly released puzzle-action platformer Ditto. In it, you control a white creature that looks a bit like a cross between Toro Inoue ...   more

Ditto is your free time-waster of the day photo

Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism

Games are maturing, and not just in the sense that they feature a lot of sex and violence. Truly mature themes can be explored, like the loss of a loved one and a resulting downward spiral of addiction. Spate takes on those ...   more

Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo


Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo



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...   more

Chariot is a great indie platformer with one royal hook photo

Fez is out today on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita with Cross-Buy

Fez. Have you played it? If not, are you ever going to play it? Another opportunity to do so has presented itself today with the launch of Polytron's puzzle-platformer on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita for $12.99, or $9.99 for PS Plu...   more

Fez is out today on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita with Cross-Buy photo

Escape Goat 2 released as Tim Schafer tries to take credit

Are you ready to laugh? Double Fine has released this video to promote the launch of Escape Goat 2 today on Windows, Mac and Linux PCs, and I suspect it's the funniest thing I'm going to see today. Watch what happens wh...   more

Escape Goat 2 released as Tim Schafer tries to take credit photo

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,...   more

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

Review: The LEGO Movie Videogame

First things first: if you haven't seen The LEGO Movie, you should probably go do that right now. It's awesome, and your face will love it. Back yet? OK, good. For those of you who have seen it, this is your predictable licen...   more

Review: The LEGO Movie Videogame photo

Like Cave Story? Greenlight the adorable Momodora III

Old school action platformer Momodora III has gone up on Steam Greenlight and it's looking cute as heck. Give it a vote, why don't you. You can also play the first two Momodora games for free. They're available for download on Bombservice's website.   more

Like Cave Story? Greenlight the adorable Momodora III photo

Cloudbuilt is out today, with a 10% discount this week

I really enjoyed my time with Cloudbuilt, and now the real thing is out this week on Steam. You can grab it for $19.99, but it's also 10% off this week to celebrate its launch. If you haven't played it before, it's basically...   more

Cloudbuilt is out today, with a 10% discount this week photo

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is coming to the 360 in April

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood served as another great early exclusive in the Xbox One's lifecycle, but it's also heading to the 360 soon, Phil Spencer has confirmed. No price has been confirmed, but it'll arrive on the Xbox 3...   more

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is coming to the 360 in April photo

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...   more

The devs of Glitchspace want to make programming fun and cool photo

Sup Holmes gleams the cube with OlliOlli's John Ribbins

This week on Sup Holmes we welcome John Ribbins of Roll7 to the program. John's worked on a variety of games in his +5 years in the industry, including the top-rated, massive skateboarding platformer OlliOlli, the still in de...   more

Sup Holmes gleams the cube with OlliOlli's John Ribbins photo

What if VHS-style tip guides still existed?

There was something about the VHS days that brought out the goofiest tips and promotional videos from game makers. Especially Nintendo. The most memorable one that comes to mind is their Star Fox SNES promo that had Sony and...   more

What if VHS-style tip guides still existed? photo

Metrico for PS Vita looks as surreal as ever

It's been around a year since we first heard about Metrico, an upcoming PlayStation Vita game that's hard to pin down outside of its unique theme. In the words of Digital Dreams, this is "all about using input to shape the i...   more

Metrico for PS Vita looks as surreal as ever photo

Runner2 discounted to celebrate one million copies sold

Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien recently turned a year old. I know, I know -- you aren't impressed by the aging process. The rhythm-centric platformer also celebrated another milestone: selling one mi...   more

Runner2 discounted to celebrate one million copies sold photo

Review: Yoshi's New Island

The original Yoshi's Island is one of my favorite Mario games of all time. I don't know if it's the numerous and remarkably unique boss battles or the whimsical charm of throwing strategically bounced eggs, but it r...   more

Review: Yoshi's New Island photo

Watch Inafune playtest dashing in Mighty No. 9

As a follow-up to this morning's talk of new Mighty No. 9 gameplay details, here's footage of Comcept's Keiji Inafune trying out a work-in-progress build of the game. The video showcases Beck's dash ability, his (placeholder...   more

Watch Inafune playtest dashing in Mighty No. 9 photo

Shovel Knight not arriving in March, delayed for a 'few weeks'

Shovel Knight was set for a March 31st release date for 3DS, PC, and Wii U, but the key word here is "was" -- developer Yacht Club Games has announced a delay on their Kickstarter page. According to the update, Shov...   more

Shovel Knight not arriving in March, delayed for a 'few weeks' photo

Mighty No. 9 developers reveal some gameplay and story info

Co-developers Inti Creates and Comcept have revealed a little more information on Mighty No. 9, and it mostly deals with Beck's maneuverability options. In an update for fans, director Koji Imaeda notes that Beck will be...   more

Mighty No. 9 developers reveal some gameplay and story info photo

Review: Fractured Soul (PC)

Fractured Soul dropped in 2012 on the 3DS, and we never got around to reviewing it. Let's fix that with the arrival of the brand new PC port two years later, shall we?   more

Review: Fractured Soul (PC) photo

Guacamelee's Super Turbo Championship Edition enhancements detailed

How many copies of Guacamelee! is too many? At first glance, I was sure I'd be able to pass on the recently-announced Super Turbo Championship Edition for Xbox 360, Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One having played it once before on PS3...   more

Guacamelee's Super Turbo Championship Edition enhancements detailed photo

Red Goddess explores the subconscious with fear and rage

Claymation in games will always catch my eye. Ever since I was suckered into thinking Clayfighter was any good as a child, it has stood out as something that takes a huge amount of effort but looks amazing when done well. Na...   more

Red Goddess explores the subconscious with fear and rage photo

Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition coming soon

A new version of Guacamelee has been announced. Along with the above trailer, IGN is reporting that the Super Turbo Championship Edition will bundle in all of the existing DLC for Guacamelee into one release w...   more

Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition coming soon photo

Leave None Behind wants to celebrate many forms of art

At first glance, Leave None Behind might not seem like an entirely new idea. It aims to be a puzzle platformer, featuring three characters with distinct abilities that the player can switch between in order to progress, a la...   more

Leave None Behind wants to celebrate many forms of art photo

Worth the wait: BattleBlock Theater headed to Steam

The Behemoth's humorous platformer BattleBlock Theater will soon shed its Xbox Live Arcade exclusivity with a release on Steam. A final date hasn't been given yet, but a closed beta is tentatively planned for March 24 - 31, ...   more

Worth the wait: BattleBlock Theater headed to Steam photo