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
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
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
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
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
Remember when we reported that Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for the 3DS was "almost done?" Well it appears as if it's not really all that nearly done, as WayForward has further delayed the game for a few more months.
WayForward has its hands full with this and Half-Genie Hero, the latter of which has no release in sight.
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After a successful Kickstarter, it seemed like the only platform Insanity's Blade would see is the PC, as it didn't reach the Wii U stretch goal. But developer Casual Bit Games has just announced that they've becom... more
Metanet has taken to the PlayStation Blog to talk about N++, the newest of its difficult ninja platforming games. We knew this was coming and I've been concerned about my controller's well-being as a result, but the studio h... more
Another worthwhile indie port for PlayStation Vita. What else is new? Following Teslagrad's "good reception" on PC, Rain Games will be porting its puzzle-platformer over to the system this summer. Before that, however, the ti... more
Do you know what's fun? Making Yoshi noises. Come on. Do it. The tongue grab. The flutter jump. The ground pound. Such an animated dinosaur. Hamza and Dale are really good at making Yoshi noises.
Yoshi's New Island is also fun. more
Chris Carter's Cloudbuilt preview rocketed it onto my radar. Thankfully, the gorgeous, parkour-filled action platformer won't keep us waiting long. It's coming to Steam next month, March 20, as this unnecessarily short video shows.
It looks a bit like sci-fi Gravity Rush done up in color pencils. I can't wait. I also can't wait for Gravity Rush 2. more
My favorite online multiplayer game is finally going to land on PlayStation 4 next week, as Awesomenauts Assemble! releases on PlayStation Network. The title releases in North America on March 4 for $9.99, with a European rel... more
I was caught a bit off-guard by this, the launch trailer for BeatBlasters III, available now for Windows, Mac and Linux in Steam and DRM-free versions. The title and art direction failed to strike a chord with me. And then a... more
Fractured Soul, a multi-dimensional platformer previously released on Nintendo 3DS, is now heading to PC and will release on GOG.com, Desura and through direct sales tomorrow, February 25. A cleverly designed game, it took p... more
A Plasma Cannon in 1-1. A jetpack in 1-2. This is the start of a remarkably fortunate Spelunky run.
It's a run that will, at least for the foreseeable future, remain at the top of the leaderboards. Bananasaurus Rex, known as... more
Which is the better version, Aladdin on Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo? It's a question that will never be resolved given the varying strengths and weaknesses of these distinct games and our personal preferences. One looks be... more
Muramasa Rebirth is getting its second DLC campaign next week, and it's the most interesting one yet. It features Gonbe, a widowed farmer, and his grass roots rebellion against his lord. He has a sickle, bamboo spe... more
This mod for Spelunky is messing with my head. It's a mashup of two games which each have a highly specific, distinct gameplay feel. I almost can't deal with seeing Samus so zoomed out.
To achieve the desired effect, creator... more
Stick it to the Man, a platformer/adventure hybrid that was previously on the PC and the PS3/Vita, is coming to the Wii U. Given the announcement, Nintendo Life recently sat down with two of the folks responsible for the game... more
Monkey Paw finished its six-week Retro Rush PSN releases today with Tomba! 2. It's also only six bucks right now, but it's supposed to be retailing for 10.
Apparently both the English version and PAL version (which is availab... more
Two years ago, Home Sheep Home 2 released on PC and iOS devices, where it received decent critical praise for its Lost Vikings-esque puzzle platformer gameplay and adorable art style. Players control Shaun the Sheep, along w... more
I was very skeptical when the Strider franchise was handed over to Double Helix. This was before we found out that Killer Instinct was actually a decent game, when the studio was allowed to spread its wings with som... more
Over the weekend, La-Mulana 2 broke $200,000 in pledges. That was the amount needed for Nigoro to develop this thing. It's happening. With time to spare, no less.
The studio has also released the Tokyo Game Show demo of La-Mu... more
Donkey Kong Country Returns was one of my favorite platformers of the last generation. It had charm, challenge, and most importantly -- it was a ton of fun. But one of my only hang-ups with the Wii version was the lack o... more
I can't say enough good things about SteamWorld Dig, a platformer centered around mining that first launched on the 3DS eShop. It's since come to Steam in high definition, and that expanded version was excellent. Now, Image &... more
When I first saw Cloudbuilt, I fell in love with the art style. It was pretty much heaven in my mind, with gorgeous aerial views mixed with sketch-heavy visuals. It helps that the gameplay looks like a solid mixture of parkou... more
Has it really been this long since Chasm first made the rounds? Discord Games left quite the impression on me with its action-RPG platformer back in March and then went on to run a successful Kickstarter. The fall 2014 relea... more
Some games come out of nowhere. Such is the case with AeternoBlade, a 2D action platformer from Corecell Technology -- a relatively unknown eastern developer. It was hit with a few delays in the west, but now, it has a solid ... more
Yoshi's New Island is looking much better in this new trailer from today's Nintendo Direct presentation than it did in prior videos (though that's not saying a whole lot). This time around, we get to see new mechanics like m... more
Stick it to the Man, the comedy adventure platformer mix is coming to the Wii U eShop. It seems as if the game has seen some success on the PS3/Vita and PC platforms, and the Wii U really is a great fit for this quirky title.... more
Renegade Kid has a lot of projects in the works -- Moon Chronicles, Cult County, and Treasurenauts. Of all of the games in their upcoming portfolio though I'm the most interested in the latter, which features old school 2D e... more
That logo. That trailer. That ... everything. Rather embarrassingly, I'm only now coming to the realization that I should have bothered to pay more attention to Broforce long ago. Finally, a game where I can (essentially) pl... more
When you look at Joylancer, what do you see? A monochromatic Game Boy visual style, no doubt. But when you start to peel back the layers and actually play the game for yourself, it becomes so much more than that. Even though ... more
Idle animations -- or should I say good idle animations -- happen infrequently enough that I'm usually caught off guard when I happen to leave my character waiting around. I shouldn't be surprised to see that Donkey Kong Cou... more
Capcom Unity has produced a new video that overviews the entire Strider series, all the way from the arcade original all the way up to the new Double Helix game that's set to drop next week. It's a nice, short little video t... more
I quite enjoy playing Hopoo Games' action-platformer Risk of Rain, and like most independently-developed games, I'd be happy to see it ported over to PlayStation Vita. That's happening. The list of indies on the handheld grow... more
Crystal Catacombs enjoyed a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, funded at more than twice its initial goal. Now, after almost four years of development, the pixel art metroidvania with roguelike elements is nearly compl... more
Not that I'm complaining, but I am starting to get a bit confused at just how many limited edition 3DS's Nintendo plans on releasing. Is it to plant a "collect 'em all" mentality? Are the nostalgia mainlines every few months... more
Bionic Chainsaw Pogo Gorilla. Give yourself a few seconds for that to sink in. He is a gorilla, who has been cybernetically altered to have chainsaws for arms and a pogo stick in place of his legs. If that is not the most aw... more
A new trailer for Velocity 2X has been posted to PlayStation Blog, giving a little tease of the game's progress and showing off some slick, fast-paced gameplay. The accompanying post gives some insight into what Futurla... more
Rain World has met its Kickstarter funding goal and, with a week left, is close to its first stretch goal that would increase the likelihood of the game being ported to other platforms. Namely, Linux, but Wii U, Vita, and ju... more
Believe it or not, it's been over two years since Dustforce originally hit the PC. Even more surprising is none other than Capcom helping the fine folks at Hitbox Team bring their dusting platformer to PlayStation 3 and PS Vi... more
Laika was a female Soviet dog, and the first mutt in space and to orbit the Earth. Laika was never intended to return. She died during her orbit, and her remains burnt up as the Sputnik 2 re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated.
Or did she… more
The Contra/Ninja Gaiden inspired Oniken is coming to Steam this Wednesday, developer JoyMasher has informed Destructoid. The Steam release will come with a few updates in tow, including updated visuals, new and rea... more
In the months since it was first announced, I have warmed up to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze considerably. Part of my initial reaction stems from disappointment over Retro Studios not getting back to Metroid Prime, b... more
An interesting exercise in game design is to identify assumptions about the genre or medium in general, then question those assumptions. One such assumption that most make is that control should feel natural and unobtrusive a... more
Looking for something to play on your PS3 or Vita? Maybe both? Curve Studios is bundling four good games at the budget price of $15. $13.49 for PlayStation Plus members. All four games are Cross Buy as well, meaning you get access to the PS3 and Vita versions. Not bad.
The four titles in question are Proteus, Thomas Was Alone, Lone Survivor, and Stealth Inc. more
Majesco's indie label, Midnight City, has announced that Blood of the Werewolf is heading to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network Q2 2014. The Metroidvania-style game was released on Steam last year, and the console relea... more