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Azure Striker Gunvolt sequel is coming, says Inti Creates

Azure Striker Gunvolt was a pretty fantastic platformer, and thankfully, the series isn't done yet. Inti Creates has confirmed that Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is coming, and will arrive on the Nintendo 3DS at some poin...   more

Azure Striker Gunvolt sequel is coming, says Inti Creates photo

'Ultimate' version of La-Mulana hits PS Vita next week

The PlayStation Vita and La-Mulana have long seemed like a good match, but it's taken some time for the two to hook up. Just kiss already! Rising Star Games and Pygmy Studio will have the "ultimate version" of this punishing ...   more

'Ultimate' version of La-Mulana hits PS Vita next week photo

Review: The Deer God

In a lot of ways, The Deer God is a love letter to nature. The idea was born from the developers' childhood memories of playing in the woods and seeing wild deer, and that admiration of the outdoors is quite apparent. The for...   more

Review: The Deer God photo

Shovel Knight coming to PS4, Vita, PS3 on April 21

Shovel Knight will release on PS4, Vita, and PS3 on April 21, Yacht Club Games just announced. The retro-style platformer is a part of Sony's "Spring Fever 2015" promotion and will launch at a special introductory price for P...   more

Shovel Knight coming to PS4, Vita, PS3 on April 21 photo

Woah Dave! Deluxe! out now, also coming to Wii U

Woah Dave! Deluxe! is out now on Steam, Choice Provisions just announced. This is a free update (it's not often we get to say that these days) to the original game, featuring a myriad of enhancements, including two new level...   more

Woah Dave! Deluxe! out now, also coming to Wii U photo

Hybrid platformer/shoot-'em-up Velocity 2X headed to Steam and Xbox One

We didn't review Velocity 2X for PlayStation 4 or PS Vita, but Hamza did talk about how this half vertical spaceship shooter, half side-scrolling platformer was going to "melt [our] eyeballs." Hah, that Destructoid dot com --...   more

Hybrid platformer/shoot-'em-up Velocity 2X headed to Steam and Xbox One photo

Review: Aaru's Awakening

Aaru's Awakening is an unrelenting challenge of a game, which places players in the world of Lumenox, a mystical land in a precarious state of balance between four deities who rule it, Dawn, Day, Dusk, and Night. Now that balance is being disrupted, as Dawn sends a faithful warrior, Aaru, to travel the domains of the other gods on a quest to remake the world. Dark and twisted lands await.   more

Review: Aaru's Awakening photo

PC Port Report: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

Like Chris, I had my first taste of Oddworld when it was new, back on the PlayStation in 1997. Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus were two of my favorite titles from that era, so when Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty was announced, I was...   more

PC Port Report: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty photo

Spooky Poo's Happy Hell launches Kickstarter

Spooky Poo's Happy Hell recently launched on Kickstarter hoping to get funded for PC, with stretch goals for Wii U and PS4.  This romp through hell is a call back to N64 platformers, with music and graphics clearly insp...   more

Spooky Poo's Happy Hell launches Kickstarter photo

Review: htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary

No, that isn't an encoding error up there in the headline: "htoL#NiQ" is indeed this PS Vita game's title, and is essentially a very stylish way to type "The Firefly Diary" in Japanese. Whatever personal peculiarities led the...   more

Review: htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary photo

Review: Harold

Moon Spider Studio has released its debut title, Harold, an endearing and challenging race game about the most incompetent runner ever to need protection from a guardian angel. With some quick thinking, quicker thumbs, and an opportunistic eye, players guide the titular Harold to victory against all odds. Who doesn't love an underdog?   more

Review: Harold photo

David Wise and Grant Kirkhope join Project Ukulele

I need to take some deep breaths here. Former Rare developers are creating a spiritual successor to "those fondly remembered platforming adventures we built in the past," and they've brought on Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, an...   more

David Wise and Grant Kirkhope join Project Ukulele photo

Some haikus about free puzzle platformer Symmetry

Flash game on NewgroundsLike VVVVVVSuperficially Mirror imagesForm platforms on either sideClimb to the portal Push boxes aroundAvoid deadly laser beamsFlip the gravity   more

Some haikus about free puzzle platformer Symmetry photo

Covers for Yumi's Odd Odyssey offer some slight variations

There's an important rule in the entertainment industry: Know your audience. For the PS Vita version of Yumi's Odd Odyssey set to arrive in April in Japan, it appears this philosophy is being followed pretty closely. See if you can spot what the difference might be between the Nintendo 3DS version and the "ahem" mature Vita version. It might take you a while, so be patient. [Via Twitter]   more

Covers for Yumi's Odd Odyssey offer some slight variations photo

Depression Quest co-creator looks for what's hidden in Disorder

All art, or indeed even all communication, is a process of connecting with others through shared experience. Whether we’re trying to express a specific experience, or conversely, reveling in the knowledge that there's ...   more

Depression Quest co-creator looks for what's hidden in Disorder photo

True fact: Shooting the Sega logo in Vectorman is life's greatest pleasure

It's been almost two decades since I first played Vectorman, BlueSky Software's treasured run-and-gun game for the Sega Genesis, and I still can't get over how absurd its second level is. That's what I had intended to write...   more

True fact: Shooting the Sega logo in Vectorman is life's greatest pleasure photo

Feed your colorful soul with Runbow

If platformers and playing with a group friends is your thing, then you should keep an eye on Runbow, an indie title slated to arrive on the Wii U. This self-described action party game will allow up to nine of your friends ...   more

Feed your colorful soul with Runbow photo

Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway

And before I knew it, Windy Hill Studio's attractive-looking action platformer Orphan had jumped from Greenlight approval on Steam to being over halfway through its Kickstarter campaign. So it is sometimes in the games writi...   more

Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo


Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo
Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo
Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo
Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo
Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo
Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo



Could this be it? A true Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor?

We've been let down before, but I'm unable to contain my enthusiasm for Playtonic Games' Project Ukulele, a new platforming adventure from the people we want making this type of game. Formed by six former Rare staffers, the s...   more

Could this be it? A true Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor? photo

The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year

Five Nights at Freddy's sort of has a monopoly on mechanical animals in the gaming space right now, but there's an up-and-coming title that will give it a run for its money, albeit in a very different way. That game is ...   more

The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo


The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo
The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo
The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo
The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo
The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo
The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo



Shiftlings follows two space janitors as they try not to be F.I.R.E.D.

Usually, puzzle platformers feature a single protagonist, as the player guides him through environments filled with perils. In some cases, as with Ilomilo or ibb and obb, two are tethered to one another by the common goal of...   more

Shiftlings follows two space janitors as they try not to be F.I.R.E.D. photo

La-Mulana EX delayed on Vita, still coming this month

La-Mulana EX is on the way for Vita, but it's not ready just yet. Rising Star Games has delayed the Vita version, which was set to arrive any day now. It's set for a "late February" release, which will presumably line up with...   more

La-Mulana EX delayed on Vita, still coming this month photo

Monochromatic puzzle platformer Renoir coming to PC

Okay, we have seen grayscale puzzle platformers before, but the film noir style is still largely underused in the gaming space. Renoir wants to fix that. I'm down with the idea, but developer Soulbound Games has a long way t...   more

Monochromatic puzzle platformer Renoir coming to PC photo

Ready for punishment? Castle in the Darkness awaits

I think I'm as ready as I'll ever be for Castle in the Darkness. It's out today for PC from publisher Nicalis and developer Matt Kap, who was also the lead artist on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. This super-challenging adven...   more

Ready for punishment? Castle in the Darkness awaits photo

It's hard to believe Grow Home is a Ubisoft game

In my dream world, Ubisoft would primarily put out smaller personal projects like Grow Home, but, I get it -- there's substantially more money to be made on Assassin's Creed and its ilk. I'll cherish these moments whenever I...   more

It's hard to believe Grow Home is a Ubisoft game photo

Woah Dave! Deluxe is a thing that's happening

Good news, everyone! More Woah Dave! is coming! Check out our review of the original here. Jason Cirillo [Twitter]   more

Woah Dave! Deluxe is a thing that's happening photo

Review: Apotheon

Apotheon is the newest game from the developers at Alientrap, the team behind a small game called Capsized. Now personally, I loved Capsized and think it was overlooked by most. It had interesting mechanics and...   more

Review: Apotheon photo

Spelunker Z for PS4 is Square Enix's latest troll

The thrill of the teaser site was intoxicating; the announcement heartbreaking. Square Enix delivered the punchline to its latest troll job today, unveiling forthcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive "Project Code Z" as a...   more

Spelunker Z for PS4 is Square Enix's latest troll photo

Wonder Boy creator working on new Wonder Boy-esque game

While covering the action-adventure platformer Flying Hamster II last year, I said that fans of the Wonder Boy / Monster World series would want to take a look, and that's even more true today. The Kickstarter may have failed...   more

Wonder Boy creator working on new Wonder Boy-esque game photo

Review: Nihilumbra

There's a nugget of a solid game here in Nihilumbra. Unlike many of the PlayStation Vita's offerings, it uses the touchscreen in a novel way that doesn't feel tacked on or forced. And the puzzle-platforming is supported well by an ethereal art style, score, and sound design. You just have to wade through a jumble of pseudo-philosophy to get to it.   more

Review: Nihilumbra photo

Review: Gunman Clive 2

I don't think anyone, including the game's creator, expected Gunman Clive to be such a massive hit. As an homage to retro platformers it was a joy to play, and the ridiculously cheap base price made it easy to take the plunge. Gunman Clive 2 delivers pretty much everything you'd want out of a sequel, even if it doesn't push the envelope.   more

Review: Gunman Clive 2 photo

Apotheon is coming soon on PC and PS4

Developer Alien Trap has announced the dates for the cool-looking platformer Apotheon -- February 3 on Steam and PS4. There have been a few delays within the process, but it's ready now and all set after Sony's approval...   more

Apotheon is coming soon on PC and PS4 photo

2015's LEGO game lineup: Avengers, Jurassic World, mobile ports

This latest round of LEGO games will do wonders for Brett's Gamerscore. Several titles are releasing in 2015, including LEGO Jurassic World, which hits in June and spans all four films, and LEGO Marvel's Avengers, which is ou...   more

2015's LEGO game lineup: Avengers, Jurassic World, mobile ports photo

Flippy platformer Antipole is coming to the eShop in DX form

It's been a while since we've heard anything about the Antipole franchise, a game that originally launched in 2011 on the DSi. It's about to get a whole lot more relevant though, since developer Saturnine Games is bringi...   more

Flippy platformer Antipole is coming to the eShop in DX form photo

Mutant Mudds Super Challenge coming to Wii U, 3DS

Renegade Kid has announced a new project, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge. According to studio co-founder Jools Watsham, the upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS platformer isn't so much a direct sequel as it is  a "stepping sto...   more

Mutant Mudds Super Challenge coming to Wii U, 3DS photo

Review: Gravity Ghost

[Disclosure: Ashly Burch, one of the voice actors for Gravity Ghost, previously created video content for Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.] Traditional gh...   more

Review: Gravity Ghost photo

Gravity Ghost is pretty so I took a bunch of screenshots

I just finished playing through Gravity Ghost (expect a review later today), and as I tend to do with less action-focused titles or sequences, I took a lot of screenshots along the way. Not only does Gravity Ghost's planet-or...   more

Gravity Ghost is pretty so I took a bunch of screenshots photo


Gravity Ghost is pretty so I took a bunch of screenshots photo
Gravity Ghost is pretty so I took a bunch of screenshots photo
Gravity Ghost is pretty so I took a bunch of screenshots photo
Gravity Ghost is pretty so I took a bunch of screenshots photo
Gravity Ghost is pretty so I took a bunch of screenshots photo
Gravity Ghost is pretty so I took a bunch of screenshots photo



Gravity Ghost story trailer hints at protagonist Iona's origin

In Gravity Ghost, the player controls Iona, who is a colorful ghost. The story is told through flashbacks, with scenes showing that Iona was not always a ghost. My scientist deductive reasoning tells me this: at some point s...   more

Gravity Ghost story trailer hints at protagonist Iona's origin photo

Devolver's latest murderfest RONIN slices into PAX South

In what seems like an unrelenting torrent of tantalizing announcements preceding PAX South, Devolver Digital has cranked the hype dial up another notch by announcing that it will publish RONIN, a new blood-soaked action...   more

Devolver's latest murderfest RONIN slices into PAX South photo

Castle in the Darkness leaps to PC on February 5

Castle in the Darkness, the next ultra-difficult platformer from Cave Story and 1001 Spikes publisher Nicalis, is poised to debut via Steam on February 5. The project was developed by Matt Kap, the lead artist behind Th...   more

Castle in the Darkness leaps to PC on February 5 photo

Gunman Clive 2 is on track for a January 3DS release

A few of us over at Destructoid are eagerly awaiting the old-west platformer Gunman Clive 2, which was slightly delayed in the US and in Europe due to some quality control. Everything is all clear it seems, as creator Be...   more

Gunman Clive 2 is on track for a January 3DS release photo

Ori and the Blind Forest jumps out of the woods and onto your screen on March 11

At gamescom this year, I found out that Ori and the Blind Forest isn't just a drop-dead gorgeous game; it's also quite the challenging, tight-controlling platformer. In less than two months, everyone can stop taking my ...   more

Ori and the Blind Forest jumps out of the woods and onto your screen on March 11 photo

Sonic Boom Wii U gets a massive 1GB mystery patch

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric was a messy game, and it's taken far too long to patch it. After weeks of waiting though European fans have finally gotten a fix of sorts (it's not out yet in the US), but the problem is Sega hasn't ...   more

Sonic Boom Wii U gets a massive 1GB mystery patch photo

Vagante wanders onto Steam Early Access

When we last reported on Nuke Nine's retro-inspired action platformer Vagante, the title was campaigning for funding on Kickstarter. After unfortunately falling short of its funding goal the developers have brought...   more

Vagante wanders onto Steam Early Access photo

Seasons after Fall is fiendishly cute, coming in 2016

Swing Swing Submarine, the talented studio behind well-received puzzlers such as Blocks That Matter and Tetrobot and Co., has been hard at work on its latest project, Seasons after Fall. The exquisit...   more

Seasons after Fall is fiendishly cute, coming in 2016 photo

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty gets PC, Xbox One, PS3 release dates

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, the remake of the 1997 PS1 platformer Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, hit PS4 last July. Now, it finally has a release date for some of its other planned platforms.  It is coming to PC, Mac, and Li...   more

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty gets PC, Xbox One, PS3 release dates photo

Kickstarter-funded Crystal Catacombs arrives on Steam tomorrow

After nearly three years in development, Levels or Lives' retro-inspired roguelike pixel art platformer Crystal Catacombs is almost ready to make its debut on Steam. Successfully funded on Kickstarter in July of 2012,  ...   more

Kickstarter-funded Crystal Catacombs arrives on Steam tomorrow photo


Kickstarter-funded Crystal Catacombs arrives on Steam tomorrow photo
Kickstarter-funded Crystal Catacombs arrives on Steam tomorrow photo
Kickstarter-funded Crystal Catacombs arrives on Steam tomorrow photo
Kickstarter-funded Crystal Catacombs arrives on Steam tomorrow photo
Kickstarter-funded Crystal Catacombs arrives on Steam tomorrow photo
Kickstarter-funded Crystal Catacombs arrives on Steam tomorrow photo



Mighty No. 9 developers show off a new highway-themed stage

The developers of Mighty No. 9 have recently stated that the game is almost done, which is good news for the gameplay and not-so-great news for the uninspired art style. But the porting process has begun, and they're rea...   more

Mighty No. 9 developers show off a new highway-themed stage photo

JumpJet Rex revels in old-school charm, hits Early Access January 14

There's just something about the 8-bit and 16-bit eras of gaming. Even after decades, it's still a remarkable and enduring period that's managed to stand the test of time. With a slick focus on charming visuals and deeply ref...   more

JumpJet Rex revels in old-school charm, hits Early Access January 14 photo

Gravity Ghost's zen planetoid platforming coming on January 26

Funny, I feel like I just posted about the release date for a delayed indie game featuring voice work by Ashly Burch and music from some of my favorite composers. Talk about déjà vu. In contrast to There Came an...   more

Gravity Ghost's zen planetoid platforming coming on January 26 photo