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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

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Toadette CONFIRMED for Captain Toad!

Toadette is one of those characters Nintendo keeps locked away in its vault until the need arises to flesh out a roster for one of its sports, party or racing games. She's essentially the Waluigi of the Toad species, you kno...   more

Toadette CONFIRMED for Captain Toad! 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

Review: Tappingo 2

As someone who has gone through several Picross apps on his iPhone, I was excited to hear about Tappingo 2, a puzzler for the 3DS in the same vein. Maybe this would be the perfect game for my long train rides.   more

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Create a pharmaceutical empire in Big Pharma

One-man studio Twice Circled has announced a new strategy sim for PC that will put players in control of a pharmaceutical business and, damn, what a great setup that is. Big Pharma is described as "a really tight puzzle game ...   more

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Console owners should keep an eye on Nova-111

Funktronic Labs' cool turn-based/real-time hybrid adventure game Nova-111 was originally slated for PC/Mac/Linux first, followed by consoles at a later date, but that's no longer the case. The studio is partnering with Curve ...   more

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Spinning limousine game Roundabout is round-a-out today

For those who have been waiting patiently for the 1970s B-movie live action and nonsensical spinning limo gameplay of Roundabout, the wait is over. We knew it was releasing today on Steam and the Humble Store, and now it is ...   more

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Kill time with Bejeweled 3 now that it's free on Origin

It may not carry the same weight as past "On the House" offerings like Dead Space or Battlefield 3, but the latest freebie from Origin, Bejeweled 3, is a great game in its own right. The popular match-three puzzler is free to...   more

Kill time with Bejeweled 3 now that it's free on Origin photo

Castle Doombad is free on the Amazon App Store right now

Chris took a look at Adult Swim Games' Castle Doombad at the beginning of this year, and had the highest recommendations for it. Despite that, it sort of fell through the cracks for me. Now, there is another reason to check i...   more

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker shows off the pros and cons of the GamePad

Anyone who has played Super Mario 3D World knows what to expect from Nintendo's upcoming Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. That's because Captain Toad made an appearance periodically in his own levels throughout 3D World&n...   more

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker shows off the pros and cons of the GamePad photo

Here's how Miegakure's four-dimensional puzzles work

Miegakure has been around for several years -- and it's not done yet -- but the last time I took a real good look at it, the game was still rocking placeholder art. It's been a while. In all that time, the core concept of so...   more

Here's how Miegakure's four-dimensional puzzles work photo

SteamWorld Dig will have a cross-buy discount in Europe, but not in North America

SteamWorld Dig is hitting the Wii U on August 28th, and if you happen to live in the EU, AUS, or NZ regions, you'll get a 25% off discount for owning the 3DS version. But wait -- why isn't this cross-buy discount availab...   more

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Steamworld Dig is better on the Wii U

This isn’t the first rodeo for SteamWorld Dig -- the cute mining adventure game first arrived last year on the 3DS eshop, followed by a Steam release. Now it’s making a comeback to the Wii U this week on August 28...   more

Steamworld Dig is better on the Wii U photo

Super III is worth a look for fans of Super Meat Boy

Games like Super III remind me that, no, I haven't had enough pixel-art platformers yet and probably never will. As you'll see in the video above or .gifs on Kickstarter, the main mechanic here is protagonist III's ability t...   more

Super III is worth a look for fans of Super Meat Boy photo

Q.U.B.E. 2 announced for PS4, Project Morpheus

Q.U.B.E. 2, the follow-up to Toxic Games' first-person puzzler, is coming to PlayStation 4, the developer revealed this week via the PlayStation Blog. Since the release of the original Q.U.B.E., the developer has be...   more

Q.U.B.E. 2 announced for PS4, Project Morpheus photo

Monument Valley made back every bit of its dev costs in one week

Monument Valley, an isometric puzzle game that was the winner of an Apple Design Award, made back its development costs after just one week on the App Store. Even though it's a $4 app and had stiff competition alongside other...   more

Monument Valley made back every bit of its dev costs in one week photo

Sierra is back! New King's Quest and, uh, Geometry Wars coming

Well look at that. Sierra is back from the dead. Activision is reviving the label, with a focus on indie development. It'll host new IPs and re-imaginings of beloved classics. In this case there's a new King's Quest coming in...   more

Sierra is back! New King's Quest and, uh, Geometry Wars coming photo

The Swapper is just as incredible on PS4 and Vita

Somehow Facepalm Games' The Swapper slipped under my radar in 2013. Even though I've owned it for a while from a Humble Bundle, I just never fired it up. Releasing on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita la...   more

The Swapper is just as incredible on PS4 and Vita photo

So long, RNG: Gods Will Be Watching update adds new difficulty options

Reading through Alasdair's review of Gods Will Be Watching, I don't know if I could put myself through some of the game's horrors even once, much less multiple times due to failure. Deconstructeam's Mercy update should help. ...   more

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This Humble Bundle is a good way to get Threes! and Eliss Infinity

Humble Bundles are great, depending on how many gaps there are in your videogame library. (Although, admittedly, they're sometimes so cheap even that isn't a setback.) But, ideally, you don't want to wrack up a bunch of dupl...   more

This Humble Bundle is a good way to get Threes! and Eliss Infinity photo

The Swapper is coming to the Wii U later this year

I don't want to spoil much about the game (watch the comments!), but The Swapper is a game that absolutely deserves more of a spotlight. It was previously available on the PC before it was announced for the PS3, PS4 and ...   more

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Puzzle & Dragons W releases in Japan on July 29

Puzzles & Dragons W, an updated version of Puzzles & Dragons Z, will release in Japan on July 29, according to GungHo Online Entertainment. Puzzles & Dragons W will include both the original Puzzle and Dragons mod...   more

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Review: Sokobond

Chemistry is governed by a definite set of rules. Opposite charges attract, like dissolves like, matter is always conserved. There are more rules than just those, but one of the great things about the study of matter and its ...   more

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Puzzle & Dragons Z ships over 1.5 million on 3DS

Puzzle & Dragons Z shipments have exceeded the 1.5 million mark, GungHo Online announced today. The Nintendo 3DS iteration of GungHo Online's trendy role-playing puzzle game launched last December, topping charts in its o...   more

Puzzle & Dragons Z ships over 1.5 million 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

Author Neil Gaiman's first game is up on Steam right now

Almost a year to the day after its announcement, Wayward Manor from author Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Sandman) and the team behind  The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom, is now on Steam.  The Beetlejuice-esque puzzle/adventure game set in the 1920's has you playing a ghost trying to scare the current residents from your old manor.    more

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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

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Review: MouseCraft

At first glance, MouseCraft reminds players of two classic puzzle games: Tetris and Lemmings. The pieces are there on a superficial level. Three mice walk blindly forward under a specific set of rules; meanwhile, the player r...   more

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Serious Sam devs ditching guns for a mysterious puzzler (with lasers)

The Talos Principle was revealed at E3, from which Darren Nakamura got a nice preview of the game. The latest from Croteam (Serious Sam) seems more Portal than shotgun eviscerator and will be available this yea...   more

Serious Sam devs ditching guns for a mysterious puzzler (with lasers) photo

Have fond memories of The Incredible Machine? Check out Contraption Maker

It's been just over a year since I told you about Contraption Maker, a puzzle game in the vein of the DOS classic The Incredible Machine that's being worked on by some members of the original development team including Jeff ...   more

Have fond memories of The Incredible Machine? Check out Contraption Maker photo

NIS bringing Vita action-puzzler The FireFly Diary to North America, Europe

Along with Criminal Girls: Invite Only and The Awakened Fate Ultimatum, NIS America has also announced it is localizing "moody puzzle action game" htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary. "In this atmospheric title, you&r...   more

NIS bringing Vita action-puzzler The FireFly Diary to North America, Europe photo

Alphabeats puts some wub wub in a word game

You know Teddy Diefenbach, right? He is one of the people working on the Kickstarter uber-success Hyper Light Drifter, and he just cannot seem to stop making new games. At E3 we got to play a bit of his newer title Kyoto Wil...   more

Alphabeats puts some wub wub in a word game photo

Peggle 2's Jimmy Lightning is less exciting than the first DLC

Peggle 2 is one of those games that's good to just pick up and play every so often, and whenever a new character drops, I get the itch to play again. This time the newcomer isn't an original character like Windy the Fai...   more

Peggle 2's Jimmy Lightning is less exciting than the first DLC photo

Peggle 2 adds Jimmy the gopher, dubstep

Classic Peggle Master Jimmy Lightning makes a return to zany peg-clearing action in Peggle 2 today, but he's doing so with a new style about him. Since we last saw Jimmy, he got really into dubstep. I'm not kidding...   more

Peggle 2 adds Jimmy the gopher, dubstep photo

Well, isn't Pavilion a lovely looking PS4 and PS Vita puzzler

I've somehow missed the "fourth person" (what) puzzler Pavilion in our past posts and I certainly missed it midst the pomp and posturing of E3, so how lovely of them to show off this extended trailer a week later.  It's like Patapon x Papillon. (No. No it's not.)   more

Well, isn't Pavilion a lovely looking PS4 and PS Vita puzzler photo

The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers

Nestled in a parking lot across the street from the convention center in Los Angeles was Devolver Digital's phalanx of air conditioned campers. The publisher had a good mixture of highly anticipated titles like Hotline Miami ...   more

The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers photo

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker takes the core idea and runs with it

Super Mario 3D World was fantastic, and one of the reasons was its incredible variety throughout. Captain Toad made his first playable appearance there, with his levels acting as a sort of palate cleanser between Mario's runn...   more

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker takes the core idea and runs with it photo

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is not one to miss

The latest developer diary for Valiant Hearts: The Great War details how the World War I game ties together puzzle, adventure, and action elements to present a heart wrenching sad tale of war, and the people who get sucked i...   more

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is not one to miss photo

Ubisoft announces Tetris Ultimate for PS4, Xbox One, PC

Ubisoft revealed it's dropping Tetris Ultimate on PlayStation 4 and Xbox On this summer. The falling block puzzler will then spin around come autumn for a PC release. This year marks the franchise's 30th anniversary, and crea...   more

Ubisoft announces Tetris Ultimate for PS4, Xbox One, PC photo

3DS indie dev talks improvements, fan feedback

Every so often, developers will take reviews pretty terribly. They'll call up the reviewer's phone and pester them. They might flame them and call them all idiots. Others calmly take the high road and just focus on the next b...   more

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Review: Monochroma

Stop me if you've heard this one. A young boy must journey through an oppressive greyscale world, navigating through deadly traps, manipulating objects in order to solve physics-based platforming puzzles, all while delivering...   more

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Where is my Heart? heading to PC, Mac next week

Die Gute Fabrik's Where is my Heart? was a PlayStation Mini released back in 2011 -- one of the best, at that -- but it's now coming to more platforms where it can find a larger audience: Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store...   more

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SUPERHOT got funded superfast!

File this under "Whoa, that didn't take long": a fully fledged version of the great browser game SUPERHOT has met its Kickstarter goal in just over 24 hours after launch. That's a really quick result for a game that was init...   more

SUPERHOT got funded superfast! photo

Dark and dystopic Monochroma set to release on May 28

The last we heard from Nowhere Studios about its upcoming puzzle platformer Monochroma, it was slated for release in late May. It looks like the title will be making that goal, if just so. The studio announced today that it w...   more

Dark and dystopic Monochroma set to release on May 28 photo


Dark and dystopic Monochroma set to release on May 28 photo
Dark and dystopic Monochroma set to release on May 28 photo
Dark and dystopic Monochroma set to release on May 28 photo
Dark and dystopic Monochroma set to release on May 28 photo
Dark and dystopic Monochroma set to release on May 28 photo
Dark and dystopic Monochroma set to release on May 28 photo



One of the year's prettiest games is now on Android

The stunning isometric puzzle game Monument Valley has at long last come to Android following its initial well-received release on iOS. It's out as of today for $3.99. Download it here. I'm super slow when it come to iPad gam...   more

One of the year's prettiest games is now on Android photo

Development on The Witness is coming along nicely

There's no news on when The Witness is releasing. Designer Jonathan Blow is standing by his "when it's done" policy, which will serve us well when we finally have this exploration-puzzle game at long last. But until then, mo...   more

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War is haunting

I don't know about you, but I really like Ubisoft's recent output of games utilizing the UbiArts Framework engine. I'm quite a fan of games that use 2D visuals to tell a story, and even with the recent release of Child of Lig...   more

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is haunting photo

Sparkle 2 set to glisten all over PS4 and Vita screens May 20

Luxor Zuma Sparkle 2, 10tons' PS4 marble shooter, is hitting the PlayStation Network for both PS4 and Vita on May 20, with cross buy support and a free trial if you're just not sure that shooting marbles is really your ...   more

Sparkle 2 set to glisten all over PS4 and Vita screens May 20 photo

Never Alone tells a tale of a native Alaskan girl and her arctic fox friend

When people lament the lack of diversity in videogame characters, one argument that always seems to crop up is that those who point out the disparity should have the sole responsibility of remedying it. Despite the fallacy o...   more

Never Alone tells a tale of a native Alaskan girl and her arctic fox friend photo

The Way goes out of this world, is inspired by Out of This World

A lot of bygone genres have been making comebacks in recent years, like adventure games or fighting games, but a particular style of game has not yet made a return to the limelight. In today's terms, games like Out of This W...   more

The Way goes out of this world, is inspired by Out of This World photo