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Bust-a-Move 4 busting out on PSN this spring

Ready to get your Bust-a-Move 4 on? Are you just aching for more Natsume games in your life? Do you just hate bubbles and want to pop them? Rejoice! The fourth Puzzle Bobble game is poised to hit the PlayStation Network this ...   more

Bust-a-Move 4 busting out on PSN this spring photo

Download No Heroes Allowed for free on PS Vita

The latest installment in Acquire's What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord!? franchise (formerly known as "Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman!") sadly isn't a dungeon strategy game like its quirky predecessors. But it still lo...   more

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Unlike with most fungi, I enjoyed Mushroom 11 growing on me

Mushroom 11 caught our eyes about a month ago, with its unique puzzle gameplay hook: the globular green collection of fungal cells is not directly controlled by the player. Instead, players simply click or tap to "erase" cell...   more

Unlike with most fungi, I enjoyed Mushroom 11 growing on me 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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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



Art Hawk: Tetris

I I had the opportunity to interview with the creator of Tetris a few years ago about the research on his game's ability to help curb the kind of intrusive thoughts and flashbacks commonly associated with Post Traumatic Stres...   more

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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

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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

Very Quick Tips: Deception IV: Blood Ties

Deception IV is a unique release, mainly due to the fact that there aren't many trap-setting games on the market in general. Because of that, it's often hard for people to acclimate if they've never played a past entry before (Trapt is on the PSN, by the way) -- so here are some tips to help you along.   more

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Review: Deception IV: Blood Ties

The Deception franchise is a series I wish more people were aware of. Although the concept of a character that can't physically defend themselves isn't typically a popular go-to mechanic, this survival horror-like idea i...   more

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Don't expect Toki Tori 3 anytime soon

Last we heard, developer Two Tribes as we know it was shutting down, in favor of opening up a smaller studio. We know this is partially due to the low sales of Toki Tori 2, and according to a recent tweet from the develo...   more

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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

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Review: Pokemon Battle Trozei

There once was a time when "match three" puzzle games were a rare commodity, but after the rip-roaring success of Bejeweled and Puzzle Quest, it feels like there's a new match title released every month. The craze kind o...   more

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Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey

Though it has been gaining steam in the indie circuit for a couple years now, Mushroom 11 by Untame had not hit our radar until now. Starring a lovable green ameboid fungus making its way through a desolate, post-apocal...   more

Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo


Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo



Bears vs Art gameplay shown in short new trailer

Last week, Halfbrick announced their latest game for iOS devices, Bears vs. Art, setting up a bunch of (adorable) exposition about a bear and the art museum which has infringed upon his territory but barely offered anything ...   more

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Review: Tappingo

Pure puzzle games can have a sort of zen effect for some players. Through repetition, players can almost subconsciously solve logic puzzles that would take an untrained person serious thought. When done well, time seems to me...   more

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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

Android users can now play Threes! like the rest of us

Android users may be late to the Threes! party, but it's still a party. A party with math 'n' stuff. Sirvo's acclaimed iOS puzzle game is now playable on Android devices (4.0 and up) in exchange for a reasonable $1.99. Combine numbered tiles to form threes, then sixes, and so on and so forth. It's an immediately graspable concept, one that fosters fierce competition. Play it!   more

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Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles

Using gravity to manipulate orbit and slingshot to a desired destination is always satisfying, in an "I could have been a NASA scientist" kind of way. With titles like Kerbal Space Program and Gravity Ghost, we've seen the m...   more

Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo


Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo
Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo
Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo
Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo
Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo
Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo



Review: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

With five previous games and one movie under his belt, Professor Layton's reputation precedes him. Since 2007's Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Level-5 has been giving players control of the eminent gentleman Layton...   more

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Halfbrick reveals new puzzle game Bears vs. Art

I hope you have some insulin handy because this trailer introducing Halfbrick's new game, Bear vs. Art, is sweeter than strawberry sundae topped with candy-coated gumdrops. I have watched it four times and still giggle at ho...   more

Halfbrick reveals new puzzle game Bears vs. Art photo

Peggle, Bejeweled, Bookworm, and more in this PopCap bundle

It's chaos on the Humble Store right now, from the Humble Mobile Bundle 4 to Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight 2014 to Devolver Digital's bundle for IGF chairman and all-around terrific human being Brandon Boyer. Here's one mor...   more

Peggle, Bejeweled, Bookworm, and more in this PopCap bundle photo

Pavilion is a game presented in the fourth-person, in a way

You know how indie games always seem like they have to have some sort of hook – something unique to make them stick out from all the other games? Well, that’s what Visiontrick, a two-man development team, has wit...   more

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Indie studio Exkee wants you to Kill the Bad Guy

When we hear about new titles being approved on Steam Greenlight, it is usually a small handful of games that have received a fair amount of buzz, buried in a group of otherwise unknown games. One such title that previously ...   more

Indie studio Exkee wants you to Kill the Bad Guy 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

Review: Pac-Man Museum

Let's not beat around the bush here -- with the new Pac-Man Museum compilation, you're getting a bunch of really old games you've most likely played before, a few you probably already own, and Pac-Man Battle Royale....   more

Review: Pac-Man Museum photo

Magnetic puzzle-platformer Teslagrad coming to PS Vita

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

Magnetic puzzle-platformer Teslagrad coming to PS Vita photo

Review: Basement Crawl

Basement Crawl starts off with one of the most interesting premises I've seen in a downloadable game in quite some time. Then it goes completely downhill from there, plummets off a cliff, hits some spiky rocks on the way down, and explodes at the bottom.   more

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Ether One will finally materialize on March 25

A few days ago I was bemoaning the long wait between games coming through Steam's Greenlight service and actually being released. One title I've been waiting for is Ether One, the atmospheric, first-person puzzle game from W...   more

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Former PixelJunk devs' Nova-111 looks real clever

The concept of "real-time" has begun bleeding into the otherwise turn-based world of Nova-111, a super-neat-looking game from ex-PixelJunk developers. I'd recommend watching this trailer to get a better handle on what that m...   more

Former PixelJunk devs' Nova-111 looks real clever photo

I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness

I'm looking out my window as I type this and what I see is a mostly overcast sky and lots of drab grays and blues. It's sleepy. What I'd rather be looking at are these warm, teeming-with-life screenshots from Jonathan Blow's ...   more

I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo


I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo
I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo
I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo
I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo
I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo
I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo



Circuits tests your ear for deconstructing musical pieces

While most music-based games focus on maintaining rhythm or use the sound to generate gameplay elements, Circuits takes a bit of a different approach. Taking on a much slower pace, Circuits tasks players with listening to a ...   more

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Home Sheep Home 2 is on Steam, discounted until Feb 24

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

Home Sheep Home 2 is on Steam, discounted until Feb 24 photo

Flappy Jam, a collection of almost unplayable games

The latest game dev jam is Flappy Jam, which sees indie developers getting together in an effort to show support for each other in the game development community. "Envy and teasing should not belong to our community," the web...   more

Flappy Jam, a collection of almost unplayable games photo

Catapult for Hire Kickstarter campaign has launched

Last time we heard about Catapult for Hire, it was taking its brightly colored physics-based puzzle-exploration to PAX Prime 2013. Since then, developer Tyrone Henrie has continued working on it as he has been for the past f...   more

Catapult for Hire Kickstarter campaign has launched photo

NaissanceE: a scary space station without any necromorphs

Honestly, this might be more scary than an average survival horror game. It is not even clear if NaissanceE is supposed to be a frightening experience, and that just makes it seem even scarier. At least, that is my reaction ...   more

NaissanceE: a scary space station without any necromorphs photo

Murdered: Soul Suspect also takes its dumb fedora to PS4

Yesterday we learned Murdered: Soul Suspect would come out on Xbox One in addition to PC, 360, and PS3. This upset some of you who like fedoras. Unsurprisingly, this latest story trailer shows the game is also slated for PS4...   more

Murdered: Soul Suspect also takes its dumb fedora to PS4 photo

Can you work out the Glitchspace?

I really like the idea of glitches as a form of artistic exprestion, especially in videogames. Whether it's the opening of Fez or the memory glitches in Remember Me, there's something about our supposedly perfect digital uni...   more

Can you work out the Glitchspace? photo

10000000 creator's new game is You Must Build a Boat

At this point, so many match-three puzzle games exist that it is easy to see a new one and immediately write it off without a second thought. Fortunately, 10000000 did enough new stuff with the genre that it gathered a decent...   more

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Clobbr is a game where you drop rocks on a cat

The developers of Clobbr sent me a code for the game on iOS, and I was shocked by what I saw. The game is reminiscent of Chu Chu Rocket in a couple of ways. Both games are about protecting mice from an orange cat, and both&n...   more

Clobbr is a game where you drop rocks on a cat photo

Milkbag and NimbleBit team up for Disco Zoo

This is the first trailer for a new game from Milkbag Games, published by NimbleBit, Disco Zoo. TouchArcade reports that players will rescue animals, earn coins by putting them on exhibit and, "keep the party going for both ...   more

Milkbag and NimbleBit team up for Disco Zoo photo

Chill paper-folding puzzle title KAMI is now on Steam

Despite initial impressions, State of Play's recent iOS puzzle game KAMI is not about folding colorful pieces of paper into three-dimensional figures that resemble animals. Aesthetically, it does involve origami paper being ...   more

Chill paper-folding puzzle title KAMI is now on Steam photo

Ubisoft is making Tetris for Xbox One and PS4

The Tetris franchise turns 30 this year and Ubisoft is the latest company to take on the classic puzzle game. There's a new version in the works for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that'll be released digitally at some point. Poss...   more

Ubisoft is making Tetris for Xbox One and PS4 photo

Don't look directly at it: Glass plays with lasers

As a scientist, it is sometimes my job to shine lasers at objects, scribble nonsense down on a clipboard, and stroke the part of my chin where a beard would be if I could grow one. "Indeed," I muse to myself, "That is the la...   more

Don't look directly at it: Glass plays with lasers photo

Spearhead Games launches weekly community stream

I recently had the opportunity to speak to Spearhead Games co-founders Simon Darveau and Malik Boukhira on what it means to leave AAA development and create your own studio. Within one year Spearhead went from non-existe...   more

Spearhead Games launches weekly community stream photo

The first Puzzle Quest is $0.99 on Steam right now

I made it through the Puzzle Quest craze relatively unscathed, but others weren't so lucky. (Or, maybe they were, depending on your outlook.) If it's sheer hours of entertainment per dollar spent you're concerned with, this 4...   more

The first Puzzle Quest is $0.99 on Steam right now photo

Forced perspective is the new 'whoa' puzzle mechanic

Forced perspective is typically used as a camera trick for twenty-year-olds backpacking across Europe when they cleverly think about using an optical illusion to make it look like they are holding the Leaning Tower of Pisa u...   more

Forced perspective is the new 'whoa' puzzle mechanic photo

Review: Castle Doombad

On a daily basis we get notices for a host of mobile game launches -- usually the week of. Most of them are unassuming, and since there are so many titles, it's tough to sift through the pile and find the real gems that are w...   more

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Play Winnose, reunite a moai statue with his other half

Adult Swim always seems to publish games that have really strange setups, but are backed by solid gameplay mechanics and can easily eat up an afternoon or possibly even a work day. Winnose, developed by Todd Luke, appea...   more

Play Winnose, reunite a moai statue with his other half photo