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The Talos Principle bringing more deep thoughts with Road to Gehenna expansion

Players who took the time to really explore The Talos Principle might recognize the name Uriel. Though the base game is seen through the eyes of a particular simulation participant, evidence of others exists in the form of QR...   more

The Talos Principle bringing more deep thoughts with Road to Gehenna expansion photo

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's amiibo functionality adds a small incentive to replay every level

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launched its amiibo compatibility this week, and I've found a new reason to revisit the game. It's as simple as adding in a "Hide-and-Seek" mode, enabled by tapping the newly minted Toad amiibo ...   more

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's amiibo functionality adds a small incentive to replay every level photo

Pokémon Shuffle limiting Mega Lucario to a contest

Pokémon Shuffle is a pain to get through without constantly playing the waiting game, but if you're keen, Nintendo has been running occasional events to net special Pokémon. The newest promotion is a contest to ...   more

Pokémon Shuffle limiting Mega Lucario to a contest photo

Oh, didn't see you there

We got a review code in today for a hidden-object game called Frankenstein: Master of Death. Darren expressed tentative interest, noting that it looks "terrible and fun at the same time?" Naturally, I went to investigate. Please send help.   more

Oh, didn't see you there photo

Magnetic: Cage Closed let me fling myself around with physics

"It's not a gravity gun; it's a magnet." Guru Games, developer of Magnetic: Cage Closed, stressed this to me at PAX East. It works like a real magnet, with fields radiating out in all directions, rather than affecti...   more

Magnetic: Cage Closed let me fling myself around with physics photo

Tumblestone is the most intelligent 'match three' game I've ever played

The first impression of a game matters a lot at PAX. If people aren't intrigued almost immediately, they may never play the game at all. My first impression of Tumblestone was "oh cool another match-three game." I don't ...   more

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Final GDC DLC launches with massive bugs, Mountain Dew shotgunning

Destructoid has launched its fifth and final GDC Daily Lunch Chronicles and interim cameraman Mike Cosimano again screwed up the sound. Instead of letting him get cute with ragtime music and title cards like last time, we're...   more

Final GDC DLC launches with massive bugs, Mountain Dew shotgunning photo

Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012

When Nintendo first unveiled the Wii U, my mind raced with ideas for games that could be created with the two-screen interface. A lot of the cool stuff that the DS did could be transferred to the big screen. Better yet, title...   more

Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo


Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo
Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo
Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo
Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo
Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo
Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012 photo



GDC 15 DLC #4: Pita wraps, damn good fries and ragtime

We didn't have usual cameraman Kenny Redublo during our fourth lunch of GDC (see us dining with Dale here) and things went a bit awry. Our substitute cameraman Mike Cosimano had some fun with it, though, with some silent mov...   more

GDC 15 DLC #4: Pita wraps, damn good fries and ragtime photo

GDC 15 DLC #3: Japanese katsu curry with Dale

Look on ye hungry and despair. Familiar face Dale North joined us for the third Daily Lunch Chronicles (watch the last one here). Back behind the camera, Kenny managed to empty his plate before both of us while shooting, but...   more

GDC 15 DLC #3: Japanese katsu curry with Dale photo

Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots

Crash landing on an alien planet is the worst. There's hazardous flora, deadly fauna, and even rock formations that seem to have some sort of blood lust. That just piles on top of the existential crisis of being a robot with ...   more

Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo


Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo



GDC 15 DLC #2: Oily hamburgers and Cranberries

The second lunch of GDC was much messier than the first, which you can watch here. Today (well, two days ago, actually) we went with an American staple, the "Hammed Burger," so named for the first woman who ever went totally...   more

GDC 15 DLC #2: Oily hamburgers and Cranberries photo

Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

A little more than four years ago, Nintendo released Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! on the original DS. It continued the series' focus on the miniature Mario robots, to the chagrin of fans of the platforming in the ...   more

Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars photo

Smash Bros. dev bringing blocky puzzler BOXBOY! to 3DS

HAL Laboratories (Super Smash Bros., Mother) has been busying itself with a couple Kirby games recently, but it looks like someone over there had an idea for a lil puzzle game and rolled with it. BOXBOY! (already released on...   more

Smash Bros. dev bringing blocky puzzler BOXBOY! to 3DS photo

Review: Pneuma: Breath of Life

Pneuma: Breath of Life is, through and through, a creationist tale. There's no theory of evolution, carbon dating, or Darwinism to cause debate. It's one god and the world that he brought into existence mere seconds earlier. As it turns out, being the only inhabitant of a world is a dull affair.   more

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Besiege brings its funny, sexual, weird medieval siege engines to Mac and Linux

AT-AT by Poroh I thought Besiege looked good based on the developer-made gifs and videos, but the game's community has elevated the title to new heights with its ingenious, often times so-wrong-they're-right medieval creation...   more

Besiege brings its funny, sexual, weird medieval siege engines to Mac and Linux 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

Review: Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore a Fedora

I’ve really been delving into the indie scene lately. There’s a huge amount of games coming from smaller development studios, and I’ve found a few that really impressed me. When I heard that a “crime n...   more

Review: Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore a Fedora 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

Rez, Lumines creator working on puzzle RPG '18'

On a few separate occasions this year, I've been reminded that Rez exists and felt a flood of guilt after recalling how long it's been since I last played this ridiculously cool sequence (too long). A new Rez, or Rez HD on c...   more

Rez, Lumines creator working on puzzle RPG '18' photo

Final Fantasy x Puzzle & Dragons crossover unveiled

GungHo is now collaborating with Square Enix to unite the worlds of Final Fantasy and Puzzle & Dragons. That's about all we know at the moment, but we'll update you when there's more to tell. Final Fantasy x Puzzle & Dragons [GungHo Online via 4Gamer]   more

Final Fantasy x Puzzle & Dragons crossover unveiled photo

Puzzle & Dragons: Mario Bros. Edition is damn sexy

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, the exciting new collaboration between Nintendo and GungHo Online, is coming west this May and I really couldn't be more excited. As a longtime "Pazudora" addict, it's somethi...   more

Puzzle & Dragons: Mario Bros. Edition is damn sexy photo

Very Quick Tips: Pokémon Shuffle

Pokémon Shuffle has an under-handed microtransaction system that heavily relies on making you wait to play, unless you pay. But for some of you, casually picking up five games per day will be enough, and there is some fun to be had when you wade through all the nonsense. Here are some tips to help you stay free.   more

Very Quick Tips: Pokémon Shuffle photo

Review: Pokémon Shuffle

Nintendo takes on the world of microtransactions with Pokémon Shuffle. What could go wrong? A lot.    more

Review: Pokémon Shuffle photo

Pokémon Shuffle's microtransactions are even worse than I thought

I just obtained my review copy for the upcoming 3DS match-three puzzler Pokémon Shuffle, and man, is it rough to get on-board with this microtransaction scheme. If you want the full rundown of what to expect you c...   more

Pokémon Shuffle's microtransactions are even worse than I thought photo

What the hell?! Captain Toad has a spin attack!

Have you ever pushed through an annoying sequence without realizing that you were in fact "playing it wrong" and failing to grasp a concept or mechanic? I am guilty of this, but I'm struggling to think of an example newer tha...   more

What the hell?! Captain Toad has a spin attack! 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

Teddy Diefenbach's Alphabeats is up on Steam Greenlight

Last year when Alphabeats was originally announced, I lamented that it was only on iOS, with no word of an Android release. Though it might not have ever released for the superior mobile operating system, it looks like the r...   more

Teddy Diefenbach's Alphabeats is up on Steam Greenlight 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

0h n0: another simple, free, Japanese logic puzzle

Late last year I was turned on to 0h h1, a free digital version of the Japanese logic puzzle Takuzu. Developer Martin Kool of Q42 is at it again. 0h n0 is another adaptation, this time taking the puzzle Kuromasu and giving it...   more

0h n0: another simple, free, Japanese logic puzzle photo

Mighty Switch Force! makes the jump to iOS with a funky trailer

WayForward sent me an interesting note today -- Mighty Switch Force! is coming to iOS in the form of Mighty Switch Force! Hose it Down. Wait, what?! This isn't going to operate just like past entries though, as it is not a t...   more

Mighty Switch Force! makes the jump to iOS with a funky trailer photo

Review: Unmechanical: Extended

Unmechanical has been available on iOS and PC for a few years now, but we at Destructoid have sadly neglected it for all that time. I have even personally looked at emails, thought "that looks neat," and then put it in the ba...   more

Review: Unmechanical: Extended 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

Review: The Escapists

Kenan: Kel, I'm going to need some chicken wire, some beeswax, a rooster, a few rolls of toilet paper, and a 5-Iron. We're busting out of prison today! Kel: Aw here it goes!   more

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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

Portal Stories: Mel mod gets a teaser, coming soon

Portal Stories: Mel is a lovely-looking community-made mod for Portal 2 that's due out sometime in Q1 2015, according to the title's store page. The lengthy 20+ level mod will feature a new protagonist called ...   more

Portal Stories: Mel mod gets a teaser, coming soon photo

This RoboCop mod ensures I'll play The Talos Principle

Darren's review of The Talos Principle intrigued me. Even if the game had turned out poorly, a philosophical puzzler from the studio behind Serious Sam was something I just had to see. Fortunately, it's good. Eight-out-of-ten...   more

This RoboCop mod ensures I'll play The Talos Principle photo

Poppin' with hunies: My virtual dates in HuniePop

I've been following HuniePop for a very long time. HuniePop is a dating sim/puzzle game created by HuniePot, an independent studio. It's available now for purchase via Steam and other distributors in both censored and uncenso...   more

Poppin' with hunies: My virtual dates in HuniePop photo

Medieval contraption builder Besiege looks splendid

Word of Besiege has gotten to me slowly, but now that it's here, I feel obligated to pass the message on. This is a physics-driven medieval puzzle game about building killer contraptions, like this ingenious windmill on wheel...   more

Medieval contraption builder Besiege looks splendid photo

You might be tempted to call Ronin 'Kill Bill: the Videogame'

Devolver Digital has a penchant for picking up clever game jam submissions and giving them a chance to grow into fully-realized titles. Titan Souls is a fine example, and it would have never had any exposure outside of t...   more

You might be tempted to call Ronin 'Kill Bill: the Videogame' photo

Beard View impressions of Puzzle & Dragons Z on 3DS

When Nintendo announced the New Super Mario Bros. version of Puzzle & Dragons for the 3DS, reports came in that their stock values skyrocketed. Puzzle & Dragons is a huge hit on mobile devices in Japan, much like Can...   more

Beard View impressions of Puzzle & Dragons Z on 3DS photo

Why does Japan get the best cat block puzzle games?

Nyandafuru Puzzle Nekoburo, an Arc System Works published puzzler, released in Japan last Christmas Eve and I would like to play it. It's also on the Hong Kong PlayStation Store as CatsBlock Vestival. My roommate recent...   more

Why does Japan get the best cat block puzzle games? photo

This Oculus title will let you see through the eyes of a god

Virtual reality is particularly useful in letting players get a truer first-person experience than ever before. But, the technology isn't limited to simulating the existence of other mere mortals. No, it opens the door to of...   more

This Oculus title will let you see through the eyes of a god photo

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition looks awesome, coming in May

Nintendo has elaborated a bit on its partnership with the Puzzle & Dragons team, as well as the localization information for this year. Puzzle & Dragons Z and the new Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition will be bundled together for 3DS. The Mario version will have a traditional world map feature. It will arrive in May 2015.   more

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition looks awesome, coming in May photo

GungHo: Puzzle & Dragons Z is still coming west

Puzzle & Dragons Z is still coming west, you know. When exactly? Dunno. Sometime. Eventually. Following the unveiling of Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, many were beginning to wonder about the fate of Gun...   more

GungHo: Puzzle & Dragons Z is still coming west photo

PSA: Pick up the Roundabout demo on Steam

We've posted about No Goblin's Roundabout before. Yup, it's that '70s B-movie game about driving a "spinning limousine." I'll be the first to admit that based on the gameplay footage I'd seen, I thought it would probably...   more

PSA: Pick up the Roundabout demo on Steam photo

Contest: Win a code for Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey!

Destructoid has been given 10 codes for the awesome word puzzler Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey to hand out to our clever readers! Letter Quest released on Steam a little over a month ago, and its creative blending of Scr...   more

Contest: Win a code for Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey! photo

Fan translates all of The Talos Principle's hexadecimal messages

The Talos Principle uses several different modes of storytelling. There are the dictations from the god-like Elohim, the conversations with the Milton Library Assistant, the recordings of a bygone scientist, the QR code messa...   more

Fan translates all of The Talos Principle's hexadecimal messages photo

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition will make Nintendo a lot of money

Leave it to Mario and co. to get me interested in the Japanese mobile sensation Puzzle & Dragons. I mean, that Fist of the North Star tie-in had my curiosity, but not like this. Nintendo and GungHo Online are bringing Pu...   more

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition will make Nintendo a lot of money photo

RuPaul on drag, games, and those who fear a changing world

RuPaul has taken just about every form of media by storm. Film, music, talk shows, reality shows, live performances, comedy, drama: You name it, Ru's tried it. Now she can also scratch game development off the list as well. ...   more

RuPaul on drag, games, and those who fear a changing world photo