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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

Talos Principle pirates trapped in eternal elevator

You bought a new game and within minutes you encounter a bug where you enter an elevator and it eternally loops with no way to escape. What do you do? You obviously go and complain about it to the developers, right? Maybe not...   more

Talos Principle pirates trapped in eternal elevator photo

Review: Kalimba

Games built around co-op have always had a place in my life. When I was younger, I had a lot of friends who were gamers, which made it easy to pick up and play multiplayer titles. As I grew up, I attended college, met more ga...   more

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The Talos Principle is out on Steam today, here's a launch trailer

Croteam's sharp departure from running and gunning The Talos Principle is out on Steam today. I think it is great, and I am not alone. It is probably the best puzzle game to come out this year, and it is certainly the game t...   more

The Talos Principle is out on Steam today, here's a launch trailer photo

The Witness is coming 'not that late in 2015, hopefully' and looks great

Playing a puzzle game in front of a developer is a nerve-racking experience, let me tell you. At some point, your brain will betray you. You'll get stuck. And since the game is still being made, the developer won't want to p...   more

The Witness is coming 'not that late in 2015, hopefully' and looks great photo

Review: The Talos Principle

While playing The Talos Principle, much of my time was spent sitting at my desk, chin in hand, deep in thought. I can only imagine the puzzled look on my face as I considered options, ran scenarios in my head, and generally d...   more

Review: The Talos Principle photo

Get a better look at Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's bonus levels

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is coming soon! Although we aren't 100% on what the amiibo content will be, we do know what some of the secret levels are, and the Nintendo Minute is back to give you a heads-up, with a new vid...   more

Get a better look at Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's bonus levels photo

Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

From the moment I played the Captain Toad minigame in Super Mario 3D World, I thought to myself "this would make a great downloadable title." It seems as if Nintendo can hear my thoughts, because it did just that. Priced at a...   more

Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker photo

Need something free to pass the time? 0h h1 is sort of like binary sudoku

I have always been an unapologetic fan of Minesweeper. I have been playing it for longer than any other single game, and I will be playing it as long as I can imagine. It never changes in any fundamental way, but it always wo...   more

Need something free to pass the time? 0h h1 is sort of like binary sudoku photo

Review: Sneaky Sneaky

Stealth is a tricky game mechanic to pull off well. If it is too slow it can be dull, but if it is too fast it is more action than stealth. If it is too predictable it becomes mundane, but if it is too random it requires more...   more

Review: Sneaky Sneaky photo

The Jackbox Party Pack looks like it'll be fun with friends over

Jackbox Games (formerly Jellyvision Games) was responsible for my favorite quizshow videogame of all time -- You Don't Know Jack -- so I'm always anxious to see what they can do in the current era. Recently they've ...   more

The Jackbox Party Pack looks like it'll be fun with friends over photo

Review: Never Alone

A cursory glance at Upper One Games' Never Alone, while sure to impress, won't do it justice. Its appeal is obvious, but its intention is buried shallow under a light dusting of snow. But, it's that intention that transc...   more

Review: Never Alone photo

The Talos Principle makes me feel smart and dumb

Back at E3 2014, I got a brief chance to get my hands on The Talos Principle while talking to one of its writers Tom Jubert (FTL: Faster Than Light, The Swapper). In the presentation, Jubert explained the intended approach to...   more

The Talos Principle makes me feel smart and dumb photo

Screw with gravity in neat PS4 puzzle game Relativity

First-person puzzler Relativity is a PlayStation 4 game in which you can jump off the edge of the world, a floating platform, and land right back where you started. Or, presumably, you can keep falling continuously if that's ...   more

Screw with gravity in neat PS4 puzzle game Relativity photo

Mushroom 11 is the next great puzzle-platformer

Everyone I know who's tried Mushroom 11 won't shut up about how good it is. After clearing the first two levels today in a preview build, I'm joining them. 25 minutes well spent. This is a puzzle-platformer unlike any I've s...   more

Mushroom 11 is the next great puzzle-platformer photo

Particulars explores the subatomic world next month

I always appreciate seeing science represented in games, outside of the typical "heroes need to clean up the mess these mad scientists made" trope. Videogames can be so powerful as tools for learning, and that potential is s...   more

Particulars explores the subatomic world next month photo


Particulars explores the subatomic world next month photo
Particulars explores the subatomic world next month photo
Particulars explores the subatomic world next month photo
Particulars explores the subatomic world next month photo
Particulars explores the subatomic world next month photo
Particulars explores the subatomic world next month photo



Play free puzzler Transmission and maybe learn a little

At first, Transmission looks like a pretty standard Eulerian path-based puzzle game. That is not a bad thing; I was pretty hooked on Lyne for a while. But as Transmission progresses, it follows the history of electronic commu...   more

Play free puzzler Transmission and maybe learn a little photo

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

Ethereal is a puzzle platformer with pretty polished pixels photo

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

Review: Tappingo 2 photo

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

Create a pharmaceutical empire in Big Pharma photo

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

Spinning limousine game Roundabout is round-a-out today photo

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

Castle Doombad is free on the Amazon App Store right now photo

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

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

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

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