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Review: Squids Odyssey photo
Review: Squids Odyssey
by Darren Nakamura

Splatoon might be getting a lot of hype for Wii U squid battling, but it is not the first game featuring a squid squad to grace the console. Earlier this year, Squids made its jump from iOS to the Wii U with Squids Odyssey, and it even blazed a trail for cross buy on Nintendo systems.

Squids combines two disparate gameplay elements: tactical role-playing and skill-based slingshot physics. Squids Odyssey takes the original game, the sequel Squids Wild West, and adds in even more levels, characters, and hats into an impressively large package. That said, the package seems better suited for mobile than home console.

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10:30 AM on 07.21.2014

Creators of SteamWorld Dig looking into Cross-Buy promotion

SteamWorld Dig is a great game, and worth completing multiple times over. But is it worth double, or even triple-dipping for? For some, no game is worth that much. One such fan is frustrated that he can buy the game for ...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 07.20.2014

How DannyB defeated his father

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last week on Sup Holmes, w...

Jonathan Holmes

1:00 PM on 07.19.2014

Burrito Galaxy 65 coming to Steam, 'prolly' PlayStation and Wii U

Burrito Galaxy 65: Cellular Destinies (Based on a true manga) THIS GAME IS GARBAGE EDITION, the adventure formerly known as Burrito Galaxy 64: Mega-Tortilla Bean Saga 30X6 - Planetoid SAL-5A XIV Director's Cut: Extreme ...

Jonathan Holmes

4:00 AM on 07.18.2014

Indie Piņata puts a slight twist on the Steam sale formula

There's a brand new sale on some indie games happening on Steam right now, but you might not be entitled to any savings. The reason for this is because the promotion, Indie Piñata, designates already owning one of the...

Brett Makedonski

7:30 PM on 07.17.2014

SanctuaryRPG is now available and name-your-own-price!

SanctuaryRPG, a combination of roguelikes and JRPGS with ASCII graphics, is available now and best of all, you can pay whatever you want! After playing for the past few days, I heavily recommend laying down some cash for this...

Patrick Hancock

2:30 PM on 07.17.2014

Crypt of the NecroDancer hops to Steam Early Access on July 30

Rhythmic dungeon crawler Crypt of the NecroDancer has been fun to watch at expos, but soon enough we'll be able to play (and fail, likely repeatedly) on our own terms -- the game hits Steam Early Access for Windows, Mac, and...

Jordan Devore



To dye for: Invisible Inc. is my kind of strategy-stealth game photo
To dye for: Invisible Inc. is my kind of strategy-stealth game
by Steven Hansen

A chasm in stealth games tends to be player skill and the supposed skills of super sleuth avatars. You're often eased into the situation, your lack of skill assumed, or you just fumble your way through -- especially with the recent trend of stealth-optional games -- feeling like Mr. Magoo. Or you're good at stealth games. It's one of the reason's they can hold up to replays. Coming back with mechanical knowledge and slinking through areas like the pro you're meant to be is exhilarating. 

Invisible, Inc. is meant to be replayed, but that familiarity and advance knowledge is not where you get your sense of empowerment, as everything is procedurally generated and, thus, different each time. 

Klei's founder Jamie Cheng sat down with me and showed me how "active stealth, by moving and doing rather than waiting," is a great fit for a turn-based system. 

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7:00 AM on 07.17.2014

Push Me Pull You is 2-vs-2 gross sausage monster ball wrestling

Hamza was won over by Push Me Pull You at GDC and I wish I had gotten a chance to try it, too. At least now there's some disturbing video of it in action.  "Connected at the waist, you and your partner must use a s...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Oh man, I need Halfway in my life right now

I already liked Chucklefish. The indie developer best known for making Starbound has gone on to act as a publisher for smaller teams with great ideas. The studio has helped to release Hopoo Games' Risk of Rain, and is p...

Darren Nakamura





3:00 PM on 07.16.2014

'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 ...

Jordan Devore

5:45 PM on 07.15.2014

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. 

Steven Hansen

11:15 AM on 07.15.2014

OlliOlli takes its four wheels and reckless attitude to PC on July 22

The totally tubular OlliOlli rides fakie next week to show off its tricks away from the handheld scene. Originally released on PS Vita earlier this year, Roll7's side-scrolling skateboarding game is coming to PC, Ma...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 07.15.2014

Stealth Inc. is discounted on iOS temporarily

Stealth Inc. 2 might be a Wii U exclusive, but for the time being, you can grab the original on iOS for a buck. In case you were wondering it's normally $4.99, and it's already worth it at that premium price as one of th...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 07.14.2014

The Temporus Kickstarter project gets a few notable updates

Temporus the 2D platformer is still going on Kickstarter, and now we have a bit more info on things like stretch goals and the game's musical elements. Specifically, remix soundtrack goals involving Jake Kaufman, Jeff Ba...

Chris Carter

11:45 AM on 07.14.2014

Lead the most adorable mob riot with Anarcute

Everybody loves putting on an animal mask and wreaking destruction, right? Anarcute may not be as bloody as Hotline Miami, but it does tap into that same urge. It's that desire to dress up like a demented, googly-eyed Animal...

Darren Nakamura

10:15 AM on 07.14.2014

Mark Cerny's developing a new indie-like game for PS4

Videogame industry consultant Mark Cerny played a vital role in the design of the PlayStation 4. Prior to launch, he acted as the system architect for Sony's console. While he also served as the director on PS4 exclusive Knac...

Brett Makedonski

3:30 PM on 07.12.2014

The Angry Video Game Nerd Game is coming to Wii U soon, 3DS later

We gave the Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures an 8.5 when it came out on PC last year. Our resident Mega Man expert and James Rolfe fan Tony Ponce found the game to be quite compatible with his particular sensibilities. It sho...

Jonathan Holmes

4:45 PM on 07.11.2014

Xbox One games can now offer demos that unlock the full version

I came to really appreciate the way Microsoft handled demos on Xbox 360. Xbox Live Arcade titles were required to offer them, and if you liked what you played in the trial, it was super easy to upgrade to the full thing right...

Jordan Devore

12:45 PM on 07.11.2014

VizionEck wants you to rethink first-person shooters

I had the most confused look on my face watching this video of VizionEck, a nontraditional first-person shooter game for PlayStation 4. It feels weird to even call it an FPS. We previously saw an abstract teaser trailer that...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 07.10.2014

Now this is how you delay a game

We only just got word that Crawl would arrive on Steam Early Access on July 17, but that's no longer the case. The four-person dungeon crawler is going to be late -- "it could be a couple days, it could be a couple weeks," re...

Jordan Devore







Review: 4PM photo

If you're like me, then you'll have staggered out of a pub, wandered home, and then tried to fill in the blanks but, like a favorite song of mine says, it's just the best bits that are colored in.

I can't honestly say there's been nights out where I've drawn a total blank but I know my mates and co-workers have repeatedly needed me to fill in the blanks ("You mean you don't remember swearing at the boss, then throwing up in the corner?") and that's never fun.

Caroline, the protagonist in 4PM -- a short interactive story from developer Bojan Brbora -- is having one of those days. What happened last night, why is the room spinning, and shouldn't she be at work?

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3:30 PM on 07.09.2014

You've gotta be kitten me with this Catlateral Damage telethon

Catlateral Damage has already been funded via Kickstarter, but in order to reach those stretch goals, they're doing an all-day telethon via Twitch. Counting down the final 50 hours until the campaign ends, the stream will fea...

Brittany Vincent

1:15 PM on 07.09.2014

Xbox One systems can't become dev kits, after all (Update)

[Update: Hmm. In a statement to Kotaku, Microsoft says "The comments today were inaccurate. We remain committed to ensuring the best possible solution for developers and hobbyists to create games for Xbox One. We will share m...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 07.09.2014

Lorne Lanning explains why he previously left the game industry

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! is an HD remake of the PS1 cult hit Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee. Lorne Lanning, the co-founder of publisher Oddworld Inhabitants, and a man who recently took an eight-year hiatus from the video games indu...

Brittany Vincent

12:45 PM on 07.09.2014

Less than three weeks until Rogue Legacy hits PlayStation

Cellar Door Games' well-liked action-platformer Rogue Legacy comes to PS3, PS4, and PS Vita on July 29, 2014. It'll arrive in style, with support for Cross-Buy and cross-platform saves. These new ports will include everything...

Jordan Devore

10:45 AM on 07.09.2014

Cave Story-inspired platformer Momodora III is out on Steam for $5

Momodora III went through Greenlight earlier this year, and now it is finished and available on Steam for purchase. Though it looks like it plays more like Shovel Knight, the visuals seem to remind most of the legendary indi...

Darren Nakamura

4:30 PM on 07.08.2014

Action Henk slides onto Steam Early Access and Humble Store today

So Action Henk missed its initial goal of hitting Steam Early Access on June 18, but only by a bit. The action figure racing game is now available there, as well as through the Humble Store. I have been fortunate enough to s...

Darren Nakamura



Review: MouseCraft photo
Review: MouseCraft
by Darren Nakamura

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 rotates and places tetrominoes to aid in reaching the goals.

That is where the similarities end. The mice themselves never take on any special roles, and the tetrominoes do not disappear when fit together in a line. Indeed, a lot of the puzzles require that the blocks do not fit snugly together, which runs counter to conventional play with them. MouseCraft is very much its own puzzle game with its own puzzle premise, and that premise is pretty good.

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Kill your friends with ghost traps: Crawl coming to Early Access photo
Kill your friends with ghost traps: Crawl coming to Early Access
by Steven Hansen

Also, the Coven is going to turn you into a toad.

I have been super excited for Crawl since last year. It's a four player dungeon crawler. The twist in Crawl is that your friends play as the assorted monsters and traps in the game, and killing the hero lets you take their place. 

I'm pretty good about avoiding Early Access games until their final release, but I may end up testing Crawl out on July 17.

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1:15 PM on 07.07.2014

Mod adds online co-op to Spelunky Classic

Thanks to a new mod released by YellowAfterLife, it's possible to play the original Spelunky cooperatively with another player online. Heck yeah! Download it here for free. The mod, Spelunky SD, also offers some bug fixes, tw...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 07.07.2014

Cuphead is 40% done, going to be a trilogy

I can't believe Cuphead has only been in my life for less than a month after its quick E3 showing. I'm so attached to it already. It's the game I didn't know I needed. Forget these tired, 20-year old nostalgia trips. Ev...

Steven Hansen





4:30 PM on 07.04.2014

This Thief Town trailer is exactly what I'll mimic if I ever create one

Thief Town is an 8-bit multiplayer-only stealth game that pits you against your friends in the Wild West. It looks adorable, but that's not the only reason I'm interested. The trailer above is what's truly piqued my interest...

Brittany Vincent

9:00 AM on 07.04.2014

Tempting: Temporus is a squat little time traveling platformer

Look, a 2D platformer on Kickstarter, Temporus. Who would've thought we'd see one of them. It looks pretty great, though, thanks in large part to the art of Peter Queckenstedt. "The main premise of the game is time trav...

Steven Hansen

6:45 PM on 07.03.2014

Humble Store kicks off DRM-Freedom sale

Today through Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00am Pacific, the Humble Store will be running a DRM-Freedom sale with new deals every 24 hours. Today's lot includes several games that, while good, have been featured in the sales circ...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 07.03.2014

Gone Home goes physical with SNES box

If you liked Gone Home, this new physical version may interest you. Although it's a downloadable game, developer Fullbright has teamed up with a few other companies to bring you a physical box, which you can buy from their sh...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 07.03.2014

Make those tough choices in Dreamfall Chapters Reborn

Dreamfall Chapters is the follow-up to Longest Journey and Dreamfall, and this new trailer gives backers and prospective buyers a look at what's to come. The story follows two heroes, Zoe Castillo and Kian Alvane a...

Chris Carter

3:15 PM on 07.03.2014

Here's how to unlock Shovel Knight's Butt Mode

In almost every conceivable way, Shovel Knight is a throwback to how videogames used to be a few decades ago. Everything positively oozes that retro style, save for blowing into a cartridge before firing it up. Even the ...

Brett Makedonski

3:00 PM on 07.03.2014

Zombies Monsters Robots is now in open beta

If you have no idea what Zombies Monsters Robots is, go read our comprehensive write-up right here. Done? Okay. The gist is that it's a free-to-play shooter that involves all of the titular baddies -- it's also in o...

Chris Carter

10:45 AM on 07.03.2014

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...

Darren Nakamura