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PlayStation Vita Pets is pure nightmare fuel, buy it now

...if you dare
Jun 04
// Kyle MacGregor
"Ah, dear tree, I honor you with my wee." This is the type of thing dogs say in the dystopian alternate reality depicted in PlayStation Vita Pets. I never really wanted to know what my dog thinks when he's ruminating ov...

PSA: PlayStation Vita Pets comes out this Tuesday!

Jun 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Awww! Look at the doggies! So cute! Or at least until they were until they started talking. Stop that, guys. Seriously. It's giving me the creeps. I'm out of here. The Drop: New PlayStation Games for 6/3/2014 [PlayStation Blog]
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Retro covers

What if Flappy Bird and Candy Crush rocked vintage covers?

They might look a little something like this
May 28
// Brittany Vincent
Ever wonder what Flappy Bird or Angry Birds would have looked like in a different, much simpler time? A time like the early '80s and '90s? Dorkly has made it possible with these absolutely ridiculous vintage covers. You've go...
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Tasty Blue

Hahah: Tasty Blue is the Katamari of the seas

'Amazing!' - Chad Concelmo
May 28
// Darren Nakamura
Okay, I know that this basic premise is not new. The player is a small fish, and it eats smaller fish to grow bigger, at which point it can eat more fish, and grow bigger still. The circle of life continues, and we mostly ig...

Candy Crush studio's next game, Bubble Witch Saga 2

May 22 // Dale North
Bubble Witch Saga 2 is a bubble shooter, like Taito's Bubble Bobble, or popular mobile game Snood. King says that they wanted take advantage of the ripe market as well as create a bubble shooter with new gameplay elements. There's every type of match-three game out there now, but not much in the way of bubble shooters. I got a good look at the upcoming title during a recent King studio visit. Playable in both portrait and landscape mode, shooting bubbles at the play board requires only a tap. Aiming is done by holding and sliding a finger, with a release sending the bubble flying. The primary goal is to match three or more bubbles to clear them from the game board, with the hopes of clearing the entire board with the allotted number of bubbles.  Beyond this mode, a couple more additions mix up the standard action. Rescue maps have you shooting bubbles that surround captured animals to free them. In Wheel Mode, rather than clearing the top row of bubbles, you'll shoot at a formation that spins from the force of your shots. With the latter, you'll try to aim your shots to control the spin and take out the bubbles surrounding a captured ghost, with the goal of freeing it. This is a new new...spin on the old formula, and requires some patience at first. King has taken the bubble shooter and applied their own tried and true mobile games formula, so expect the same leveling structure as Candy Crush or Farm Heroes Saga as well as the same dedication to regular content updates. Also expect the same time-based play limitations and prompts selling you additional turns (in this case, five more bubble shots) as their other titles. For the latter point, it should be noted that I was able to complete more than 20 levels without needing to have to buy turns. Bubble Witch Saga 2 is easy to get into, but after the first dozen levels I found that you really have to be strategy minded to clear the maps using only the allotted shots. Simply matching colors isn't going to cut it -- I had to maximize every shot to make each one count. Strategies like aiming from the top and using bouncing trick shots helped a bit. I felt I would have had a bit easier of a time with a longer bounce trajectory line, but even that wouldn't have made some of the later levels (beyond level 50) any easier. The later maps are huge and their challenge level is pretty high. King says that a worldwide launch for Bubble Witch Saga 2 is planned, and that we should see it very soon on mobile platforms as well as Facebook.
Burst your bubble
What's next for the studio that bagged mountains of cash on games like Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga? It's Bubble Witch Saga 2. I never knew there was a first game, but seeing as how the Facebook page for Bubble ...

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Americlap: Freedom is the only way, yeah

Clap for the children
May 21
// Brittany Vincent
America, f*@k yeah! Americlap is a game where you clap your little heart out to keep the American flag flying proudly. If you stop clapping, you'll probably send a thousand puppies and kittens to their death, you hate freedo...
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Farming Simulator 14

Farm your little heart out with Farming Simulator 14

Make a humble living off the land
May 14
// Brittany Vincent
What's with all of these simulator games lately? Obviously, the only one you need is Goat Simulator. If you're still hankering for some digital representation of boring, everyday tasks, Farming Simulator 14 is making its way ...
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Sparkle 2

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

Marble shooters are kinda my jam
May 12
// Brittany Vincent
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 ...
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Surgeon Simulator

Surgeon Simulator for iPad receives first major update

Pain comes in lots of different languages
May 07
// Brittany Vincent
The iPad version of Surgeon Simulator launched last month, much to the chagrin of patients everywhere, and it's now received its first major update with 13 new languages and more free content in the near future featuring an a...

EA looking to stream games direct to Comcast customers

Get titles like Madden and Fifa from your cable provider
May 02
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Electronic Arts could soon be offering their games directly to Comcast subscribers, according to a report from Reuters. The two companies have been in talks, and after two years of testing it seems the deal is close to an agr...
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Tony Hawk's Shred Session

Tony Hawk is still relevant in Tony Hawk's Shred Session

Watch Tony play his own game
Apr 30
// Brittany Vincent
Tony Hawk is back, but not in the way you might be hoping for. TouchArcade went in-depth with the latest skateboarding game to bear Hawk's name, and it's a free-to-play iOS game called Tony Hawk's Shred Session, available th...
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Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush has a bizarro nationwide ad campaign in Japan

I'm not quite sure what they're saying, but it has nothing to do with candy
Apr 26
// Brittany Vincent
Candy Crush Saga is coming to Japan in a big way, as developer King has prepared a slew of rather bizarre commercials for its freakishly addictive mobile puzzler. With King having opened an office in Japan, it's no wonder a ...
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Zynga has lost half of its active users in the last year

And $61 million this first quarter (almost 69, nice)
Apr 25
// Steven Hansen
The bad news is that I'm sure they all moved on to play god damn Candy Crush. For now. Until some other bright casino game or reality show about a bad 90's rapper living in an Amish community wrangles their attention so they ...
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PlayStation Vita Pets

Construct additional paw-lons for PlayStation Vita Pets on June 3

Definitely more fun than watching dog videos on YouTube
Apr 03
// Brittany Vincent
Nintendogs not doing it for you? Mobile pet sims lacking in the "aww" department? Feast your eyes on PlayStation Vita Pets, a pet simulator that aims to feel more like a game and less like a cash grab, exclusively (as if you ... IPO photo IPO

Candy crushed: IPO posts disappointing numbers

More like, right?
Mar 27
// Darren Nakamura, the developer behind the bafflingly popular match-three puzzler Candy Crush Saga, went public on the stock exchange yesterday, and it did not perform as well as the casual game behemoth had hoped. Starting at $...
Bears vs. Art gameplay photo
Bears vs. Art gameplay

Bears vs Art gameplay shown in short new trailer

More pieces of puzzle game revealed
Mar 18
// Conrad Zimmerman
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 ...
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Bears vs. Art

Halfbrick reveals new puzzle game Bears vs. Art

When nice bears go bad
Mar 10
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...
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Peggle 2 on Xbox 360

Peggle 2 ricochets onto Xbox 360 on May 7

Xbox One users get Duel Mode today
Mar 04
// Darren Nakamura
Though early adoption of new consoles is something I tend to avoid these days, there is one game that has made me jealous of Xbox One users: Peggle 2. Soon enough, the ball-bouncing lesson in geometry and rainbows will not be...
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Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird makes $50k per day thanks to ad revenue

I hate everything about this
Feb 06
// Brett Makedonski
If you know anyone that owns a smart phone, there's a good chance that they're currently infatuated and infuriated with Flappy Bird, the mobile game that's taking the world by storm. Despite being a shameless clone with terri...

There are at least 13 Flappy Bird clones already

Oh, and more importantly, Flappy Bird is itself a clone
Feb 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Flappy Bird is still the top free downloaded game on Apple's App Store as of this writing. It's pretty horrible in a lot of ways, but this whole thing is also highlighting another plight that mobile gaming sees: Game cloning....
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KAMI on Steam

Chill paper-folding puzzle title KAMI is now on Steam

Jan 24
// Darren Nakamura
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 ...
Peggle 2 photo
Peggle 2

Here's some videos showing off the new Peggle 2 Masters

The sequel is just over a week away!
Dec 03
// Alasdair Duncan
One of the sure fire ways to my shriveled, deep-fried, black heart is to mention The Big Lebowski. Now you throw Peggle in the mix and I'm all ears; PopCap has just put some trailers online showing off the powers of some of ...
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Candy Crush Saga

Sweet stat: Candy Crush Saga's been installed 500M times

I bet your mom's one of them
Nov 15
// Brett Makedonski
Have you heard about this tiny, up-and-coming indie game called Candy Crush Saga? If you haven't, welcome to the Internet, and I'm flattered that this is the first thing you chose to read. If you have, don't feel special; it ...
Peggle photo

A few precious moments of Peggle 2

...spread across three separate videos
Oct 09
// Jordan Devore
Short clips of Peggle 2 -- so this is what it's come to ... okay! Look, I'm desperate. PopCap has "gameplay preview" videos of the Peggle Masters Bjorn, Luna, and Berg that offer a quick fix to get us through the wait for th...

Your MOM plays videogames

New study says most moms game
Aug 27
// Dale North
No, really. She probably does. Mine does. In fact, new research released today by the Entertainment Software Association says that 74 percent of moms are gamers.  The "Mom Gamers Study: A New Generation of Gamer" found t...
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PAX 10

PAX Prime 2013's PAX 10 games have been announced

You might have heard of some of these games already
Jul 29
// Darren Nakamura
One of my favorite parts about PAX Prime since 2008 has been the PAX 10 indie game showcase. Over 100 games were submitted to be judged upon by a panel of experts, and the following ten games have been declared the best of th...
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Don Mattrick to turn Zynga around with business clichs

Shift some paradigms, think outside the box
Jul 26
// Steven Hansen
Former Microsoft figurehead and presumed fall guy Don Mattrick is now the CEO of Zynga, the company known for making millions off the Facebook boom and games like Farmville. Of course, the casual powerhouse hasn't been faring...
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Zynga error lets stranger do hilarious customer support

In all fairness, he tried to warn them
Jul 05
// Brett Makedonski
Zynga's been a hot topic in the news lately, but this gaffe is quite a bit more lighthearted than the Mattrick saga. It's also pretty embarrassing. As reported by Kotaku, Zynga accidentally put a random person in charge of cu...

Marbly is the newest game from Tetris creator, now on iOS

Squares are so retro! Spheres are the new hotness!
Jun 02
// Jason Cabral
When you think of long running puzzle game franchises, you'll inevitably come across Tetris. We have all played it at one time or another, willingly or otherwise, and we have Mr. Alexey Pajitnov to thank for it...
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Draw Something 2

Zynga launches Draw Something 2

Try again?
Apr 25
// Dale North
Here's another excuse to draw dick pictures on your mobile device and send them to your friends. It's Draw Something 2, the follow-up to the Pictonary-like social game that captured our imaginations for exactly 1.5 weeks last...

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