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Lococycle

Lococycle gets a permanent price reduction


Less than three months after release
Feb 04
// Brett Makedonski
Twisted Pixel's Lococycle is a rather polarizing game. Chris seemed to enjoy it. I, on the other hand, did not. Judging by the treatment that Microsoft's giving it, the general public appears to be just as divided. Major...
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Max throws a lemon party... but with news
An flurry of supposed Xbox leaks in the net, with one pointing to a likely commercial release of white Xbox One's. The UK is definitely getting Slim Vita's, but maybe not getting multiple colors. Octodad: Dadliest Catch is o...

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McDonald's contest

McDonald's promo giving away 70M Twisted Pixel games


And some Xbox Ones
Dec 01
// Brett Makedonski
McDonald's is gearing up to begin its new One Hot Holiday promotion on December 3 that features Xbox One bundles as its grand prize. That's not so crazy; it seems like every corporation is running some sort of contest&nb...

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LocoCycle

LocoCycle will feature live action scenes in its story


New trailer teases the talent
Nov 06
// Conrad Zimmerman
Twisted Pixel's launch title for Xbox One, LocoCycle, already stands out by way of its premise alone, in which an unfortunate mechanic is literally dragged into a conflict involving sentient motorcycles. Today, they've annou...
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Twisted Pixel

LocoCycle is more fun than it might initially look


Silly, straightforward arcade action
Sep 04
// Jordan Devore
For a while now, I've had the urge to play a Spy Hunter-like game. (But not, oddly enough, an honest-to-goodness, actual Spy Hunter -- trust me, I've tried.) I'm starting to look toward Twisted Pixel for a helping hand. Loco...
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Ms. Splosion Man iOS

Ms. Splosion Man iOS is on sale, also drops an update


Down to $0.99 for a limited time
Aug 02
// Chris Carter
Twisted Pixel has announced that an update is live for Ms. Splosion Man on iOS, offering up cross-device save support, an improved in-game economy, an updated UI, and bug fixes. Additionally, the game will be on sale for $0.9...
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LocoCyle is like Arkham meets Spy Hunter meets acid


Another gem from Twisted Pixel
Jun 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
After seeing Twisted Pixel's LocoCycle at multiple trade shows in the past, we were finally able to go hands-on with the game on the Xbox One. It's going to be a downloadable launch title when Microsoft's new console is released, with an Xbox 360 release to follow some time later. So how's the game? Fun! It's got the charm that makes all Twisted Pixel games enjoyable. 
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Lococycle Xbox One

Twisted Pixel's Lococycle is an Xbox One launch title


Coming to Xbox 360 at a 'further date'
Jun 07
// Chris Carter
The upcoming Road Rash-esque LocoCycle is now headed to the Xbox One as a launch title, with the original Xbox 360 version pushed to a "further date," according to Twisted Pixel. It'll be launched as a "digital exclusive" thr...
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Twisted Pixel

Twisted Pixel four-pack hits XBLA today for 800 MSP


That was quicker than anticipated
Apr 12
// Brett Makedonski
A mere two weeks ago, it was announced that a bundle of four Twisted Pixel games would arrive on the Xbox Live Marketplace. At the time, details were scarce, as the date and price weren't yet revealed. Today, everything becom...
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Ms. Splosion Man

Ms. Splosion Man jumps to Steam, Game for Windows, WP7


Windows overload
Apr 03
// Jordan Devore
Accompanying the just-released iOS version of Ms. Splosion Man, the lighthearted platformer is also now available for Steam (Windows only), Games for Windows, and Windows Phone 7. The pricing on those first two ports is $9.9...

Review: Ms. Splosion Man (iOS)

Apr 02 // Chris Carter
Ms. Splosion Man (iPhone [reviewed with iPhone 5], iPad)Developer: Twisted Pixel GamesPublisher: Microsoft Game StudiosReleased: March 28, 2013MSRP: $2.99 (with microtransactions) Since we already did a great job explaining the basic overview of the game in our original review, I'm basically going to go over what's new in the mobile version. As you can imagine for a somewhat precision platformer, the controls would probably be your first holdup. But surprisingly, I actually had little to no issue getting Ms. Splosion Man to do what I wanted her to do on a touch screen. There's virtual buttons for left, right, and 'splode (jump), and that's all you really need, honestly. Other than getting lost on occasion on the smaller iPhone screen when larger, zoomed-out jumps are happening, I never really felt overwhelmed. Considering a large portion of the game is actually rhythm-based, with a lot of your playtime spent in the air timing jumps without the need for directional input, the move to iOS actually makes perfect sense. There were only a few instances in which I was frustrated with the touch controls -- namely long sections where you're jumping between moving platforms -- but I got used to them fairly quickly, and had little to no issue for the most part. Ms. Splosion Man looks about the same if not better than the XBLA version on iOS (as confirmed by the developer). The silky smooth action has little to no slowdown. The iPad version runs at a full 60 frames per second, with the iPhone build performing slightly below that. Although this review is for the build running on an iPhone 5, I was able to test out the iPad version as well, and both do not disappoint on a performance level. [embed]250008:47875:0[/embed] So what's new or changed in this version content-wise? Well, there are microtransactions. The good news is the power-ups you can buy are negligible. Level skips, extra 'sploding power and distance -- things like that are purchasable through coins earned in each level. The best part is you don't even need them to complete the game; they're just there to assist players who may need the help. As is the case with any microtransaction store, you can buy coins for real-life cash, starting at $0.99. The mobile version also contains challenges in the same vein as most mobile games these days that task you with things like "beat the ghost time in this level" or "blow up [x] amount of objects." So far so good, right? The way Twisted Pixel handles these power-ups is fairly admirable, and doesn't ever encroach on paywall territory since they're basically just an optional, extra layer added on top of the full original XBLA version of the game. Then we get to my major problem with the mobile build: you have to buy new levels to progress through the game. Now, you can buy them with in-game currency -- the problem is, you need to beat each level two to three times on average to buy each set. (You can buy levels individually, or purchase half of each world in bulk.) This is incredibly jarring, as one would expect that after paying $2.99 for a mobile game, the full experience would be unlocked -- especially if you're completing each level in order. Sadly, you'll quickly find out that even after beating a level multiple times, you may not be able to progress to the next set until you power through yet again to earn enough scratch. When you add it all up, buying all three worlds solely through in-app-purchasing amounts to less than the asking price of the original XBLA game (less than $10). But there's something really wrong with the way the system is presented here. Simply put, if it's a paid app, the game should be fully unlocked -- especially if there are microtransactions already in place -- and especially since there is no warning of this withholding of content before you purchase the game. It's a shame that there's such a weird barrier between the player and actually playing the levels they want. With a bit more tweaking of how many coins it takes to unlock each stage, or the elimination of the system entirely, Ms. Splosion Man would be one of the finest games on the entire App Store. As it stands, just know that you'll have to field a bit of patience (or the fortitude to pay past the initial asking price) if you feel like 'sploiding on the go.
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A faithful port with one major flaw
Ms. Splosion Man is one of my favorite platformers to date. Like the original, it's charming, engaging challenging, and really put Twisted Pixel on the map for me. The mobile version translates most of the magic of the original to iOS in favor of serviceable touch controls, and a smoother graphical output. But it also shows the darker side of mobile gaming quite well.

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Twisted Pixel

Four-game Twisted Pixel bundle announced for XBLA


Digital bundle incoming
Mar 29
// Jordan Devore
Twisted Pixel Games' four Xbox Live Arcade titles -- The Maw, 'Splosion Man, Ms. Splosion Man, and Comic Jumper -- are going to be bundled together digitally, it was announced this week. Strangely, there's no real d...
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LocoCycle

PAX: LocoCycle is looking sufficiently loco


Freddy Rodriguez brings the funny
Mar 22
// Chris Carter
In addition to checking out a playable build of Ms. Splosion Man, I also had the chance to view a private hands-off demo of LocoCycle, showing off about ten minutes of gameplay. To say that LocoCycle's theme is insane i...

PAX: Ms. Splosion Man runs at 60fps on the iPad

Mar 22 // Chris Carter
I have to admit, it took me a few minutes to get my bearings together and play this rather taxing game on a touch screen, but after I was done learning the ropes, it felt great. As is the case with most games these days, Mike informed me that the game would feature a microtransaction based system for people who wanted to use it. But he also stressed that every upgrade you buy can be purchased with in-game coins -- which you can earn pretty readily just by playing through the game -- and that you don't need upgrades to beat it. If you haven't had a chance to play this gem of a franchise yet, iOS could be a great place to start, especially if you have an iPad. It's a wonderful puzzle platformer, and the transition to Apple's platform has gone pretty smoothly based on what I've seen! It'll launch very soon.
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It works surprisingly well too, for a precision platformer
Today I had a chance to meet up with Twisted Pixel developer Mike Wilford, and talk a bit about the new iOS port of Ms. Splosion Man, including some hands-on time with the game. Mike started by stating that on current iPads, ...

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Gaming isn't dead yet

Twisted Pixel dev: Game industry is struggling, not dying


Certain sectors will find it harder to be successful
Mar 21
// Tony Ponce
In the wake of massive studio closures these past few years, not to mention other eye-opening events like John Riccitello's resignation as CEO of Electronic Arts, it's hard to have a positive outlook on the industry's future....
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LocoCycle

New LocoCycle trailer introduces Pablo


'This isn't Call of Duty?'
Mar 15
// Brett Makedonski
LocoCycle is well underway, and a new video has just been released to acclimate us with Freddy Rodriguez, the voice actor who plays the part of Pablo. Twisted Pixel sat Rodriguez down to introduce his often out-of-contr...
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Xbox 360

New Xbox 360 320GB HD will include three full games


Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Pinball FX, and Ms. Splosion Man
Feb 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
There's going to be a new Xbox 360 320GB hard drive on sale this March for $129.99, and it's going to include three full games with it. The included titles are Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Ms. Splosion Man, and Pinball FX2 wi...
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The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles is out now on Windows 8


It looks absolutely ridiculous
Dec 11
// Brett Zeidler
You guys remember FMV games, right? Well, even I remember them, and I'm the resident baby here at Destructoid. FMVs were interactive movies that, you guessed it, used full-motion videos. Think Dragon's Lair but with real act...
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Gunstringer: Dead Man Running gets a trailer


The Gunstringer returns ... to Windows Phone 8
Nov 28
// Jim Sterling
I have a Windows Phone now, so it's my duty to post about Windows Phone games on Destructoid until I'm "over" it and go back to looking at stuff on Steam. Until that time, you can enjoy trailers such as the one above. It's f...
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Saddle up! Wavy Tube Man Chronicles to hit Windows 8


Also available for Microsoft Surface
Nov 12
// Jason Cabral
I have always enjoyed games that are a little out there in terms of its story, and who aren't afraid to break that fourth wall so hard that it leaves in shambles. That's why whenever I hear anything about an game from Twisted...
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The first thing I checked out at PAX this year was Twisted Pixel's Lococycle, which was just revealed (in terms of gameplay, at least) a few days beforehand. At a glance, the game is pretty ridiculous, and upon closer inspec...

PAX: That guy stuck to the LocoCycle bike is named Pablo

Aug 31 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Michael Wilford, CEO of Twisted Pixels, demonstrated the game, which sees I.R.I.S., the AI-powered motorcycle, escaping from Big Arms Academies, a Subdivision of Big Science Incorporated. If that last part sounds familiar, then you've played 'Splosion Man or Ms. 'Splosion Man. Along for the ride against his will is Pablo, a Spanish-speaking mechanic stuck to the rear of I.R.I.S. He's pleading with you the whole time to stop all the things you're doing, but I.R.I.S. doesn't understand a thing Pablo says. I.R.I.S. has some forward machine guns that she can use to shoot at cars, but she also has these set of combo attacks that gives off a Batman: Arkham City feel. Michael told me that they're aiming for the fighting mechanics to be as easy to execute as Rocksteady's titles, while including some level of depth to them as well. They're still very early in development, so Michael couldn't go into the specifics of the controls just yet. From what I saw, though, it looked pretty straightforward. You need to counter the incoming attacks from enemy characters as they try to jump on board the bike. Pablo -- poor, poor Pablo -- can also be used as a melee weapon. How Pablo is able to take this abuse, especially when he's being dragged along the ground at high speeds, will be explained later. Again, it was a very early look and they aren't saying too much yet. Michael was pretty excited about the collaboration they're doing with Southern Metal Choppers and Legacy Effects on the replica bikes of I.R.I.S. and antagonist S.P.I.K.E. I got to see both the bikes at PAX, and they look stunning. They're even functional, but they wouldn't recommend anyone to ride them. Look for pictures of the bikes soon. The stuff they're doing with the actors is also huge for them. Having Robert Patrick as the voice of S.P.I.K.E. is a huge step up for the company, and Lisa Foiles as the voice I.R.I.S. sounds lovely. They have even more actors they'll be revealing down the line. I have real high hopes for LocoCycle. They've got a long way to go, but so far I liked what I saw. They're not even sure if this is going to be an Xbox Live Arcade or full on retail game yet. It's a big game according to Michael, and it's going to take you to "crazy places" where you'll be doing "crazy fucked-up shit." I can't wait.
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Twisted Pixel is showing off LocoCycle for the first time ever to the public here at PAX, and it just looks insane. The game kind of feels like if Spy Hunter and Batman: Arkham City had hot, messy, unprotected sex on the bat...

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The DTOID Show: Hearthfire, CoD:BLOPScopters, & Lococycle


Aug 29
// Max Scoville
Here's the last episode of The Destructoid Show before we all go to Seattle for PAX oh my goodness I'm so excited it's just frustrating. Guild Wars 2 is a thing that is happening all of a sudden, Bethesda's newest Skyrim DLC ...
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Twisted Pixel offers up a first look at LocoCycle


Aug 29
// Jordan Devore
In Twisted Pixel's new game LocoCycle, you play as a sentient motorcycle named I.R.I.S. Very little about the title has been discussed so far, but the title will get its public debut at PAX Prime 2012 later this week. For no...
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E3: Twisted Pixel teases LocoCycle


Jun 05
// Samit Sarkar
One of the new games Microsoft announced at its E3 2012 press briefing yesterday morning was Twisted Pixel's LocoCycle, the studio's sixth original IP. Here's the short teaser trailer from the show.The titular motorcycle is ...
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E3: LocoCycle is the latest from Twisted Pixel


Jun 04
// Maxwell Roahrig
Leave it to Twisted Pixel to make me wet with excitement with just one teaser. LocoCycle will see you playing as a motorcycle that graduated valedictorian from assassination school. Knowing the beards at Twisted Pixel, the game will feature their wonderful sense of humor and great characterization.  Hopefully there's something a bit more substantial on the show floor.
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Zen Studios putting on Ms. Splosion Man table tournament


May 11
// Brett Zeidler
I hope you've been practicing the Ms. Splosion Man table on Pinball FX2, because Zen Studios has teamed up with Twisted Pixel to put on another high score tournament. Starting on May 18th, all you have to do to enter is play ...
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Ms. Splosion Man headed to Steam, iOS, Windows Phone 7


Apr 06
// Jordan Devore
Twisted Pixel has announced that Ms. Splosion Man is coming to additional platforms with a little help from developer friends Iron Galaxy, Fire Hose Games, and Panic Button. On PC (Games for Windows Live and Steam), you can ...
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The DTOID Show: Pre-PAX East 2012 Extravaganza!


Apr 05
// Tara Long
Happy negative first day of PAX East, everyone! Since Max is on his way to Boston as we speak, this week's Friday live show has been canceled in lieu of today's PAX preview episode. Watch as Max and I run down what game...
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Gunstringer gets 'El Diablo's 'Merican Adventure' add-on


Mar 13
// Jordan Devore
Okay, Twisted Pixel. You got me with your apostrophe placement. I can't not crack a smile upon seeing the name of the new downloadable content for The Gunstringer, "El Diablo's 'Merican Adventure." In this add-on, El Diablo ...

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