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7:30 PM on 07.02.2014

Are you bright enough to not run out of miles in Google's Smarty Pin?

Every now and then you can count on Google to come up with a solid time-waster. This is one of them. It's called Smarty Pins, and it'll have you dropping your Google Maps marker all over the world in the name of trivia. The i...

Brett Makedonski


4:30 PM on 05.23.2014

Don't let Realistic Kissing Simulator teach you how to kiss

Weak tonsil hockey game? Slobbering all over your partner when you go in for the kiss? You need Realistic Kissing Simulator, the best kind of training you could possibly have. Just kidding. You won't learn a thing, but you'll...

Brittany Vincent

6:30 PM on 05.14.2014

No Wave is a point-and-click game set in NY's music scene

Aside from videogames, music is my other big passion in life, whether it's just listening to it, going to gigs or reading about various bands or periods in music history. So when I got a message from the developers of No Wave...

Alasdair Duncan

6:15 PM on 04.28.2014

Notch's Drowning in Problems game gets too real too quick

Need a crushing reminder of the frailty and futility of life? Markus "Notch" Persson has your back. His web-based experience Drowning in Problems does a pretty fine job of making sure you don't forget. Watch as growing o...

Brett Makedonski

12:15 PM on 04.24.2014

Addictive games unite as Flappy Bird meets 2048

Much like 2004's Collision Course album, a mash-up of Jay-Z and Linkin Park songs, Flappy Bird and 2048 have been remixed together in a wonderful marriage of things that a lot of people love, but a lot of other peop...

Brett Makedonski



Extrasolar does exoplanet exploration, but it is more than meets the eye photo
Extrasolar does exoplanet exploration, but it is more than meets the eye
by Darren Nakamura

When I was talking to one of the developers of Extrasolar on the show floor at PAX East, I said something that I now regret. "This looks like something I would really like, but might not appeal to a ton of other people." He responded gracefully, simply saying that they have a healthy number of players, and a good percentage of players see it through to the end.

To be fair, the presentation of Extrasolar in the Indie MEGABOOTH was intentionally muted. There, it was shown as a simple exploration game on an extrasolar planet. The player tells the rover where to go, and after a set amount of time it sends back a photo. The intrinsic value of that alone was enough to get me started, and I urge others to sign up for it now to experience it as intended. If you need further convincing, then keep reading. Prepare for minor spoilers.

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6:00 PM on 04.08.2014

Play this crappy Raid 2 brawler & you could win an Xbox One

The Raid is a great action film. It's sequel comes out this Friday. I assume it's also good. I saw a "making of" GIF where they pass a camera through a car window to the passenger seat, which is actually a disguised person, w...

Steven Hansen

10:45 AM on 03.28.2014

Ditto is your free time-waster of the day

Looking for something to do today while pretending to work? Nitrome has you covered with its newly released puzzle-action platformer Ditto. In it, you control a white creature that looks a bit like a cross between Toro Inoue ...

Darren Nakamura

6:30 PM on 03.17.2014

Is there a Frog Fractions 2 ARG already underway?

The original Frog Fractions was one of the most bizarre things you could play in in a web browser, so it wasn't a surprise to see a potential sequel arrive on Kickstarter last week. What is odd is that, if the Kickstarter is ...

Alasdair Duncan

5:00 AM on 03.14.2014

Help! I can't stop playing 2048

This week's addictive browser game that I can't seem to quit is 2048, a sliding tiles game where you try to match numbers to multiply their value. The ultimate goal is to get a tile that's worth 2048 without having completely...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 03.13.2014

Ex-Blizzard, Insomniac dev working on tactical, turn-based Duelyst

This game looks amazing. Duelyst, which I'm too in awe of to poke at the "y" in the title, started as a tabletop game that the team at newly formed Counterplay Games decided to turn into a videogame. That vision has come stu...

Steven Hansen





5:30 PM on 03.12.2014

The Unreal Engine 4 now runs in Firefox

Browser based gaming just took a giant leap forward with this demonstration of the Unreal Engine 4 running in Firefox at near-native speeds. The demo you see shows Epic's Soul and Swing Ninja, and this is the first glimpse o...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 PM on 03.10.2014

Don't panic: Play The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in-browser

Looking for something to do today? How about be (rightfully) poked fun at by Douglas Adams for thinking you could pick up your dressing gown without getting out of bed? You can't reach it from the bed. The effort almost kills...

Steven Hansen

9:00 PM on 03.05.2014

Titanfall Arcade claims '8-bit is better with a Titan'

Hamza happened upon Titanfall Arcade, an official browser-based mashup of Titanfall and classic Atari games. Wondering why anyone would create such a thing, I couldn't help myself. I clicked. Asteroids is playable now, with M...

Jordan Devore



Next time you need a free browser game, play Hotline Trail photo
Next time you need a free browser game, play Hotline Trail
by Jordan Devore

I'll admit it: the "Hotline" part of Hotline Trail is what got me to click. My brain must associate the word with good feelings after one too many hours spent playing Hotline Miami. Not that it really matters either way. This game is also worth playing, but for different reasons.

In Hotline Trail, you coast through the stars on a motorcycle (or a car; it's up to you) that must cling to a track with a mind of its own. Simple, yeah, but still skill-based. I especially like how you're given an audio-visual heads up when the course is about to introduce a new layout so your inevitable demise doesn't feel cheap, something that lesser endless runners struggle to avoid.

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11:00 PM on 02.11.2014

Flappy Jam, a collection of almost unplayable games

The latest game dev jam is Flappy Jam, which sees indie developers getting together in an effort to show support for each other in the game development community. "Envy and teasing should not belong to our community," the web...

Hamza CTZ Aziz