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3:00 PM on 06.05.2014

Natsume's E3 2014 lineup sure is a lineup

Natsume has announced its complete E3 roster for next week, and while it's got a few high points, it's not impressing me too much. It's a strange mishmash of handheld games and iOS releases with a stray PSP game and Wii U pro...

Brittany Vincent

11:30 AM on 06.05.2014

The first episode of Republique is free from June 5 through June 12

Developer Camoflaj has dropped the first two episodes of Republique so far, and you'll be able to nab the first one starting today for free. From June 5th to the 12th, you can download the first episode as part of Apple'...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 06.03.2014

Razer's new iPhone gamepad actually looks good

Razer's latest is the Junglecat, an iPhone 5/5s specific gaming controller. It features a full d-pad, four face buttons, and two bumpers. Unlike some of the competition, you'll be able to hide the controller by simply sliding...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:02 PM on 06.02.2014

Apple announces Metal to bring console-quality graphics to iOS

Apple announced their new technology, called Metal, today during their press conference in San Francisco. Metal reduces the overhead between game and hardware with up to ten times faster draw recall rates for A7-powered Apple...

Dale North







Reviews In Review: Watch Dogs, Monochroma, Wolf Among Us photo
Reviews In Review: Watch Dogs, Monochroma, Wolf Among Us
by Ben Pack

Reviewer? I hardly know her! This week's reviews in review goes out to Steven Hansen. Check out the video and all the reviews below.

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5:30 PM on 05.28.2014

Dragon Quest VIII is headed to iOS shortly, so play it if you haven't yet

Still haven't played and enjoyed Dragon Quest VIII? Is your PlayStation 2 gathering dust? One more question: Do you have an iPhone or iPad? You do? Awesome. You'll want to pick up the localized mobile version of the fantastic...

Brittany Vincent

3:00 PM on 05.28.2014

Hahah: Tasty Blue is the Katamari of the seas

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...

Darren Nakamura

4:15 PM on 05.27.2014

MotorStorm creator's new game is a cooking simulation

Martin Kenwright founded Evolution and made the very brown PS3 racer Motostorm. With his new studio, Starship, he is doing things completely different. Its first game is CyberCook, "the first truly interactive cookery platfor...

Steven Hansen

11:30 AM on 05.27.2014

The Watch Dogs mobile app is out today

Watch Dogs is out on pretty much every platform but the Wii U, and you can grab the mobile app on top of that today to augment the game. As a "second screen experience," you'll be able to see the map on your device, as well a...

Chris Carter



Reviews In Review: Wolfenstein The New Order, Transistor, Drakengard 3 photo
Reviews In Review: Wolfenstein The New Order, Transistor, Drakengard 3
by Ben Pack

Look, E3 is coming up soon and that means we're about to get super excited about games. Let's take a minute and be thankful for the games we have right now, ok?

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2:00 PM on 05.24.2014

Icarus Proudbottom takes control of a spaceship in Starship Captain

Last we saw Icarus Proudbottom, he was teaching us typing, and before that he was demonstrating his chocolate fountain. Suffice it to say, the Icarus Proudbottom franchise is all over the place, in the best way possible. Now...

Darren Nakamura



Candy Crush studio's next game, Bubble Witch Saga 2 photo
Candy Crush studio's next game, Bubble Witch Saga 2
by Dale North

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 Witch Saga has 18 million monthly players and over 10 million Likes, I guess I was the only one that missed the memo.

Apparently the first game was one of King's original successes, and is still being played today. This new one aims to reach even higher as a mobile game. And it's much cuter.

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3:45 PM on 05.22.2014

Apple simply won't allow you to grow marijuana on its watch

I'm not one for censorship, but after the debacle we just saw with a game that teaches women how to masturbate, I'm genuinely not surprised to see a game about cultivating marijuana removed from the App Store. Weed Firm: The...

Brittany Vincent

1:15 PM on 05.22.2014

Epic Games makes with the flappy with Tappy Chicken appy

Epic Games has released Tappy Chicken, which is exactly what you think it is: a Flappy Bird clone. Available today via the App Store, Google Play, and browser today at 2 PM EST, Tappy Chicken was created with Unreal Engine 4,...

Brittany Vincent

7:00 PM on 05.19.2014

Super Monkey Ball Bounce is equal parts Peggle and pachinko

Do you like playing with balls? How about bouncing balls? I'm talking about pachinko, jeez. Where's your mind been? Super Monkey Ball returns this summer with Super Monkey Ball Bounce, a different spin on a classic formula. ...

Brittany Vincent







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Review: Kero Blaster
by Jonathan Holmes

Kero Blaster stands directly in the shadow of not one but two other games by creator Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya. First is Gero Blaster, the original build of Kero Blaster which was announced back in early 2013. Gero Blaster was based on comics that Amaya drew in college about himself as a frog and his girlfriend as a cat. The cat is kidnapped by cyclops aliens and the frog must head off to rescue her. The game looked to be a lot of fun, and was quite far along before Amaya  reportedly scrapped the whole thing and rebuilt it as Kero Blaster

The other game that Kero Blaster has hanging over its head is Cave Story. Released in 2004, Cave Story changed the way many people viewed independent game development. It took Amaya five years to develop the game, and he released it for free. Later, it would receive enhanced ports for WiiWare, DSiWare, 3DS retail, 3DS eShop, and Steam. Fans of the game will tell you that it's one of the greatest Metroidvania titles ever made.

Seeing that Kero Blaster is the first action-platformer that Amaya has released since Cave Story, expectations are understandably high. Ironically, it's diehard fans of Cave Story who may be the most disappointed with Kero Blaster, as they are in for a much shorter, less ambitious experience. That's not to say it's any less worthwhile. If Cave Story is a rock opera, then Kero Blaster is an album of energetic, perfectly paced pop songs. As long as you don't go into one expecting the other, there's no reason you can't enjoy both in equal measure.

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