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Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping

Way back in the day, most side-view took place on a single screen at a time, and often moving off the edge of one side caused the player to reappear on the other. (See: Joust, Asteroids, Mario Bros.) Then Super Mario Bros. c...   more

Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo


Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo



Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey

Though it has been gaining steam in the indie circuit for a couple years now, Mushroom 11 by Untame had not hit our radar until now. Starring a lovable green ameboid fungus making its way through a desolate, post-apocal...   more

Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo


Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo



Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles

Using gravity to manipulate orbit and slingshot to a desired destination is always satisfying, in an "I could have been a NASA scientist" kind of way. With titles like Kerbal Space Program and Gravity Ghost, we've seen the m...   more

Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo


Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo
Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo
Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo
Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo
Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo
Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles photo



I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness

I'm looking out my window as I type this and what I see is a mostly overcast sky and lots of drab grays and blues. It's sleepy. What I'd rather be looking at are these warm, teeming-with-life screenshots from Jonathan Blow's ...   more

I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo


I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo
I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo
I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo
I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo
I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo
I don't think I'll mind getting lost in The Witness photo



Don't look directly at it: Glass plays with lasers

As a scientist, it is sometimes my job to shine lasers at objects, scribble nonsense down on a clipboard, and stroke the part of my chin where a beard would be if I could grow one. "Indeed," I muse to myself, "That is the la...   more

Don't look directly at it: Glass plays with lasers photo

Play with light and darkness in Shadowmatic

Shadow art is one of the cool things I've seen on the Internet and marveled at, knowing I could never come close to creating something similar. Taking three-dimensional objects and arranging them in such a way that they cast...   more

Play with light and darkness in Shadowmatic photo


Play with light and darkness in Shadowmatic photo
Play with light and darkness in Shadowmatic photo
Play with light and darkness in Shadowmatic photo
Play with light and darkness in Shadowmatic photo
Play with light and darkness in Shadowmatic photo
Play with light and darkness in Shadowmatic photo



Block Blocks is fun to say, perhaps fun to play

From its description as a "tower defense-inspired puzzle game," Block Blocks doesn't sound amazing, but in motion it looks like it could be quite hectic, and it almost has an early Bit.Trip aesthetic to it. The gameplay is e...   more

Block Blocks is fun to say, perhaps fun to play photo


Block Blocks is fun to say, perhaps fun to play photo
Block Blocks is fun to say, perhaps fun to play photo
Block Blocks is fun to say, perhaps fun to play photo
Block Blocks is fun to say, perhaps fun to play photo
Block Blocks is fun to say, perhaps fun to play photo
Block Blocks is fun to say, perhaps fun to play photo



Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area

Escape Goat 2 looks better each time I see it. I got some new hands-on at GDC Next in Los Angeles where I caught a glimpse of the beautiful new forest and cathedral areas as well as got to hear some work-in-progress music, w...   more

Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo


Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo
Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo
Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo
Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo
Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo
Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo



Stealth puzzle platformer Interference hacks the planet

Stealth games often involve watching and waiting, studying behavior patterns and moving only when the time is right. Interference looks to have some of that, but mixes in a unique twist: certain areas can be treated as if th...   more

Stealth puzzle platformer Interference hacks the planet photo

TRI is a first-person puzzler with magical Doritos

Have you ever wished you had the ability to conjure gigantic tortilla chips out of thin air? I know I have. Going a step further, have you ever wished that said snacks allowed you to walk on them, sticking to them in such a ...   more

TRI is a first-person puzzler with magical Doritos photo

Valiant Hearts is a game about the horrors of World War I

First, you need to watch this trailer for Valiant Hearts: The Great War before reading anything about it. This isn't your typical war game, as Valiant Hearts is going beyond the disconnected action tropes of "good versus evi...   more

Valiant Hearts is a game about the horrors of World War I photo


Valiant Hearts is a game about the horrors of World War I photo
Valiant Hearts is a game about the horrors of World War I photo
Valiant Hearts is a game about the horrors of World War I photo
Valiant Hearts is a game about the horrors of World War I photo
Valiant Hearts is a game about the horrors of World War I photo
Valiant Hearts is a game about the horrors of World War I photo



Layton 7 for 3DS and mobile is not MY Layton

I... I brought this upon myself. I said that Layton Brothers: Mystery Room was a great game. I said it was an excellent iOS companion to the traditional Layton series. I never should have had faith that a major gaming compan...   more

Layton 7 for 3DS and mobile is not MY Layton photo

Conker director's Rusty Pup coming to Wii U, 3DS

Chris Seavor, director of Conker's Bad Fur Day and voice of the titular squirrel, recently expressed his desire to acquire Wii U dev kits for his studio Gory Detail's next game. Well, the chicken is in the pot, so please welc...   more

Conker director's Rusty Pup coming to Wii U, 3DS photo

Charming Teslagrad also targeting Wii U this fall

Teslagrad is shaping up to be another score for Wii U. The puzzle-platformer's newly-announced eShop release will join the Windows, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation 3 versions this fall. Using electricity and magnetism, players wi...   more

Charming Teslagrad also targeting Wii U this fall photo


Charming Teslagrad also targeting Wii U this fall photo
Charming Teslagrad also targeting Wii U this fall photo
Charming Teslagrad also targeting Wii U this fall photo
Charming Teslagrad also targeting Wii U this fall photo
Charming Teslagrad also targeting Wii U this fall photo
Charming Teslagrad also targeting Wii U this fall photo



Stylish, sultry Contrast available on PS4 at launch

I'm in love. Contrast is slated to come to PC, PS3 (PSN), and Xbox 360 (XBLA) by year's end, but according to the game's website it will also be available for PS4 at launch. Also, the above YouTube trailer is designated "(PS...   more



Stylish, sultry Contrast available on PS4 at launch photo
Stylish, sultry Contrast available on PS4 at launch photo
Stylish, sultry Contrast available on PS4 at launch photo
Stylish, sultry Contrast available on PS4 at launch photo
Stylish, sultry Contrast available on PS4 at launch photo
Stylish, sultry Contrast available on PS4 at launch photo



Curious platformer Contrast also hitting PSN and XBLA

Joining the already announced PC version, Compulsion Games has signed on with Focus Home Interactive to bring its hybrid 2D/3D puzzle platformer Contrast to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network later this year. Set in th...   more

Curious platformer Contrast also hitting PSN and XBLA photo

There's a spiritual successor to The Incredible Machine

At least in this household, The Incredible Machine was a PC gaming mainstay. Even to this day, the Rube Goldberg puzzles immediately evoke a warm sense of nostalgia. Something tells me I'm far from alone in that regard, which...   more

There's a spiritual successor to The Incredible Machine photo

Fresh screenshots of first-person puzzler Magrunner

Now that Magrunner: Dark Pulse has a full website, developer 3 AM Games has unleashed a handful of new screenshots. The one above immediately caught me eye; for the sake of context, this is a first-person puzzler set in "a&nb...   more

Fresh screenshots of first-person puzzler Magrunner photo

Mighty Switch Force 2 screens burst on the scene

Austin Ivansmith from WayForward was gracious enough to announce Mighty Switch Force 2 a few weeks back, and now we have the official screen and press release to get us properly informed. Series star Patricia Wagon has g...   more

Mighty Switch Force 2 screens burst on the scene photo


Mighty Switch Force 2 screens burst on the scene photo
Mighty Switch Force 2 screens burst on the scene photo
Mighty Switch Force 2 screens burst on the scene photo
Mighty Switch Force 2 screens burst on the scene photo
Mighty Switch Force 2 screens burst on the scene photo
Mighty Switch Force 2 screens burst on the scene photo



Mighty Switch Force 2 teaser screens spit hot fire

A pair of teaser images have appeared on WayForward's Twitter page. The first is a seemingly in-game image of baby sitting alone on the sidewalk as the city around him burns to the ground, with the caption, "Who's ready to Sw...   more

Mighty Switch Force 2 teaser screens spit hot fire photo

Soak up new screens for Sony's PS3 title Rain

Sony has unveiled a drizzle of new screenshots for its upcoming PlayStation Network game, Rain. It's got nothing to do with Quantic Dream's heavier alternative, instead telling the tale of a little boy who is invisible until ...   more

Soak up new screens for Sony's PS3 title Rain  photo

Blow's The Witness will be a timed exclusive on PS4

Apparently Sony is wanting the PlayStation 4 to drown in indie titles, and with this in mind they are letting indie developers self-publish on PSN. To emphasize this, Braid designer Johnathan Blow was brought on st...   more

Blow's The Witness will be a timed exclusive on PS4 photo


Blow's The Witness will be a timed exclusive on PS4 photo
Blow's The Witness will be a timed exclusive on PS4 photo
Blow's The Witness will be a timed exclusive on PS4 photo
Blow's The Witness will be a timed exclusive on PS4 photo
Blow's The Witness will be a timed exclusive on PS4 photo
Blow's The Witness will be a timed exclusive on PS4 photo



Magrunner: Add some Cthulhu to your future FPS puzzler

After a successful crowdfunding campaign on Gamesplanet Labs, developer Frogwares is branching away from its line of adventure titles and exploring a different area with Magrunner. And what better place to start tha...   more

Magrunner: Add some Cthulhu to your future FPS puzzler photo


Magrunner: Add some Cthulhu to your future FPS puzzler photo
Magrunner: Add some Cthulhu to your future FPS puzzler photo
Magrunner: Add some Cthulhu to your future FPS puzzler photo
Magrunner: Add some Cthulhu to your future FPS puzzler photo
Magrunner: Add some Cthulhu to your future FPS puzzler photo
Magrunner: Add some Cthulhu to your future FPS puzzler photo



First look at Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's multiplayer

Luigi's Mansion launched with the GameCube to little fanfare, oft forgotten by all but its most ardent fans. When news of a 3DS Luigi’s Mansion dropped out of the blue, it reinvigorated this base, but news since has be...   more

First look at Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's multiplayer photo


First look at Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's multiplayer photo
First look at Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's multiplayer photo
First look at Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's multiplayer photo
First look at Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's multiplayer photo
First look at Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's multiplayer photo
First look at Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's multiplayer photo



Myst superfan spends six years making a real linking book

One of the great passions of videogame fans (or fans of any medium, for that matter) is to recreate the items found in the games as real-world objects. We've seen countless versions of the Portal gun, no shortage of elaborat...   more

Myst superfan spends six years making a real linking book photo

ALERT: Save-corrupting bug in Virtue's Last Reward on 3DS

I've got good news and bad news. The good news is that, after more than 30 hours of play time, I've finally finished Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. Expect the review later in the week. The bad news is that there is a game...   more

ALERT: Save-corrupting bug in Virtue's Last Reward on 3DS photo

Virtue's Last Reward has me caught up in the game

No, I am not LeVar Burton, but I've been told by several people (read: no one) that I greatly resemble him. This is your notice that Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is available right now on 3DS and PS Vita. I'm plugging my way through right now and can't think about much else. I've got Bracelet Points and sh*t on the brain.   more

Virtue's Last Reward has me caught up in the game photo

Preview: Fluidity: Spin Cycle

Fluidity released on WiiWare a couple of years ago and proved a surprising treat for a lot of Wii owners. Tony Ponce liked it a lot. Good news for Tony -- and for everyone else -- is that its 3DS sequel is coming to the eShop...   more

Preview: Fluidity: Spin Cycle photo

Flightless looks quacktastic, shooting for Steam release

Indie developer Nitrome, known for its disgustingly massive selection of free web games, is prepping its first major commercial release, Flightless. It's a fairly basic puzzle-platformer starring a thieving duck who has had ...   more

Flightless looks quacktastic, shooting for Steam release photo

Preview: Professor Layton 3DS looks amazing

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask launched with the 3DS. In Japan, anyway. We’ve had to wait a bit longer. Over a year and a half. You know what they say: Rome wasn’t localized in a day. Thankfully, Miracle Ma...   more

Preview: Professor Layton 3DS looks amazing photo


Preview: Professor Layton 3DS looks amazing photo
Preview: Professor Layton 3DS looks amazing photo
Preview: Professor Layton 3DS looks amazing photo
Preview: Professor Layton 3DS looks amazing photo
Preview: Professor Layton 3DS looks amazing photo
Preview: Professor Layton 3DS looks amazing photo



Aksys reprints 999 with all-new box art

I hope you guys managed to pre-order Virtue's Last Reward on time to get that sweet watch, because that sh*t sold out fast. I had heard that Aksys offered a second batch of watches this week, but by the time I scoped out Amaz...   more

Aksys reprints 999 with all-new box art photo

Gamemaster Howard wants you to be a 'Know-It-All'

Former Nintendo of America spokesman Howard Phillips has been sharing tons of goodies from his personal archives lately, and now he shares a game idea. As the original Nintendo "Gamemaster," he was tasked with knowing the in...   more

Gamemaster Howard wants you to be a 'Know-It-All' photo

TGS: Professor Layton enters a winter wonderland

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is labeled as the sixth and final game to follow Hershel Layton. The game starts in a cozy, winter village and follows the crew on a globetrotting adventure after Layton and co. embark on...   more

TGS: Professor Layton enters a winter wonderland photo


TGS: Professor Layton enters a winter wonderland photo
TGS: Professor Layton enters a winter wonderland photo
TGS: Professor Layton enters a winter wonderland photo
TGS: Professor Layton enters a winter wonderland photo
TGS: Professor Layton enters a winter wonderland photo
TGS: Professor Layton enters a winter wonderland photo



TGS: Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright join forces

Professor Layton and Ace Attorney are unique within the puzzle/adventure genre, but both share enough in common with each other to make for a perfect crossover game. Not since Marvel vs. Capcom and Kingdom Hearts have dedicat...   more

TGS: Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright join forces photo


TGS: Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright join forces photo
TGS: Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright join forces photo
TGS: Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright join forces photo
TGS: Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright join forces photo
TGS: Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright join forces photo
TGS: Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright join forces photo



TGS: Professor Layton's iOS debut isn't what you'd expect

The idea of developers dedicating resources to mobile versions of franchises is something I’ve long been against, but have slowly been warming up to. So, they might as well make something good. Layton Brothers: Myster...   more

TGS: Professor Layton's iOS debut isn't what you'd expect photo


TGS: Professor Layton's iOS debut isn't what you'd expect photo
TGS: Professor Layton's iOS debut isn't what you'd expect photo
TGS: Professor Layton's iOS debut isn't what you'd expect photo
TGS: Professor Layton's iOS debut isn't what you'd expect photo
TGS: Professor Layton's iOS debut isn't what you'd expect photo
TGS: Professor Layton's iOS debut isn't what you'd expect photo



First screen reveals what Abe's Oddysee HD looks like

Oddworld Inhabitants has revealed the first ever screenshot of the revamped Abe's Oddysee. The high definition iteration is boasting all-new graphics rather than upscaled visuals, as you can see from the more "realistic" Abe ...   more

First screen reveals what Abe's Oddysee HD looks like photo

Proof that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is a Tetris god

Steve Wozniak, computer wizard and one of the founding fathers of Apple, has boasted about his mad Game Boy Tetris skills on several occasions. According to Steve, he still walks around town armed with a few Game Boy Lights (...   more

Proof that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is a Tetris god photo

Delve into the stylized inner world of Ether

Part of the reason why I enjoy indie gaming so much is because of the kinds of subjects that their stories can explore, as well as the worlds that they can create. Which is why the familiar, yet ominous w...   more

Delve into the stylized inner world of Ether photo


Delve into the stylized inner world of Ether photo
Delve into the stylized inner world of Ether photo
Delve into the stylized inner world of Ether photo
Delve into the stylized inner world of Ether photo
Delve into the stylized inner world of Ether photo
Delve into the stylized inner world of Ether photo



Wii U to receive Mighty Switch Force HD at launch

Mighty Switch Force is an awesome game. The free update on May 24 made it even more awesome. And now its poised to become even more awesome-o than that! According to Nintendo Power, WayForward is planning an HD port of Mighty...   more

Wii U to receive Mighty Switch Force HD at launch photo

Quantum Conundrum is a wonderful delight

Quantum Conundrum is a wonderful upcoming puzzle platformer from creative director Kim Swift. Her past work includes Portal, and while the game has some influences from Valve's little puzzler, Quantum Conundrum takes things ...   more

Quantum Conundrum is a wonderful delight photo


Quantum Conundrum is a wonderful delight photo
Quantum Conundrum is a wonderful delight photo
Quantum Conundrum is a wonderful delight photo
Quantum Conundrum is a wonderful delight photo
Quantum Conundrum is a wonderful delight photo
Quantum Conundrum is a wonderful delight photo



E3: Kill viruses and repair DNA in Transcripted

It’s not always necessary for games to have any sort of ultimate meaning or context, but when they do, they’re made a bit more satisfying. When you’re given a role, are required to shoot specific anomalies, ...   more

E3: Kill viruses and repair DNA in Transcripted photo

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz coming to Vita this fall

Sega has more monkey business in store for the PS Vita later this year with Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz. Yes, with a "z." This game will feature more than 100 stages of tilt-y ball rolling as well as eight mini-...   more

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz coming to Vita this fall photo

From gears to gardens: Botanicula sprouts up on April 19

Amanita Design has had great success with its robot-centric adventure title Machinarium. After a number of favorable reviews and awards under its belt, the studio decided to put away the robots and go for a different look wi...   more

From gears to gardens: Botanicula sprouts up on April 19 photo


From gears to gardens: Botanicula sprouts up on April 19 photo
From gears to gardens: Botanicula sprouts up on April 19 photo
From gears to gardens: Botanicula sprouts up on April 19 photo
From gears to gardens: Botanicula sprouts up on April 19 photo
From gears to gardens: Botanicula sprouts up on April 19 photo
From gears to gardens: Botanicula sprouts up on April 19 photo



Escape Plan screens feature leather sheep beasts

Escape Plan may very well be my most anticipated PS Vita launch title right now -- and I place it even above Dynasty Warriors NEXT. The focus on experimentation, funny deaths, and adventure-game puzzles have me really stoked ...   more

Escape Plan screens feature leather sheep beasts photo


Escape Plan screens feature leather sheep beasts photo
Escape Plan screens feature leather sheep beasts photo
Escape Plan screens feature leather sheep beasts photo
Escape Plan screens feature leather sheep beasts photo
Escape Plan screens feature leather sheep beasts photo
Escape Plan screens feature leather sheep beasts photo



Preview: Escape Plan

Sony has lined up more than a few heavy hitters for the launch of its new handheld, the PlayStation Vita, next February -- major franchises such as Uncharted, Resistance, and Katamari Damacy. But I’ve been more impresse...   more

Preview: Escape Plan photo


Preview: Escape Plan photo
Preview: Escape Plan photo
Preview: Escape Plan photo
Preview: Escape Plan photo
Preview: Escape Plan photo
Preview: Escape Plan photo



Layton spin-off to bend minds on iThings

You can never have enough Layton in your life! That's the rule. With that thought, Level-5 has announced Layton Brothers: Mystery Room for iOS devices. Instead of assuming the role of the ol' professor, you'll take command o...   more

Layton spin-off to bend minds on iThings photo


Layton spin-off to bend minds on iThings photo
Layton spin-off to bend minds on iThings photo
Layton spin-off to bend minds on iThings photo
Layton spin-off to bend minds on iThings photo
Layton spin-off to bend minds on iThings photo
Layton spin-off to bend minds on iThings photo



Dungeon Defenders is bringing it to the hardcore

Just when you thought that you have already seen every type of tower defense game, the team at Trendy Entertainment have thrown us a curveball with what might be the most all encompassing version of the genre to date. To be more specific, this is a four-player-co-op-action-adventure-hack-n-slash-RPG-tower-defense-game.  Yeah, you read that right. It's time to lock yourself away for a while.   more

Dungeon Defenders is bringing it to the hardcore photo


Dungeon Defenders is bringing it to the hardcore photo
Dungeon Defenders is bringing it to the hardcore photo
Dungeon Defenders is bringing it to the hardcore photo
Dungeon Defenders is bringing it to the hardcore photo
Dungeon Defenders is bringing it to the hardcore photo
Dungeon Defenders is bringing it to the hardcore photo



Hands-on with L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on PC

When Team Bondi and Rockstar Games set out to make the great undertaking that was L.A. Noire, they chose to explore many gray areas of gaming which are most often hidden away from the all-consuming hype and limitless budgets ...   more

Hands-on with L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on PC photo


Hands-on with L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on PC photo
Hands-on with L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on PC photo
Hands-on with L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on PC photo
Hands-on with L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on PC photo
Hands-on with L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on PC photo
Hands-on with L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on PC photo



Review: Blocks That Matter

There is a trend with a lot of modern puzzle games and platformers to have hectic gameplay, and to punch you in the balls while you play. This might seem awful to some, but most gamers gladly accept this extra challenge. The ...   more

Review: Blocks That Matter photo

indiePub is bringing Vessel to XBLA, PSN, and PC

indiePub and Strange Loop Games have announced Vessel, a puzzle platformer revolving around liquid physics, for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC. It'll be releasing this holiday season, but our first hands-on wil...   more

indiePub is bringing Vessel to XBLA, PSN, and PC photo