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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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