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Towerfall Ascension

TowerFall Dark World has one hell of a trailer


Releasing this Tuesday for PS4
May 08
More TowerFall Ascension news is good news. There isn't any word on the PlayStation Vita port other than that it's still happening -- comforting to hear, I suppose -- but there is a release date for the game's Dark World exp... read
Rogue Legacy

Xbox One owners can explore Rogue Legacy on May 27


Sword or whip?
May 05
I'd like to use a time machine to, among other deeds, dissuade Brett from using the headline "Xbox One inherits Rogue Legacy" so that I might use it right now in this post. Hate coming up with these things. But, really, savin... read
Shovel Knight

Learn the real names of the enemies in Shovel Knight


Know your Blorbs from your Beetos
Apr 27
Clearing Super Mario World for the first time and discovering that the fiery, big-eyed dinosaurs who leap out of the lava are named Blargg was quite the revelation. Come again? Blargg? I can't remember what I called the enemy... read
Should've taken that job at the fireworks factory
I didn’t have the greatest of starts with Uncanny Valley. After only 15 minutes of play time, I’d wandered into one of the “bad” endings seemingly by accident. On my second attempt, I encountered so ma... read feature

Starbound update

New Starbound update adds pets and teleporters


And what else? I don't know; SLIME!
Apr 21
It seems like these are being pushed out more frequently now. The last stable update to Starbound came out about three months ago, but before that it had been nearly a year. That said, this update seems much less substantial ... read
Metroidvania

This cute Metroid-like hits all of the right notes for me


Environmental Station Alpha
Apr 21
Here I was ready to call this the cutest little Metroid-like and then Holmes reminded me of the darling Minitroid. That helpful son of a... Actually, the point might stand -- I'm really feeling Environmental Station Alpha. T... read
Shantae on Steam

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse sheds Nintendo exclusivity for Steam


Releasing this Friday on PC
Apr 21
Surprise! WayForward is bringing Shantae and the Pirate's Curse to Steam on April 24, 2015. Having failed to nab the well-received game twice now -- first on 3DS, and then again on Wii U -- perhaps Steam will make all the dif... read
Shao Jun gettin' it done
Just last week I asked readers if they were into the idea of 2D Assassin's Creed games. Roughly 41% were on board, 33% preferred the 3D iterations, and 26% have checked out of the series entirely. Ubisoft doesn't really care what you think, though. As long as they sell, those assassins will keep on stabbin'. read feature

Super Time Force

Super Time Force lands more PlayStation characters


Coming soon to PS4 and PS Vita with Cross-Buy
Apr 16
Be honest: if you were putting together an intergalactic team of time travelers to help save the universe and also destroy it a little bit, you'd enlist Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida. His Twitter game is tha... read
Oddworld

Lorne Lanning confirms remake of Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus is happening


Oddly good news
Apr 14
Oddworld Inhabitants developer Lorne Lanning has confirmed that a remake of Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus is on its way. Talking in a recent Twitch stream, Lanning added that after speaking with fans of the platformer series during... read
Not A Hero Let's Play

Watch Bunnylord f@%k s*#t up in Not A Hero


Vote Bunnylord!
Apr 10
Roll7's stylish 2D arcade-style shooter Not A Hero has quickly become a frontrunner for my favorite gleefully homicidal title due for release this year. While it's quite a change of pace from the fantastic, ultra-t... read
More ships, more stages, more Jamestown
Jamestown was a wonderful shoot-em-up back when it first released on PC. With bullets blazing across the surface of a colonial Mars, it paired beautiful sprite art with epic music and cooperative local multiplayer to make something really special. With the release of Jamestown+ on PlayStation 4, it's larger than ever. read feature

Swords & Soldiers II

Dibs on demons! Swords & Soldiers II hits Wii U on May 21


All out of hard drive space, though
Apr 03
I've got a soft spot for sidescrolling strategy games like Swords & Soldiers. Maybe you do too. While they typically aren't as deep as their 3D contemporaries, they scratch a certain itch and can be hard to put down once ... read
Stabbin' necks through history in 2.5D
It's not often we see a major player in the big leagues of yearly releases reinvent itself in a more modest and distinct way. With Assassin's Creed titles expected every year, it's been a bit of a challenge for Ubisoft to kee... read feature

Monster Tale Ultimate

Monster Tale Ultimate coming to 3DS


Juggle monsters to death in stereoscopic 3D
Mar 29
Monster Tale was a great little metroidvania on the original DS. Despite its cartoony look, it featured engaging combat that focused on juggle combos. It felt almost like a 2D version of the Batman: Arkham Asylum combat, wher... read
Space Sluggers

Space Sluggers is chaotic and so incredibly cheesy


Everyone fights, no one quits
Mar 27
I'm quite a fan of old-school action shoot-'em-ups. Back in the day, I used to venture off to an arcade at my local pizza place and just chill out. With particular titles like Ikari Warriors, Smash TV, and Commando focusing o... read
SteamWorld Dig

Mining adventure SteamWorld Dig coming to Xbox One next


New Easter egg included
Mar 25
SteamWorld Dig is worth investigating if you enjoy the super-fun drilling action of Mr. Driller but stink at the game or otherwise get overwhelmed before long. Image & Form is bringing its robotic Western adventure to yet... read
Blade Kitten

Sweet closure: Blade Kitten adds Episode 2 DLC years after its debut


That's commitment
Mar 17
Back in 2010, Atari published Blade Kitten, a middling sidescrolling action-platformer about a bounty hunter who is both a human and a cat. In the years since, developer Krome Studios (Ty the Tasmanian Tiger) acquired the rig... read
EGX Rezzed

Tembo the Badass Elephant is a stuttering beauty


Peanut butter swilling, Rambo cosplaying Elephant
Mar 16
Tembo the Badass Elephant, the newest game from Pokemon developer Game Freak, is a bit of a departure from what you might expect of the studio. Centered around Tembo, an elephant who seems to have taken a lot of his fashion c... read
Terraria: Otherworld

Terraria: Otherworld's GDC trailer drops more hints about its alternate universe


Crystal defender
Mar 12
When Terraria: Otherworld was announced, it was difficult to tell from the trailer what makes it stand apart from its big brother Terraria or futuristic half-cousin Starbound. Developer Re-Logic's description gave some insig... read
Sega x Game Freak

Sega and Game Freak join forces for Tembo the Badass Elephant


PC, PS4, and Xbox One this summer
Mar 11
Game Freak (Pokémon, Drill Dozer) and Sega (Sonic Runners, Sonic Boom) are collaborating on Tembo the Badass Elephant, a side-scrolling action game about a commando elephant who will seemingly level entire cities on h... read
In space, no one can hear you giggle
There certainly have been a lot of creative 2D platform games releasing over the last couple of months, enough that there seems to be some genuine competition in the genre. If you're finding yourself in a position where it has become difficult to choose, allow me to make it easier.  Get Blackhole. Problem solved. read feature

Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge debuts on PS4 in late March, other versions to follow


The spirit of Metroid lives on
Feb 23
There are plenty of upcoming Metroid-like games, but there is only one Axiom Verge, and it's almost here at last. Creator Tom Happ shared new details in a blog post today including the PlayStation 4 launch date (March 31, 201... read
Greedy Guns

Greedy Guns fires out fast-paced metroidvania action


Rapid-fire pew pew
Feb 18
Independent developers have really been delivering with metroidvanias lately, though with titles like Chasm or Paradise Lost on the horizon, it seems like they lean toward slow, methodical gameplay. Greedy Guns goes in the o... read
Terraria: Otherworld

Terraria: Otherworld trailer shows an alternate dimension to the sandbox


'Not Terraria 2'
Feb 16
Whoa. What's this? A new game in the Terraria universe? I have just recently been getting back into the similar-but-unrelated Starbound, so this is especially interesting news right about now. Re-Logic released the above alp... read
Broforce x Aliens

Broforce fulfills my dream of fighting aliens as Kurt Russell


The Alien Infestation update is live
Feb 12
With Steven "I don't care for Aliens" Hansen out traveling for work, it's the perfect time to talk about today's free Alien Infestation update for Broforce. We knew to expect good things after seeing the explosive Bro Dredd ... read
Remember Vectorman?

True fact: Shooting the Sega logo in Vectorman is life's greatest pleasure


Also, what was up with level two?
Feb 11
It's been almost two decades since I first played Vectorman, BlueSky Software's treasured run-and-gun game for the Sega Genesis, and I still can't get over how absurd its second level is. That's what I had intended to write... read
Sneaky Ninja

Sneaky Ninja does stealth without any messy throat slashing


Family-friendly ambush and murder
Feb 10
If you played through Mark of the Ninja thinking, "This is nice, but my word, it is quite gruesome," before dabbing the corners of your mouth with a handkerchief, then Sneaky Ninja might be worth looking into. It has the bus... read
Nicalis platformer

Ready for punishment? Castle in the Darkness awaits


Precious coins ease the pain
Feb 05
I think I'm as ready as I'll ever be for Castle in the Darkness. It's out today for PC from publisher Nicalis and developer Matt Kap, who was also the lead artist on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. This super-challenging adven... read
Luckslinger Kickstarter

Luckslinger blends 2D shooting, westerns, and hip-hop


With an interesting luck mechanic
Feb 05
Luck is a concept rarely addressed directly in games. Sure, there are tons of games that use random number generators for everything from environment generation to damage calculation, and luck does factor into those. But the... read






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