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1:00 PM on 09.29.2014

Horror title Noct reaches its Kickstarter funding goal, Greenlit on Steam

Noct, a 2D top-down multiplayer survival horror game that blends arcade combat with RPG survival elements has recently met and exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal of $20,000 CAD and has been Greenlit on Steam. The game's b...

Rob Morrow


5:00 PM on 09.25.2014

We're getting Castlevania: Circle of the Moon on Wii U in October

Hearing that Castlevania: Circle of the Moon was headed to the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan got me all worked up a couple weeks ago and I'm still eager to replay the Game Boy Advance title. Not much longer now, thankfully -...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 09.24.2014

Curious about Hyper Light Drifter? Why not play it this weekend?

[Update: Heart Machine has pushed back the preview build to next weekend, October 3 - 5.] As we've previously reported, Heart Machine's gorgeous-looking 2D ARPG Hyper Light Drifter is being pushed back until the end of 2014, ...

Rob Morrow

1:00 AM on 09.24.2014

Club Nintendo EU has a physical Kirby: Triple Deluxe soundtrack

In Europe, Club Nintendo members can spend their points on the 46-track Kirby: Triple Deluxe soundtrack. The CD costs 2,000 Stars and listening to it will make you feel good, I bet. Not exactly relevant to me as an American, ...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 09.22.2014

Poncho is a cute robot in a lovely open-world platformer

It always hurts my heart a little bit to see what looks like a great game failing to gain traction on Kickstarter. Certainly, the crowdfunding community is more cautious these days than it used to be, and with good reason in...

Darren Nakamura

4:00 PM on 09.16.2014

Top-down '70s heist simulator The Masterplan now available on Steam Early Access

Shark Punch, a four-person studio operating out of San Fransisco, California and Helsinki, Finland has recently launched its lovely looking 2D tactical-action heist game on Steam Early Access. The Masterplan is said to draw ...

Rob Morrow



Nicalis kicked my ass again with Castle in the Darkness photo
Nicalis kicked my ass again with Castle in the Darkness
by Jordan Devore

After checking out The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth at PAX Prime, I spent a decent chunk of time with another upcoming Nicalis project, Castle in the Darkness. It's a challenging platform-adventure PC game that feels all too appropriate given the company's prior involvement with 1001 Spikes.

Admittedly, words like "challenging" and "difficult" get thrown around often -- too often -- when describing games that aren't afraid to test players. But good lord, Castle in the Darkness was tough. I must have died 50 times during my playthrough, and that's being conservative.

Part of that has to do with your limited health -- a few hits is enough to do you in, at least early on -- and your knight's movement, which takes getting used to. He's quick, super quick, and his initial sword attack doesn't extend very far. It was frustrating at first to come to terms with all of this, but I suspect the fast pace will feel great with sufficient practice and muscle memory.

The game's structure is exploration-based in that you'll hit switches and acquire items that will allow you to reach previously inaccessible areas. There's also going to be a ton of bosses, based on what I played. That damn owl from the trailer gave me hell. Expect gear upgrades, too.

Castle in the Darkness is rather clearly inspired by NES classics in the genre, particularly Castlevania, which I don't consider to be a negative. Maybe you do. Either way, I'd suggest getting your hands on it before casting any final judgments. Could be pretty cool at the right price.

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5:00 PM on 09.10.2014

Joylancer, the love letter to the Game Boy, will hit Early Access in October 26th

[Update: the Steam listing page is live right now.] Joylancer has been on my radar for quite a while now. It's an independent production that seeks to recreate the great feeling of the Game Boy era, with a solid platforming ...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 09.08.2014

2D survival horror Uncanny Valley has a demo out now

Way back in April, we first heard about Uncanny Valley, and we all had a nice juvenile moment of pointing and snickering at pixelated medical diagrams of human genitalia. The trailer also showed slightly less funny stuff: da...

Darren Nakamura

10:30 AM on 09.03.2014

Warlocks takes its cooperative fantasy brawling to Kickstarter

Risk of Rain was pretty cool, so anything that reminds me of that catches my attention. Warlocks looks to have a similar feel in some ways, bringing frantic 2D battles to a fantasy world. I typically shy away from fantasy in...

Darren Nakamura

3:30 PM on 08.28.2014

Nidhogg and Dust: An Elysian Tail are heading to PlayStation

More PlayStation ports of great games sounds good to me. The lovely 2D action-RPG Dust: An Elysian Tail is coming soon to PlayStation 4, while the hilarious fencing game Nidhogg is headed to both PS4 and PS Vita, complete wit...

Jordan Devore





11:30 AM on 08.27.2014

SteamWorld Dig will have a cross-buy discount in Europe, but not in North America

SteamWorld Dig is hitting the Wii U on August 28th, and if you happen to live in the EU, AUS, or NZ regions, you'll get a 25% off discount for owning the 3DS version. But wait -- why isn't this cross-buy discount availab...

Chris Carter

5:30 PM on 08.26.2014

Revisit Mega Man X4, X5 on PS3 and PS Vita soon

It may not be "new games," but hearing that Mega Man X4 and X5 are releasing on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita in North America soon is pleasant news out of Capcom. These are coming to PlayStation Network as PS1 Classics. First up...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 08.25.2014

Steamworld Dig is better on the Wii U

This isn’t the first rodeo for SteamWorld Dig -- the cute mining adventure game first arrived last year on the 3DS eshop, followed by a Steam release. Now it’s making a comeback to the Wii U this week on August 28...

Caitlin Cooke

5:00 PM on 08.22.2014

Three Valve characters are playable in Super Time Force Ultra

Zoey. It was Zoey! I would have never guessed she was the third mystery character teased for Super Time Force Ultra following Pyro and Saxton Hale from Team Fortress 2, but it makes sense in retrospect. The Left 4 Dead star b...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 08.20.2014

Super III is worth a look for fans of Super Meat Boy

Games like Super III remind me that, no, I haven't had enough pixel-art platformers yet and probably never will. As you'll see in the video above or .gifs on Kickstarter, the main mechanic here is protagonist III's ability t...

Jordan Devore