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Insomniac Games

Slow Down, Bull is a strange one for Insomniac Games


It's on Steam, for starters
Apr 20
// Jordan Devore
When I think of Insomniac Games, a few titles come to mind: Ratchet and Clank, Spyro the (pre-Skylanders) Dragon, and Sunset Overdrive. The studio's new game, Slow Down, Bull, is not like those -- it's a smaller project for S...
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Angry Birds

The Angry Birds movie now has a star-studded celebrity voice cast


But is it actually going to be any good?
Oct 01
// Brittany Vincent
The Angry Birds movie is not only a real thing, but it seems as though production is well underway, with a cavalcade of celebrity voice talent just announced today. The Columbia Pictures film will be directed by Clay Katis of...
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Collider launch trailer

Possibly seizure-inducing arcade racer The Collider smashes into Steam today


It's mildly nauseating, but in a good way
Sep 16
// Rob Morrow
Shortbreak Studios, a part of Techland (Dead Island, Call of Juarez), has just released its PC port of the iOS and Android arcade racer The Collider today on Steam. You might recognize that name as the studio behind the mobi...
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Facebook games

Facebook games shut down in South Korea


Throwing the baby out with the bath water
Sep 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Last week, South Korea's ratings authority pulled the plug on Facebook games in the country, effectively disabling everything from Candy Crush Saga to FarmVille until they receive an official GRAC rating. The move reportedly ...
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Peggle 2

Finally! Peggle 2 is coming to PlayStation 4


Peggle me this, Batman
Aug 30
// Brittany Vincent
PopCap Games has announced that Peggle 2 is coming to the PlayStation 4 on October 14. The game will include Peggle Masters from the original game as well as the Xbox One version that launched May 7. Just as in the original, ...
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Shigeru Miyamoto

Miyamoto explains Nintendo's reignited passion for core gaming


'In the days of DS and Wii, Nintendo tried its best to expand the gaming population.'
Aug 28
// Brittany Vincent
It's fairly obvious that Nintendo has been ramping up its concerted efforts to attract and maintain its core base, and Shigeru Miyamoto's latest comments confirm that it's not just a coincidence. Miyamoto spoke with Edge in a...
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Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird dev reveals next game, Swing Copters


It's basically the same thing, but ever so slightly different
Aug 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has unveiled his next project, Swing Copters. The upcoming iOS and Android title bears a striking resemblance the the developer's magnum opus, featuring familiar mechanics and visuals. You...
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Hasbro and Ubisoft announced Hasbro Game Channel


Coming to Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360
Aug 06
// Dale North
Family games like Monopoly, Risk, and Trivial Pursuit will be available to play on your Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, and PS3 via the new Hasbro Game Channel, coming from Ubisoft and Hasbro this fall. Ubisoft and Hasbro worke...
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Pokémon

If Pokémon were a F2P mobile game, it might look something like this


Still less frustrating than Dungeon Keeper
Aug 05
// Brittany Vincent
This mock-up of what Pokémon would be like as a free-to-play mobile game has surfaced on reddit and is eerily reminiscent of several of the more widely panned F2P games in recent memory. It makes me sad to think of all...

Review: Squids Odyssey

Jul 21 // Darren Nakamura
Squids Odyssey (3DS, Wii U [reviewed])Developer: The Game BakersPublisher: The Game BakersReleased: May 22, 2014MSRP: $14.99 Squids Odyssey tells a tale of a band of squids fighting against corrupted shellfish in the only way they know how: by pulling back on their legs and slingshotting themselves into the enemies. Since the view is top-down and the action is all happening underwater, gravity does not play a part in the physics. Instead, squids and shrimp bounce around like billiard balls, taking damage for each hit or being defeated completely for being knocked off an edge. Additionally, there are four classes of squid to choose from, each with its own special abilities. Scouts can dash to go further in a turn or impart more momentum on a target, shooters can hit enemies without having to get close, troopers can perform an area-of-effect slam, and healers can bounce into friendly units to restore some health. Each level has a unique setup, including points of interest like jet streams that will push units and objects further along, anchors that can be used to keep from being moved during the enemy turn, and powerups that confer a range of random benefits. [embed]278394:54948:0[/embed] As a base concept, it's neat. Taken a few levels at a time, it can be a decent time waster. However, it does not really live up to the lofty claim of mashing up a tactical role-playing game with physics-based action. Certainly, players must employ some forethought in order to be successful, but the fact that success is based also on execution detracts from the tactical focus.  Additionally, the role-playing elements seem entirely superfluous with the game as it is. As the player progresses, pearls are spent to upgrade the squids' stats, but it does not have a tangible effect on gameplay. As attack power increases, so does enemy health and defense, so where it takes roughly two to three hits to defeat a shrimp in the beginning, it stays that way despite the character progression. Though it uses the Wii U GamePad's touch screen and allows off-screen play, Squids Odyssey still betrays its status as a mobile port. The menus work fine on the touch screen but were clearly not designed for a D-pad and buttons, and every input has a slight lag that makes it feel unpolished. The game locked up entirely for me once, forcing a hard reset of the console. Despite all that, Squids Odyssey is not bad. One of its high points is the colorful, hand-drawn artwork. Though most stages in any one set have a similar look, they are almost all unique backdrops, and the underwater setting makes for some beautiful environments. The sound design and music fit the theme as well. Though it is not bad, it is neither great. The basic gameplay concept is fine, and it works as a way to pass time in short bursts. It seems like it could work better if it were a pure skill game rather than the hybrid it is, and it surely would work better on mobile or handheld. The sheer volume of content available for the relatively low price is commendable, but while there is a lot to play in Squids Odyssey, there is not a lot to really love.
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Strategic cephalopoda
Splatoon might be getting a lot of hype for Wii U squid battling, but it is not the first game featuring a squid squad to grace the console. Earlier this year, Squids made its jump from iOS to the Wii U with Squids Odyssey, a...

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Dungeon Keeper

EA's Dungeon Keeper ads are indeed misleading, ASA rules


We could have told you that
Jul 03
// Brittany Vincent
A complaint against Electronic Arts has been upheld by the UK's Advertising Standard Authority concerning marketing for its latest mobile free-to-play version of Dungeon Keeper. The complaint was made in regards to an email c...
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Candy Crush Saga

Woman stole Ł1,000 from her mother to buy junk in Candy Crush Saga


Addiction is a scary thing
Jul 02
// Brittany Vincent
I've played Candy Crush Saga and my share of match-three games as a mobile game fanatic, but to date I've not spent a dime on any of the free-to-play giants. I can understand wanting to spend a dollar or two here and there fo...
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Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley's '3D' aspects explained


I'm not entirely sure I'd call this 3D
Jun 11
// Brittany Vincent
After that strange Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons debacle that Kyle so kindly set straight for us, it's good to see more details emerging regarding the actual branded Harvest Moon release, The Lost Valley. The game's E3 inform...
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Natsume at E3

Natsume's E3 2014 lineup sure is a lineup


Harvest Moon, End of Serenity, and Alphadia Genesis lead the pack
Jun 05
// Brittany Vincent
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...
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SingStar

This SingStar PS4 trailer is awful, but I still want to play it


Before it came into my life I missed it so bad
Jun 04
// Brittany Vincent
I'm not ashamed that I want to play the new SingStar. I am ashamed that this trailer is so awful. First of all, I just don't care about Carly Rae Jepsen anymore, and I'm going to need to see some more updated songs. I do, ho...
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PS VITA PETS IS SO FETCH

PlayStation Vita Pets is pure nightmare fuel, buy it now


...if you dare
Jun 04
// Kyle MacGregor
"Ah, dear tree, I honor you with my wee." This is the type of thing dogs say in the dystopian alternate reality depicted in PlayStation Vita Pets. I never really wanted to know what my dog thinks when he's ruminating ov...
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PS VITA PETS: GET HYPE!

PSA: PlayStation Vita Pets comes out this Tuesday!


GET HYPE!
Jun 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Awww! Look at the doggies! So cute! Or at least until they were until they started talking. Stop that, guys. Seriously. It's giving me the creeps. I'm out of here. The Drop: New PlayStation Games for 6/3/2014 [PlayStation Blog]
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Retro covers

What if Flappy Bird and Candy Crush rocked vintage covers?


They might look a little something like this
May 28
// Brittany Vincent
Ever wonder what Flappy Bird or Angry Birds would have looked like in a different, much simpler time? A time like the early '80s and '90s? Dorkly has made it possible with these absolutely ridiculous vintage covers. You've go...
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Tasty Blue

Hahah: Tasty Blue is the Katamari of the seas


'Amazing!' - Chad Concelmo
May 28
// Darren Nakamura
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...

Candy Crush studio's next game, Bubble Witch Saga 2

May 22 // Dale North
Bubble Witch Saga 2 is a bubble shooter, like Taito's Bubble Bobble, or popular mobile game Snood. King says that they wanted take advantage of the ripe market as well as create a bubble shooter with new gameplay elements. There's every type of match-three game out there now, but not much in the way of bubble shooters. I got a good look at the upcoming title during a recent King studio visit. Playable in both portrait and landscape mode, shooting bubbles at the play board requires only a tap. Aiming is done by holding and sliding a finger, with a release sending the bubble flying. The primary goal is to match three or more bubbles to clear them from the game board, with the hopes of clearing the entire board with the allotted number of bubbles.  Beyond this mode, a couple more additions mix up the standard action. Rescue maps have you shooting bubbles that surround captured animals to free them. In Wheel Mode, rather than clearing the top row of bubbles, you'll shoot at a formation that spins from the force of your shots. With the latter, you'll try to aim your shots to control the spin and take out the bubbles surrounding a captured ghost, with the goal of freeing it. This is a new new...spin on the old formula, and requires some patience at first. King has taken the bubble shooter and applied their own tried and true mobile games formula, so expect the same leveling structure as Candy Crush or Farm Heroes Saga as well as the same dedication to regular content updates. Also expect the same time-based play limitations and prompts selling you additional turns (in this case, five more bubble shots) as their other titles. For the latter point, it should be noted that I was able to complete more than 20 levels without needing to have to buy turns. Bubble Witch Saga 2 is easy to get into, but after the first dozen levels I found that you really have to be strategy minded to clear the maps using only the allotted shots. Simply matching colors isn't going to cut it -- I had to maximize every shot to make each one count. Strategies like aiming from the top and using bouncing trick shots helped a bit. I felt I would have had a bit easier of a time with a longer bounce trajectory line, but even that wouldn't have made some of the later levels (beyond level 50) any easier. The later maps are huge and their challenge level is pretty high. King says that a worldwide launch for Bubble Witch Saga 2 is planned, and that we should see it very soon on mobile platforms as well as Facebook.
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Burst your bubble
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 ...

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Americlap

Americlap: Freedom is the only way, yeah


Clap for the children
May 21
// Brittany Vincent
America, f*@k yeah! Americlap is a game where you clap your little heart out to keep the American flag flying proudly. If you stop clapping, you'll probably send a thousand puppies and kittens to their death, you hate freedo...
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Farming Simulator 14

Farm your little heart out with Farming Simulator 14


Make a humble living off the land
May 14
// Brittany Vincent
What's with all of these simulator games lately? Obviously, the only one you need is Goat Simulator. If you're still hankering for some digital representation of boring, everyday tasks, Farming Simulator 14 is making its way ...
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Sparkle 2

Sparkle 2 set to glisten all over PS4 and Vita screens May 20


Marble shooters are kinda my jam
May 12
// Brittany Vincent
Luxor Zuma Sparkle 2, 10tons' PS4 marble shooter, is hitting the PlayStation Network for both PS4 and Vita on May 20, with cross buy support and a free trial if you're just not sure that shooting marbles is really your ...
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Surgeon Simulator

Surgeon Simulator for iPad receives first major update


Pain comes in lots of different languages
May 07
// Brittany Vincent
The iPad version of Surgeon Simulator launched last month, much to the chagrin of patients everywhere, and it's now received its first major update with 13 new languages and more free content in the near future featuring an a...
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EA looking to stream games direct to Comcast customers


Get titles like Madden and Fifa from your cable provider
May 02
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Electronic Arts could soon be offering their games directly to Comcast subscribers, according to a report from Reuters. The two companies have been in talks, and after two years of testing it seems the deal is close to an agr...
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Tony Hawk's Shred Session

Tony Hawk is still relevant in Tony Hawk's Shred Session


Watch Tony play his own game
Apr 30
// Brittany Vincent
Tony Hawk is back, but not in the way you might be hoping for. TouchArcade went in-depth with the latest skateboarding game to bear Hawk's name, and it's a free-to-play iOS game called Tony Hawk's Shred Session, available th...
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Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush has a bizarro nationwide ad campaign in Japan


I'm not quite sure what they're saying, but it has nothing to do with candy
Apr 26
// Brittany Vincent
Candy Crush Saga is coming to Japan in a big way, as developer King has prepared a slew of rather bizarre commercials for its freakishly addictive mobile puzzler. With King having opened an office in Japan, it's no wonder a ...
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BaZynga!

Zynga has lost half of its active users in the last year


And $61 million this first quarter (almost 69, nice)
Apr 25
// Steven Hansen
The bad news is that I'm sure they all moved on to play god damn Candy Crush. For now. Until some other bright casino game or reality show about a bad 90's rapper living in an Amish community wrangles their attention so they ...
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PlayStation Vita Pets

Construct additional paw-lons for PlayStation Vita Pets on June 3


Definitely more fun than watching dog videos on YouTube
Apr 03
// Brittany Vincent
Nintendogs not doing it for you? Mobile pet sims lacking in the "aww" department? Feast your eyes on PlayStation Vita Pets, a pet simulator that aims to feel more like a game and less like a cash grab, exclusively (as if you ...
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King.com IPO

Candy crushed: King.com IPO posts disappointing numbers


More like Serf.com, right?
Mar 27
// Darren Nakamura
King.com, the developer behind the bafflingly popular match-three puzzler Candy Crush Saga, went public on the stock exchange yesterday, and it did not perform as well as the casual game behemoth had hoped. Starting at $...






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