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7:30 PM on 01.26.2015

Axiom Verge does speedrunning and gifs right

I had Axiom Verge on my mind earlier today when writing about Ghost Song, another promising Metroidvania. This slick gif ensures the game will remain there for the rest of the day. Designer Tom Happ included it in a blog post...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 01.26.2015

Ghost Song is an unsettling Metroid-like adventure

Nintendo may not be working on a new 2D Metroid, but we've got creators like Matt White and Tom Happ out there filling that void with Ghost Song and Axiom Verge, respectively. I come away feeling like we're in good hands eve...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 01.26.2015

Breach & Clear: Deadline raids Steam Early Access

Mighty Rabbit Studios and Gun Media's top-down tactical thriller, Breach & Clear: Deadline, entered Early Access last week on Steam. After a brief stint in a public pre-alpha, the Gambitious Digital Entertainment&nb...

Rob Morrow

1:00 PM on 01.26.2015

Gunsport's idea of a dystopian future is cyberpunk volleyball

In the future, two teams of two people will face one another in small arenas. Guns at the ready, they will prepare their trigger fingers, take aim, and fire... at a volleyball. At least, that is what Gunsport predicts the fu...

Darren Nakamura



Sup Holmes mazers the starrs with Don Thacker photo
Sup Holmes mazers the starrs with Don Thacker
by Jonathan Holmes

[Update: Show's over folks! If you missed it live, I highly recommend you check out the rerun when it's posted later in the week. This one was a non-stop insight and comedy show, complete with e-hole. In the meantime, here is a Dtoid exclusive trailer for Starr Mazer, featuring a crunchy, Turbografx-16 influenced soundtrack. I love it.]

This week on Sup Holmes, we're welcoming Don Thacker to the program. Don is teaming up with former Sup Holmes guests Austin Montville and Miles Tillman on Starr Mazer, an amazing looking point-and-click shmup. The game has an incredible look, an all-star soundtrack, and is already about a 3rd of the way to funding after a couple of days of being on Kickstarter, so I have no doubt that it will make it. 

Part of my confidence in Starr Mazer comes from my familiarity with Don's past work. I mainly know him from his position at Imagos Films, who created the live action trailers for Jazzpunk, Potatoman Seeks the Troof, and Sportsball just to name a few. We'll be talking to Don about all that, plus literally everything else we can mazer. Join us here 4pm EST forr a rrocking good converrsation. 

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Review: Gravity Ghost photo
Review: Gravity Ghost
by Darren Nakamura

[Disclosure: Ashly Burch, one of the voice actors for Gravity Ghost, previously created video content for Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.]

Traditional ghost lore states that spirits remain in the physical realm when they have unfinished business. That trope applies to Gravity Ghost's protagonist Iona. Less common are ghost stories about soaring between tiny planetoids to collect stars. So that's new.

It has been described in Internet shorthand as "like a 2D Super Mario Galaxy," but past the physics of elliptical planetary motion there is not a lot of similarity. Where Mario keeps on his toes to avoid traps and enemies, Iona's journey is a more zen-like experience of exploration and self-discovery. Gravity Ghost touches on some more serious themes and is more than just a platformer with unusual physics.

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You might be tempted to call Ronin 'Kill Bill: the Videogame' photo
You might be tempted to call Ronin 'Kill Bill: the Videogame'
by Brett Makedonski

Devolver Digital has a penchant for picking up clever game jam submissions and giving them a chance to grow into fully-realized titles. Titan Souls is a fine example, and it would have never had any exposure outside of the tiniest of niche audiences; now, it's gotten enough funding and press that many eagerly await it.

One of the publisher's most recent pick-ups certainly has the moxie to follow the same path. Ronin is a smart, cerebral game -- one that requires care more than stick skills. A cursory glance invites comparisons to Gunpoint, but that'd be selling it short. Ronin melds real-time and turn-based play, a combination that results in an action puzzler of sorts, but with more emphasis on the latter than the former.

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2:00 AM on 01.24.2015

Gravity Ghost is pretty so I took a bunch of screenshots

I just finished playing through Gravity Ghost (expect a review later today), and as I tend to do with less action-focused titles or sequences, I took a lot of screenshots along the way. Not only does Gravity Ghost's planet-or...

Darren Nakamura

5:30 PM on 01.23.2015

Wow, this PlayStation Network flash sale rocks

Resogun, Costume Quest 2, and Tokyo Jungle for three dollars each. Shadow Warrior for six! Sony's holding a PlayStation Network flash sale on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita indie games this weekend and you've gotta take a look at this...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 01.23.2015

My brain can't handle this 'absurdly high-speed arcade shmup-like'

Not ten seconds into watching this video for Aerobat, a shoot-'em-up about "reckless self-endangerment," I fired off a staff email to call dibs on posting it. Holy shit! Gimme. Your pilot's ship doesn't have enough power to ...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 01.23.2015

Cautious optimism: Rain of Reflections has some good RPG ideas

A new development studio was formed in Sweden called Lionbite Games, and it has revealed its first project: a noir cyberpunk role-playing game called Rain of Reflections. The trailer above shows off the dystopian world and i...

Darren Nakamura

11:30 AM on 01.23.2015

Get hype-o-thetical with old-school arena shooter TOXIKK

Hanover Germany-based indie developer Reakktor Studios, creator of the newly released Early Access title TOXIKK, asks us to consider some interesting hypothetical scenarios: In this thought experiment, ask yourself...

Rob Morrow

10:00 AM on 01.23.2015

Gravity Ghost story trailer hints at protagonist Iona's origin

In Gravity Ghost, the player controls Iona, who is a colorful ghost. The story is told through flashbacks, with scenes showing that Iona was not always a ghost. My scientist deductive reasoning tells me this: at some point s...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Point-and-click shoot 'em up Starr Mazer now on Kickstarter

A couple days ago Steven told us that Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae would be contributing to Starr Mazer, and that she would not be alone in that endeavor. Indeed, the huge list of composers on the Starr Mazer Kickstarte...

Darren Nakamura

9:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Ashly Burch plays a giant rapping mouse in Gravity Ghost

Gravity Ghost is finally seeing release on Jan 26th, and as a reminder, it's still not too late to take advantage of the game's 33% off pre-order sale. You get an extra copy for pre-ordering too, so it's worth going in ...

Jonathan Holmes

4:30 PM on 01.22.2015

Smack a naked mole rat in the face in Slasher's Keep

This isn't what I would have expected to see from the developer of Double Hitler, but consider me pleasantly surprised. Slasher's Keep is a first-person dungeon-crawler up on Steam Greenlight for user feedback and voting. I'm...

Jordan Devore