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1:15 PM on 04.16.2014

Heart Forth, Alicia is the best Kickstarter I've seen in ages

There's been a resurgence of Metroidvania games in recent years thanks to crowdfunding but not all of them have lived up to our lofty ambitions for the genre. Many haven't. As such, I hope you're not so skeptical as to avoid...

Jordan Devore


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10:30 AM on 04.08.2014

Mark of the Old Ones swings through a Lovecraftian metroidvania

Kickstarter is a different landscape for videogame funding than it was a few years ago. Long gone are the days when a good idea and some concept art could get a project funded (Double Fine notwithstanding). Mark of the Old O...

Darren Nakamura



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Review: The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville
by Darren Nakamura

Fifteen years ago, The Powerpuff Girls was my jam. I used to watch it (along with Dexter's Laboratory) just about every day after coming home from school, but before firing up a videogame. A couple weeks ago, when The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville was announced, I approached it with a level of caution appropriate for a beloved childhood franchise resurrected with a new look. That is to say, I was prepared for the worst.

Previously, developer Radiangames was mostly known for a handful of decent, but perhaps uninspired Xbox Live Indie Games. Licensed titles are often sub-par, and especially those that are timed to release in the same window as the source material. Despite all of that, Defenders of Townsville ends up as a unique, genuinely entertaining metroidvania.

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7:00 PM on 03.06.2014

Guacamelee's Super Turbo Championship Edition enhancements detailed

How many copies of Guacamelee! is too many? At first glance, I was sure I'd be able to pass on the recently-announced Super Turbo Championship Edition for Xbox 360, Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One having played it once before on PS3...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 02.28.2014

Everything wants to destroy you in forma.8

MixedBag has announced forma.8, an action-adventure title about a probe stuck on an alien planet -- a dangerous one, at that. Since this is a probe and not some decked-out warship, surviving will be an ordeal at first. Playe...

Jordan Devore

2:15 PM on 02.10.2014

Crystal Catacombs excavated on Steam Greenlight

Crystal Catacombs enjoyed a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, funded at more than twice its initial goal. Now, after almost four years of development, the pixel art metroidvania with roguelike elements is nearly compl...

Darren Nakamura

11:30 AM on 01.28.2014

Blood of the Werewolf heading to XBLA and PSN

Majesco's indie label, Midnight City, has announced that Blood of the Werewolf is heading to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network Q2 2014. The Metroidvania-style game was released on Steam last year, and the console relea...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:15 PM on 01.14.2014

El Bundle Fantástico de Guacamelee! está en PSN ahora

Guacamelee! came out early last year, and ended up being my second-favorite game of 2013, with its bright colors, unique setting, and satisfying brawler combat all wrapped up into a Metroidvania. I recommend it whenever ...

Darren Nakamura

1:45 PM on 11.15.2013

Paradise Lost reaches funding goal in under two weeks

It was only a few weeks ago that we first heard about the stylish stealth Metroidvania Paradise Lost: First Contact. Since then, the project has gained a ton of momentum, getting approved on Steam Greenlight earlier this week...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 AM on 11.03.2013

Paradise Lost: First Contact now on Kickstarter

Last week we got our first look at the stylish stealth game Paradise Lost: First Contact. It was up on Steam Greenlight as a concept, with a Kickstarter campaign planned for the near future. That future is here: the campaign...

Darren Nakamura

4:00 AM on 09.11.2013

Dark Souls-inspired Metroidvania Blood Alloy has jetpacks

A former Harmonix developer is working on Blood Alloy, an urban sci-fi styled Metroidvania that takes cues from Dark Souls, Hotline Miami, Vanquish, and more. The latter is wonderfully evident in the protagonists' showy cart...

Steven Hansen





9:00 PM on 09.05.2013

Metroid-esque Ghost Song funded, might get Wii U port

The Metroid-inspired Ghost Song: A Journey of Hope quickly cleared its base funding goal of $15,000 on Kickstarter, which makes me happy. Like a total chump, I forgot to chip in; this keeps happening. Regardless of that missi...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 08.06.2013

Ghost Song is like Super Metroid, but with ghosts

There has been a resurgence of great Metroidvania titles coming out in recent times, but none have been quite as, well, heavily inspired by the Metroid series as Ghost Song: A Journey of Hope. Take a look at the Kickstarter ...

Darren Nakamura

7:30 PM on 07.13.2013

Legend of Iya has been in the making for a lifetime

Some people have been waiting their entire lives waiting for game that crosses Castlevania: Symphony of the Night with Secret of Mana and The Wizard of Oz, and at least one person has waiting their entire adult life to make ...

Jonathan Holmes

4:30 PM on 06.18.2013

Humble Bundle debuts several games on Android

Eventually, the Humble Bundle team is going to run out of games to feature. Eventually, I will stop giving it all of my money. Today is not that day, especially since this bundle brings more games to my beloved Android platf...

Darren Nakamura