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Zero Time Dilemma

Zero Time Dilemma takes text skipping to a new level

I can still recall the pain of playing through various New Game+ modes in old games where you couldn't skip cutscenes. It was excruciating, having to sit through 10-15 minute expositions constantly, but newer games have gotten better about ...

 
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Bulby Diamond Course

If you miss Kirby's Dream Course, take a look at Bulby

Kirby's Dream Course holds a special place in gaming history. Despite releasing more than 20 years ago and featuring a unique gameplay hook, it didn't see many copycats. Sure, there have been other golf games, but nothing has been quite lik...

 
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Games with Gold

Temper your expectations for May's Games with Gold

If April's Games with Gold lineup was the best yet, and I'm inclined to agree with Brett that it was, then whatever Microsoft has in store for May can't possibly stack up. I had that sentiment in mind when reading over the list of what's co...

 
China

Review: Koi

"Made in China" is a phrase typically etched into the underside of cheap consumer goods. Hidden from view, it's more of an admission than a selling point. It's a reminder of the grim realities of our globalized economy, a sta...   read

Zenge review

Review: Zenge

Most modern puzzle games go heavy on the logic/deduction/critical thinking. Some of them are so difficult the average person can't complete them without looking up a guide. On the other end of the spectrum, zen games take a m...   read

The Firefly Diary photo
The Firefly Diary

How many times will NIS delay this?

NIS America has postponed the PC port of htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary once again. The publisher initially planned to release the title on March 14, but pushed its arrival date back to April 25. But that is no longer happening. Now, NIS hopes...

 
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PAX

She Remembered Caterpillars is a charming bug puzzle adventure

When I first saw there was a game on the PAX East show floor called She Remembered Caterpillars, I was expecting some kind of 3D walking simulator about a young girl tending a garden. As it turns out, it's something entirely different and a...

 
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Mini Mario & Friends

Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge's wide release is on the horizon

For those of you who bought an amiibo recently, you were probably provided a free 3DS and Wii U code for Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge, a Mini Mario spinoff of sorts that uses your figures to unlock characters. It's al...

 
Stephen's Sausage Roll
You've heard of thinking outside the box, but have you heard of thinking outside the sausage?   read

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Puzzle & Dragons X

Puzzle & Dragons X's anime sequences are looking hot

Puzzle & Dragons made a pretty decent splash on 3DS when it arrived back in 2015, and now, GungoHo Online is preparing to unleash Puzzle & Dragons X on the same platform. It'll drop on July 28, and will feature a full dungeon s...

 
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Esper 1

Esper 1 is coming to Oculus Rift, Esper 2 owners get it for free

In case you haven't heard, Esper 2 is a quirky, very fun puzzle game that makes great use of its virtual reality setting on Gear VR and the Oculus Rift. But there's a lesser known Esper 1 (the "2" isn't merely for show) that also exist...

 
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The Witness

New PS4 update for The Witness might help with motion sickness

It sure does feel odd to boot up The Witness again. I had intended to continue solving optional puzzles after earning the platinum Trophy, albeit at a much laxer, much more sane pace, but ended up stopping completely. Why go back now? A Pla...

 
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Snake Pass

This puzzle game has some slick-looking snake physics

I'm not overly fond of snakes, but I like the potential of a puzzle-platformer in which you play as one that slithers and wraps around objects semi-realistically. This is Snake Pass, a PC game from Sumo Digital that came out of its first i...

 
Esper 2 review

Review: Esper 2

Those who are on the fence with virtual reality typically cite a dissonance between the actual state of a real-life subject compared to the actions taking place in-game. In other words, outside of the HTC Vive, most VR h...   read

the Sequence review
Computer programming is a lot like a puzzle. An individual program has a main goal to accomplish, and getting there requires a set of pieces executed in a particular order. It takes a certain part of the brain to think ahead,...   read

Darknet VR review

Review: Darknet

"Hacking" is a gaming term that almost always initiates a series of groans from players. Usually forced in as a ham-handed minigame, I don't have many fond memories of hacking outside of a few clever uses of the mechanic like...   read

amiibo Challenge review
Nintendo backed itself into a corner with amiibo in terms of software. Now that the things are wildly popular, it's at a crossroads. Does it gate substantial content behind them and piss off casual fans who don't want to buy ...   read

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Ed!

Esper 2 has Shaun of the Dead's Nick Frost and is out today

Lovely boy Nick Frost of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame is lending his voice to Esper 2, a game about dealing with an outbreak of people having telekinetic abilities apparently caused by some kind of villain on a quest ...

 
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Because poop is funny

The Binding of Isaac developers are making another 'shitty' game, The Legend of Bum-bo

The developers of The Binding of Isaac Fingered (Edmund McMillen, James Id, and Ridiculon) announced they are working on a new title called The Legend of Bum-bo that is set to be "a turn-based puzzle RPG type thingy that's randoml...

 
The Turing Test
Around this time last year, a first-person puzzle game called Pneuma: Breath of Life released. Although it was built around an interesting conceit, I didn't find myself too enamored with it. The puzzles mostly failed to ...   read

Keen preview
During GDC I met with a couple of lovely Brazilian gents from Cat Nigiri, a studio whose logo is a kawaii-looking kitty draped under slab of raw fish. The duo was showing off its commander-less Keen, a Zelda-inspired game tha...   read

Dynetzzle review
The moment I saw Dynetzzle Extended, I wanted it. Dice logic, spatial reasoning, atmospheric music, and a clean aesthetic. It was my jam. Two hours later, I became a little chilly on it. Where I went in hoping for a nice session of deep thought, I came out the other side with something that feels more like sudoku. It's built on a cool idea, but soon enough it becomes rote.   read

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Frozen Synapse 2

Get a look at Frozen Synapse 2 in action

We knew Frozen Synapse 2 was coming, but we didn't get an actual taste of it until just recently. This new video shows off a bit of gameplay mixed with the series signature art style, and it's important to note that the sequel is now a...

 
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Oddworld: Soulstorm

Oddworld: Soulstorm is the Exoddus remake, set for 2017

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty did great justice to Abe's Oddysee. It took the already fantastic puzzle-platformer and made it friggin' gorgeous, up to today's resolution standards. It only made sense to do the same with the next game in Abe's sto...

 
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NIS America

NIS delays The Firefly Diary's PC release

NIS America has postponed the PC release of htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary. The puzzle game was initially supposed to arrive next Monday, March 14, but is now being delayed until April 25 to give the publisher more time to test the game a...

 
Telepaint review

Review: Telepaint

Titan Souls took the world by storm last year. Born out of the minds of the tiny indie team Acid Nerve, everyone was anxious to see their follow-up. While Telepaint, a bite-sized mobile puzzle game, isn't quite as titanic as a hardcore boss rush project, it's still very much representative of Acid Nerve's talent as a studio.   read

The Firefly Diary
htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (which I am never typing ever again) is coming to PC in less than two weeks. I've been playing it a bit to see how the former PlayStation Vita exclusive translates to a mouse and keyboard setu...   read

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World to the West

Teslagrad is getting a 3D action-adventure follow-up

Rain Games did quite well for itself with the magnetic puzzle-platformer Teslagrad. While its next game won't be a direct sequel, it's another adventure, and it's even set in that same universe. World to the West stars four disparate charac...

 
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Koi

Zen fish adventure Koi will be the first Chinese-developed game on PS4

With so many action-packed games to play, sometimes it's nice to temper the experience with something more chill. Koi catches the eye in the same way flOw did during the last generation. It just looks like a relaxing thing to do in order to...

 
Attractio review
Almost 10 years ago, Portal showed us what a first-person puzzle-platformer can be. It was built on an incredible gameplay mechanic at its heart, but it also excelled in art direction, writing, voice work, and pretty much eve...   read


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Ray Gigant"Challenge not included"

 

Hitman: Sapienza"Molto buono"

 

The Climb"You rock, rock"

 

Soda Drinker Pro"Like explaining an inside joke to someone else"

 

King's Quest: Once Upon a Climb"A tale of two princesses"

 

Stories: The Path of Destinies"Choose your own adventure/death"

 

Koi"Fish out of water"

 

Severed"Cut my life into pieces / Slash into me"

 

ZEN Pinball 2: Aliens vs. Pinball"Not the Alien's most terrifying incarnation"

 
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Nekrosys

I petted a wombat Howve you spent your puny and miserable lives?

 
Dreamweaver

Just finished Episode 4 of Tales from the Will plan to finish the game Its been fun, though admittedly, Im disappointed that Episode 1 was the best so Cant wait to see how it ends though! I wish Rhys x Fiona was a thing

 
JcDent

After what BioShock Infinite did to BioShock (turned it into Call of Duty, among other things), Im afraid of what Infinite Warfare will do to actual Call of Maybe it will die to be reborn in the glory of CoD2 and Modern Warfare?

 
Parismio

Finally watched the Legend of Tomorrow episode I missed and christ, that ending was You had one job Kendra! Please just go back to being a

 
ObliqueZombie

Im pretty sure Miitomo is Nintendos libido

 
Sir Shenanigans

Why am I all of a sudden into Ultimate Muscle? Why do I want to get the GameCube game so badly? Will I have soup or some custom pigs in blankets for lunch tomorrow? Do I prefer Alien or Blade Runner? These are the questions Im asking right now

 
King Kaiser

Ive come to the realization that Speed Racer was an underrated Even as a kid I could tell that it had an avant-garde I really feel like its a purely post-ironic A movie for a time when being sincere is Go Speed Racer

 
Agent9

Grunting intensifies* seriously though, does anyone know if a full version of this exists on a soundtrack I can I finished revelations and it is definitely a contender for my 3ds I just think this is the best version of lost in

 
Gundy

After trying Star Fox Zero Im kinda glad Miyamoto hasnt found a way to make me not enjoy F-Zero

 
hlarge4

Wow, putting points into Vitality is probably something I should have 4 points and my hps went up 25%

 
Parismio

I finally defeated the second boss of Nioh It took me several tries solo but I did

 
DeadMoon

We currently have the new Ratchet and Clank running on two separate PS4s in my house (via game sharing)! You can hear the wonderful sound of bolts being collected ringing throughout the hallways!!!

 
Rico the Penguin

About the only thing in DS3 I legit dislike is the invasion 100% of my invasions tonight involved me porting in and being surrounded by 3 Is there literally only one place you invade from? Thats awful Otherwise, good ga

 
Chris Bradshaw

How does a game like Comix Zone, a game that was barely 2 Megs on Genesis, manage 549 MB on Xbox?

 
lewness

Spent Saturday running through Untended Graves and Archdragon Peak with relative Sunday screaming at the Nameless King 2nd dead

 
Fuzunga

Came across this plastered on a window the other My new favorite stock

 
Torchman

OI Its been removed from Europe If you give a shit about this game, buy a physical copy RIGHT

 
whatsacow

Replaying Dark Souls 3 and I think its actually the worst in the In fact, I think its actually made me sick of the series, which I never thought From, leave Bandai Namco and make something Bloodborne proved youre still good at it

 
Torchman

Super Robot Wars Z3 is supposed to show up Monday/Tuesday according to Amazons It was ordered March 29th for The Max Factory Big O was ordered the week after from elsewhere and showed up the Both from Fuck this seller

 
Roxas1359

Managed to finish my 15 page thesis for this Now to turn it in tomorrow and start on my last paper for the

 
strongarm

Bought an xbox one with kinect out of We already have 2 ps 4 and wii I never buy new and always look for deals, so in reality I have spent very little I am not conviced I need all of the systems this To keep or not

 
Dreamweaver

Was goofing around invading the other day in Dark Souls III, and after seeing the Host rolling with three phantoms, I decided to use the Chamelon spell after seeing someone elses video on I tried to sneak past them when they stopped, but :P

 
StriderHoang

Wait what should I redeem? Citizens of Earth Wii U or 3DS?

 
OverlordZetta

An accurate representation of me as I was checking out the VNs on sale right Im using this with length because I would probably be banned if I posted the version looking at NEEDLESS TO SAY I AM

 
Gundy

Im super hooked on Re:Zero

 
Torchman

Im done work and theres still light out? WHAT IS THIS BLACK MAGIC

 
Ckarasu

So, another slow Except for that thing with DarkSydePhil thats been going Boy, was that a

 
JuIc3

Playing some Bloodborne if youd like to

 
Parismio

Found out in Nioh that you dont have invincibility when opening

 

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