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The Witness

The Witness has no need for impatient players, and that's awesome

I've been playing The Witness for the past day or so. Although I don't like it as much as Brett (yet, at least) I think it's pretty damn great, and if you even remotely like puzzle games you should get it -- it's like a moder...

 
The Witness
I've put a lot of time into The Witness lately. Like, a lot a lot. Effort too. This might be the most draining review experience of my career. It's rewarding though, and that makes it less burdensome even if it...   read

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Pokemon Shuffle

Use this code for 3,000 coins in Pokemon Shuffle

You can never have enough coins in Pokemon Shuffle, particularly if you're playing on mobile and are trying to catch 'em all, which I foolishly am. There's no escaping this fate, but I've come to accept that. After spending I don't even wan...

 
Witness review
I am worthless. I am garbage. I am a dolt. I am brilliant. I am special. I am a genius. Those are the two extremes of self-value that The Witness constantly inflicts. It's a continuous loop of not getting it until you totally get it. Then, you don't get it again.   read

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NIS

Rose and the Old Castle of Twilight is looking just gorgeous

Nippon Ichi Software's Rose and the Old Castle of Twilight is shaping up to look every bit as lovely as its predecessor, htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary, if these new screenshots are any indication. The PlayStation Vita puzzler is currently pla...

 
Unravel Gameplay photo
Unravel Gameplay

Yarnie litters the land with his very fabric in this new Unravel gameplay

After seeing Unravel unveiled at E3 2015, I haven't stopped yearning to play it. The creator was super adorable as he nervously talked about his game on stage, the main character is cute as hell, and the gameplay looks simple yet imag...

 
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The Witness

The Witness is actually going to cost $40

The Witness is said to take somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 hours to fully complete. Despite knowing that, I somehow had it in my head that it would probably be around $20 or so. That's a fairly common price point among digital-only ti...

 
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htoL#NiQ

Firefly Diary team announces new Vita game

Nippon Ichi Software's experimental puzzler htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary was a success, it seems, as the studio has unveiled a successor of sorts, Rose and the Old Castle of Twilight. While not a direct sequel to The Firefly Diary, Rose...

 
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htoL#NIQ

NIS might be teasing another Firefly Diary game

Disgaea studio Nippon Ichi Software recently opened a teaser site featuring Hotaru, the eponymous firefly from its gorgeous (and difficult) PlayStation Vita puzzle game, htoL#NIQ: The Firefly Diary. There aren't exactly a lot of detail...

 
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$2M settlement

Brain training game owes FTC $2 million over false advertising

Lumosity is an online puzzle game platform that fancies itself a brain trainer and uses a lot of science claims to back that up -- and to validate its $120/year subscription fee paid by possibly 60 million members (I imagine some of these a...

 
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Nintendo Badge Arcade

Nintendo Badge Arcade seems to be doing well for Nintendo

I'm still fiddling with Nintendo Badge Arcade, earning free icons whenever I can, but I totally get the backlash that's been happening in some regions. I mean, the game is rather aggressive with how it monetizes players, which can cause all...

 
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The Witness

The Witness 'might' get a physical release

Although The Witness is set to release next month, Jonathan Blow is still putting on the finishing touches as we speak. Voiceover is apparently done outside of some minor work in early January, at which point the team will reveal the ...

 
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Volume - PS Vita

Volume coming to PlayStation Vita in January

Thomas Was Alone creator Mike Bithell's stealth puzzle game Volume sneaking to PlayStation Vita on January 5, the developer announced today. And if you're planning to pick the game up then, you might want to take advantage of this week's Pl...

 
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Threes

Mobile puzzler Threes playable online for free

Boy, do I love Threes. It's a charming puzzle game; a sublime blend of simplicity and polish. It's won many awards, including a 'Best of 2014' from Apple itself. Unfortunately, developers Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend had their flavo...

 
Girls Like Robots review
Girls like robots. It's the name of the game, and it's the first piece of information given. Most of the time spent is in laying out seating arrangements of emotional square people in an attempt to maximize happiness. Girls l...   read

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You Must Build a Boat

You Must Build a Boat is getting a daily challenge mode

You Must Build a Boat, like 10000000 before it, has taken up a lot of my mobile gaming time, and it seems like it's going to take up a lot more. The developer has informed Destructoid that the game will be getting a free update with a new m...

 
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Jazzpunk PS4

Yes! Hilarious Jazzpunk coming to PS4 with new Quake-spoof multiplayer mode

Jazzpunk came out almost two years ago, but I still think about it a lot. The "modernist Cold War cyberpunk game" is one of the rare examples of a legitimately funny game and I'm hoping it can get a new life in the just announced, upcoming...

 
Pokemon Picross review
I thought I knew exactly what to expect with Pokémon Picross. Picross, but with pictures of Pokémon. Sold. That's all I need. Give it to me now. I even joked with our reviews director Chris that I could probably...   read

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Monument Valley

Escher-esque puzzle game Monument Valley is currently available for free

Monument Valley, the peaceful isometric puzzle game with a visual style reminiscent of Fez, is currently available for free on iOS devices and on Android devices through Amazon Underground, dropping its previous $4 price tag. It featur...

 
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Pokemon Picross

Pokemon Picross will launch on December 3

Pokémon Picross was kind of announced out of nowhere on a recent Nintendo Direct, and it didn't have a set date outside of "December." Thanks to a recent site listing though, we now know that it will hit on December 3 on 3DS in North...

 
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The Witness

A tranquil moment with The Witness

We're not far from the January 26, 2016 release of The Witness (PC, PS4), but going off this latest blog post from designer Jonathan Blow, there's plenty of work left to be done on the puzzling adventure. The first test readings with the ac...

 
Typoman review

Review: Typoman

Word games have always been a passion of mine. Looking at a group of letters and trying to form new words out of them can be fun and intellectually stimulating. So what if we took a word game and combined it with a platformer...   read

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Puzzle & Dragons X

X comes after Z as far as new Puzzle & Dragons is concerned

Puzzle & Dragons X is confirmed for a 2016 3DS release in Japan. The money-printing series' (50 million downloads as of a couple months ago) next dedicated console entry is a follow up to Puzzle & Dragons Z, which was sold outside o...

 
Pokemon Picross photo
Pokemon Picross

'Free to start' Pokemon Picross is coming in December

In the first Nintendo Direct in a long time, Nintendo has announced that the popular puzzle series Picross will be getting a Pokémon-themed makeover in early December, with the release of Pokémon Picross digitally on the 3DS. ...

 
Poncho review

Review: Poncho

The first time I played Poncho was at EGX around two years ago. Its unique visual identity, compelling set of gameplay mechanics, and endearing protagonist drew my attention among the crowd of other indie games playable at th...   read

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WayForward

One of WiiWare's best games is now on mobile

WiiWare may not be fondly remembered by many, but for years Nintendo's old digital platform was one of my favorite places to discover hidden gems. In fact, some of my favorite games from the last generation (Lost Winds, Bit.Trip, and L...

 
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Gardevoir in Shuffle

This is not a Beedrill: Gardevoir now in Pokemon Shuffle

In yesterday's update to Pokémon Shuffle on the 3DS, new main stages were added, finishing out the Albens Town area with Mega Medicham as its boss. You don't care about Mega Medicham though (especially since we already have Mega Luca...

 
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Mushroom 11 screenshots

Mushroom 11's world is beautiful desolation

Every so often a game comes along that lends itself to a big ol' screenshot gallery. To fit the bill, a game obviously needs to look good, but it also helps if it has a simple control scheme that allows easy access to the F12 key. Typically...

 
Mushroom 11 review
From the beginning, Mushroom 11 establishes itself as something different. Though it has been done before, the whole concept of traveling from right to left in a 2D game can still be jarring simply because of its rarity. It s...   read

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Mushroom 11 release date

Mushroom 11 spreads its spores on October 15

Back when I first played Mushroom 11, more than a ago at PAX East 2014, it was a cool concept. Judging by the launch trailer below (and Brett's preview from earlier this year), Untame has really expanded on that concept, working it into a f...

 

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Reviews

Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback Wheel"Basically the T150, but for Xbox One and PC"

 

Fragments of Him"Great writing and performances, terrible pacing and gameplay"

 

Push Me Pull You"Playing Nightcrawlers"

 

Chronos"I keep getting older, but they stay the same age"

 

The Climb"You rock, rock"

 

Hitman: Sapienza"Molto buono"

 

Ray Gigant"Challenge not included"

 

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

 

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

 
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CoilWhine

I streamed and beat an awesome indie game windowframe, where the window width is used as a weapon and obstacle, streamed part four of Amazing Frog (I unlocked the city and found a boat by getting enough points) + replayed Dead Bits (why? idk)

 
Luca Blight

Goodnight or good morning everyone Im off to

 
OverlordZetta

Holy shit! Konami has announced a new game? And its coming to every Sony console AND every Nintendo one?! And its from an old Huson Soft IP?!? And its NOT Bomberman?!?! EDIT: And #FucKonami may have just massively just mislabeled a PS2 port somehow?!?!

 
Roxas1359

Working on my last research paper of the Need tons of primary sources relating to Japanese American resettlement after the Era of Internment and I cant think of where to Hmm, time for me to put on my thinking

 
JuIc3

Bloodborne, day 3!!! Link found in

 
Rico the Penguin

*adjusts glasses*

 
gajknight

Managed to defeat Nue in the Nioh Satisfying man, I see good things in this games future, for Finishing up the AC Syndicate DLC, then its onto Cant fricking wait man!

 
Torchman

Last call for quesitons for the Ask Me Anything Going to start writing it Feel free to ask multiple questions!

 
Barry Kelly

Im still having a problem seeing embedded youtube videos when using SSL on It looks like the browser (Chrome) wont load them because the embedded URL is a plain

 
Dwavenhobble

So a group of Scientists have been given permission to see what happens when they inject stem cells into the brains of brain dead patients to try and bring them back to Ill get my zombie plan material ready just in case I think lol

 
Parismio

I was looking up some guides for dark souls on youtube for some lols and came across this Shes so adorable and her guides are hilarious! I was going to share the Dark Souls video but the comments reminded me how cancerous the community

 
King Kaiser

Current (finals) mood:

 
Occams

Beat Dark Souls 3, the Nioh demo, Ratchet and Clank and I dunno why but I dont really feel a sense of accomplishment at Been reading Cats Eye by Margaret Thats really good at

 
Luca Blight

To celebrate my 100th post I will use my own homemade Let see OH

 
TheLimoMaker

There are few FPS games I Battlefield 4 captured my time and attention despite its modern If rumours of a past-setting turn out to be true I will fall in love all over again in Or itll be in the future and Ill cry a

 
Dr Mel

I will, occasionally, find the need to just say Jonathan Holmes out loud or substitute it in lyrics of songs that are stuck in my Its a good

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

Lately Ive noticed my Nyko Power Pak+ 3DS battery loses power much faster than it used And this is with the brightness set to 3 and power saver on Im thinking of getting a new one to see if that Or is it the games Im playing?

 
ShadeOfLight

Welp, Alucard is dead (*shakes fist at Rival The good news is I still hadnt caught anything on Route 33, and the first encounter was a female Welcome to the team, Seras the Zubat!

 
Trueghostbody

Fear Effect Sedna gameplay trailer

 
Luca Blight

Im curious did Capcoms studios ever told a good video game story?

 
Jed Whitaker

What if a person were to comment on something and actually talk about that thing instead of being upset that someone has a different opinion than them? THAT WOULD BE THE DAY!

 
Ein on Shrooms

If you havent seen food wars yet, you need ;) GIF in the comments

 
Torchman

Welp, game gave me Maxinger Z in the 4th Youre getting back in my good books for taking away Roger, but you still have much to

 
Nathan D

I offered an observation and rebuttal for our history debate today that blew the classs and professors mind in its thoughtfulness and

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

The other games in the Friends of Nintendo Humble Bundle have been revealed: Swords & Soldiers II for WiiU, Nano Assault EX for 3DS, and Runbow for Not sure how to feel about

 
Dreggsao

And later the same review states Fans of console first-person shooters or the Alien film series will probably be better off waiting for Foxs recently announced Aliens: Colonial Marines for the PlayStation

 
ZombZ

Finally off work and the kids *Booting up PC* now my overwatch

 

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