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2:30 PM on 03.25.2014

Fez is out today on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita with Cross-Buy

Fez. Have you played it? If not, are you ever going to play it? Another opportunity to do so has presented itself today with the launch of Polytron's puzzle-platformer on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita for $12.99, or $9.99 for PS Plu...

Jordan Devore



Very Quick Tips: Deception IV: Blood Ties photo
Very Quick Tips: Deception IV: Blood Ties
by Chris Carter

Deception IV is a unique release, mainly due to the fact that there aren't many trap-setting games on the market in general.

Because of that, it's often hard for people to acclimate if they've never played a past entry before (Trapt is on the PSN, by the way) -- so here are some tips to help you along.

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Review: Deception IV: Blood Ties photo
Review: Deception IV: Blood Ties
by Chris Carter

The Deception franchise is a series I wish more people were aware of. Although the concept of a character that can't physically defend themselves isn't typically a popular go-to mechanic, this survival horror-like idea is turned on its head with the existence of deadly traps.

There's something soothing about setting up a ridiculously elaborate Goldbergian machine and unleashing it upon your foes that's insanely satisfying, and Deception IV is no exception. In fact, it may be the best and bloodiest entry yet.

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7:00 AM on 03.25.2014

Don't expect Toki Tori 3 anytime soon

Last we heard, developer Two Tribes as we know it was shutting down, in favor of opening up a smaller studio. We know this is partially due to the low sales of Toki Tori 2, and according to a recent tweet from the develo...

Chris Carter



Monochroma will remind you of Limbo, and that's an amazing thing photo
Monochroma will remind you of Limbo, and that's an amazing thing
by Brett Makedonski

With all the cool tech demos and innovative ideas on display at GDC Play, it's a bit surprising that a 2D side-scrolling puzzle platformer is one of the most worthwhile things to check out. But hey, good games are good games, and that's exactly what Monochroma look like it is.

At first glance, Monochroma invites comparisons to Limbo. Hell, executive producer Burak Tezateser said as much as soon as the demo started. For good reason too: the color scheme made up of hues of black and grey, the small boy protagonist, the unsettling environments -- it all positively smacks of the style popularized by Playdead. However, Monochroma has enough going on that it doesn't need to use these comparisons as a crutch.

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Review: Pokemon Battle Trozei photo
Review: Pokemon Battle Trozei
by Chris Carter

There once was a time when "match three" puzzle games were a rare commodity, but after the rip-roaring success of Bejeweled and Puzzle Quest, it feels like there's a new match title released every month. The craze kind of came to a head with Candy Crush, which is probably the most popular (and hated) of its kind on the market.

But quietly back in 2005, Pokemon Trozei made its own mark on the DS and created quite the fanbase. Now just shy of a decade later Trozei is back on the 3DS, attempting to break through this crowded space.

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11:30 AM on 03.19.2014

Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey

Though it has been gaining steam in the indie circuit for a couple years now, Mushroom 11 by Untame had not hit our radar until now. Starring a lovable green ameboid fungus making its way through a desolate, post-apocal...

Darren Nakamura





1:45 PM on 03.18.2014

Bears vs Art gameplay shown in short new trailer

Last week, Halfbrick announced their latest game for iOS devices, Bears vs. Art, setting up a bunch of (adorable) exposition about a bear and the art museum which has infringed upon his territory but barely offered anything ...

Conrad Zimmerman



Review: Tappingo photo
Review: Tappingo
by Darren Nakamura

Pure puzzle games can have a sort of zen effect for some players. Through repetition, players can almost subconsciously solve logic puzzles that would take an untrained person serious thought. When done well, time seems to melt away and all that matters is achieving nirvana through the journey to the solution.

The Japanese puzzles sudoku and nonogram (better known as Picross among gamers) manage to hit that sweet spot for many. Tappingo aims to join those ranks with a new way to recreate pixel images through use of deductive reasoning. It begins with promise, but never manages to reach its full potential.

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12:00 PM on 03.14.2014

Metrico for PS Vita looks as surreal as ever

It's been around a year since we first heard about Metrico, an upcoming PlayStation Vita game that's hard to pin down outside of its unique theme. In the words of Digital Dreams, this is "all about using input to shape the i...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 03.12.2014

Android users can now play Threes! like the rest of us

Android users may be late to the Threes! party, but it's still a party. A party with math 'n' stuff. Sirvo's acclaimed iOS puzzle game is now playable on Android devices (4.0 and up) in exchange for a reasonable $1.99. Combine numbered tiles to form threes, then sixes, and so on and so forth. It's an immediately graspable concept, one that fosters fierce competition. Play it!

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 03.11.2014

Luna's Wandering Stars rides physics through space puzzles

Using gravity to manipulate orbit and slingshot to a desired destination is always satisfying, in an "I could have been a NASA scientist" kind of way. With titles like Kerbal Space Program and Gravity Ghost, we've seen the m...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy photo
Review: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
by Darren Nakamura

With five previous games and one movie under his belt, Professor Layton's reputation precedes him. Since 2007's Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Level-5 has been giving players control of the eminent gentleman Layton and his spry apprentice Luke on an almost yearly basis, with 2012's Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask making the jump from the DS to the 3DS.

Azran Legacy picks up after the events in Miracle Mask, completing the prequel trilogy that began with Professor Layton and the Last Specter. Though it changes up the format slightly, anybody who has played any entry in the series knows what to expect: hunting for hint coins and engaging in unconventional mind puzzles.

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4:15 PM on 03.10.2014

Halfbrick reveals new puzzle game Bears vs. Art

I hope you have some insulin handy because this trailer introducing Halfbrick's new game, Bear vs. Art, is sweeter than strawberry sundae topped with candy-coated gumdrops. I have watched it four times and still giggle at ho...

Conrad Zimmerman

8:00 PM on 03.07.2014

Peggle, Bejeweled, Bookworm, and more in this PopCap bundle

It's chaos on the Humble Store right now, from the Humble Mobile Bundle 4 to Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight 2014 to Devolver Digital's bundle for IGF chairman and all-around terrific human being Brandon Boyer. Here's one mor...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 03.07.2014

Pavilion is a game presented in the fourth-person, in a way

You know how indie games always seem like they have to have some sort of hook – something unique to make them stick out from all the other games? Well, that’s what Visiontrick, a two-man development team, has wit...

Brett Makedonski