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New Xbox 360 320GB HD will include three full games


Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Pinball FX, and Ms. Splosion Man
Feb 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
There's going to be a new Xbox 360 320GB hard drive on sale this March for $129.99, and it's going to include three full games with it. The included titles are Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Ms. Splosion Man, and Pinball FX2 wi...
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The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles is out now on Windows 8


It looks absolutely ridiculous
Dec 11
// Brett Zeidler
You guys remember FMV games, right? Well, even I remember them, and I'm the resident baby here at Destructoid. FMVs were interactive movies that, you guessed it, used full-motion videos. Think Dragon's Lair but with real act...
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Gunstringer: Dead Man Running gets a trailer


The Gunstringer returns ... to Windows Phone 8
Nov 28
// Jim Sterling
I have a Windows Phone now, so it's my duty to post about Windows Phone games on Destructoid until I'm "over" it and go back to looking at stuff on Steam. Until that time, you can enjoy trailers such as the one above. It's f...
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Saddle up! Wavy Tube Man Chronicles to hit Windows 8


Also available for Microsoft Surface
Nov 12
// Jason Cabral
I have always enjoyed games that are a little out there in terms of its story, and who aren't afraid to break that fourth wall so hard that it leaves in shambles. That's why whenever I hear anything about an game from Twisted...
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The first thing I checked out at PAX this year was Twisted Pixel's Lococycle, which was just revealed (in terms of gameplay, at least) a few days beforehand. At a glance, the game is pretty ridiculous, and upon closer inspec...

PAX: That guy stuck to the LocoCycle bike is named Pablo

Aug 31 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Michael Wilford, CEO of Twisted Pixels, demonstrated the game, which sees I.R.I.S., the AI-powered motorcycle, escaping from Big Arms Academies, a Subdivision of Big Science Incorporated. If that last part sounds familiar, then you've played 'Splosion Man or Ms. 'Splosion Man. Along for the ride against his will is Pablo, a Spanish-speaking mechanic stuck to the rear of I.R.I.S. He's pleading with you the whole time to stop all the things you're doing, but I.R.I.S. doesn't understand a thing Pablo says. I.R.I.S. has some forward machine guns that she can use to shoot at cars, but she also has these set of combo attacks that gives off a Batman: Arkham City feel. Michael told me that they're aiming for the fighting mechanics to be as easy to execute as Rocksteady's titles, while including some level of depth to them as well. They're still very early in development, so Michael couldn't go into the specifics of the controls just yet. From what I saw, though, it looked pretty straightforward. You need to counter the incoming attacks from enemy characters as they try to jump on board the bike. Pablo -- poor, poor Pablo -- can also be used as a melee weapon. How Pablo is able to take this abuse, especially when he's being dragged along the ground at high speeds, will be explained later. Again, it was a very early look and they aren't saying too much yet. Michael was pretty excited about the collaboration they're doing with Southern Metal Choppers and Legacy Effects on the replica bikes of I.R.I.S. and antagonist S.P.I.K.E. I got to see both the bikes at PAX, and they look stunning. They're even functional, but they wouldn't recommend anyone to ride them. Look for pictures of the bikes soon. The stuff they're doing with the actors is also huge for them. Having Robert Patrick as the voice of S.P.I.K.E. is a huge step up for the company, and Lisa Foiles as the voice I.R.I.S. sounds lovely. They have even more actors they'll be revealing down the line. I have real high hopes for LocoCycle. They've got a long way to go, but so far I liked what I saw. They're not even sure if this is going to be an Xbox Live Arcade or full on retail game yet. It's a big game according to Michael, and it's going to take you to "crazy places" where you'll be doing "crazy fucked-up shit." I can't wait.
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Twisted Pixel is showing off LocoCycle for the first time ever to the public here at PAX, and it just looks insane. The game kind of feels like if Spy Hunter and Batman: Arkham City had hot, messy, unprotected sex on the bat...

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The DTOID Show: Hearthfire, CoD:BLOPScopters, & Lococycle


Aug 29
// Max Scoville
Here's the last episode of The Destructoid Show before we all go to Seattle for PAX oh my goodness I'm so excited it's just frustrating. Guild Wars 2 is a thing that is happening all of a sudden, Bethesda's newest Skyrim DLC ...
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Twisted Pixel offers up a first look at LocoCycle


Aug 29
// Jordan Devore
In Twisted Pixel's new game LocoCycle, you play as a sentient motorcycle named I.R.I.S. Very little about the title has been discussed so far, but the title will get its public debut at PAX Prime 2012 later this week. For no...
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E3: Twisted Pixel teases LocoCycle


Jun 05
// Samit Sarkar
One of the new games Microsoft announced at its E3 2012 press briefing yesterday morning was Twisted Pixel's LocoCycle, the studio's sixth original IP. Here's the short teaser trailer from the show.The titular motorcycle is ...
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E3: LocoCycle is the latest from Twisted Pixel


Jun 04
// Maxwell Roahrig
Leave it to Twisted Pixel to make me wet with excitement with just one teaser. LocoCycle will see you playing as a motorcycle that graduated valedictorian from assassination school. Knowing the beards at Twisted Pixel, the game will feature their wonderful sense of humor and great characterization.  Hopefully there's something a bit more substantial on the show floor.
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Zen Studios putting on Ms. Splosion Man table tournament


May 11
// Brett Zeidler
I hope you've been practicing the Ms. Splosion Man table on Pinball FX2, because Zen Studios has teamed up with Twisted Pixel to put on another high score tournament. Starting on May 18th, all you have to do to enter is play ...
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Ms. Splosion Man headed to Steam, iOS, Windows Phone 7


Apr 06
// Jordan Devore
Twisted Pixel has announced that Ms. Splosion Man is coming to additional platforms with a little help from developer friends Iron Galaxy, Fire Hose Games, and Panic Button. On PC (Games for Windows Live and Steam), you can ...
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The DTOID Show: Pre-PAX East 2012 Extravaganza!


Apr 05
// Tara Long
Happy negative first day of PAX East, everyone! Since Max is on his way to Boston as we speak, this week's Friday live show has been canceled in lieu of today's PAX preview episode. Watch as Max and I run down what game...
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Gunstringer gets 'El Diablo's 'Merican Adventure' add-on


Mar 13
// Jordan Devore
Okay, Twisted Pixel. You got me with your apostrophe placement. I can't not crack a smile upon seeing the name of the new downloadable content for The Gunstringer, "El Diablo's 'Merican Adventure." In this add-on, El Diablo ...
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Twisted Pixel needs booth chaperones for PAX East!


Feb 22
// mrandydixon
Wanna go to PAX East but missed the boat on the three-day passes? Now's your chance! Our friends at Twisted Pixel are looking for eight gnarly gamers to chaperon their booth for the duration of the event, and you probably qua...
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Ms. Splosion Man gets another challenge level tomorrow


Feb 13
// Jordan Devore
Twisted Pixel Games' third challenge for Ms. Splosion Man will run from February 14 - 27. Better fit this one into your Valentine's Day schedule. If you're not familiar, these challenges bring new, free levels that are access...
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The 'Splosion Men blast their way into Retro City Rampage


Nov 20
// Tony Ponce
Oh, Brian Provinciano! How do you keep managing to squeeze cameo after reference and reference after cameo into Retro City Rampage? Keep it up and the game will never be released in our lifetime! This latest trailer announce...
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Holiday Kinect bundle has Fruit Ninja, Gunstringer, more


Nov 01
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft has announced that a new limited-edition Kinect Holiday Bundle, priced at $149.99, is on the way. It's actually worth considering, if the games included -- The Gunstringer, Fruit Ninja Kinect, and Kinect Adventures ...
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Hey hey! Who likes The Destructoid Show? (Hold for applause) Today, we tackle some hard-hitting video game news: Mass Effect 3 has four player co-op multiplayer, and if that wasn't enough -- it also has an online pass system!...

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Microsoft now owns 'Splosion Man studio Twisted Pixel


Oct 12
// Jim Sterling
In news that some may find worrying, Microsoft's announced that it has acquired 'Splosion Man developer Twisted Pixel. The former indie studio now joins the ranks of Lionhead and Rare. Let's hope it's as successful as the for...

Review: The Gunstringer

Sep 13 // Nick Chester
The Gunstriner (Xbox 360)Developer: Twisted PixelPublisher: Microsoft Game StudiosRelease date: September 13, 2011Price: $39.99 With The Gunstringer, Twisted Pixel have woven together story and gameplay in a way no Kinect game developer has been able to do to date. It's a clever setup: you control The Gunstringer’s marionette with one hand, moving him through a stageplay as an audience -- hilariously captured as live-action video -- watches on. Using your other hand, you'll control an on-screen six-shooter reticule, taking aim to "paint" up to six targets. Pulling your arm up to your shoulder (the motion it would make in response to firearm recoil) lets loose a barrage of bullets.  Being an “on-rails shooter,” you won’t have to move The Gunstringer in a 3D space. Instead, Twisted Pixel guides you forward through the experience, and you’re tasked with moving moving The Gunstringer left and right, and in some cases up, down, and jerking your hand upwards to make him jump. Between articulating The Gunstringer's movements with one hand, and aiming and firing with another, things can surely get tricky. During some of the more demanding sections of the game, it gets a bit like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time. Fortunately, the Kinect sensor does a good job of keeping up with your actions, which makes playing The Gunstringer both fun and satisfying. The gimmick of moving a puppet back and forth with your hand clicks quickly, as your brain is fast to make sense of the natural action. The “paint and shoot” mechanic also works extremely well, not entirely dissimilar to Q-Entertainment’s shot at Kinect, Child of Eden. Really, it’s not a control scheme that couldn’t have been mapped to a controller; The Gunstringer often feels like parts of Twisted Pixel’s controller-based Comic Jumper. Admittedly, though, the controller-free experience gives the game an entirely different, fun, and welcome feel. That rubbing-your-belly-and-patting-your-head feeling I mentioned earlier goes a long way towards adding a layer of depth and challenge to the experience that you might not get with traditional controls. It doesn’t come without a trade-off, though. While I’m still surprised by the accuracy of the Kinect sensor, and its tracking is mostly on point, it’s certainly not perfect. The “floaty” feel and small disconnect between your hands and on-screen actions is present, as it is with many Kinect games that try to match one-to-one tracking. This becomes really obvious when you’re required to quickly move The Gunstringer away from an obstacle, or gently guide him through a maze of booby traps with minor motions. It never becomes frustrating to the point of completely eliminating fun from the equation, but I ran into more than a few situations than I would have liked where I was blaming my failures on the hardware.Great news about The Gunstringer is that it has an “Activity level” of “sitting-standing.” What this means is that compared to something like Ubisoft’s Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (which has an activity level of “bust your fat ass”), don’t expect to break a sweat playing The Gunstringer. While keeping your arms raised to move the puppet and fire your guns can get exhausting during a marathon session (e.g., when you have to review it and meet a deadline), any human gameplay session shouldn’t leave you wanting to take a nap. Unfortunately, while the game advertises “sitting” gameplay, I didn’t have much luck in that department. It worked, with the game recognizing that I was in front of the television and trying to play, but I found that the accuracy took a hit. Your mileage may vary depending on your setup (and maybe your height, how tall your seat is, etc.), but I ended up playing the entire game on my feet.As with most Twisted Pixel games, there’s a ton of content here, including a handful of story-based chapters and the developer’s usual heap of unlockable content. The content is generally unlocked using cash earned for your in-game performance, so you’re encouraged to head back into levels you’ve previously completed to beef up your performance. (Bonus: there’s a photo of Destructoid’s own Hamza Aziz to purchase; sorry, he’s wearing clothes.) While you could probably blow through all of the main content in a few hours, these extras (as well as a tough-as-nails “hardcore” mode) kept me invested for quite a bit longer. You can even play the game cooperatively, which could add another set of playthroughs if you’re lucky enough to have friends who like being with you. One glance at any of the game’s key art would probably be a dead giveaway that Twisted Pixel’s trademark sense of irreverent humor marks The Gunstringer’s writing, visuals, and sound. The game’s tutorial level features a skeleton cowboy puppet who shoots up an inflatable wavy tube man. Later, you face off against a creature that’s a result of sexual relations between a lumberjack and an alligator. I’m going to stop there, but you get where I’m going. Once again, Twisted Pixel manges to create a completely fresh set of likable, original characters, which is refreshing in a medium where gruff voices, wide shoulders, and fist-bumping machismo is the norm. Admittedly, some of the humor in The Gunstringer misses its mark, but all will be forgiven when you lay eyes on the game’s jaw-dropping live-action conclusion.The Gunstringer is a great example of what talented developers can do with Microsoft’s Kinect technology when they think creatively. Sure, it’s easy enough to mimic what others have been doing with motion controls for years. And to be fair, The Gunstringer doesn’t do all that much that couldn’t have been done with the Wii’s or PlayStation 3’s motion controls. But Twisted Pixel’s original characters and oddball sense of humor -- married with enjoyable gameplay -- add up to a special gameplay experience that’s worth your time if you own a Kinect. P.S. New copies of The Gunstringer come with a code to download Fruit Ninja Kinect. That game is also awesome.
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A skeleton cowboy marionette driven by revenge. Troma's Lloyd Kaufman driving dangerously. A beautiful, unlockable picture of our own Hamza Aziz. A gator that has sex with a lumberjack. Wait, hold on... what now?  Yup, this is definitely a Twisted Pixel game. Welcome to The Gunstringer, easily one of the most fun and original titles for Kinect. 

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Fruit F*cker spotted in second Ms. Splosion Man challenge


Sep 01
// Jordan Devore
Starting now until September 11, you can partake in Ms. Splosion Man's second TMS (Title Managed Storage) challenge. As was the case for the first in-game challenge, which featured our very own Mr. Destructoid, real-world pri...

Gunstringer and the perils of repetitive arm motions

Aug 30 // Conrad Zimmerman
Between this, Rise of Nightmares and Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster, I'm happy to see some games arrive for this control system that look like real games and not just tech demos. Pretty soon, I'll have to rearrange my living room to take advantage of some of these titles.
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Max and Tara grabbed Twisted Pixel CEO Michael Wilford at PAX this weekend and ruthlessly grilled him about their new Kinect title, The Gunstringer. In the process, she created what will no doubt be an animated GIF by the mo...

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Pinball FX2's next pinball table is based on Twisted Pixel's Ms. Splosion Man and it's set to come out on August 31 for the Xbox 360. The collaboration between Zen Studios and Twisted Pixel sees Splosin Man and Ms. Splosion ...

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New images of Pinball FX2's Ms. Splosion Man table


Aug 12
// Conrad Zimmerman
Zen Studios has released a new set of screenshots featuring the new Ms. Splosion Man table for Pinball FX 2. Of course, you already know that Mr. Destructoid's helmet has a prominent position on the table, but there are other...
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The first Ms. Splosion Man TMS challenge is almost over!


Jul 28
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Mr. Destructoid is in everything these days, including your mom! Destructoid's time is running out in the first free TMS challenge for Ms. Splosion Man. The challenge comes to an end on July 31, just a few days from now. The ...
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New Destructoid Episode: Battlefield 3 & Summer of Arcade


Jul 27
// Max Scoville
Hello, my darlings. It's your old pal Max with some more internet videos for you to watch instead of doing your homework. Our robot overlord Mr. Destructoid has social-engineered his way into the Ms. 'Splosion Man Pinball FX...

Destructoid wants your balls in Ms. Splosion Man pinball

Jul 26 // Niero Desu
This trifecta of indie awesomeness was about through strenuous industry-standard barley repurposing practices during GDC 2011. I'd like to thank Nick, Mel, Hamza, Jay, and Michael for seeing this through from plastered suggestion to such an insane execution!  This marks the 10th video game cameo of Mr. Destructoid, who has also appeared in the upcoming Retro City Rampage, Bomberman Live, Dino Run, Super Meat Boy, Raskulls, and others -- including Ms. Splosion Man. As a guy who started a videogame blog just for fun it's difficult to describe just how grateful I am to be affiliated with such a cool project.  Now, if you'll excuse me I have to phone my nephew who, upon seeing this, will surely defecate himself.  Thanks everyone for your reading our wacky robot-themed video game website, we're ridiculously grateful for your support! We'll have more details and a gameplay video for you in the days before its release. For more info on Ms. Splosion man check out TwistedPixelGames.com, and Pinball FX2 is the handiwork of ZenStudios.com. 
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Do you know how long we've been wanting to talk about this?  I swear it's like a walking around with grenades in your shorts!  I'm so ridiculously excited to announce today that Mr. Destructoid is in Pinball FX2 on ...

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The Gunstringer comes with Fruit Ninja Kinect and goodies


Jul 22
// Maurice Tan
More than a few eyebrows were raised when it became known that Twisted Pixel's The Gunstringer would be a retail game instead of a downloadable one. To make you feel better, the retail box will come with codes for Halfbrick's...
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Buy Bastion through Microsoft Store, get The Maw for free


Jul 21
// Maurice Tan
Ever heard of the Microsoft Store? Now would be a good time to get acquainted, as it is running a promotion where you get The Maw for free if buy Bastion through their site. It's the same price but with a free game to boot. I...

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