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Puppies

I would gladly trade a Rock Band 4 set for a puppy


Can't blame them for tryin'
Jan 28
// Brett Makedonski
The prospect of puppies has an undeniable power. Earlier this week, professional hockey player Bobby Ryan scored a goal in a game, earning these two kids a new pup. Not to be outdone, the next day another hockey player netted...
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Unravel Gameplay

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


Yarn, yarn never changes
Jan 19
// Jed Whitaker
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 ...
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Frogs

Beautiful Frog is a game about life as a frog


Rrrrrribbit
Jan 18
// Joe Parlock
Monday mornings are one of the least active times in gaming. Seriously, nothing ever happens on a Monday morning. So instead, kick off your week with Beautiful Frog, a cute choose-your-own-adventure game by developer Por...
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Monster Rancher who?

Start a cute farm in Slime Rancher, now on Steam Early Access


More slime than Nickelodeon
Jan 14
// Jed Whitaker
Slime Rancher, the cute first-person farming simulator that I said would be the "next big thing" is now available on Steam Early Access for $19.99. Saves should automatically migrate to the Steam version if you've already bee...

The adorable Slime Rancher might be the next big indie hit

Jan 06 // Jed Whitaker
Slime Rancher (PC [previewed], Mac, Linux)Developer: Monomi ParkPublisher: Monomi ParkRelease Date: TBA 2016 Beatrix LeBeau wakes up on the Far, Far Range ranch a thousand light years away from Earth and has decided to make a living by wrangling slimes. Using a trusty vacpack (read: vacuum gun), she'll suck in wild slimes, fruit, vegetables, chickens, and plorts (aka slime poops).  When starting your first day (time passes a minute per second in real-world time), you'll have a bare-bones ranch with multiple plots on which to build corrals for your slimes, gardens to grow fruits and vegetables, coops for chicken-like hen hens, silos for storage, and so on. Most of your time, however, is spent exploring off the ranch for different types of slimes. They range from basic pink slimes to cute cat-like tabby slimes to glowing phosphorus slimes that only come out at night.  Capturing slimes feels similar to using the vacuum from Luigi's Mansion, only in first-person; it is rather simple yet satisfying. Coming across your first group of wandering wild slimes with joyous smiles on their faces is exciting. I found myself saying 'awwwww' out loud more than once during my time with Slime Rancher -- more so than probably any game I've played. While Pokémon and Harvest Moon have their moments of cuteness, Slime Rancher simply oozes it. [embed]331847:61746:0[/embed] Ranch management isn't cheap. To earn money, you'll be collecting plorts from slimes, both wild and those stored at your ranch. Slimes produce plorts when fed their preferred food source. For example, pink slimes will eat anything edible while tabby slimes will only eat meat. Once plorts are collected, you can sell them in the market via a machine stationed in your ranch. The device shows the current prices for each variation of plort and whether the price has risen or fallen recently. Plorts serve more than one purpose, however. If you feed a slime a plort from a different breed of slime, it will grow larger and develop features from the other species. For instance, feeding a pink slime a plort from a tabby will make it grow a tail and two ears. These combination slimes will eat both food sources their original species would eat, and always produce a plort from each species when fed, so you can get two plorts for the price of one. Feeding a combination slime another plort from a third species results in a monstrosity known as "The Tarr." These are evil black slimes that have rainbow streaks running through them, much like you'd see in motor oil in a parking lot. The Tarrs will eat other slimes whole while their terrified faces look at you as if to cry out for help. Should you venture too close to The Tarr, you'll also be attacked, though your health regenerates after a short time. There are two ways to take care of these evildoers: suck up and shoot water on them, or suck them up and shoot them into the nearby ocean; you're only a few feet away from it as the ranch is located on one of a series of connected islands. Even though Slime Rancher is still only considered pre-alpha by its developers, I found myself playing it for hours. There is already a ton to do. Each corral can be upgraded with various functions such as high walls, auto-feeders, and plort collectors. Music can keep the slimes from getting agitated and trying to escape their pens. At one point, my tabby slimes stacked on top of each other and jumped in my hen hen coop and ate all my hen hens! Naughty slimes. A silo can be purchased to store fruits and vegetables, as well as an incinerator to destroy things you no longer need. In the alpha, everything you can collect is of some use. Not only can you upgrade your corrals, gardens, and coops, but you can buy two extensions to your ranch: one is a cave and the other is a forest-like area, each with more spots for building. There are also character upgrades such as health, a jetpack, and stamina. Daily orders are available that ask for specific items and slimes to be deposited which, upon completion, reward you with valuable plorts, slimes, and edibles. Slime Rancher is adorable. The graphics are also on point, especially when you consider it is running on Unity and looks similar to and as good as Team Fortress 2. The music is calming, reminiscent of some of the ambient tunes you'd hear in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, while the gameplay feels totally original despite being part of a genre that has existed for years. The game is expected to launch on Steam Early Access soon, but if you want to experience the in-development pre-alpha builds now, you can do so by pre-ordering at the official site for $19.99. While that might sound steep, there are already hours worth of enjoyable content in the current build with the promise of much more to come.
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My impressions of the public pre-alpha
After seeing some brief gameplay of Slime Rancher, I instantly thought, "I feel like this is going to be the next big thing and I need to get my hands on it stat." I'm very excited to tell you that I believe I was right. Afte...

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Street Fighter 2

Come watch someone's dad do Street Fighter II's victory poses


Yeah, he does Chun-Li's 'Yatta!'
Nov 18
// Joe Parlock
Street Fighter’s victory poses have always been kind of daft to me. Instead combing their hair, doing backflips, or laughing at nothing, chances are as soon as a real fight was over people would just limp away mumbling...
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Happy Home Designer

Nintendo somehow finds a way to make Animal Crossing even more adorable


This game has gone to the dogs
Oct 30
// CJ Andriessen
Millions of people love puppies. Millions of people also love Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. What happens when you put those two things together? Like chocolate and peanut butter, you get something spectacular! Here's...
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Unravel

Adorable yarn adventure Unravel releasing in early 2016


I want him to live in my pocket
Jul 31
// Laura Kate Dale
Without a doubt, the star of E3 this year was Yarny, the adorable woolen hero of EA's upcoming faux indie release Unravel. He's just so gosh damn adorable, as is his nervously cute creator who we met at E3. For those of you j...
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Baby costume

I hope this adorable Magikarp baby never evolves


Just the cutest
Jul 06
// Jordan Devore
This baby's costumed antics put a huge smile on my face. I hope you have the same reaction. It's basically the inverse of that (also great) beefcake Magikarp from last month.
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Kingdom Hearts

Newly announced Kingdom Hearts Unchained X[chi] is adorable as heck


Japan always gets the best things
May 13
// Alissa McAloon
Usually I wouldn't make this big of a deal over something that is (so far) only releasing in Japan, but Kingdom Hearts Unchained X[chi] is just too cute to pass up. The iOS and Android game is based off a Japan-only...
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Sonic

Forget Sonic Boom, this is what the next Sonic should really be


Just look at him, so cute
Apr 23
// Robert Summa
For those that have lost faith that a proper Sonic game will ever come out again, please feel comforted in the fact that with videos like these, there is always hope. Honestly, wouldn't you rather play a game that looks like this than the horrors of Sonic Boom? [Image]
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Snakebird

You had me at 'Snakebird'


An apple a day keeps the Snakebird at bay
Apr 21
// Jordan Devore
A snake that is also a bird. Snakebird. How utterly adorable. The creator of Nimbus is back with Snakebird, a game about contorting narcoleptic creatures through 50-some puzzle worlds. It's releasing super soon: May 4, 2015 ...
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Samorost 3

Samorost 3 looks like the surreal point-and-click adventure of my dreams


That world design is something else
Apr 15
// Jordan Devore
The last time I wrote about Samorost 3, I expressed surprise and delight that Amanita Design was making another one of these charming point-and-click adventure games. Today, a year and a half later, I could do the same -- I ...
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Octodad LP

Make eye contact with this super cute Octodad vinyl


(That's what average human dads do, right?)
Mar 13
// Jordan Devore
To distract myself from the incessant sports talk happening in Destructoid chat this laid-back afternoon, I've been staring at the wonderful 7" Octodad: Dadliest Catch record. What a cutie. Nice to see Young Horses stick with...
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Aviary Attorney

Aviary Attorney flies to Kickstarter, soars away with my heart


Sketchy Logic remixes 19th century art and music with a deft and steady hand
Dec 14
// Rob Morrow
Aviary Attorney is the ingenious brainchild of Coventry-based Sketchy Logic; the living half of which (for the sake of this project) is comprised of programmer and designer Jeremy Noghani with graphic artist and animato...
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The Blue Flamingo

The Blue Flamingo is a ridiculously adorable shmup


Might and Delight exemplify handcrafted Indie games
Nov 18
// Rob Morrow
Swedish game studio Might and Delight really knows how to make games that stand out visually. Its attractive-looking paper art style on the Shelter series is, in my mind, unmistakable. I can recognize the stud...
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Plush

You can't squeeze this Fat Chocobo plush yet, but you can pre-order it


They make the rockin' world go 'round
Aug 18
// Jordan Devore
Like Steven, I may not be playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn but I am keenly aware of its magnificent Fat Chocobos. They're so pump and great. Courtesy of our sister site Tomopop, we've learned that pre-orders have ope...
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Steam

Cheerful shooter Lovely Planet lives up to its name


An abstract speedrunning game out now on Steam
Aug 01
// Jordan Devore
Lovely Planet is described as "a game of jumping and shooting," which sounds so much more fitting than "first-person shooter." You do shoot your gun at cute little things from a first-person perspective, sure, but I don't wa...
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FranknJohn

Little house of horrors: FranknJohn is one adorable roguelike


B-movie, gimme some gore!
Jun 04
// Brittany Vincent
FranknJohn has to be one of the cutest Kickstarter projects I've seen, especially given the fact that it's a roguelike set in a haunted house full of nods to B-movies. Plus, the titular FranknJohn himself has a stake going t...
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Toys

Nendoroid Link is just the cutest little adventurer


Awww
Apr 11
// Jordan Devore
Pre-orders have opened for Good Smile Company's positively adorable Nendoroid Link ahead of the figure's scheduled late-August release this year and I need this. The design is based on Link's appearance in The Legend of Zelda...
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Taiko Drum Master

This bluetooth Taiko: Drum Master drum is adorable


Huddle around your iPad or iPhone!
Nov 14
// Steven Hansen
I have Taiko: Drum Master on PS2, but no drum, so I only get to play when I head down to Japantown and use the wonderfully giant arcade cabinet. Apparently, Japan even gets the series on its phones and tablets, hence this tin...
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Mario 3D World disc art

Super Mario 3D World has the most adorable disc art ever


I can't even handle it, I just can't
Nov 07
// Brett Zeidler
Just a little bit ago, IGN's Jose Otero tweeted out a picture of the disc art for Super Mario 3D World, and I basically had a mini heart attack after seeing my main man Mario featured prominently on it. We all know Catsuit Ma...
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Ashley Davis

Read Ashley Davis' Valkyrie on ShiftyLook today!


Hurray for super cute comics about forgotten videogame stars!
Jun 19
// Tony Ponce
Former Destructoid editor and doodler of all things cute, Ashley Davis, has done many wonderful things in her years as a freelance artist. From her animated GameTrailers series, Once Upon a Pixel, to her contributions to vari...
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Awesomenauts

New Awesomenaut Ayla voiced by Ashly Burch


Tiny, adorable, and evil
May 25
// Tony Ponce
The insane 2D MOBA Awesomenauts has been trucking along for a full year, continuously being updated with new characters, maps, and other goodies -- on Windows and Mac, of course. Developer Ronimo Games is not through with th...
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Videogame dolls

Too cute! Mega Man, Mr. Saturn, and Samus crotchet dolls


Aren't they just the snuggliest?
May 24
// Tony Ponce
D'AAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWW!!! Etsy member Sam Wilding loves making pixel art. Sometimes, his partner in crime Natasha will take Sam's pixel art and transform them into "amigurumi," crotchet dolls whose sole purpose is to sit there ...
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Jacob Jones

New Vita game Jacob Jones looks interesting


An episodic adventure comes to the Vita
Apr 26
// Chris Carter
Lucid Games has announced a new game for the PlayStation Vita, titled Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery. Starring the titular hero, it tells the sale of a young introverted boy at a camp called Camp Eagle Feather. After me...
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Xmas Cards

Check out several sites and companies' Christmas cards


From Ronimo, LEVEL-5, Shinesparkers, and Team Bobo
Dec 25
// Tony Ponce
Every year, game companies and other game sites like to send out holiday cards to their various contacts -- not that out of the ordinary. Sometimes these cards are your basic season's greetings, but other times they go above ...
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PAX: My favorite cosplay of the show ... so far


Aug 31
// Chad Concelmo
There is a surprising amount of great cosplay at PAX. People walk around in some pretty elaborate and sometimes beautiful outfits. While all impressive, most of it is the same thing you normally see: a Lara Croft here, a Mast...
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Adorable Bravely Default customizations, insane summons


Aug 29
// Dale North
This morning's Nintendo Direct presentation from Japan brought lots of news and release details, but none of them made me squeal like the Bravely Default: Flying Fairy demonstration did. This bit, shown above, shows off hint...

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