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4:00 PM on 04.08.2014

Review: Escape Goat 2

Escape Goat 2 is not a goat simulator. No, this is another goat game. I know it’s confusing. Sometimes two seemingly identical properties come out of nowhere. Armageddon came out two months after Deep Impact, moviegoers...

Ben Pack


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Monument Valley looks a bit like Fez x Echochrome photo
Monument Valley looks a bit like Fez x Echochrome
by Steven Hansen

That soothing music was nice before I go drive to the middle of nowhere to do my taxes. I don't have anything that will play Monument Valley (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), which is out now, but if I did, I would. Thankfully an Android release is coming soon.

I love the minimalist, colorful, MC Escher inspired architecture. And the upright bird people that look like plague doctors. So cute. 

If you have an iWhatever, maybe drop four bucks on this neat little game.

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Escape Goat 2 released as Tim Schafer tries to take credit photo
Escape Goat 2 released as Tim Schafer tries to take credit
by Conrad Zimmerman

Are you ready to laugh? Double Fine has released this video to promote the launch of Escape Goat 2 today on Windows, Mac and Linux PCs, and I suspect it's the funniest thing I'm going to see today. Watch what happens when Tim Schafer mistakes the developers of Escape Goat 2, MagicalBeanTime, for burglars and unleashes some street justice before attempting to steal all the glory from their work.

As many good ones do, the joke arises out of reality. MagicalBeanTime completed the final weeks of development on Escape Goat 2 using a spare office at Double Fine headquarters. 

Even if you don't give a whit about this really fun and strange puzzle-platform game, that's a damned funny ad. And if you do care, you can pick it up from Steam, Humble or GOG.com this week for 10% off the regular price of $9.99.

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Double Fine's Hack 'N' Slash is like Zelda, but you hack the game photo
Double Fine's Hack 'N' Slash is like Zelda, but you hack the game
by Steven Hansen

Borne out of Double Fine's yearly Amnesia Fortnight game jam, Hack 'N' Slash (as well as Spacebase DF-9) is getting a full release this summer. The top down action adventure game may look like a Legend of Zelda clone, but that's intentional, because the actual mechanics are different. And weird. 

You actually hack the game, rewriting bits of its code and changing values in real time to affect how you interact with these iconic mechanics. I feel a little dumb and intimidated, too, don't worry.

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The devs of Glitchspace want to make programming fun and cool photo
The devs of Glitchspace want to make programming fun and cool
by Alessandro Fillari



One of the benefits of being at the Game Developers Conference is being able to meet the talent behind such inventive and quirky games. While many of the heavy hitters get most of the attention, there's plenty of other titles that will make you look twice. Many of which offer something a bit different and bizarre, such as Glitchspace.

Glitchspace is an action/adventure platformer focusing on emergent gameplay within a digital world. Currently released in paid Alpha form, players must trek through a series of devious and mind-bending puzzles that take advantage of the environment, while using your programming skills to traverse the ever changing landscape of cyberspace.

Yes, programming is a major part of the game, and it's actually fairly simple to use. Now before you freak out, you're not asked to type out lines of code on the spot, it's much more interesting than that. In Glitchspace, your character in the digital world possesses a gun that allows them to manipulate special glitched platforms and other objects in the world. You can assign special programmed 'objects' to these glitches, which can manipulate the properties of the environment.

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5:00 AM on 03.14.2014

Help! I can't stop playing 2048

This week's addictive browser game that I can't seem to quit is 2048, a sliding tiles game where you try to match numbers to multiply their value. The ultimate goal is to get a tile that's worth 2048 without having completely...

Brett Makedonski



Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre
by Alessandro Fillari

The year was 2009. Back when the Xbox 360's XBLA Summer of Games was all the rage, a small little downloadable title called Trials HD came out of nowhere and won the hearts of players. With two sequels, and several million copies sold, Trials has been a staple of downloadable gaming scene and has garnered a loyal and devout following.

Now, with another title on the way, the developers at RedLynx and Ubisoft have gone all in and made Trials: Fusion the most content rich and expansive title of the series. With over 150 developers working on the title across three different studios, Ubisoft plans to give fans and newcomers alike a crash course in making a splash with this bizarre and challenging puzzle racer.

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10:00 AM on 02.26.2014

Tappingo is launching on the 3DS soon

Yet another 3DS game is on the horizon, and in this case, it's Tappingo -- an intriguing looking puzzler. It'll launch on February 27th in the US, and March 6th in Europe. Tappingo weighs in at $2.99, and will feature over 100 puzzles. Overall, this feels perfectly suited for the 3DS -- the price is right, the control scheme looks sound, and it has a ton of bang for your buck.

Chris Carter

9:00 PM on 02.11.2014

Stealth puzzle game Traverser looks great

Gatling Goat Studios' Traverser stars Valerie Bennett, the traverser with the ability to swap between the mirrored Uppertown and Lowertown, the two sides of an underground city connected together by gravity plates. The city,...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 02.11.2014

Threes is an addictive, cute little numbers game

Often times the most mobile games are the most simple affairs. That's absolutely true for Threes, which has skyrocketed itself to the number one paid App spot in multiple regions. The concept is really easy to pick up -- you ...

Chris Carter