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Indivisible crowdfunding campaign extended

It's not over yet. Lab Zero Games has secured a 20-day extension on its Indiegogo campaign for Indivisible, a stylish side-scrolling RPG with shades of Valkyrie Profile and Super Metroid. As it now stands, Lab Zero has raised $975,000 of it...   read

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Super Mario Maker

Mario Maker has new costumes and checkpoints

It's a great time to get back into Super Mario Maker. As of tonight's update, we can now place mid-level checkpoints. Finally! They're going to have such a big impact on my willingness to clear people's levels. To add a checkpoint to your c...   read

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Release date confirmed for 'sadistic' circus game Penarium

"Sadistic" 2D arena arcade Penarium is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 22, 2015. Willy (snigger) is trapped in a "sinister circus," and the only hope of seeing his family again is to "run and jump his way past an array...   read

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Review: Castle Crashers Remastered

In 2008, Castle Crashers rekindled my dormant love of beat-'em-ups. It had imaginative characters, strange and varied locales, and the four-player co-op was great at encouraging friendly competition. There wasn't much else like it back then...   read

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N++ is even bigger and more difficult than we thought

N++ released back in July with a bold claim: "No way anyone 100%s it." Given its enormous level select screen featuring more than a thousand levels and the brutal difficulty the series is known for, it seemed fair enough to make that statem...   read

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Suge Knight?

Free Shovel Knight expansion out September 17

Yacht Club Games just announced Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows is coming to, "all existing platforms and regions on September 17, 2015." The free expansion is a completely remixed story mode starring Plague Knight and featuring some new a...   read

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Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows looks wonderful

Plague of Shadows looks like the perfect excuse to get back into Shovel Knight. It's a free expansion that remixes the game to tell an alternate story about the Plague Knight. Between his customizable bomb-based moveset and some new areas a...   read

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Now there's a shoot-'em-up in Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker isn't out until September 11 and I'm already feeling inadequate. At this rate, any level I dream up will pale in comparison to what we're seeing on YouTube. I'll give it my best anyway. The folks at GameXplain have crafted...   read

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Terraria hits Mac and Linux at long last

Several years later, Terraria is still going strong. After a round of open beta testing, the Mac and Linux versions of the popular sandbox game have launched. If you're a Windows player, you won't need to pay for these new ports, and all th...   read

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More frequent updates are planned for Terraria

In an interview with PC Gamer, Terraria’s lead developer Andrew “Redigit” Spinks announced that going forward, there will be more frequent but smaller updates to the game. Talking about the recent 1.3 update, Spinks also a...   read

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Iconoclasts finally gets a release announcement: Steam and Sony systems in 2016

We have had our eyes on The Iconoclasts for a while now. It started development in 2010, and we have covered whispers of updates sporadically since then, including a rad mecha-worm boss fight using rail transport last year. Given the one-ma...   read

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N++ has one hell of a stylish launch trailer

I'm thrilled and terrified to dig into N++. Darren and I have been reminiscing about the cooperative levels in its predecessor, N+, so pain is fresh on my mind. These games are brutal but fair and so satisfying. If you're new to them, take ...   read

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Tembo the Badass Elephant

Game Freak's Tembo the Badass Elephant drops on July 21

I've covered Tembo the Badass Elephant only once -- back when it was unveiled in March -- and the side-scrolling action game is nearly ready for us with a July 21 launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Nice to not drown in promotional materials, ...   read

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Shovel Knight retail

Shovel Knight headed to retail with a proper instruction manual

Shovel Knight is one of those games that's so good, you want as many people as possible to hear about it, play it, and hopefully dig it as much as you do. To that end, some good news: Yacht Club Games is pushing for a retail launch on Octob...   read

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Dad Beat Dads
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Belated Father's Day: Throw babies in Dad Beat Dads

True story: my dad used to be quite the brawler. At a stocky 5'5" (165 cm), he was often underestimated. What he lacks in height and reach he makes up for in tenacity. What I'm trying to say is that I'm pretty sure my dad could beat up you...   read

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Hollowpoint gives co-op shooting a fresh perspective

Update: Cross-play for PS4 and PC will not be a feature for Hollowpoint.It feels like you can't go anywhere without seeing another co-op shooter set for release or being announced for the first time. Since the success of titles like Left 4 ...   read

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Bloodstained Kickstarter

Bloodstained Kickstarter ends with over $5.7 million pledged

It doesn't feel like it has been a month since we were first asked "sword or whip?" or we first heard the term "Igavania," but here we are. Koji Igarashi and company launched the Kickstarter campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night ho...   read

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Unlocking The Kid
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Oh, right, Super Meat Boy is going to break me

We learned this morning that Super Meat Boy is coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. I was ecstatic, and not merely because the game is going to be free at launch for PlayStation Plus members. Most of all, I looked forward to playing it aga...   read

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Terraria is coming to Wii U and 3DS

It's looking as though Terraria is coming to 3DS and Wii U, if a recent Amazon listing for the game is anything to go by. Now I know, Amazon has a pretty bad habit of just listing any game it can think of in the hopes it’ll event...   read

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Terraria 1.3
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Terraria 1.3 has mine carts and a release date: June 30

Every time a new Terraria update trailer comes out, I find myself watching and rewatching it to try to pick out things that are new. The most obvious one in this 1.3 trailer is the mine cart. Now that it's here, it surprises me that it has...   read

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Rogue Legacy

Rogue Legacy is still awesome (and aggravating) on Xbox One

The last couple of times we talked about Rogue Legacy coming to Xbox One, a bunch of you let the good vibes flow, so here's the bookend to that coverage: it's available now for $14.99. Better yet, the title is only $11.99 (20 percent off) f...   read

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Towerfall Ascension
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TowerFall Dark World has one hell of a trailer

More TowerFall Ascension news is good news. There isn't any word on the PlayStation Vita port other than that it's still happening -- comforting to hear, I suppose -- but there is a release date for the game's Dark World expansion. It'll b...   read

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Rogue Legacy

Xbox One owners can explore Rogue Legacy on May 27

I'd like to use a time machine to, among other deeds, dissuade Brett from using the headline "Xbox One inherits Rogue Legacy" so that I might use it right now in this post. Hate coming up with these things. But, really, saving it for May 27...   read

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Shovel Knight

Learn the real names of the enemies in Shovel Knight

Clearing Super Mario World for the first time and discovering that the fiery, big-eyed dinosaurs who leap out of the lava are named Blargg was quite the revelation. Come again? Blargg? I can't remember what I called the enemy leading up to ...   read

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Review: Uncanny Valley

I didn’t have the greatest of starts with Uncanny Valley. After only 15 minutes of play time, I’d wandered into one of the “bad” endings seemingly by accident. On my second attempt, I encountered so many pre-release ...   read

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