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Esper 1 is coming to Oculus Rift, Esper 2 owners get it for free

In case you haven't heard, Esper 2 is a quirky, very fun puzzle game that makes great use of its virtual reality setting on Gear VR and the Oculus Rift. But there's a lesser known Esper 1 (the "2" isn't merely for show) that also exist...   read

 
 
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The Witness

New PS4 update for The Witness might help with motion sickness

It sure does feel odd to boot up The Witness again. I had intended to continue solving optional puzzles after earning the platinum Trophy, albeit at a much laxer, much more sane pace, but ended up stopping completely. Why go back now? A Pla...   read

 
 
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This puzzle game has some slick-looking snake physics

I'm not overly fond of snakes, but I like the potential of a puzzle-platformer in which you play as one that slithers and wraps around objects semi-realistically. This is Snake Pass, a PC game from Sumo Digital that came out of its first i...   read

 
 
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Review: Esper 2

Those who are on the fence with virtual reality typically cite a dissonance between the actual state of a real-life subject compared to the actions taking place in-game. In other words, outside of the HTC Vive, most VR headsets skew to...   read

 
 
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Review: the Sequence

Computer programming is a lot like a puzzle. An individual program has a main goal to accomplish, and getting there requires a set of pieces executed in a particular order. It takes a certain part of the brain to think ahead, put everything...   read

 
 
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Review: Darknet

"Hacking" is a gaming term that almost always initiates a series of groans from players. Usually forced in as a ham-handed minigame, I don't have many fond memories of hacking outside of a few clever uses of the mechanic like in Axiom ...   read

 
 
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Review: Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge

Nintendo backed itself into a corner with amiibo in terms of software. Now that the things are wildly popular, it's at a crossroads. Does it gate substantial content behind them and piss off casual fans who don't want to buy toys? Or only r...   read

 
 
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Esper 2 has Shaun of the Dead's Nick Frost and is out today

Lovely boy Nick Frost of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame is lending his voice to Esper 2, a game about dealing with an outbreak of people having telekinetic abilities apparently caused by some kind of villain on a quest ...   read

 
 
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Because poop is funny

The Binding of Isaac developers are making another 'shitty' game, The Legend of Bum-bo

The developers of The Binding of Isaac Fingered (Edmund McMillen, James Id, and Ridiculon) announced they are working on a new title called The Legend of Bum-bo that is set to be "a turn-based puzzle RPG type thingy that's randoml...   read

 
 
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Walk the line between man and machine in The Turing Test

Around this time last year, a first-person puzzle game called Pneuma: Breath of Life released. Although it was built around an interesting conceit, I didn't find myself too enamored with it. The puzzles mostly failed to grab me, and I ...   read

 
 
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I'm keen on Keen, a Zelda-inspired puzzler

During GDC I met with a couple of lovely Brazilian gents from Cat Nigiri, a studio whose logo is a kawaii-looking kitty draped under slab of raw fish. The duo was showing off its commander-less Keen, a Zelda-inspired game that's basically o...   read

 
 
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Review: Dynetzzle Extended

The moment I saw Dynetzzle Extended, I wanted it. Dice logic, spatial reasoning, atmospheric music, and a clean aesthetic. It was my jam. Two hours later, I became a little chilly on it. Where I went in hoping for a nice session of dee...   read

 
 
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Get a look at Frozen Synapse 2 in action

We knew Frozen Synapse 2 was coming, but we didn't get an actual taste of it until just recently. This new video shows off a bit of gameplay mixed with the series signature art style, and it's important to note that the sequel is now a...   read

 
 
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Oddworld: Soulstorm

Oddworld: Soulstorm is the Exoddus remake, set for 2017

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty did great justice to Abe's Oddysee. It took the already fantastic puzzle-platformer and made it friggin' gorgeous, up to today's resolution standards. It only made sense to do the same with the next game in Abe's sto...   read

 
 
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NIS America

NIS delays The Firefly Diary's PC release

NIS America has postponed the PC release of htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary. The puzzle game was initially supposed to arrive next Monday, March 14, but is now being delayed until April 25 to give the publisher more time to test the game a...   read

 
 
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Review: Telepaint

Titan Souls took the world by storm last year. Born out of the minds of the tiny indie team Acid Nerve, everyone was anxious to see their follow-up. While Telepaint, a bite-sized mobile puzzle game, isn't quite as titanic as a hardcore boss...   read

 
 
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The Firefly Diary

htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary is slightly less infuriating on PC

htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (which I am never typing ever again) is coming to PC in less than two weeks. I've been playing it a bit to see how the former PlayStation Vita exclusive translates to a mouse and keyboard setup. In The ...   read

 
 
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Teslagrad is getting a 3D action-adventure follow-up

Rain Games did quite well for itself with the magnetic puzzle-platformer Teslagrad. While its next game won't be a direct sequel, it's another adventure, and it's even set in that same universe. World to the West stars four disparate charac...   read

 
 
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Koi

Zen fish adventure Koi will be the first Chinese-developed game on PS4

With so many action-packed games to play, sometimes it's nice to temper the experience with something more chill. Koi catches the eye in the same way flOw did during the last generation. It just looks like a relaxing thing to do in order to...   read

 
 
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Review: Attractio

Almost 10 years ago, Portal showed us what a first-person puzzle-platformer can be. It was built on an incredible gameplay mechanic at its heart, but it also excelled in art direction, writing, voice work, and pretty much every other depart...   read

 
 
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Review: Soul Axiom

On paper, Wales Interactive’s Soul Axiom sounds like a really cool idea. Take an interesting plot about a digital afterlife, throw in some puzzles, add a heck of a lot of exploration across a variety of landscapes, and the result easi...   read

 
 
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Games are haaaaard

Games are kicking my ass right now, and it's great

"There's nothing to play right now" is an all-too-common sentiment when the novelty of holiday releases begins to wane. Personally, 2016 has already brought a wealth of Good Stuff that I'll be playing well in to the end of this year, and th...   read

 
 
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Hitman GO sneaks to PS4, PC, Vita next week

Hitman GO's "Definitive Edition" will be available for PlayStation 4, Steam, and PlayStation Vita on February 23 in North America and across Europe the next day, Square Enix just announced. Described as "basically the good old Hitman GO you...   read

 
 
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Tetsuya Mizuguchi
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Rez, Lumines dev's puzzle RPG 18 coming west

If you're a fan of Testuya Mizuguchi's work (Rez, Lumines, Space Channel 5, Child of Eden) and enjoy smartphone games, well buddy, let me tell you, 2016 is looking like one hell of a year. In addition to a pair of new Lumines games coming o...   read

 
 
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Someone made a robot that automatically beats Puzzle & Dragons

A reader this morning pointed me towards a pretty cool video by Japan's "Junya Sakamoto" over on YouTube, where a robot automatically deduces, and then solves puzzles in Puzzle & Dragons. If you watch the clip you'll actually see t...   read

 
 
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