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Room-flipping puzzler Shift returns on 3DS this week

Whoa, this one brings me back. Remember Shift? The monochrome puzzle title started out as a web game eight years ago before proving popular enough to warrant a full series and ports to other platforms. Now it's back and heading to 3DS with...   read

 
 
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New PS4 Trophies suggest a localized Puyo Puyo Tetris release

When Puyo Puyo met Tetris, magic happened. Sparks flew. At least, that's what I'm led to believe by folks like Steven who have gotten their hands on this Japan-only puzzler with Real Good genes. While Puyo Puyo Tetris made the rounds on sev...   read

 
 
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Rumor: Crashmo sequel cancelled for Wii U

All over the world, the series that started with Pushmo on 3DS is known by several names and sequel variations (Crashmo, Fallblox, Pullblox), but it might be at the end of its rope. According to a rumor from Liam Robertson, famed Nintendo l...   read

 
 
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Jigsaw puzzles are extremely cool, go do a jigsaw puzzle

A lot of you will find yourselves with some free time over the next few days as work, school, and other responsibilities slow until 2017. You'll probably turn to video games to kill the lull, certainly your default response by now. Maybe yo...   read

 
 
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Hell yeah, Agony is happening because it killed its funding goal

Those who lusted after Agony won't find reason to be wrathful after hearing this news. Agony is definitely going to happen because of a very successful round of crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The bar was originally set for a very sp...   read

 
 
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Sadistic co-op puzzle game Death Squared coming to PS4 too

The devious trial-and-error friendship-destroying puzzler Death Squared was previously only announced for PC and Xbox One, but these days it only makes sense to bring games to as many platforms as possible. Why should Microsoft have a monop...   read

 
 
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This 3D chalk art for The Last Guardian is rad

After all these years and cancellation allegations out the wazoo, you can finally buy and play The Last Guardian. You can watch this 3D chalk art too, which cements the fact that Trico looks even more like Falcor than we give him credit for...   read

 
 
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Goodbye! BoxBoy! triple pack coming, amiibo confirmed

Oh hey, more Boxboy! Well, even more than we already got with the sequel, at least. Out of nowhere Nintendo announced a new entry in the series, which will be released in Japan both digitally and as part of a triple-pack. The kicker? The pa...   read

 
 
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Review: The Last Guardian

How do you really prepare for a review for The Last Guardian? You can't. I mean, you can try. I replayed ICO and Shadow of the Colossus once Guardian had a firm, really real release date, to try to have a fresh frame of reference,...   read

 
 
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Lara Croft Go is coming to PS4 and Vita...today

It was probably the worst kept secret of PSX, but Lara Croft Go is coming to PS4 and Vita later today. Originally released back in August of 2015 on iOS and Android, it took them long enough, but it's here, and will join Hitman Go as a...   read

 
 
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Cyan is bringing Obduction to PS4, PSVR, and Vive in 2017

Myst and Riven maker Cyan has kept itself plenty busy with Obduction, its latest absorbing adventure, and that's going to be the case for a while longer. Having recently rolled out the option to play on PC with Oculus Rift, the studio is no...   read

 
 
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The Witness shows how PS4 Pro patches should be done

We're starting to see patches trickle out that set games up for next week's PlayStation 4 Pro launch. While The Witness isn't quite ready for its 4K and high-dynamic range update, it will be one of the early games to use Sony's higher-end c...   read

 
 
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Spy puzzler I Expect You To Die is heading to PlayStation VR

How to make a game about dying that isn't frustrating? "Always have at least one clue before a death trap," says design director Shawn Patton, and "[m]ake it clear why you died so you'd learn for the next playthrough." These are the two ru...   read

 
 
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Review: Tumble VR

Calmly building a tower of blocks doesn't make for a thrilling virtual reality concept, but Tumble VR, an expansion of Supermassive's PlayStation 3 puzzler reworked for PS4 with VR in mind, has already found a place in my library. Sometimes...   read

 
 
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Review: SuperHyperCube

Wait, Polytron is still around? Apparently, and it's publishing a new puzzle game for the PlayStation VR that you probably haven't heard of.   read

 
 
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There's very little lost in translation with the mobile version of Lumines

Lumines: Puzzle & Music isn't exactly a follow-up everyone wanted. Originally created by the Tetsuya Mizuguchi for the PSP, the series has garnered a hardcore fanbase for the past 12 years -- an audience that really isn't all that ...   read

 
 
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Death Squared keeps puzzle teams on their toes

Most modern puzzle games feature one unique mechanic, introducing it plainly at first but building on it over time. Braid had its time manipulation. Portal had its... portals. Death Squared is a little bit different. If there's one idea tyi...   read

 
 
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The Witness is a very different game when the curiosity is gone

I am something of a Witness scholar. Back in January, I spent weeks pushing myself to my brain's limit in order to learn all of the island's secrets by the time the review embargo lifted. I'm proud to say I accomplished that (and with no gu...   read

 
 
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Talking Lumines with the great 'time thief' Tetsuya Mizuguchi

It's been many years since I've played Lumines on account of having a PlayStation Portable that is somehow both lost and broken, not to mention the fact that I've always been more of a Rez guy, but there's plenty good reason to talk about t...   read

 
 
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Battle Chef Brigade: two tastes tasting great together

Sometimes we joke about genre blending, as if some games are designed by shuffling a deck of cards with mechanics written on them and then choosing two at random. At first glance, Battle Chef Brigade looks like it could have been a result o...   read

 
 
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Amanita puzzle adventure Samorost 3 hits iOS

Machinarium and Botanicula creator Amanita Design has brought its most recent puzzle adventure, the delightful Samorost 3, to iPhone and iPad. The game's alien landscapes are just something else! Our own Ben Davis reviewed the PC version e...   read

 
 
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Review: Hue

Hue is a two-dimensional puzzle-platform game where the protagonist, the titular Hue, is tasked with collecting the different colored segments of a special ring to find out what has happened to his mother. It's very clearly influenced ...   read

 
 
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Review: Obduction

Myst was such a formative experience in the '90s -- a harbinger of a new plane of thinking in storytelling, pushing the boundaries of technical advancement and narrative-driven gaming. It defined a genre and set the stage for adventure pu...   read

 
 
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The Witness is set for a September release on Xbox One

Almost nine months after the original PC and PS4 release, The Witness is coming to Xbox One. As it turns out, PS4's console exclusivity was timed, allowing this port to come out toward the end of the year. In a post on Xbox Wire, Jonat...   read

 
 
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Review: Deus Ex GO

Square Enix Montréal has a damn good track record thus far. Hitman GO, Pokémon GO, and Lara Croft GO all received high marks from us and raised the bar for what mobile puzzlers can look and play like. The team's next proj...   read

 
 



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