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PC platformers and pixels of the past

If you grew up playing games in the late '80s or early '90s, you remember that Mario dominated the discussion on playgrounds and after school. By some estimates, Nintendo controlled up to 90% of the home console market, and it's no wonder t...   read

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Review: River City: Tokyo Rumble

River City Ransom was probably one of the best, most overlooked games on the NES, but remains a favorite for those who've played it since its release back in 1989. Combining a traditional beat-'em-up with the economy and stat growth of...   read

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Salt and Sanctuary

Review: Salt and Sanctuary

Chris Carter may seem like the only Souls guy around here, but there are more of us lurking in the shadows, wishing we could review them too. When I saw that Ska Studios of Dishwasher fame was making its own 2D take on the Souls f...   read

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Monster Boy
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Wonder Boy successor launching later this year

Monster Boy, the successor to the Wonder Boy and Monster World series, will launch later this year, publisher FDG Entertainment confirmed via the PlayStation Blog on Friday. While the announcement only mentions a PlayStation 4 ver...   read

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Kirby Planet

Kirby Planet Robobot will be coming to 3DS on June 10

Nintendo's lovable pink balloon is coming back to the 3DS in Kirby Planet Robobot, but this time he has a new trick up his sleeve: Robotic Armor. It has ten different modes to give you multiples ways to progress through levels, similar to h...   read

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Shadow Complex

Shadow Complex Remastered out early next year, but you can download it free on PC right now

Shadow Complex is finally getting that remaster everyone sorta expected. Woo-hoo! I remember enjoying it back when it was an Xbox 360 exclusive, so it's nice that anyone who owns a PS4, Xbox One, or PC will get to try it out early next year...   read

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La-Mulana 2

La-Mulana 2 will probably break me

I only recently finished La-Mulana, Nigoro's "archaeological ruin exploration action game." It tried its damnedest to make me quit at every turn; with its obtuse puzzles and tricky platforming, I don't feel it's hyperbole to say it's the mo...   read

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Shutshimi: Seriously Swole coming soon to Wii U

Just last week, we were graced with the release of Shutshimi: Seriously Swole on PC, PS4 and Vita. In this bizarre tribute to classic shooters, players take control of a team of gun-toting goldfish with memory issues as they fight off waves...   read

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Review: Gryphon Knight
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Review: Gryphon Knight Epic

I've played side-scrolling shooters starring space ships, fairies, gothic lolitas, but never had I played one starring a knight atop a gryphon. "How original," I thought, with fantasies of knightly glory on my mind. "Surely this theme won't...   read

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La-Mulana EX
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La-Mulana EX is nirvana for punishing game enthusiasts

There's a certain thrill to a game that punishes you for attempting to best it, as Bloodborne and Souls series fans can attest to. That's why there happen to be so many of them cropping up here and there, especially over the last few years....   read


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RIVE preview
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RIVE was my favorite twin-stick shooter at PAX East

When I learned that Netherlands-based Two Tribes Studios (Toki Tori & Toki Tori 2) was bringing its snazzy metal-wrecking, robot-hacking, twin-stick shooter RIVE to PAX East this year, I jumped at the chance to set ...   read

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Joylancer is better than Jed's corny uncle at Thanksgiving

Jed's back with more of his ride through Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight. Jed relates a story of his uncle's lame, perv-y jokes at Thanksgiving, admits he's lost his passion for collectibles, and just straight up forgets everything that'...   read

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Jed yearns for your puckering opinions of Joylancer

We have heard your cries for more beard, and they are not going unanswered. Today the second part of Jed conquering Joylancer is available for your quivering senses. So, feast your eyes on this Game Boy Color-esque hack 'n' slash adventure...   read

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Dimmujed got a happy protrusion for Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight

Jed's back with another retro-style indie game. Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight puts players in an old school side-scrolling hack 'n' slash with Game Boy Color graphical sensibilities. Jed got to revving up his motorized lance ...   read

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Short Peace game reviewed
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Review: Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day

The Short Peace project was born out a desire to unite some of Japan's most talented artists and tell stories about the country's past, present, and a possible future. The result is a lovely bouquet of action, romance, and social commentary...   read

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Suda 51

Short Peace omnibus hits the Americas next week

Short Peace arrives in the Americas on September 30, Bandai Namco has announced. The anthology features four animated shorts headlined by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo, and Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day, a side-scrolling action game from Su...   read

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OlliOlli 2!
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OlliOlli 2 announced for PS4 and Vita, coming in 2015

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood is coming to PS4 and Vita, Roll7 announced today. The follow-up to this year's stellar skating game is rolling with a new look, multiplayer, a deeper combo system, and a more powerful level editor. Look out ...   read

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TMNT: Danger of the Ooze

Activision announces sidescroller Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze

If you are like me, you have not really followed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a couple decades. The last thing I really remember was 1991's The Secret of the Ooze and Turtles in Time on the Super NES. Sure, I have heard snippets abou...   read

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Flappy Bird Family

Flappy Bird returns as a multiplayer console game

Flappy Bird has returned as Flappy Bird Family for the Amazon Fire TV platform. The endless tapper has seen some improvements over the original iOS release, including local multiplayer and more obstacles. It is available for free, and ...   read

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Kero Blaster
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Cave Story creator's Kero Blaster leaps onto PC, iOS

Hop hop hooray! Studio Pixel's Kero Blaster is out now for Windows PC and iOS devices. The side-scrolling platformer follows the trials and tribulations of a bipedal frog tasked with subduing a legion of strange creatures disrupting his co...   read

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Mother Russia Bleeds looks like the Hotline Miami of beat 'em ups

Remember the glory days of beat 'em ups? Well French studio Le Cartel does. The four man team banded together and created Mother Russia Bleeds, with the aim of capturing the golden age of beat 'em ups like Streets of Rage. This ultra-viole...   read

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BloodRayne out now on PC

BloodRayne: Betrayal takes a bite out of Steam today

Majesco is looking to lure in unsuspecting victims today, as BloodRayne: Betrayal sinks its teeth into the PC market with a Steam release. The polarizing WayForward side-scroller initially landed on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back...   read

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Monochroma's cinematic trailer gets dystopian with an evil corporation

This new trailer for Nowhere Studios' Monochroma presents an interesting juxtaposition between how the corporation in the game sees itself, and the effect that it has on society. Everything's peachy, upbeat, and thriving until it's no...   read

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Suda 51
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Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day out now in Europe

Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day arrived in Europe over the weekend. Developed by Tokyo Jungle studio Crispy's and Grasshopper Manufacture, the PlayStation 3 title serves as the final installment to anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo's Short P...   read

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Monochroma will remind you of Limbo, and that's an amazing thing

With all the cool tech demos and innovative ideas on display at GDC Play, it's a bit surprising that a 2D side-scrolling puzzle platformer is one of the most worthwhile things to check out. But hey, good games are good games, and that's exa...   read

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