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Loot Rascals is endearing and definitely rascally

[Everyone welcome Seymour Duncan into the fold, who is doing a little work for us at PAX South.] Loot Rascals was a tough PAX South booth to find. Slotted back near the tabletop games, I figured I was venturing a tad too far away from ...   read

 
 
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Locomalito's next remaster is shoot-'em-up Super Hydorah

It's been a while since we've spoken about Locomalito, but some of you surely know the cherished freeware developer for its familiar but fresh-feeling games like Maldita Castilla (a veritable must-play for Ghosts 'n Goblins fans) and The Cu...   read

 
 
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Review: The Descendant

[Disclosure: I went to university with The Descendant's lead writer, Giles Armstrong - same film course, same graduating year - though I haven't spoken to him in over a decade. He did not request me to review this game (it was the Swedis...   read

 
 
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GaCuCon: The little Miami video game convention's kickoff event

The first-ever GaCuCon Gaming Cruise land expo went down last night and it was legit, comfortable, and indie-tastic. We were treated to play new games in progress, like a shmup where an old man takes vengeance on birds for shitting on his c...   read

 
 
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Devolver Digital's latest is '60-second adventure' Minit

Knowing that Devolver Digital was repping Minit even before I clicked play on this trailer, I figured there had to be some twist, some other point of interest beyond the Downwell-looking low-fidelity aesthetic. Well, it's right there in th...   read

 
 
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Nintendo Switch will also have World of Goo, Little Inferno, and Human Resource Machine at launch

World of Goo was an early highlight on WiiWare, and now, all these years and a far different indie scene later, it's looping back for a launch-day release on Nintendo Switch. Consider me pleasantly surprised. New Switch owners will also be ...   read

 
 
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Audience voting is now open for the 2017 IGF and GDC Awards

The polls have opened for the audience portion of the 2017 Independent Games Festival Awards and the Game Developers Choice Awards. Have an opinion about last year's best games? Vote! (Here for IGF, and here for GDC.) You'll just need a val...   read

 
 
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Inside developer shares first image of its next game

Playdead's up to something. The developer that's renowned for its mastery of moody and artistic puzzle-platformers is probably making another moody and artistic puzzle-platformer. It's hard to say, though. Playdead isn't a studio that likes...   read

 
 
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Strafe is gunning for a March release date

Strafe, the retro-themed throwback shooter and my personal most anticipated game of 2017, is going to be available on March 28. Along with that information also comes absolute confirmation that the game is, indeed, procedurally generated. T...   read

 
 
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The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup canceled for Wii U, planned for Switch

Usually, console transitions are rather smooth. Developers and consumers alike know when a current generation is scheduled to die, and the former typically develop for the current and future consoles as needed -- you only need to look at th...   read

 
 
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Be the boss and kill all the heroes in Nefarious

Maybe the most traditional video game trope is "You are the hero, you have to thwart evil." It's a well-tread angle, and one that's still plenty popular. Nefarious flips all that on its head. In Nefarious, you are the bad guy and you'...   read

 
 
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Rocket League's fourth season starts in April, competitive tiers are getting restructured

Rocket League's third season has run longer than expected and it still has some legs. Psyonix has announced the window when season four will start, and it's toward the beginning of April. That means we have almost three more months of seaso...   read

 
 
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Stardew Valley won't make the Nintendo Switch launch

Stardew Valley on handheld systems sounds alluring to the point where I might conceivably triple-dip for the upcoming Nintendo Switch version. Unfortunately but understandably, creator Eric Barone has confirmed that the game won't be a laun...   read

 
 
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Alone in the Dark creator's new horror title 2Dark is nerve-wracking

It's about time we had a refresher on 2Dark, that survival horror game from Alone in the Dark and Little Big Adventure creator Frédérick Raynal and his Lyon, France-based studio Gloomywood. This animated story sequence speaks...   read

 
 
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Something special is in some of the Nintendo Switch Binding of Isaac boxes

There's no getting around it. We can't finish this post without it happening, so let's just get it out of the way up front. [extremely Brad Pitt in Se7en voice] What's in the box? What's in the fucking box?! Binding of Isaac is a ...   read

 
 
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The Sexy Brutale is Groundhog Day in a murder-casino

I've had The Sexy Brutale in my periphery for a while, because the name has "sexy" in it, and sex sells, but now that there's a gameplay trailer, there's finally something to go on. And it looks neat. Cool art, nice music; kind of reminds ...   read

 
 
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The top 42 indie games to watch for in 2017

I actually had to whittle this list down, can you believe it? I guess I didn't have to, since 42 is already an arbitrary choice, but I really liked the reference to Hitchhiker's Guide so I settled on 42. Plus, as I approach 50, I ...   read

 
 
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Playdead co-founder was paid $7.2 million to leave the company after a messy falling out

One month after the release of critically-acclaimed Inside, Playdead co-founder Dino Patti left Playdead. The departure was framed as career move, that Patti was off to seek new challenges after leaving his mark with Limbo and Inside. ...   read

 
 
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Sci-fi romance adventure Alone With You headed to PC

After an initial release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, Benjamin Rivers' interpersonal sci-fi adventure Alone With You is set to appear on Steam beginning February 9, 2017. It's once again priced at $10, and during launch week, the...   read

 
 
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Rain World looks riveting in this new batch of gifs

Rain World, a game about not getting eaten, is still coming along. I've got the gifs to prove it! But first, writing on the PlayStation Blog, artist and programmer Joar Jakobsson put into words why this title continues to captivate us (and ...   read

 
 
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An unlikely pairing has given birth to Plague Road

Do any of you readers remember the wonderfully mustached Conrad Zimmerman? Did you know he is currently working on a video game called Plague Road with Luc Bernard, an outspoken indie developer who has history with Destructoid? Luc B...   read

 
 
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Oh dang, thatgamecompany's new title is out this year

Flower and Journey creator thatgamecompany's next project is several years into production now and, as you might've heard, it's due out this year. Somehow, I missed that tidbit originally. Maybe you did too. So let this serve as a reminder ...   read

 
 
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Cold Vengeance is a clunky, pitch-perfect action game

I rarely put a game down and immediately start writing about it. I prefer to let my experiences soak in a bit so that my hot takes can marinate into coherent thoughts. Today is different, though because I’ve been binging on Cold Venge...   read

 
 
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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth finally lands on iOS

The latest expansion for The Binding of Isaac, Afterbirth+, may have just released on PC, but that doesn't mean mobile users are going to be left in the cold. The original remake, Rebirth, is now available for purchase on the App Store. Whi...   read

 
 
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Story-heavy roguelike Sunless Sea headed to iPad

The crew-eating descent into madness that is Sunless Sea is coming to iPad. BlitWorks is handling the port for Failbetter Games, and they're targeting a spring 2017 release. The studio has worked on other notable mobile adaptations like Don...   read

 
 



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