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MidBoss looks like a rad take on roguelikes

The premise of MidBoss is a common one (a weak imp wants to be top dog), but the way they actually reach that goal, gameplay-wise, sounds dope. The concept is that you'll be constantly possessing strong foes throughout the game, as you emba...   read

 
 
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Nice! Crypt of the NecroDancer is getting a DLC prequel

Crypt of the NecroDancer is such a neat game. It's a fusion of rhythm (you need to time your movement to the beat of the music as best you can) and roguelike dungeon-crawling (you need foresight and strategy to hit enemies but not be hit b...   read

 
 
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Prepare for pain, Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ gets a release date and trailer

I've been looking for an excuse to get back into the Binding of Isaac and it seems like that chance will soon be here. An update on the Binding of Isaac blog confirms that the next expansion, Afterbirth+, will be released on Steam on Januar...   read

 
 
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Subtlety be damned, Badass Hero is what I want from an action-platformer

I was well-aware that nuance wouldn't be this game's strong suit when I booked an appointment with Awesome Game Studio to see Badass Hero. It takes a certain kind of wildly confident team to settle on names that are so incredibly blunt. Poi...   read

 
 
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Review: GoNNER

Man, do I love roguelikes and these past few years we've been graced with some of the best games in the genre: Rogue Legacy, Downwell, The Binding of Isaac, and Enter the Gungeon.  Thankfully, there is room on that list for one more.   read

 
 
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The best Binding of Isaac players get an unrelated game for free

Usually cross-game promotions are confined to one developer or publisher's catalog and are meant as a way to boost sales for whatever the new game is. A good and recent example is Microsoft offering all the Gears of War games to anyone...   read

 
 
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The Touhou roguelike finally has a Western release date

Earlier this year, NIS America announced that that it was going to be bringing the Aqua Style-developed roguelike Touhou Genso Wanderer to Western territories sometime in early 2017. Today we finally have a little more specificity as t...   read

 
 
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Review: Demon Truck

Demon Truck released on Steam last week, and I've been trying to work my way through it ever since. It started life as an entry in the Ludum Dare game jam, where developers try to make a game within 48 hours. It's got an interesting control...   read

 
 
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Darkest Dungeon's first DLC is The Crimson Court

Just as some of you begin to sink your teeth into Darkest Dungeon with the recent PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita ports, Red Hook Studios is starting to tease content to come: The Crimson Court. This first add-on is centered around class...   read

 
 
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Arcade-inspired roguelike TumbleSeed plays as well as it looks

TumbleSeed is an audio-visual treat. I knew that much before giving it a spin. What I didn't expect was how much strategy comes into play in this arcade-inspired permadeath romp about a fragile seed on a journey up a mountain. Fast reflexe...   read

 
 
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Children of Morta has all the ingredients to be the next great roguelike

The term "roguelike" has been bastardized a bit and can cause some confusion at times, but I think most people can think of a few traits that always persist. Permadeath, randomized level design and possibly powerups, and tough difficulty ar...   read

 
 
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Streets of Rogue is currently free and lets you smash buildings as a giant gorilla

The description of Streets of Rogue reads like a video game buzzword checklist. Despite this, the RPG stealth co-op roguelike released into open alpha today actually looks like a game that might be able to do all of those genres justice. Un...   read

 
 
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The Risk of Rain soundtrack is headed to vinyl this October

Yet another amazing video game soundtrack is releasing on vinyl. Black Sheet Records, the company responsible for pressing both the Downwell and Velocity soundtracks earlier this year, is producing a pair of gold and yellow vinyl records fo...   read

 
 
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TumbleSeed is a different kind of roguelike

What exactly is a "rolly roguelike?" The second you see TumbleSeed in motion, you'll understand. It's a game about a seed dodging holes and other dangers while rolling ever-upward to the top of a mountain. Ahead of a showing this weekend a...   read

 
 
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Enter the Gungeon's free 'Supply Drop' update should bring me back in

I got burned out by the progression loop of Enter the Gungeon, but when I was into it, I was into it. I'm hoping to return someday soon. There's a free update planned for this fall (first on PC, then PlayStation 4 "soon after") that seems l...   read

 
 
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Adult Swim is helping bring back ToeJam & Earl

You were aware that a new ToeJam & Earl game is currently in production, right? If not, I'm happy to be the bearer of good news. Series co-creator Greg Johnson took to Kickstarter last year to crowdfund ToeJam & Earl: Back in the G...   read

 
 
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Below delayed again, no new date given

Earlier this year, Capybara Games announced that Below would release this summer. It was substantial news because Below felt as if it were one of those games that has been talked about forever but was never any closer to coming ou...   read

 
 
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Loot Rascals is an approachable roguelike in a colorful shell

What if I told you there is this game called Loot Rascals made by some of the people who made Hohokum, and featured art by the artists behind Adventure Time and Alphabear? Well I'm telling you now, because Rascals is an extre...   read

 
 
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Galak-Z gets The Void and Arcade Mode on PS4

Galak-Z on PlayStation 4 is catching up with its PC counterpart. As of this week in North America (Europe will have to wait for certification to wrap up), 17-Bit's space-combat title now has The Void, a high-score-chasing survival mode tha...   read

 
 
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Look out for Darkest Dungeon on PS4, Vita this September

This feels like a story we've written a few times before, but here it is: the final release date (pending any unforeseen schedule shifts). Darkest Dungeon is coming to PlayStation Vita and PS4 on September 27, 2016. It'll launch at $24.99, ...   read

 
 
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Review: Necropolis

The "friends" argument in the critical side of gaming is an amusing one to partake in. "Aren't all games inherently better with friends?" people say. Well, no. There are of course varying degrees of success in which a game implements multip...   read

 
 
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Review: Heart & Slash

Over the years, I've backed very few Kickstarter projects. I'm cognizant of the risks involved, and for that reason, I'd rather not take a chance on anything from studios without a proven track record. But I have made a few exceptions ...   read

 
 
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Touhou roguelike coming west on PS4, Vita

Once upon a time, Touhou games, despite being something of a phenomenon in Japan, didn't have a snowball's chance in Hell of ever seeing a western release. But it's clearly no longer that time. NIS America has announced plans to publish&nbs...   read

 
 
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Downwell is great on PlayStation, with one major caveat

During the waning hours of a Montréal game jam, I spied a developer playing Downwell on his laptop. Unlike the rest of his comrades, mostly female designers making last-minute adjustments to their projects, he was enjoying someo...   read

 
 


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