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Planet Of Lana Review

There are two kinds of people in this world. Okay, there are more than two, but humor me. There are those who order something new every time they go to a restaurant, constantly seeking new thrills…

May 22, 2023 | 08:00 EDT

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Planet Of Lana Release Date Sets Out For Adventure Later This Month

Thunderful Publishing and developer Wishfully have announced a Planet of Lana release date. The painterly sci-fi puzzle-platformer will arrive on PC and Xbox on May 23rd, which is just a few weeks…

May 3, 2023 | 08:46 EDT

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Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy Announced For PC And Consoles In Summer

Are you a fan of the Trine series of physics-based puzzle-platformers? If so, you'll be delighted to know that a fifth installment is on the way. Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy has been announced,…

April 12, 2023 | 09:12 EDT

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Dunkey's Publisher Bigmode Announces Its First Project

Bigmode, the publisher set up by gaming content creator Dunkey (also known as videogamedunkey), has announced its first project. Animal Well is a 2D Metroidvania platformer with echoes of …

January 9, 2023 | 08:02 EST

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Moss: Book II Review

The initial 2018 launch of Moss (Book I) was an interesting time for PSVR in particular. After it and Team Asobi's Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, I’d argue the platform's greater potential became more…

August 1, 2022 | 11:00 EDT

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Of Bird and Cage Review

[Reviewer's Note: I have to dive into SPOILERS to critique major issues with this story. Read at your own discretion.] It's not fun to denigrate indie titles with unique ambitions in mind. After all…

July 23, 2022 | 11:00 EDT

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Silt Review

Silt (noun): "fine sand, clay, or other material carried by running water and deposited as a sediment, especially in a channel or harbor." Freshmen developer Spiral Circus landed on a perfectly-…

June 23, 2022 | 11:00 EDT

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Everything Announced At The Nintendo Indie World Showcase

Nintendo dropped another Indie World showcase earlier today, and as you might expect, it came complete with a number of exciting indie announcements for games coming to the Switch. Still no Hollow…

May 11, 2022 | 11:05 EDT

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Loot River: Basic Enemy Guide

Like many roguelikes, Loot River is very unforgiving. Every time you die, you get kicked back to the very start at the hub area of Sanctuary. When that happens, you lose everything that you've…

January 18, 2038 | 10:14 EST

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Loot River: Combat Guide

As with any roguelike, the main challenge with Loot River comes from dealing with enemies. Although being able to slide the platforms around allows you to easily avoid and flee from most encounters,…

January 18, 2038 | 10:14 EST

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Loot River: Beginner's Guide

Before you start Loot River, you need to adjust your thinking and play style to the fact that it's a roguelike. Though there's a fair amount of skill involved, luck will need to be on your side to…

January 18, 2038 | 10:14 EST

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Lila's Sky Ark Review

Ever since humans looked up at the sky and wished they could fly, they've wondered what it would be like to live among the clouds. Although current science tells us that this is impossible, that…

April 21, 2022 | 12:05 EDT

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Erik Wolpaw Wants to Make Portal 3 While He Still Can

Portal co-writer  Erik Wolpaw wants to help make a third Portal game a reality sooner rather than later, noting that he may soon be "too old to work on Portal 3." The Portal franchise is fairly well…

April 18, 2022 | 01:49 EDT

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Lila's Sky Ark

Lila's Sky Ark is a colorful, imaginative world from indie developer Monolith of Minds. Explore a groovy, psychedelic world to unravel Lila's storyline. Discover secrets and solve puzzles, while…

April 16, 2022 | 10:58 EDT

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Time Loader Review

Every video game is someone's first. For people of an older generation, they started alongside the hobby with the first steps of Mario, Link, and Pikachu. While not every game can be an absolute…

March 10, 2022 | 12:00 EST

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Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan Review

The world can be an intimidating and scary place, but having friends and family can give you the strength to make your way through it. Bonding with people is not always easy and is filled with ups…

October 5, 2021 | 03:00 EDT

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Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan

Are you ready for a colorful adventure? Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan has you covered as you try to bring color back into a drab and dull world.  A family-friendly game by design,…

October 2, 2021 | 12:37 EDT

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Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Review

Sometimes, a series will stay really niche even if it deserves to be more popular. That’s why no one will listen to me when I preach the gospel of Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg anymore. It’s sort…

September 29, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

Super Monkey Ball returns to the spotlight to cause some chaos in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, the ultimate Super Monkey Ball experience.  Play in 300 stages found in the original titles of the…

September 26, 2021 | 05:13 EDT

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Toodee and Topdee

What happens when you combine a classic 2-D platformer with a top-down 3-D puzzle game? You get Toodee and Topdee, from indie developer dietzribi. Switch between Toodee and Topdee to solve a ton of…

August 8, 2021 | 08:16 EDT

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Toodee and Topdee Review

Sometimes all you need is a different perspective to see the solution right in front of your face. This is the central idea behind Toodee and Topdee by dietzribi. The world of gaming uses a lot of…

August 3, 2021 | 09:00 EDT

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PHOGS! Review

How often can you say that you bit the moon, dragged it along with you, and chucked it toward a guitar-playing cricket in exchange for a bone? Never. You never get to say that, except when you’re…

December 2, 2020 | 01:00 EST

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Minute of Islands Is Full of Mystery

Minute of Islands made its debut at the Guerrilla Collective with its intriguing trailer courtesy of Studio Fizbin. You play as Mo, a skilled tinkerer living with her family on a pastoral…

June 14, 2020 | 01:40 EDT

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Evan's Remains

Evan, the genius boy, has been missing for years. One day, a letter signed by him is received, claiming he’s on an uninhabited island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Nobody knows why, but he asked…

June 10, 2020 | 11:03 EDT

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Evan's Remains Review

There's a great level of satisfaction in sinking your teeth into a gargantuan game. Knowing that you've put 100+ hours into it and that you've barely made a dent on the side quests and stories. These…

June 15, 2020 | 12:00 EDT

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PHOGS! Release Date Delay Pushes Back Launch to Later This Year

If you're looking to play a cute game about adorable puppers, prepare to be disappointed: Bit Loom Games and Coatsink have announced a PHOGS! release date delay. What's PHOGS! all about? Check out…

June 3, 2020 | 01:00 EDT

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Phogs

Play as Red and Blue, two halves of a stretchy creature who just wants to have a good time. Solve puzzles via the power of physics and cuteness as you explore over 20 distinct levels full of sandbox…

March 2, 2020 | 06:32 EST

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Phogs Adds A Story To The Physics Sandbox

It’s an accepted fact for most that the Nintendo 64 is a hard console to return to. Sure, Mario and Zelda’s first steps into 3D are stone-cold classics, but Nintendo has no trouble recapturing their…

March 3, 2020 | 11:00 EST

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INMOST

INMOST is another example of the perfect blend of interactive storytelling and fun gameplay working in tandem to create something that's both artistically and pleasing as its engaging.

November 22, 2019 | 11:00 EST

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INMOST Review

Every few months a mobile game comes along that makes me say “I can't believe this is on a phone”. While most of those titles involve slightly better FPS controls or is just a decently ported console…

November 22, 2019 | 11:00 EST

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Burgertime Party!

The classic BurgerTime returns in a new fresh dish! BurgerTime Party! tasks you with walking over giant burgers in order to assemble sandwiches, all while avoiding man-eating food items. Take on the…

October 5, 2019 | 10:45 EDT

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Order's Up -- BurgerTime Party! Plates October Release Date

XSEED and Marvelous announced that the long-awaited return of the arcade classic BurgerTime Party! is hitting via the Switch on October 8th. Marvelous subsidiary G-Mode is developing the title after…

September 13, 2019 | 11:15 EDT

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The Liar Princess and The Blind Prince Sees Light Next Year

NIS America announced that gorgeous puzzle-platformer The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince will be coming to PS4 and Switch sometime in 2019. Initially revealed as part of the "Summer of Nippon…

August 8, 2018 | 02:00 EDT

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The Liar Princess and The Blind Prince

The Liar Princess and The Blind Prince is a puzzle platformer published by NIS America getting a Western release in 2019. A dark fairytale style of story, in it players must guide the blind prince…

August 8, 2018 | 01:42 EDT

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Team Indie Review - The House of Pain

Infinite lives are a Catch-22 of design for platform games.  If the designer gives the player infinite lives, then the designer has the freedom to be creative in level design to the point of being…

November 11, 2014 | 01:00 EST

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Chariot Review - Learn to Love Getting Lost

Frima Studios describe Chariot as a "couch cooperative platformer. Recently released for Xbox One, PS4, Wii U as well as PC, it is a fun little platformer to kill a few minutes with. The design is…

October 15, 2014 | 01:00 EDT