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Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Aug 23, 2019 at 01:30. 5 comments

Session Is A Hardcore Skateboarding Sim With Cool, Weird Controls

Session Is A Hardcore Skateboarding Sim With Cool, Weird Controls

“Pretty much everyone who tries the game eats shit like crazy at first,” Marc-Andre Houde told me when I met him in New York to see crea-ture studios’ forthcoming skateboarding game, Session. Maybe that’s a bad way to sell a video game, but Session is an unusual game—more a skate sim than an arcade stunt show a la Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Learning how to play Session is a bit like learning how...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Aug 19, 2019 at 20:35. 4 comments

Nintendo Switch Is Getting A Ton Of New Indie Games (Including Ori And The Blind Forest)

Nintendo Switch Is Getting A Ton Of New Indie Games (Including Ori And The Blind Forest)

There are a bunch more indie games coming to the Switch, including the Microsoft-published Ori and the Blind Forest which Nintendo announced in its “Indie World Showcase” will be coming to the platform on September 27.

There, it will also join Cuphead, which released on Switch earlier this year and was also previously a console-exclusive on Xbox One. But there was a lot of other info on a wide...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 19, 2019.

Forget Everything You Know About Gravity In This Beautiful Puzzle Game

Forget Everything You Know About Gravity In This Beautiful Puzzle Game

Playing Etherborn is like taking a hike through a series of colorful terraria that have been warped and torn apart by mysterious cosmic forces, causing gravity to shift like the sides of a Rubik’s Cube. It can be bewildering, but it’s never unpleasant—like a dream you can’t quite make sense of, but don’t want to end.

Out today on Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Etherborn is a puzzle...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 17, 2019. 7 comments

When City-Builders Meet Mario Galaxy

When City-Builders Meet Mario Galaxy
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Not too long after Islanders , there’s another peaceful, cute-as-hell city-builder on the way, only this times things are on a more planetary scale.

Islanders Is Almost The Perfect City-Building Game

When I first saw Islanders last month, I thought it was going to be very chill, but also barely a…

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jul 14, 2019.

Don't Split The Party Is A Game About Petty D&D Players

Don't Split The Party Is A Game About Petty <i>D&D</i> Players

Sometimes the hardest part of Dungeons and Dragons is making sure your friends don’t start yelling at each other. Indie game Don’t Split The Party charmingly captures that challenge by putting you in the role of Dungeon Master—and peacekeeper.

Don’t Split The Party is a text-based game where you play as Brynn, a young woman who has just come back from an extended stay in London and is now in...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 13, 2019.

Indies Stumble Upon Savagely Original Game Idea

Indies Stumble Upon Savagely Original Game Idea

Great indie games don’t just appear out of thin air. They’re the result of blood, sweat, tears and, most important of all, original ideas. And this might be the most original of all.

If you’re confused, stick with it until 1:30.

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 09, 2019.

Play As A Seagull, Poop On The Humans

Play As A Seagull, Poop On The Humans
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Is this your latest trend, 2015. Birds pooping on people? In video games?

Sploot is the second game this month we’ve seen in this vein, after Nathan took a look at Wonky Pigeon . And it’s a very similar type of game. You fly around as a seagull, you shit on things. Like people, yes, but also all the other...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 07, 2019.

Tanks + Tokyo + Anime

Tanks + Tokyo + Anime
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Can you hear that? Listen closely....it’s the ghost of a very cool 90s arcade game...

Via RPS, Tokyo Warfare is an indie shooter for the PC that takes some very heavy cues from Namco’s classic Tokyo Wars, an arcade game from the mid-90’s that I remember spending way too much money on.

The similarities are...

Jul 05, 2019.

The Guy Who Makes Terrible Video Games (On Purpose)

The Guy Who Makes Terrible Video Games (On Purpose)
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Bad video game ideas. We all have them. But what if, across the dank expanses of the internet, there existed a man who could make your bad video games a reality.

Friends, that man exists. He goes by the name of Bonerman_Inc.

Bonerman_Inc will make your bad video games. He will actually make them. He will make them...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 03, 2019.

RONIN Is Real-Time On The Streets, Turn-Based In The Sheets

<i>RONIN </i>Is Real-Time On The Streets, Turn-Based In The Sheets
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We'll get this out of the way now: yes, RONIN owes a lot to Gunpoint , from its core design to its presentation. Now that we're done with that, let's move on and just talk about RONIN itself.

Gunpoint: The Kotaku Review

Good things often come in small packages. Gunpoint is just such a good thing, in just such a small…

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 02, 2019. 24 comments

Mordhau's Developers Are On Some Bullshit [Update]

Mordhau's Developers Are On Some Bullshit [Update]

Mordhau is a very good medieval brawler, but it’s also attracted its fair share of assholes since release. That’s nothing out of the ordinary, a lot of games do, but Mordhau’s problem is that it’s not just retaining them, but catering to their assholey whims.

As PC Gamer report in this story about the game’s fanbase, a lack of adequate player moderation has led to a community where racism and...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jun 27, 2019.

FAR Lets You Explore An Ocean Without Water

<i>FAR </i>Lets You Explore An Ocean Without Water
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This is FAR. Or, as I’m going to call it, The Little Snowpiercer That Could.

Due for Xbox and PC, it looks like a beautiful little mix of exploration and survival, as you both look after your ship...train...thing, as well as react to situations in the world around you.

It’s still early days in terms of...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jun 19, 2019.

Element Is An RTS For People Who Don't Have Time For RTS Games

<i>Element </i>Is An RTS For People Who Don't Have Time For RTS Games
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Element describes itself as “a realtime strategy space game for people who don’t have time to play realtime strategy space games.” I like where this is going.

With a low-fi feel and a reasonably simple setup, Element is a strategy game stripped back to the bare essentials. You only have a handful of buildings to create...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jun 12, 2019. 14 comments

We Did Not Get Skate 4, But We Are Getting Skatebird

We Did Not Get Skate 4, But We Are Getting Skatebird
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We must all deal with adversity in our own way.

Here is my state of mind prior to this year’s E3:

We did not get Skate 4.

Rather than succumb to the darkness, I have instead found solace in Skatebird, a game about tiny little birds who skate.

We covered it last year , but developers Glass Bottom Games chose this week to...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jun 08, 2019. 7 comments

A Sparse Game About Pushing People Into Holes

A Sparse Game About Pushing People Into Holes
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Indie game Kids is about pushing, pulling, and squeezing bodies into holes and tubes.

Developed by artist Michael Frei and programmer Mario von Rickenbach, Kids is a series of physics mini-games about tiny little people. You can push them into holes, squeeze them through fleshy tubes and guide them as they swim through...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jun 02, 2019. 17 comments

Void Bastards Is Good But Getting A Bit Repetitive

Void Bastards Is Good But Getting A Bit Repetitive

I fell in love with Void Bastards before I even played a moment of it. The art style just instantly clicked with me in a way that rarely happens. I didn’t even know what kind of game it was until I started playing it earlier this week. It turns out this beautiful and stylish game is like a randomized Bioshock mixed with Rogue Legacy.

The basic gameplay loop in Void Bastards is simple and easy...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson May 31, 2019. 4 comments

Outer Wilds Is An Excellent Game About The Joy And Terror Of Space Exploration

Outer Wilds Is An Excellent Game About The Joy And Terror Of Space Exploration

Outer Wilds asks you to accept that if you went to space, you’d probably die there. Maybe more than once.

In Outer Wilds, out today for PC and Xbox One, you play an average four-eyed inhabitant of Timber Hearth, a small planet in a small solar system. Timber Hearth’s people live in log cabins but have nonetheless discovered space travel. On the night that the game begins, you’re scheduled to...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen May 26, 2019. 20 comments

Upcoming Pupperazzi Is Like Pokemon Snap With Dogs

Upcoming Pupperazzi Is Like Pokemon Snap With Dogs
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Pupperazzi was announced yesterday by indie studio Sundae Month and it looks to be a game where players will run around and just take photos of cute, cool and funny looking puppies. Sounds like we need to start game of the year discussions a bit earlier than usual.

Players will share the photos in-game via social media...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett May 20, 2019.

Rocket League Defensive Failure Is Tough To Watch

<i>Rocket League</i> Defensive Failure Is Tough To Watch
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I mean, there are offensive failures here too, but ungh, this is agonising to watch. It’s like that Highlight Reel shot , but in reverse.

Thanks everyone who sent this in.

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach May 08, 2019. 7 comments

Shakedown: Hawaii Offers A Breezy 16-Bit Farewell To The Vita

Shakedown: Hawaii Offers A Breezy 16-Bit Farewell To The Vita

There are hundreds of missions in Shakedown: Hawaii, each one of them a bite-sized mashup of arcade violence and dark humor that takes aim at late capitalism. None of the missions overstay their welcome, but also, they don’t culminate into anything more rewarding than the experience of just driving around the game’s bright, lurid streets looking for trouble.

Designer Brian Provinciano’s...

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