Free stuff alert! Blizzard has released a totally free version of Blackthorne, their ancient SNES platformer, which you can download and play via your Battle.net account. Specifically at the very bottom of the Game Client Downloads section.
It seems to be a no-nonsense, warts-and-all port job beyond a little optimisation - meaning that it's still a shotgun-toting, rock-hard laugh.
Platform: PS Vita
Developer: Media Molecule
Tearaway is everything we say we want from a videogame. It's a gorgeous, colourful and exuberant burst of creativity that cuts through the Christmas slew of grim shooters like a pair of oversized safety scissors; a papercraft adventure where anything is possible. A whimsical world that impossibly exists right there behind your Vita screen, which grabs you and pulls you into it by way of the camera and touchpad, letting you directly affect the action onscreen with your face and fingers. With Media Molecule at the helm, many Vita owners have been looking to the acclaimed studio to bring some much-needed joy to the system.
Yet I must admit that I had my reservations about Tearaway, despite my colleagues descending into fits of uncontrollable enthusiasm every time its very name was mentioned. In the trailers, I saw little more than a platformer that sometimes swapped buttons for waggles or prods, nothing worth getting particularly excited about.
Now that I've gotten hands-on... so very hands-on... with an extensive preview build, however, I can report that Tearaway is likely to be one of the most creative and downright enjoyable games of Christmas 2013. Regardless of platform.Click here to read more...
I'm currently exploring Tearaway, the much-anticipated PS Vita platformer from Media Molecule. Problem is, though, Sony provided us with one of the most generous preview builds I've tested in a long time, and getting a handle on it is taking an age.
Thankfully the Vita takes screenshots. To tide you over, here's a bizarre photo diary of my journey so far, presented by the inestimable Dealspwn McLogoface. Because he's got a Dealspwn logo on his... well, you know.
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Thanks to Rhoobarb @ HUKD!
Rktcr | IndieGameStand | PWYW (minimum £0.16, RRP: £6.99)
Stands for "Rocket Car." This intruiging physics platformer is tough as nails, but packs plenty of unique mechanics and eyecatching art design. You'll need to spend a minimum of 16p for a download, or $1.00 for a Desura unlock code. As always, do remember that someone worked hard to make this before deciding how much to pay.
Bit.Trip Franchise Pack | Steam | £4.41 (RRP: £11)
Bit.Trip Runner 2: Future Legend Of Rhythm Alien Review
You can alternatively buy Runner 2 on its own for £4.09. UPDATE: Credit to jaystan @ HUKD, who found this before I did!
Mega Man successor Mighty No. 9 has reached the end of its Kickstarter campaign, closing on a whopping $3,845,170 excluding direct pledges and PayPal. A last-minute 3DS and Vita stretch goal lead to the platformer securing an extra million Dollars in the last four days, an impressive achievement that will now see Mighty No. 9 release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and handhelds in Spring 2015.
Now we wait.
The PS4 has received two new launch titles today, in the form of Pinball Arcade and Putty Squad.Click here to read more...
In one final push to secure even more funding for Mega Man successor Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune has announced that they'll develop PS Vita and 3DS ports of the platformer should the Kickstarter total hit $3.5 million.
There's only four days left to secure the lion's share of a million Dollars, but could this expanded audience seal the deal? Either way, Mighty No. 9 has crushed its initial funding target and has entered full development pending an April 2015 release on PC, Xbox 360 and Wii U.
Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune's spiritual successor to Mega Man, is all kinds of Kickstarted and all kinds of happening. To celebrate, the team have released a half-hour developer documentary introducing the staff, their roles, gaming experience and vision for the project.
There's still four days to go if you want to get with the programme.Click here to read more...
The latest Sonic: Lost World trailer introduces The Deadly Six, nefarious boss monsters who'll harrass the hedgehog throughout the Wii U and 3DS exclusive. Since they've assumed control of Dr. Eggman's robotic army and pack unique fighting skills of their own, they'll definitely be a force to be reckoned with.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PSN | XBLA (current & next-gen) | PC
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Child Of Light was too big a secret to keep. As an interactive fairytale, respectful homage to classic role-playing games and a gorgeous use of Rayman Origins' UbiArt engine, Far Cry 3's creative director couldn't help but let the cat out of the bag at GDC.
You can hardly blame him, because after getting hands-on with Child Of Light at a Parisian preview session, I can report that it's shaping up to be something very special indeed.
The story follows Aurora, a young girl marked by destiny in a fairytale world that toes the line between whimsical and thoroughly twisted. Packing a massive sword, fake crown and a hovering magical companion called Igniculus, our heroine sets out to bring light to the darkness in a hybrid between 2D exploration and classic turn-based battling.Click here to read more...
Worth buying with friends - it's made for cooperative play. Also, be aware that the soundtrack is sensational, consisting of rock remixes of classic tunes. Like this.
Keiji Inafune, him of Mega Man and Dead Rising fame, has taken to Kickstarter to crowd-fund a spiritual successor to his beloved platforming franchise. Mighty No. 9 is described as "an all-new Japanese side-scrolling action game that takes the best aspects of the 8- and 16-bit era classics you know and love, and transforms them with modern tech, fresh mechanics, and fan input into something fresh and amazing."
It's also almost certainly going to enter production, seeing as over $870,000 of its $900,000 target has been raised in the first 24 hours. Details below.
UPDATE: It's now completely funded. Not bad for a single day.Click here to read more...
The 3DS' exclusive Castlevania game isn't going to be exclusive for much longer, thanks to a downloadable HD port heading to PS3 and Xbox 360. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD may be a bit of a mouthful, but should open up the title to home console players when it releases on October 31st.
Since the 6/10 platformer was clearly designed using high-definition assets that the 3DS hardware couldn't quite take advantage of, we reckon that this should be a fairly simple port job. [Facebook via CVG]Click here to read more...
Wooo-oooo! We were so ready for this. When Wayforward promised to bring DuckTales out of retirement, eighties children around the globe cheered hard enough to register on the Richter scale, thrilled that one of their most beloved memories was finally... hang on.
You're clearly not paying attention. That's okay. It's impossible to not immediately start humming that theme tune when you see the word DuckTales; indeed, starting this review with "Wooo-oooo" was frankly irresponsible of me. You'll have to sing the whole thing, front to back, before it finally leaves you alone. I'll be here when you're ready.
Now that's sorted, we can get down to business. Singing that theme tune probably brought back great memories of playing the 1989 NES original, and I'm delighted to report that WayForward have preserved practically all of them. Unfortunately, you'll have also grown a fairly substantial set of rose tinted spectacles over the last 24 years... and they're oh so easy to crack.
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