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Action Henk butt-slides onto Steam today, grab a launch discount

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Indie Games, PC games, Platformer, Ragesquid

Action Henk butt-slides onto Steam today, grab a launch discount

Action Henk has released on Steam today and it's well worth your attention. We've been following its progress ever since our first contact at the Develop Conference last year, where we described it as "a lot like Trials, a little like classic Sonic and a whole load of speedrun fun."

Frankly it was brilliant... and that was a year ago. RageSquid have spent the last few months tweaking the game and adding loads of new content, from characters to levels. It's now available at a 10% launch discount, bringing the price down to £9.89.

Our full review is coming soon. Remember that you can make your money go further by buying cheap Steam wallet credit!

DeadCore is dead cheap at £2.00 on PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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DeadCore, FPS, PC games, Platformer

DeadCore is dead cheap at £2.00 on PC

From what I've heard, DeadCore is an excellent parkour-inspired speedrunning FPS platformer that flew under the radar last year. It's good or great by all accounts, and better yet, it's 50% off on GamersGate for those who like their PC games cheap as well as quality.

Full credit to mrsusan74 @ HUKD, who spotted this before I did!

Stealth Bastard Deluxe sneaks down to £1.04 on PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Platformer, Stealth Bastard Deluxe, Stealth Games

Stealth Bastard Deluxe sneaks down to £1.04 on PC

Stealth Bastard Deluxe is just £1.04 at GetGames!

Stealth Bastard Deluxe is so named because it's stealthy, 'bastard hard' and a luxuriously premium package. This sneaky platformer is utterly superb, distilling the stealth genre down to its most tense elements, and incredibly cheap to boot (especially compared to PSN port Stealth Inc!). Superb gameplay and masses of user content elevate Curve Studios' sneaky gauntlet into the highest platforming echelons - find our why in our Stealth Bastard Deluxe Review.

Thanks, Buzz!

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures drops down to £11.99 on PS3, if you really must

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, Platformer, PS3 games

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures drops down to £11.99 on PS3, if you really must

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures for £11.99.

Use voucher code PATDAY20.

One for fans of the terrible TV show only. Pac-Man And The Ghostly Adventures is an incredibly primitive platformer tie-in that feels decades old, but if your kids enjoy the series then £11.99 is a fantastic price.

There's a difference between a good game and a good deal, after all. This is the latter and it's a smart bargain at that. Ta Gooner!

In-store bargain alert! Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D going for £3.00

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Platformer

In-store bargain alert! Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D going for £3.00

Nintendo games tend to hold their value for months if not years, but we've seen some seriously decent deals for Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D lately.

But none as cheap as this. HUKD member r simsini has found a copy for just £3.00 in his local Sainsbury's with the receipt to prove it, so it might behoove you to get your skates on and see if your nearest store are running the same ridiculous offer. It's totally... bananas... I'm so sorry everyone.

If you can't find a copy, be aware that Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is now just £19.95 on 3DS if you order online using Rakuten voucher code MARGIFT5.

Go bananas: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D only £20.95 on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Platformer

Go bananas: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D only £20.95 on 3DS

Ready to go bananas? Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is now just £19.95 on 3DS.

Use Rakuten voucher code MARGIFT5 for the discount!

If you're looking for some great platforming on the move (and didn't buy Rayman Origins/Legends on Vita for some reason), Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is an excellent makeover of the beloved game complete with stereoscopic visuals and lots of bananas. You can choose how tough you want it to be, too, either newly rebalanced or authentically brutal. To be honest I feel that platformers have come a long way, but fans will go nuts and £20.95 is the cheapest around by a country mile.

Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush only £26.95 on Wii U

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, Platformer, Wii U games

Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush only £26.95 on Wii U

We love Kirby, the adorable ravenous serial cannibal, and Kirby & The Rainbow Paintbrush is a fantastic idea. Using the Wii U GamePad, we'll create clay ropes for Kirby to swing around on and blast enemies away, finally using the touchscreen for more than just browsing.

It reviewed well Stateside, and if you want to pre-order, you can buy Kirby and Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush for just £26.95 at The Game Collection.

There's some confusion about whether the game is called Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush or Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, since the title differs depending on your side of the Atlantic. Thanks Gamer_U!

Cheapest yet! New Super Mario Bros. 2 download £14.99 on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Platformer

Cheapest yet! New Super Mario Bros. 2 download £14.99 on 3DS

Get a New Super Mario Bros 2 download code for £14.99 today only.

You'll need to like CDKeys on Facebook for the extra discount - widget is at the top of the store page.

This cheap 3DS games deal will net you an eShop voucher for this capable platformer, which suffers from more than a little deja vu and a somewhat redundant money mechanic, yet still delivers the platforming we know and love. Click here to read our full New Super Mario Bros. U review so you can decide whether or not it's up your street. Thanks FantasyDeals!

Go bananas: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D only £19.95 on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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3DS Games, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Platformer

Go bananas: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D only £19.95 on 3DS

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D only £19.95 at The Game Collection.

Click here to buy this cheap 3DS deal >>

If you're looking for some great platforming on the move (and didn't buy Rayman Origins/Legends on Vita for some reason), Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is an excellent makeover of the legendary game complete with stereoscopic visuals and lots of bananas. You can choose how tough you want it to be, too, either newly rebalanced or authentically brutal. £19.95 is the cheapest around by a country mile, thanks again Turkey!

New Super Mario Bros. U now only £17.95 on Wii U

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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New Super Mario Bros. U, Platformer, Wii U games

New Super Mario Bros. U now only £17.95 on Wii U

New Super Mario Bros. U only £17.95 at The Game Collection. Click here to buy! >>

New Super Mario Bros U gets a lot of stick for not being "innovative enough," but as someone who played it to destruction, I an report that it's a superb 2D Mario title that breaks the mold in some surprising ways. Check out our New Super Mario Bros. U Review for more details!

£17.95 is a Wii U bargain. Thanks stingergb!

 

#IDARB Review | Get This Local Multiplayer Legend While It's Free

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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#IDARB, Games reviews, Other Ocean Interactive, Platformer, Sports Games, Xbox One Games

#IDARB Review | Get This Local Multiplayer Legend While It's Free

#IDARB is free on Xbox One. Go get it! So long as you're reading this in February 2015 and subscribe to Xbox Live Gold, just click here, sign in and queue up the download.

It's a small file, but you'll have just enough time to invite at least three friends over, preferably with their own Xbox One controllers.

Once you've grabbed a few snacks and perhaps thrown a few tinnies into the fridge, I'll have just enough time to explain why this bizarre mashup of Super Mario, Supraball, basketball and FIFA is one of the local multiplayer events of the last year... but a game that absolutely has to be enjoyed with at least three mates or not at all. And preferably while it's free, because value is going to be very hard to call.

#IDARB Review | Get This Local Multiplayer Legend While It's Free

In case you don't know, #IDARB (It Draws A Red Box) is a uniquely crowd-sourced project. Other Ocean tweeted an abstract picture of a red rectangle then reached out to the community for ideas about what the game should actually be. The result is a 4v4 team sport with one ball, two goals, enthusiastic commentary and an emphasis on brotastic team play... only with the mechanics of a sidescrolling platformer.

Click here to read more...

Today Only! New Super Mario Bros. 2 download £16.99 on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Platformer

Today Only! New Super Mario Bros. 2 download £16.99 on 3DS

A New Super Mario Bros 2 download code is £16.99 at CDKeys today only. Click here to buy! >>

Click here and enter your email address to grab your 5% off CDKeys Facebook voucher code.

This cheap 3DS games deal will net you an eShop voucher for this capable platformer, which suffers from more than a little deja vu yet still delivers the platforming we know and love. Click here to read our full New Super Mario Bros. U review so you can decide whether or not it's up your street.

10 Second Ninja down to £1.75 on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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10 Second Ninja, PC games, Platformer, Puzzle games

10 Second Ninja down to £1.75 on PC

10 Second Ninja can be yours for £1.75 at Get Games. Click here to buy! >>

10 Second Ninja throws you into tough challenge rooms stuffed full of nazi ninja robots, each of which can be bested in under 10 seconds. So long as you're good enough, that is.

Don't be put off by the crude-looking visuals, since this is a seriously smart action platformer at the lowest price I've seen it (RRP: £6.99).

DeadCore only £4.00 on GamersGate, save 50%

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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DeadCore, FPS, PC games, Platformer

DeadCore only £4.00 on GamersGate, save 50%

DeadCore now £4.00 on GamersGate (PC). Click here to buy! >>

From what I've heard, DeadCore is an excellent parkour-inspired speedrunning FPS platformer that flew under the radar last year. It's good or great by all accounts, and better yet, it's 50% off on GamersGate for those who like their PC games cheap as well as quality.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D only £19.99 on 3DS

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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3DS Games, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Platformer

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D only £19.99 on 3DS

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D only £19.99 on 3DS at GamesCentre. Click here to buy! >>

If you're looking for some great platforming on the move (and didn't buy Rayman Origins/Legends on Vita for some reason), Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is an excellent makeover of the legendary game complete with stereoscopic visuals and lots of bananas. You can choose how tough you want it to be, too, either newly rebalanced or authentically brutal. £19.99 is the cheapest around by a country mile.

Abyss Odyssey only £5.50 on PC at Bundle Stars

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Abyss Odyssey, ACE Team, PC games, Platformer

Abyss Odyssey only £5.50 on PC at Bundle Stars

Abyss Odyssey is a crazy and gorgeous sidescrolling platforming brawler from ACE Team, one of the most bonkers studios on the planet. Better yet, it's also 50% off on Bundle Stars, which is cheap and blows the socks off its recent game deals on Xbox Live and PS4 recently.

Reviews are all over the place for Abyss Odyssey, but I'd personally recommend it for a great combat system, compelling character progression and procedurally generated levels that make for unique runs each time. It's totally insane, and that's fine by me.

Stealth Inc 2: A Game Of Clones Review | Stealthy By Name, Bastard By Nature

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Curve Studios, Games reviews, Platformer, Puzzle games, Stealth Games, Stealth Inc 2: A Game Of Clones, Wii U games

Stealth Inc 2: A Game Of Clones Review | Stealthy By Name, Bastard By Nature

Platform: Wii U

Developer: Curve Studios

Stealth Inc 2 is adorable. Playing as a cute cuddly clone, we'll scamper around a toy factory and frolic with a host of lovably rounded robots, all while trying to save our friends and equipping some silly outfits. On Wii U, no less. Aww. Ain't it precious?

No. Don't be fooled, because under Stealth Inc 2's winsome premise beats the sadistic ruthless heart of a Bastard.

Stealth Inc 2: A Game Of Clones Review | Stealthy By Name, Bastard By Nature

A Stealth Bastard to be precise. Curve Studios' flagship franchise may have been renamed to appease the console censors, but the sequel is no less brutal, murderous and punishing than its predecessors. Thrown into nightmarish challenge rooms stuffed with lasers, security bots, cameras, crushers, saws and intricately designed traps, we'll die and die and die in an attempt to overcome the odds, using both fast fingers, on-the-fly brainpower and bona fide stealth skills to eventually triumph.

Half brutal execution challenge a la Super Meat Boy and half devious puzzle platformer, Stealth Inc stands out from the crowd by being a genuine stealth game too, underpinned by light, shadow, evasion, sound and grappling mechanics that quickly become second nature.

Having spent years helping other developers get onto consoles, the indie angels at Curve are back for another round, and it's bigger and tougher than ever.

Click here to read more...

Epic Mickey 2 £5.95 at The Game Collection on Xbox 360

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Epic Mickey 2, Platformer, Xbox 360 games

Epic Mickey 2 £5.95 at The Game Collection on Xbox 360

Epic Mickey 2 | The Game Collection | £5.95 (save £2)
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Epic Mickey 2 failed to set the gaming world on fire, but its colourful stylings and co-op focus make for a decent stocking family filler (so long as you've played all the LEGO games, that is!). £5.95 is a very good price for it nevertheless. Thanks to Ninbox4 @ HUKD!

Castle of Illusion HD just £2.49 at GetGames on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Castle of Illusion, PC games, Platformer

Castle of Illusion HD just £2.49 at GetGames on PC

Castle of Illusion HDGetGames | £2.49

As the name suggests, Castle Of Illusion HD is an attractive and fairly faithful adaptation of the legendary platformer. I say "fairly" because it introduces some 3D sections -- heresy! -- yet they work well and the package reminds us why we fell in love with gaming back in the day without cracking the rose-tinted specs. GetGames' cheap £2.49 price is the de-facto "deal" level, but still worth a go.

Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

Team Indie Review | The Ultimate Indie Crossover?

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Brightside Games, Games reviews, Indie Games, PC games, Platformer, Puzzle games, Team Indie

Team Indie Review | The Ultimate Indie Crossover?

Platform: PC

Developer: Brightside Games

Labour of love or dastardly cash-grab?

That's the question surrounding Team Indie, a new platformer from Brightside Games (who previously brought us the solid if underwhelming Zeit² back in the day). The enterprising studio managed to convince fellow indie developers to lend out their characters, meaning that what would have been a decidedly generic platformer now boasts one of the most incredible playable videogame casts since Super Smash Bros. CommanderVideo, Tim from Braid, Dustforce's Dustgirl, Awesomenauts' Clunk, the Super Crate Box Guy and more share the billing and bring their signature mechanics to the table.

It's a tempting prospect for indie gaming aficionados, but also sounds too good to be true, if not a barefaced attempt to separate fans from their money. So I'm delighted to report that there's a decent little puzzle-platormer in here, even if it doesn't come close to making the most of its source material.

Team Indie Review | The Ultimate Indie Crossover?

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