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Catherine is a real WTF game. Try it now for £4 on PS3

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Catherine, PS3 games, Puzzle games

Catherine is a real WTF game. Try it now for £4 on PS3

Catherine is on sale for PS3 via PSN at the moment for just £4. Considering the cheapest price going for a new retail version is over £30 for some reason, this is a pretty sweet deal.

If you're after something utterly bonkers then look no further than Catherine. A refreshingly adult story that explores the relationships between one guy and two very different girls. The responses you give during prompted scenes allow you to explore different routes and will poke questions at your own personality. Interesting, but slightly let down by the rest of the game which is a bizarre block-moving platforming puzzler where you must escape nightmarish giant enemies like terrifying babies, knife wielding hands and other things that will have you scrubbing your brain before trying to sleep. At around £30 cheaper than the competition, this is a great time to give this oddity a shot.

Thanks to miximixi.

Save 75% on The Cave (PC) today

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Puzzle games, Ron Gilbert, The Cave

Save 75% on The Cave (PC) today

Always fancied giving The Cave a go? Well, with 75% off today, this is one of the best prices we've ever seen.

Ron Gilbert's title is a 2D platforming puzzler featuring multiple characters, with unique abilities. The motives behind each character provide an interesting backdrop for a story too. Oh and 'the cave' is a talking character. Yeah, it gets weird.

Thanks to Turret.

COMMENT | Why now is the time to experience The Secret World

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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DLC, EA, funcom, Horror games, MMORPGs, PC games, Puzzle games, The Secret World

COMMENT | Why now is the time to experience The Secret World

Last week I finally revisited The Secret World. After reviewing it at launch, calling it “a brave new world worth spending time in,” I gradually had less and less time to play it. This was despite former colleague Jon falling head over heels for it, proclaiming his love it again, and again, and again. I could only watch from the sidelines as the intrigue and mystery of its storyline evolved, new systems added to its class-free combat, and new dungeons opened, filled with brutal bosses to beat.

Last week, Funcom released Issue #12: To The Dark Tower Below. The new patch not only added in a new dungeon and open world content, but included new social features, a revamped currency system and daily rewards program. It’s not ground-breaking for the genre, but it’s an important step for The Secret World. You see, it not only gives former players a reason to return, but provides newcomers with the more accessible way to experience the game, as well as catch up with the rest of the community.

Basically, with Issue #12 live on the servers, now is the time to experience one of the most unique MMO properties on the market, and I’m going to explain why.

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Get Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy on 3DS for just £12.85

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Deals
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3DS Games, Level 5, Nintendo, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, Puzzle games

Get Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy on 3DS for just £12.85

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS) - £12.85

This latest offer from ShopTo is the cheapest price we've seen for Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. Better yet, it beats the next best offer by around £15, making it a fantastic bargain. Sticking to what it knows, the final instalment in the Professor Layton series provided more of the same challenging puzzles spread throughout a highly enjoyable story. It may not be the best entry point into the series, but it's definitely worth playing if you own a 3DS. Cheers to oUkTuRkEyIII for the find!

Peggle 2 on PS4 is essential at £2.96

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Peggle 2, Puzzle games

Peggle 2 on PS4 is essential at £2.96

We're so sorry. We aim to help you out with cheap deals, we don't really mean to swallow up your free time into an endless void with super addictive games, but Peggle 2 is kinda on sale over on PSN right now for PS4. PlayStation + gamers can get it for £2.96 (£3.29 without).

Peggle 2 just eats up the hours with it's addictive gameplay, that has you eagerly watching more than playing. The new powers in the sequel mix things up nicely, although the side challenges for each stage are seriously tough, especially ones where you have to clear both orange and blue pegs. Check out Jon's Peggle 2 review.

Thanks to stevenjameshyde.

The Secret World: Issue #11 - Reaping The Whirlwind Review | Endgame

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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DLC, EA, Expansion, funcom, MMORPG, PC games, Puzzle games, Survival Horror

The Secret World: Issue #11 - Reaping The Whirlwind Review | Endgame

I love The Secret World.

If you're a regular, chances are you already know that. I've written article after article, update after update, in an attempt to shine the spotlight on what I'd consider to be the best MMORPG on the market and an exceptional game that dared to do something revolutionary. After three years of waiting, the very last piece of the puzzle has released and the first major story arc has come to a close.

So it's fitting that my final review for Dealspwn.com is the final DLC pack for one of my favourite games. And immensely pleasing that Issue #11: Reaping The Whirlwind is one of the most extraordinary MMO expansions I've ever played.

The Secret World: Issue #11 - Reaping The Whirlwind Review | Endgame

Issue #9 introduced us to Tokyo and its sinister filthy inhabitants. Issue #10 let us meet the cult and the man behind the bomb that changed everything. Issue #11 finally lets us assault the Orochi Tower to put an end to... her... schemes and get some answers. Of course, seeing as this is The Secret World, there'll be a few questions too.

Just in case you're interested, Funcom gave us a guided tour of Issue 11 before launch, which contains sweet flowing wisdom and major spoilers.

My wisdom flows so sweet. Taste and see >>

Professor Layton And The Spectre's Call is £3.49 on DS

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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DS games, Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call, Puzzle games
Professor Layton And The Spectre's Call is £3.49 on DS

The Professor Layton series refuses to disappoint. It's a cavalcade of great puzzles, loveable characters and enjoyable storylines and Spectre's Call is more of the same. Which is absolutely fine by us, especially for the utterly mad price of £3.49.

You'll need to click and collect to avoid paying delivery, but the stock situation seems to be very healthy indeed. Thanks, for the nine thousandth time (at a conservative estimate), to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!

This is a DS game, meaning that you can play it on DS, 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS and New 3DS. Or, in other words, basically just don't try and shove the card into your Vita.

Grab StandPoint for just £0.65 at IndieGameStand

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Puzzle games, StandPoint

Grab StandPoint for just £0.65 at IndieGameStand

IndieGameStand's latest pay what you want deal is Standpoint, a well-reviewed puzzler that usually sets you back £9.99 on Steam. Instead of controlling your own perspective, you'll turn the world around you as you explore complex labyrinths and unravel the secret behind the mysterious narrator.

Unlike the majority of IndieGameStand deals, StandPoint is only available on Steam, so you'll have to chip in $1 minimum for a code.

Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood surely has to be worth £0.95/$1.49 on Xbox 360

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood, Puzzle games, Xbox 360 games

Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood surely has to be worth £0.95/.49 on Xbox 360

Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood is a fun puzzly platformer that originally debuted on Xbox One Games With Gold. However, for less than a Quid (or one Dollar fifty for our transatlantic mates), the Xbox 360 version has to be worth

Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood is actually a fun little puzzle platformer, as I explained in my 7/10 review. The magical drawing mechanics would seem better suited to a touchscreen, but crisp graphics and some clever solutions make this a surprisingly satisfying adventure.

Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Review | Perfect Match

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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3DS Games, Games reviews, GungHo Online Entertainment, Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, Puzzle games, RPG

Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Review | Perfect Match

Nintendo may be making their first tentative steps into the murky world of mobile gaming, but Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition proves that handhelds are still the platform of choice for discerning gamers on the go.

Containing two huge match-three puzzler RPG hybrids, balanced to be fun, compelling and deep without microtransactions and tedious wait-or-pay energy systems, it's a great value package full of quality content. All up-front, not doled out piecemeal.

Effectively it's also two games in one, but tempted as you may be to jump straight into the Super Mario Bros. Edition, Puzzle & Dragons Z is by far the best place to start.

Taking inspiration from Pokemon, Puzzle & Dragons Z is a fully-fledged RPG adventure that incorporates match-3 puzzling into its dungeon crawling and battling. After the world is ripped into pieces by the nefarious Paradox organisation and its armies of followers, you're cast as a fledgling dragon tamer tasked with raising a team of powerful monsters and restoring the land to its rightful state.

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Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush Review | Right Idea, Wrong Console

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Games reviews, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, Nintendo, Platformers, Puzzle games, Wii U games

Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush Review | Right Idea, Wrong Console

The Wii U GamePad is not a gimmick, but by and large Nintendo's first-party exclusives have struggled to prove it. Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush was supposed to change all that. Controlled exclusively using the touchscreen and stylus, it's an attempt to create an experience that could only work on Nintendo's excellent yet under-utilised peripheral.

Unfortunately Rainbow Paintbrush is too successful for its own good. Instead of enhancing the experience, the GamePad dominates proceedings to the extent that you might as well turn the television off to save power. Indeed, it feels uncomfortably like the makings of a great 3DS game or even an iPad debut that released on the wrong platform.

Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush Review | Right Idea, Wrong Console

After the colour is stolen from Kirby's world, our spherical hero rolls out to save the day. Literally. This time we can't directly control the pink protagonist, who's a slave to gravity and momentum. Once you've tapped him to start him rolling, you'll use the stylus to freely doodle rollercoaster-esque rails for him to follow around the 2D environments, creating loops to build up speed, platforms to reach lofty collectibles and paths to evade enemies, smash through blocks and circumvent obstacles. Later levels let you manipulate materials like water and sand in the same fashion, while you can tap to activate interactive level elements and activate a ruinous boost mode after collecting enough coins.

It's unique enough to make for a great first impression, especially since there's a satisfyingly meaty learning curve.

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Train Valley is on track (groan) and Steam Early Access

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Puzzle games, Steam Early Access, Strategy games, Train Valley

It's clear that Train Valley isn't based in the UK, because this adorable cross between a virtual train set and puzzler is on track, on time and pulling into the Early Access station now.

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is only £23.76 on Wii U

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Puzzle games, Rakuten voucher codes, Wii U games

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is only £23.76 on Wii U

The industry could learn a lot from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. This is an absolutely superb puzzler that goes against the torrent of broken or abusive software we've seen recently, providing impeccable level design, exceptional performance and a delightful level of challenge without even a single patch.

Read our Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker review for more details, and stay tuned for more cheap Wii U deals!

Keebles Review | Keep Rolling, Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Burnt Fuse, Games reviews, Keebles, PC games, Puzzle games

Keebles Review | Keep Rolling, Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

I love the idea behind Keebles. Halfway between World Of Goo and Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, it encourages us to scratch-build bizarre vehicles to beat increasingly tough physics challenges. Or, more often, chuckle through clenched teeth as our latest creation careens out of control and smashes into tiny pieces.

The premise is adorable, disarmingly so. A legion of fuzzly-wuzzly Keebles have to reach the Whale At The End Of The World and that's pretty much all the exposition you're getting. What matters is shipping these immobile furballs to their destination in the first place, since without any locomotion of their own, you'll have to collect them in a fragile Bobble container by building a frankly bonkers vehicle around it.

Keebles Review | Keep Rolling, Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Much like a smartphone app (and I choose my words carefully) Keebles is split into 30 short two-dimensional levels. Each stage has a start point, three Keebles to collect and a finish line, but you'll spend most of your time in your workshop creating a vehicle to trundle along the ground, pick up the Keebles on contact and hopefully reach the end intact.

A tall order considering the fiendish assortment of pits, jumps and obstacles in the way.

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Get Crush3D for just £3.00 on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Crush3D, Puzzle games
Get Crush3D for just £3.00 on 3DS

Crush3D is a nuanced and tricky little puzzler, allowing players to switch between a 2D and 3D world to solve increasingly brain-shredding challenges. The 3DS' stereoscopic display is used to great effect, but be aware that there's a stiff difficulty curve to contend with.

GAME are willing to part with a copy for just shy of £3.00 in their Easter Sale, which is exceptionally cheap for the physical version no less!

Rose & Time is now £2.34 on PC, Linux, Mac & OUYA (you'll get all versions)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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OUYA games, PC games, Puzzle games, Rose & Time

Rose & Time is now £2.34 on PC, Linux, Mac & OUYA (you'll get all versions)

Rose and Time is now £2.34 on itch.io, which includes the PC, Linux, Mac and OUYA versions.

I rather enjoyed this intriguing little puzzler on OUYA of all things, where I had to learn and unlearn a lot of what I thought I knew about time travel. Which wasn't much to be fair. It's a seriously enjoyable brainteaser and a bargain at £2.34.

Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney only £22.99 on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Puzzle games

Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney only £22.99 on 3DS

No objections here! Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is now only £22.99 on 3DS.

It's a great price for a great crossover, which sees Capcom's two puzzle giants join forces to solve clever environmental riddles and then defend clients in the courtroom. Production values are as exceptional as you'd expect from Level-5, with some great localisation work, while the story is strong enough to keep things moving.

Though not quite as good as the very best games in either series, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright is still well worth a look for fans of either franchise and a serious saving at only £22.99.

It's hard to say 'no' to Toki Tori at £0.34 on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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PC games, Puzzle games, Toki Tori

It's hard to say 'no' to Toki Tori at £0.34 on Steam

Toki Tori is just 34p on Steam.

£0.34. Thirty-four Pence.

Unless you've already bought it in a bundle during the last few years, it's hard to say no to this enjoyable and adorable puzzler at such a low price. Thanks jaystan!

Trine 3 is happening, looks stunning

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Frozenbyte, PC games, Puzzle games, Trine 3

Trine 3 is happening, looks stunning

Rejoice, ye multiplayer puzzling fans! Trine 3: The Artefacts Of Power has been officially announced by way of an utterly glorious new trailer, which you can watch below.

Seriously, did I mention that it looks amazing? Frozenbyte's artwork is always eyecatching, but there's a single tear rolling down my cheek right now.

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Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars pre-order only £16.96 - download on both 3DS & Wii U

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, Puzzle games, Wii U games

Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars pre-order only £16.96 - download on both 3DS & Wii U

You can now pre-order Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars for only £16.96. It's a cross-buy title, so you'll be able to download the game on both 3DS and Wii U.

It's a decent deal for this puzzle adventure sequel, which sees you test your grey matter against some tricky levels with deceptively adorable toy characters. Thanks again to Gamer_U @ HUKD!