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UPDATE: The Tower - Correcting My Horrible Blunder

June 29, 2015 8:18 PM | Sean Flint

Last week, I wrote up a brief preview of The Tower, which is a survival horror game that is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter. In the article, I praised the game for its interesting concept and entertaining mechanics. Upon publishing, I was informed through the comments that the game was, in fact, a fraud and that the developers were apparently attempting to scam players into thinking that the game was more than it actually is. I've looked into the issue, and decided to publish a brief update to my original article, which I've removed to prevent the game from receiving any additional press.

Dolly - A Short, Yet Amazing, Puzzle Platformer

June 29, 2015 7:51 PM | Sean Flint


Free games are nothing new to the market, but it is unusual to see one that features the production quality of Dolly. A puzzle-platformer at its roots, Dolly sends you on a journey through a mysterious world as you seek to discover its hidden secrets. A short game, featuring anywhere between 10-30 minutes of gameplay, Dolly still manages to leave a lasting impression with its unforgettable visuals, and its solid platforming mechanics.

Castaway Paradise Celebrates Women's World Cup

June 29, 2015 1:40 PM | John Bridgman

The Animal Crossing inspired island life sim Castaway Paradise has released free DLC to join in the celebration of women's soccer. This release coincides with the Women's World Cup currently ongoing in Canada.

Trailer Roundup for June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 8:20 AM | Lena LeRay

shapesofgray.pngA few of today's games are neat combinations of dissimilar genres, but there are some good-looking entries in established genres, too.

Shmup Action and Color-Matching Puzzles Meet in Super Star Path

June 29, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture


I don't know why they even give me a shoot button in shmups, because I never want my gun to stop firing. Ever. I need to blast me some enemy shuttles, and I can't do that unless I'm firing constantly. Still, every once in a while, a neat shmup comes along that asks me to relax my trigger finger in some neat ways. Super Star Path puts you in a top-down alley choked with enemies practically begging to get shot down, but you've got to carefully decide what you're going to blow away. Pick the right enemy and your path will open up for you. Choose wrong and you'll find yourself staring down an invincible wall of unbeatable ships, waiting for the screen to crush you to death.

Games We Care About: Sunset, Beast Boxing Turbo, Dreaming Sarah and more

June 28, 2015 11:00 AM | Tim

PjaqpIP1.pngGames We Care About is a Twitter feed (background) started a year ago to help with new and classic discovery, all curated/recommended by developers and peers who are mentioned via their Twitter handle. The only rule is that the game needs to be out now and playable - paid or free - on web, PC/Mac, mobile, or even more exotic formats.

You can follow the Twitter feed for one daily update, every day of the week. This weekly roundup for will feature some of the games our curators liked the best from last week.

Tactically Protecting Centauri Sector

June 26, 2015 11:00 AM | John Bridgman

Space offers some great opportunities for tactics and strategy. Between planning out manoeuvres across great distances or needing to make decisions of where to defend most and where to let things slide, you can find yourself facing a lot of challenging and engaging decisions. On top of that of course, space allows for exciting visuals and aesthetics and a wealth of speculative future technology to show off. LW Games is leveraging this in their recently released Centauri Sector, a tactical action game set in space.

The Giraffe is an Adventurer's Greatest Tool According to Super Adventure Pals 2

June 26, 2015 5:30 AM | Joel Couture


The giraffe. Humanity's greatest asset in any and all adventures. Its long neck allows it to hook onto ziplines or grapple across pits. Its tongue can whirl at speeds that will slow the most dangerous descents. In all, the best friend a boy could have, especially if that boy's dad has been kidnapped to be made into supper in an especially evil chain of fast food restaurants. The only thing stronger than a giraffe's neck is its sense of justice, though, so it's time you joined this pair of pals on a super adventure in Super Adventure Pals 2!

Worked 'em all in except the 2. Not bad.

Entfremdung offers alienation for free

June 26, 2015 3:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

entfremdung.pngAs far as clever, political and a tiny bit satirical games go, Entfremdung --alienation, that is-- sits easily among the cleverest and most intriguing ones. Under the guise of a time management financial game Entfremdung manages to provide a quasi-realistic and rather entertaining business/personal simulation, that is fully explore-able in under ten minutes and allows you to both wantonly cut wages and even work yourself to complete and utter exhaustion.

Entfremdung runs under Windows and is available as freeware from

Preview: Dad Beat Dads Has You Punching Dads and Stealing Babies

June 25, 2015 11:25 PM | Sean Flint


Video games. Some are epic storytelling experiences, while others provide a beautiful atmospheric environment for the player to explore. Some games aim to terrify the player with horrific sequences, and other games aim to make you smile with a heartwarming tale. Dad Beat Dads has angry dads that fight each other, steal babies, and throw babies and diaper-covered bricks.

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