E3 2015: SpeedRunners is gleefully carefree competition

At one moment, I forgot about being at E3 2015, having a one-on-one meeting with a developer/publisher, about essentially being on a business-slash-work trip. That moment came after Alex Nichiporchik and Mike Rose of tinyBuild asked me if I had played SpeedRunners before. The story goes a little like this: tinyBuild came into a lot of more »

Should multiplayer-focused games like Magicka 2 even allow you to play alone?

I recently had a conversation with a few of my analog gaming friends about the problem of setting a minimum player count. One said something that stuck with me: “if there’s a solo option in a game, that’s always what I’m going to try first.” The logic was this: you can always play a game more »

Sayonara Umihara Kawase+ Review: Why do the fish have human feet?

Sayonara Umihara Kawase+ Price:$19.99 System(s): Vita Release Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Agatsuma Entertainment ESRB Rating: “Everyone” Yes, the fish have human feet. Why they have human feet is anyone’s guess. Why anything in Sayonara Umihara Kawase+ works the way it does is anyone’s guess. But that’s what makes it so charming. A Vita port of more »

Google Maps lets you Chase Ghosts as Pac-Man

Google Maps has a special, retro feature in place for April Fools’ Day 2015, and it’s already live. Right now, the mapping service offers Pac-Man mode, populating a small section of the map you’re viewing with the classic ghosts, pellets, and bonus fruits. The option, which can be enabled by clicking the Pac-Man icon in more »

Typing of The Dead: Overkill adds Steam Workshop

As of an announcement posted Friday, March 27, 2015, The Typing of The Dead: Overkill now supports custom dictionaries via the Steam Workshop. Owners of SEGA’s digital title can create their own word lists for use in the game and share them with other users through Steam. Within the first 24 hours, there are already more »

Quality Time with Level 257

Nobody goes to Level 257 alone. The thought struck me as I walked toward Namco Entertainment’s entertainment hub in Schaumburg, IL’s Woodfield Mall. Even though it was one of the Beta Tester nights, prior to the official March 2, 2015 launch, the lot was full and groups of people were flowing in. Some, like me, more »

Punch-Out!! on Wii U is great, with one exception

When Nintendo announced digital Wii games on the Wii U eShop, I was pretty excited. Mostly because Punch-Out!!, one of the Wii’s low-key greats, was on its way for a great price. Next Level Games has done great work every time it had a Nintendo property to play with, and Punch-Out!! is no exception. The more »

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Review: Mash it out

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Price: $11.99 System(s): PC (Also on 360 and Vita) Release Date: January 23, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Degica (5pb/Mages) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Fantasy Violence and Suggestive Themes The world needs more arcade-style beat ‘em ups. Straight up. There’s just something about dashing down some grungy city streets, by yourself or especially more »

The Sun and Moon Preview: This game really wants me to hurl (update)

Playing The Sun and Moon makes me feel physically ill. I’m not being hyperbolic; this isn’t one of those “ugh this game is so bad it makes me wanna puke” things. I mean, I don’t think the game is very interesting, but I don’t get that upset when I don’t like a game. About fifty levels more »

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 Review: Pac it Up

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 Price: System(s): PlayStation 3 (Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360) Release Date: October 14, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Bandai Namco Games (Monkey Bar Games) ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Cartoon Violence Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2, the sequel to the video game of the cartoon of the video game, more »


Candy Crush Soda Saga is the new Candy Crush Saga

Didn’t get enough virtual cavities from Candy Crush Saga? Well now there’s Candy Crush Soda Saga to give you even more of that sugar rush you crave. From here on out, I’m just going to call it Soda Crush. Because no one in the world is going to say Candy Crush Soda Saga every time more »


Galloping Ghost unveils expansion

If you’re a child of the 80’s like me, one of your treasured memories is playing arcade games. Even in the small, southern town where I grew up, I could always depend on the local Stop and Go having two arcade cabinets where I could enjoy games like Captain Commando and Street Fighter 2. The more »