Indie charmer ‘TumbleSeed’ will arrive on Nintendo Switch May 2nd

Okay, so you’ve had your Nintendo Switch for awhile. Ganon’s corpse is but a speck in the proverbial rearview mirror and hunting for the last remaining shrines in Breath of the Wild isn’t all that interesting. What’s a person to do? Well, that’s where indie games come in. And for the purposes of this article, we’re talking about TumbleSeed specifically. …

‘Yooka-Laylee’ is at the heart of a 3D platformer revival

A few years ago, the 3D platformer was in a bad place. Mario was still around, but the genre had little support elsewhere. Colorful games like Crash Bandicoot, Pyschonauts and Jak and Daxter had vanished in favor of grittier, more realistic adventures. There was the occasional surprise, like the papercraft-inspired Tearaway, but nothing close to the breadth of games found …

‘Castlevania’ successor ‘Bloodstained’ is coming to the Switch

The next game by Castlevania mastermind Koji Igarashi is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was pitched on Kickstarter in 2015 as a spiritual successor to the beloved gothic adventure series. With Igarashi at the helm and the promise of new, updated ‘Metroidvania’ gameplay — a style that fuses side-scroller platforming with deep exploration and RPG …

How indie game ‘TumbleSeed’ made it to the Nintendo Switch

Greg Wohlwend is an accomplished independent game designer and artist whose résumé includes critically acclaimed mobile titles Threes, Ridiculous Fishing and Puzzlejuice. His games tend to be whimsical and playful, and his latest project, TumbleSeed, is no different in this regard. TumbleSeed is a “rolly roguelike” — players guide an adorable rolling seed up a treacherous, procedurally generated mountainside pockmarked …

‘Drive!Drive!Drive!’ is the most fun you can have on 16 wheels

I’m not sure when I fell out of love with driving games. Sure, I’ll still play Mario Kart multiplayer when the occasion calls for it, but somewhere between the various Gran Turismo, Forza and Need for Speed titles I got bored. Drive!Drive!Drive!, which arrived on Steam and the PlayStation Store this morning, got me interested again. Drive!Drive!Drive! is… different. You’re …

‘SpyParty’ finally looks like a real video game

Yes, after nearly 10 years, SpyParty is still in development. It’s an underground kind of independent, competitive game where one player is a spy attempting to complete discreet tasks at a fancy party, and another player is positioned outside, observing the scene through the scope of a sniper rifle. The spy attempts to blend in with a room full of …

‘City of the Shroud’ is an RPG with a truly player-driven story

Adventure and role-playing games have always focused on telling stories, and that tradition has permeated into almost every other genre. Whether with linear plots or with branching, adaptive tales, developers are putting story everywhere. And just as the technology powering games is evolving, so too are the narratives within them. One game, however, is pushing forward into entirely new territory: …