Puzzle

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Frantic possession puzzler Demons Happened deserves more attention

Demons happened. There’s your plot. More specifically, they apparently happened to everyone except you, but the process still messed with your tv, so there’s nothing for it but to fight your way through them to some kind of solution. Demons Happened is a curious blend of very rapid action faintly reminiscent of Hotline Miami, and an Abe’s Oddysee type of puzzle game. Such disparate genres don’t often blend as well as this, and I’m disappointed that it hasn’t got a bigger reception. Read more

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Grindstone’s free Cosmic Darkside update brings eldritch enemies and a creepy new map

Hack’n’slash indie puzzle game Grindstone has seen its biggest free update so far this year with the release of the faintly Lovecraftian new Cosmic Darkside scenario. The update adds fresh enemies, a cosmic-horror-themed map, and remixes some of Grindstone’s early levels. Watch the trailer below and try not to become infected by otherworldly monstrosities. Read more

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Lord Winklebottom Investigates review: a dapper murder mystery with not enough detective work

Hear me out a minute. Imagine Sherlock Holmes, but instead of a pompous eccentric, he’s a well-mannered, top hat-wearing… giraffe. And in replacement of his partner John Watson, there was instead a plump hippo in a dapper suit who is constantly quaffing tea. No, you’ve not accidentally picked up the famous detective’s opium huffing habit, these two curious characters are Sherlock and Watson’s animal counterparts in zoological adventure Lord Winklebottom Investigates. The plucky duo, gentleman giraffe Lord Winklebottom and Doctor Frumple the hippo, have been invited to a mysterious island to sit in on a special announcement only to arrive…

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Ico is awkward, unsettling, and weird – but it’s still an essential PS Plus game everyone needs to play

Before Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian, there was Ico – and it’s still essential, some 21 years later. You know those beloved novels you always mean to read, but never quite get around to? Ico is my gaming equivalent. Released in 2001 for Sony’s bulky behemoth, this PS2 classic is heralded as one of the medium’s greatest achievements. If that wasn’t enough of an excuse for a games journalist to just fucking play it already, it’s also part of a trilogy that I utterly adore. Falling head over heels for creator Fumito Ueda’s feverishly anticipated 2016 epic…

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Kirby’s Avalanche, Fighter’s History, and Daiva Story 6 added to Nintendo Switch Online

A sci-fi shooter, puzzler, and a fighter walk into a bar. Three classic games have been added to the Nitendo Switch Online library. The titles are NES game Daiva Story 6: Imperial of Norsartia, and SNES titles Fighter’s History and Kirby’s Avalanche. Released for Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986, Daiva Story 6, like previous games in the franchise, tells an overarching story – this time out from the perspective of Mahtari Shuban. The character’s task is to acquire resources from different planets and defeat the enemies that live on said planets. The sci-fi action-strategy title features both side-scrolling gameplay as…

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This horror game challenges you to beat and refund it in under 2 hours

A new indie horror game released today has challenged players to beat it within Steam’s two-hour window to claim a refund. Creatively styled Refund Me If You Can, the game puts you in the unenviable shoes of Sarah as she tries to evade monsters in her nightmare and escape a darkened maze. If you did take up the challenge like RPS vid-bud Liam did then you’d have two hours to beat the game, and two weeks from purchase to claim your refund. It didn’t go well for Liam, as you can see in the video below. Read more

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The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe can now (sort of) play itself with its new auto-walk toggle

With the games release schedule starting to ease up a bit, I’ve finally found some time to really dig into The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe. I’ve enjoyed revisiting this meta first-person puzzler, but sometimes I can only manage small chunks before its endlessly repeating corridors start to feel like they’re bearing down on me a bit. Thankfully, its latest quality of life update might just be the thing I need. As well as introducing a swathe of new accessibility features, its auto-walk function now has a toggle option – and as developers Crows Crows Crows have noted on Twitter, this…

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Wordle’s official board game gives me the fear

My family is obsessed with Wordle. Their love for the five-letter-word guessing game has become so strong that we’ve had to create a separate family Whatsapp group for it. Now, Wordle owner The New York Times has partnered with Hasbro to make it into a real-world tabletop game – and I think I might have excuse myself from every family gathering going forward, because I know that someone’s inevitably going to buy this for someone’s Christmas or birthday present in the future, and it’s going to be all they ever want to do and talk about. Help. Read more

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Time On Frog Island review: a laid-back adventure with friendly frog folk

What’s with all the cute frog-centered indie games right now? A Frog’s Tale, Schim, Frog Detective, Paradise Marsh, Olliefrog Toad Skater, Teacup, Frogsong – it feels like we’re in the middle of an (incredibly adorable) frog uprising. Not that I’m complaining, I’m more than happy that our amphibian friends are getting the love they deserve and one such game is Time On Frog Island, a cosy adventure where you play as a gruff sea captain who has been shipwrecked on an island that is chock-a-block with, you guessed it, frogs. Read more

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Pokemon Puzzle League arrives on Nintendo Switch Online for Expansion Pack owners next week

You can soon join Ash, Brock, and Misty in Puzzle Village from your Nintendo Switch. Pokemon Puzzle League, the 2000 title for the N64, will be coming to Nintendo Switch Online’s Expansion Pack subscribers as of next week, July 15. This follows the recent release of Pokemon Snap to the NSO library for expansion pack owners. Refresh your memory of Pokemon Puzzle League with this trailer. If you aren’t already familiar with the Pokemon puzzler, it plays out in a similar manner to Panel de Pon. In this instance, however, everything is Pokemon themed, obviously. If you’re a fan of…

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Schim’s new trailer shows what you do in the shadows

This is the problem with the cavalcade of games presented during Summer Games Fest: it’s easy to miss the gems among all the other gems. Schim was one I failed to spot entirely, despite our Ed placing it among the best games he played at the event in LA. It’s a bouncy puzzle adventure about a frog-like creature who lives in shadows, and there’s a new trailer below. Read more

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Untangling minimalist puzzles in Hook 2 is catchy

A few years back, Pip enjoyed Hook, a minimalist puzzle game about untangling mish-mashes of hooks and pins by removing pieces in the correct order. If you try to remove that one, the hook will snag on that pin, so first this pin needs to go but ah! that goes through the middle of this ring, so… it’s interesting to understand a shape and system so you can pull it to pieces. Now a sequel is out, and it’s also nice, and it’s under £2, and it has a demo too. Read more

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope preview promises a playful adventure, and Bowser gets to join in

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope blends tactical gameplay with Super Mario and Raving Rabbids-themed mayhem, and it clearly aims to build on its predecessor, Kingdom Battle. I’ve always been a fan of Mario, but Rabbids on the other hand, have always left me a little frustrated. Yet, Sparks of Hope seems to be the quirky strategy title that might change things. When I jumped into Kingdom Battle for the first time, I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t for Rabbids dressed as Peach to be fighting alongside Mario and applying turn-based tactics during their reclamation…

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Surprise! Portal: Companion Collection is out today

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Nintendo loves its shadow-drops, and the Portal: Companion Collection is today’s big one. Portal: Companion Collection showed up again on today’s Nintendo Direct, except this wasn’t just a new trailer – the game is out right now! The collection includes both Portal games, having been announced back in February. Just like the original news came out of nowhere, today’s shadow-drop was also a major surprise. You’ll begin to see it available for purchase on the Nintendo eShop worldwide just as…