VVVVVV Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com VVVVVV RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Nicalis Hints at Five Games for the Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/la8h4/nicalis-hints-at-five-games-for-the-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/la8h4/nicalis-hints-at-five-games-for-the-nintendo-switch Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:05:52 -0400 adelgirl

Recently, indie game developer Nicalis sent out a tweet hinting at a possibility of 5 new Nintendo Switch games that fans can expect from the studio in the future. 

After gaining some notoriety for games like The Binding of Isaac, Nicalis seems to be setting its eyes on a new horizon for development with this multi-game spread for Switch owners. 

While we cannot be certain what these games will be (since they are blurred out of the image), fans have been speculating and making guesses as to what might be in store for them in the near future. 

Some believe that the bottom left game is going to be a re-release of Code of Princess, and that the game above that will be a Nintendo Switch version of VVVVVV. Fans also think that the bottom right game will be a re-release of 1001 Spikes. 

However, there is always the possibility that these games are not re-releases, but instead new entries in a series for their respective IPs.There is also a slight possibility that these are brand new games altogether that fans haven't seen before. 

At the moment, there's no other information about these upcoming titles, but we'll keep an eye out for anything that's revealed. Stay tuned!

What do you think Nicalis has up its sleeve for the Nintendo Switch? Any guesses as to what these mystery games might be? Let us know down in the comments!

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7 Tough Games That Meet at the Corner of Frustration and Fun https://www.gameskinny.com/ocsmu/7-tough-games-that-meet-at-the-corner-of-frustration-and-fun https://www.gameskinny.com/ocsmu/7-tough-games-that-meet-at-the-corner-of-frustration-and-fun Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:15:36 -0400 Jeremy "Digit" Brown

Plenty of games lend their sense of accomplishment through their stories, atmospheres, and satisfying mechanics. However, some games offer a more masochistic approach to their gratification by giving you "never back down" challenges, which push you even more to overcome them.

This concept applies to many more games than the ones on of this list. Those on this list made the cut for having a foundation of cruel-yet-fair gameplay. Whether or not that makes them good, well, that's up to you.

Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is a platformer focused on speed and pain. Meat Boy's girlfriend, Bandage Girl, has been kidnapped by the nefarious Dr. Fetus, and you must save her by going through a series of circular saws, and spikes. Believe it or not, salt is really lethal too. 

What pushes players in Super Meat Boy, however, is the drive to collect more bandages, hidden in hard-to-reach spots, and getting the "A+" ranking to unlock secret levels. The game requires patience, but the controls and animations make every mistake the player's and not on the game's. Even better, when beating later levels, the replay (showing every single attempt simultaneously) is that much more rewarding.

Hyper Light Drifter

Perhaps the least punishing on the list, Hyper Light Drifter puts players in a bleak world where everything has already gone down the tubes, and they must fight through the villains and bullies of the world to rebuild it. 

What makes Hyper Light Drifter so challenging is the fast-paced combat. Every step counts, and any misstep can mean death. Those only set you back to the beginning of the room, though. Of course, that'll happen quite often, and boss fights will increasingly test your skills by being more difficult than the last.

Furi

Furi is a fairly recent game, as it was a free game of the month for PlayStation Plus over the summer. It has a plot focused on a silent protagonist and a person in a bunny hat telling him to kill bosses. While the slick style of the game does help overall, the real focus here isn't the story.

It's a test of determination that the game demands of its players. Boss fights have increasingly harder stages as players keep fighting them, and players only have three lives. If they fail to defeat the bosses, even on the last hit, these long fights will start all over. It makes for a real struggle of memorizing moves, which results in the biggest trial-and-error in the game, even though the basic combat is rock solid. 

 

VVVVVV

VVVVVV is an incredible game for those looking to push the boundaries of their sanity. After a sci-fi disruption in space-time causes the players' ship to crash, the captain of the ship must go out and save the loyal crew to rebuild and leave this frequently spike-filled land.

The idea is simple: players move left and right, but instead of jumping, can only invert gravity. From then on out, the level design decides how well players can wield the tools given to them. There are parts where gimmicks make the game even more crazy, but even its premise makes for a difficult, but ultimately, rewarding game. 

Lovely Planet

Oddly enough, Lovely Planet has more in common with Super Meat Boy than anything else. It doesn't require you to be the fastest player, but it does force players to have peerless precision and a lot of coordination. Apart from the Katamari art-style, nothing is kid-like in this game.

Players are given a semi-automatic weapon to shoot red guys, and they must use near-death leaps to cross at any given point. The frantic nature of this game makes it one of the most demanding on this list because one small mistake means starting the level over.

The Witness

Agreeably the most calm, calculated, and methodical game on this list, Jonathan Blow's latest acclaimed puzzler, The Witness, stretches the boundaries of its simple premise to every conceivable length. Though the game doesn't present fail-states like the rest on this list, it sure feels like it does.

Simply, players walk up to panels and draw a line from point A to point B on them. As players progress across the game's luscious landscapes, the levels become more and more complex, using reflections, shadows, and field of view. Melting distortions shape even how your character moves within a hedge maze to squeeze every single way the puzzle can be completed into one game. The result creates later puzzles that can leave players staring at the screen for hours.

Honorable Mention: Hotline Miami

While I loved Hotline Miami, I felt it wasn't a perfect fit for the list. It's a top-down hyper-violent shooter that requires bold strategy, quick reflexes, and improvisation. Why isn't it part of the list, though?

Rather than something players did which lead to their demise, the biggest issue holding it back is random flukes in the enemy AI that are completely out of player control. I still highly recommend it, even though you're going to see "You're dead" pop up fairly often.

Do you agree with our list? What games would you like in this subgenre of genres? Let us know in the comments section below, and as always, thanks for reading.

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Metroidvanias You Can't Miss! https://www.gameskinny.com/bumw2/metroidvanias-you-cant-miss https://www.gameskinny.com/bumw2/metroidvanias-you-cant-miss Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:48:52 -0400 Austin Katz

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Where there any Metroidvanias I missed? What is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! Hopefully we will see more Metroidvanias in the future that will really challenge us and remind us why we love this genera so much.

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Kirby & The Amazing Mirror ($6.99)

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This adorable fluffball never fails to entertain. However, this is the only entry in the Kirby series that is considered a Metroidvania because of its map, which allows you to take different paths at any time. In this entry, you can summon a yellow, red, and green Kirby to help you on your quest. Plus, if you get sick of the base game, there are minigames such as Speed Eaters and Kirby's Wave Ride guaranteed to spice up gameplay.  

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Shantae and the Pirate's Curse ($19.99)

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In honor of the Shantae: Half-Genie Hero announcement, I thought Shantae: and the Pirate's Curse should be on this list. Having lost her genie powers in the previous game, Shantae uses various pirate-themed weapons scattered throughout the game, and of course uses her signature hair attack.

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This game was also developed by WayForward, a studio known for their Metroidvania titles. Like the other entries in this series, you will go platform though worlds, gaining new powers which will allow you access to new areas. Plus, the retro style artwork puts a bow on this must-play game. 

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Guacamelee! ($14.99)

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What do you get when you cross Mexican culture and a non-stop action-packed beat em up? You get Guacamelee!, the epic game on Steam. Guacamelee! was released by DrinkBox Studios, whose most recent game came out last April. The game is filled with references to Zelda through a light and dark world, and classic Mario platforming -- all of which comes together to create a unique gameplay experience. 

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Adventure Time: Hey Ice King Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!! ($19.99)

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Adventure Time's first video game came with some pretty big expectations. Developers were tasked with capturing Adventure Time's vast world, colorful characters, and humor into a game -- and fortunately they succeeded. Hey Ice King is developed by WayForward Technologies, which is best known for the Shantae series. Hey Ice King took heavy influence from Zelda II's top down and 2D side-scroller perspective, in addition  to the many dungeons this game has to offer. This game has a ton of Adventure Time easter eggs to keep even the biggest fans satisfied. 

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Rex Rocket ($4.99)

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This Kickstarter-funded, old-school 2D platformer takes heavy influence from the Mega Man series. Each level will challenge you and keep you on your feet as you make your way though an expansive world.

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This game is the first game developed by Castle Pixel, LLC -- and it was a success. Rex Rocket pays homage to the classic platformers and breathes new life into the genre. So it was a good thing this game was funded. Hopefully Yooka-Laylee will have a similar success. 

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VVVVVV ($4.99)

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While it looks simple from the outside, VVVVVV is anything but. With challenging and addicting gameplay and a simplistic art style, VVVVVV will have you sucked in for hours on end. It was created by the studio Nicalis -- though most of the work fell specifically Terry Cavanagh, who designed the game with Adobe Flash. This game takes you back to the trials of old school gaming, so you better have a great amount of patience and expect to fail a lot.

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Metroidvanias borrow the best features from two classic games, Metroid and Castlevania -- and they usually come with the high standard that both games set. These games are characterized by a large interconnected map with areas inaccessible without certain power-ups. Throw in shortcuts, secrets, easter eggs and a heavy emphasis on exploration, and you got yourself a great Metroidvania.

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This list contain some epic Metroidvanias that are guaranteed to keep you on your toes and entertained for hours. 

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The 7 best free online puzzle games you have to play https://www.gameskinny.com/bd2sh/the-7-best-free-online-puzzle-games-you-have-to-play https://www.gameskinny.com/bd2sh/the-7-best-free-online-puzzle-games-you-have-to-play Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:11:46 -0400 Rob Thubron

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1. Tetris

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It’s amazing to think that a game which was released 31 years ago still has relevance today. When Alexey Pajitnov designed and programmed Tetris, he couldn’t have imagined the effect it would have on the world. Not only does it have a prominent place in pop culture, appearing in countless movies and TV shows like The Simpsons, but it’s been found to have applications far beyond mere gaming. Tetris has been used to help people lose weight, quit smoking, overcome depression, and alleviate symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.

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Is there really anyone who doesn’t know how to play Tetris? The game appeals to our natural urge to put things in their correct place. Few game experiences can match the satisfaction that comes from seeing those lines disappear after a well thought out strategy comes to fruition. Or maybe you’re one of those players who doesn't plan out moves and just sticks the blocks anywhere it looks like they’ll fit – that can also work.

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Three decades haven’t lessened the enjoyment that Tetris brings – never was there a better example of gameplay over graphics. As good for a relaxing, five minute game as it is for a three hour marathon. And all without microtransactions. The original free puzzle and still the best. You can play this at about a thousand different sites, so what are you waiting for? 

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Play Tetris here.

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What are some of your favorite free puzzle games? Will you be playing any of these? Let me know in the comments below. 

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2. vvvvvv

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If, like me, you’re a big fan of retro games, then you’ll likely love the confusingly titled VVVVVV. With its 8-bit graphics and chiptune music, this is a loving throwback to the days when game’s came on tape and took half an hour to load.

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Unlike the title that it’s so often compared to, Super Meat Boy, there’s no jumping in VVVVVV; instead, the action button reverses player-controlled Captain Viridian’s gravity, causing him to fall either to toward the ceiling or the floor. This mechanic is used to traverse the game’s many hazards, and needs to be used at the right time in order to land on moving platforms and avoid enemies (amongst other things).

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One of the reasons VVVVVV is so often compared to the aforementioned Super Meat Boy is because both games are so hard that you may end up eating your keyboard in frustration. It's still a great game, though.

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Play VVVVVV here

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3. Candy Crush Saga

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Before someone threatens to murder me for including the game that’s doubtlessly caused a lot people great pain (Facebook invites, microtransactions, hopeless addiction), it’s worth remembering that the reason Candy Crush Saga has been installed well over 500 million times across Facebook, Android and iOS is because it’s a very enjoyable puzzle game.

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The statistic that best reflects the worst aspect of Candy Crush Saga is that up to and including 2014, players have spent over $1.33 billion on in-app purchases. Yes, it may be enjoyable, but the looming presence of microtransactions takes the sheen off the game. And of course there’s those Facebook invites, which are as annoying as hangnails.

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Despite Candy Crush Saga being a bit of a money-making machine, it can still be great fun – at least until it starts begging you for money. Basically a prettier, updated version of Bejeweled, this puzzler makes the ‘match three symbols’ mechanic even more addictive by using fruit instead of jewels. Our brains are subconsciously satisfied by these bright images of food, which is why slot machines so often use them.

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For all its cynical marketing devices, Candy Crush Saga was, and still is, a fantastic free puzzler loved by millions.

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Play Candy Crush Saga (without Facebook) here.

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4. Lemmings

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For most anyone over a certain age, Lemmings will always hold a special place in their hearts. The game tasks you with guiding suicide-prone rodents across a level, assigning certain skills to selected creatures in order to limit the number of deaths suffered by the group. Get enough of them through the exit and you progress to the next level. It all seems quite simple – until you get to the rock-hard later stages.

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If you want to play in-browser Lemmings for free, then simply use your imagination when it comes to typing it into a search engine (or click the link below). There are loads of sites that’ll let you enjoy the game, although whether they have the consent of Lemmings’ license owner is another matter. I’ll just assume everyone will seek out and buy an original copy after trying the ‘free version’.

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Play Lemmings here.

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5. Bust-a-Move

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Bust-a-Move (or Puzzle Bobble in Japan) put a spin on the ‘match three’ puzzle mechanic by introducing a pointer at the bottom of the screen that is used to aim and fire the randomly generated bubbles at the ones stuck to the ceiling. Every so often the bubbles at the top of the screen descend slightly. The aim is to remove them all by matching up the colors before they reach you – simple, elegant and great fun.

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Bust-a-move was so popular that it spawned nine spinoffs, the vast majority of which can be played freely on numerous different sites. The two-player aspect of Bust-a-Move adds another dimension to the game – definitely the best way to play. 

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Play Bust-a-Move here.

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6. TwoDots

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Here we have a title that was originally a massive hit on the mobile platform and can now be played online. TwoDots, the sequel to 2013’s Dots, is incredibly simple yet completely addictive.

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All you have to do is connect two or more dots of the same color together using horizontal or vertical lines. This causes them to disappear and results in new dots falling from the ceiling. The game gives you a set number of moves to perform certain objectives, such as creating geometric shapes, that can often be pretty difficult to figure out.

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TwoDots follows that classic puzzle template of being simple, colorful, fun, and having some very catchy music. And with 435 levels, it’ll keep you occupied for a long time.

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Play TwoDots here.

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7. The Bejeweled series 

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Amazingly, the first Bejeweled game was released on May 30, 2001 - a very, very long time before Candy Crush Saga used the same ‘match three’ gameplay and became the source of hatred for so many Facebook users.

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Bejeweled itself was originally a web-based flash game called Diamond Mine, which was inspired by the 1994 Russian DOS game Shariki – thought to be the first title to use the ‘match-three’ mechanic. Today, you can get your hands on several different incarnations of PopCap’s incredibly addictive puzzler, all free and with the option to play in-browser or download. Personally, that original version will always be my favorite, if only for sentimental reasons.

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Play Bejeweled 3 here.

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For some people, the opportunity to put their gray matter to the test is one of the biggest pulls of video games. While it’s true that lot of titles do require some degree of puzzle solving, if you want some real cerebrally-challenging stuff, then you need to test your wits against a dedicated puzzler.

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As part of our free online games series, here are 7 of the best puzzle titles you can find on the web without having to open your (virtual) wallet. And the best thing is that all these games can be played through a web browser, no downloads or extensions required.

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The list covers some more modern puzzlers, phone ports, and a few classic games – which may or may not have been recreated with the permission of the original rights holder *cough*. Anyway, you should give these games a try, if only to see if you can outsmart a machine...well, outsmart the person who designed the game, really. But that doesn’t sound as impressive. 

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