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Stretchmo Is the Newest Pushmo Game for 3DS

Nintendo has unveiled and released Stretchmo (called Fullblox in Europe) for 3DS, the newest entry in the Pushmo puzzle game series.

The free-to-download game lets 3DS owners play the first seven puzzles for free, with various purchasable packages to choose after testing out Stretchmo. Nintendo is offering a $10 USD option for the full package or the different bundle options below:

  • Mallo’s Playtime Plaza ($5): 100 levels
  • Poppy’s Sculpture Square ($3): 50 levels based on animals and objects
  • Corin’s Fortress of Fun ($3): 50 levels focused on new gizmo obstacles and enemies
  • Papa Blox’s NES Expo ($3): 50 levels based on NES characters
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‘Into the Circle’ Review – Curling Into My Heart

Curling as an influence to a high score game? What? That’s what Gameblyr’s Into the Circle [Free] promises and delivers on. Curling is an underappreciated sport here in the United States. It’s something I always try to catch whenever the Winter Olympics happen, or if ESPN3 has some on. It’s surprisingly entertaining! It’s better than watching golf on TV. There’s not a lot of great curling games out there, so hey, we’ll have to settle for curling-inspired ones like this. And Into the Circle winds up being a fun little game, albeit suffering a little bit from pay-to-win syndrome.

Your job is to shoot your ball into the next circle, getting a point for doing so. If you make it into the center, you get a “perfect” bonus, which increases throughout the game for each perfect you get. So the tenth perfect is worth +10 points and so on. You have to time the aiming indicator, and then hold to set power, and if you don’t make it into the circle? It’s game over, though you can continue by spending stars. The further you get in the game, the faster that aiming indicator goes, so try to get your perfects …read more

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Last Word Review

In Last Word’s prim and proper world, words speak louder than actions, and combat is fueled by discourse, shifting the momentum of a conversation. This might sound dull in theory, but in practice, the numerous tactics and systems at play lead to an enjoyably varied, if initially confounding system. Combining tact, power, and a healthy dose of subtlety leaves your discussion partner susceptible to your every whim–providing little more than a deflated ellipsis in response to your last word. Despite its elementary presentation, Last Word stands out as a witty, novel venture carried by clever writing and a creative form of combat.

To buy into Last Word’s concept, you need to suspend your disbelief and accept the bizarre power of the spoken word within this otherwise realistic society. The courtly, cultured characters have the gift of gab, constantly spouting long-winded tales of their family names and the distinguished natures of their storied houses. Their words carry unique weight, though, as whoever speaks the last word and “wins” an argument leaves his or her counterpart powerless. You’ll often see NPCs at a door endlessly trading polite “after yous” or “I insists” in fear of letting someone else finish the conversation.

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Exploring Infinity 3.0’s Toy Box Game-Changers

We’ve been rolling out a ton of Disney Infinity 3.0 features since our cover reveal, and they’ve focused on the Star Wars playsets, the people who design the characters, and more. The playsets are certainly a big part of the Disney Infinity series – especially when you have Star Wars in your corner – but they’re not the only thing it has to offer. In addition a pair of new Toy Box games, Toy Box Takeover and Speedway, the Toy Box itself is getting some big new features, refinements, and even a whole new way of playing. We spoke to some of the expert creators at Avalanche Software to learn more about what’s ahead in 3.0.

Avalanche Software had a community in mind from the very start of Disney Infinity. Building in the free-form Toy Box is fun in itself, but without the ability to share creations with the rest of the world, the mode would have fizzled out long ago. Fortunately, players have been able to upload their own Toy Boxes and download those that other players have shared.

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Swery’s Next Project Too ‘Perverted’ to Make

Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro, the creative mind behind last generation’s Deadly Premonition, has shed light on his plans for the future, noting that a sequel to the aforementioned cult classic could one day be a reality.

“Deadly Premonition is always on my mind. But I have no idea what form it’ll take, when it’ll appear, who I’ll work on it with, or how I’ll present it. The only answers are in the coffee,” he told Metro in a recent interview.

However, a Deadly Premonition sequel isn’t the only thing bouncing around in Swery’s head. In fact, the D4 developer also has a completely new game idea he’d like to pursue. Unfortunately, it may be a bit too controversial to ever see the light of day.

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Madden NFL 16 Cover Star Revealed

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will grace the cover of Madden NFL 16, following his victory over New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in this year’s cover vote.

The cover will feature an image of Beckham Jr. making a spectacular one-handed catch, similar to the one he made against the Dallas Cowboys during a week 12 matchup last season. Check out the Xbox One cover art below.

EA also revealed some details about the next entry in its long-running Madden franchise. Madden NFL 16 will introduce new controls for receivers and defenders, giving players more control while the ball is in the air. You’ll also have more control over your passes with new quarterback mechanics, such as body-relative throws.

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‘Evoland 2’ Will Shift Gameplay Genres and Visual Styles All in One Game

Shiro Games’ most well-known game is Evoland [$4.99], a pastiche of RPGs throughout gaming history, utilizing a vast array of visual styles throughout. Few games start as chunky 2D pixels and go to full 3D visuals, but that’s what Evoland did. And that is what Evoland 2 is going to do, but this time exploring a whole array of game genres outside of just RPGs. Fighting games, shoot ’em ups, turn-based strategy, and more will be involved, all with varying visual styles. Check out the new trailer:

Shiro Games hasn’t definitively said one way or the other whether this is bound for mobile. We’ve reached out to find out if it will be. Currently, they’re only taking preorders for a Windows version, but since the original Evoland just came out on mobile this year, it’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility that this will come to mobile too. If we find out anything, we’ll let you know! Regardless, the whole mixture looks fascinating, and I’m kind of excited to play this no matter what!

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