Think Fast, Move Faster: Tiles and Cublast HD Showcase the Beauty in Simplicity

Puzzles find their way into many of the video games we play, from lockpicking mini-games to entire dungeons based upon movement patterns and object shifting. While aspects of the puzzle genre may be common, the games that go all in and dedicate themselves entirely to this brain-teasing test of skill are often under-recognized. Today, we’re taking a look at Tiles and Cublast HD, two recent puzzle games that fit in a genre we like to call Reflex Puzzle, where your brain and your hands have to work fast and together to achieve a goal.

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From Soil to Seedling: Farm-Folks Thrives in Pre-Alpha

There’s something comforting about the farming simulator genre. For longtime fans of farming games, the Harvest Moon games (now Story of Seasons) will always be a testament to the fact that some of gaming’s most satisfying moments can be had outside of action. Newcomers to farming sims have found a favorite with Stardew Valley, the critically acclaimed hit from developers Concerned Ape that has rejuvenated the genre and introduced many to a world of casual yet rewarding gaming. Now, Australian indie developers Bisonbit are striking out to till their own field with Farm-Folks.

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Review: Tribute Games Strikes Gold with Space-Pirate Platformer Flinthook

It would be foolish to bury the hook here in anything but the hull of a pirate ship: Flinthook is an instant classic, and it deserves more praise than just one review can give. Montreal developer Tribute Games has created something energetic and beautiful that plays like a dream. Well balanced mechanics, an immersive pirate-filled world, and procedurally generated levels with a hand-crafted feel all come together to create a surefire hit. With all this in mind, let’s waste no time and dive right in to what makes Flinthook such a compelling videogame.

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Crowd Funding Friday: Soaring in 16-bit with Eagle Island

Gamer’s Almanac is proud to announce the launch of our new campaign, Crowd Funding Friday, where we feature games on kickstarter, greenlight, and other funding platforms to help them get exposure and support. For our very first feature, Gamer’s Almanac is taking a look at Eagle Island!

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Review: Rewards for the Risk-taker in Ruin of the Reckless

Ruin of the Reckless is a forthcoming rogue-like retro brawler from developers Faux-Operative Games. In it you play as lost soul Stargrove or Stella, and you’re tasked with climbing to the top of a treacherous tower for the chance to have one wish granted. After a closer look at the rogue-like genre and an interview with developer Charles Webb, it’s time to share our thoughts on the game.

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Interview with Ruin of the Reckless Developer Charles Webb

Yesterday Gamer’s Almanac covered five modern takes on the rogue-like genre, including Ruin of the Reckless. Today we have an exclusive interview developer Charles Webb, from Faux-Operative games to get an insider’s perspective on this forthcoming rogue-like. I’d like to thank the team at Faux-Operative games for letting me interview them. I’ve really enjoyed my time with the game so far and it was great to learn more about the game from one of the developers himself.

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