The Most Beautiful Cartoon-Style Adventure Games

After LucasArts' brilliant 1993 game Day of the Tentacle, cartoon-style point-and-click adventure games slowly became their own sub-genre. Although the genre has had its ups and downs, these games are still around: Think Gemini Rue or the new Broken Sword. » 3/21/13 9:00pm 3/21/13 9:00pm

Magic: The Gathering Casts a Spell on Android This Summer

Wizards of the Coast has turned Magic: The Gathering — Duels of the Planeswalkers into geek Madden, each year releasing a fresh set of cards, formulating new challenges, and unleashing them upon a card-collecting public that never stops wanting more. This year's entry reaches a little further than 2013's iOS, PC, Mac, … » 3/21/13 5:30pm 3/21/13 5:30pm

The Moon Sneezes Its Way into Your Heart in This Little-Kid Version of …

My two-year-old daughter doesn't think of stars as huge bodies of flaming gas millions of miles away. She thinks of them as little five-pointed symbols that live inside books and on top of Christmas trees. In similar fashion, she knows that there's a moon in the sky but also thinks the glowing circles formed by domed… » 1/09/13 11:30am 1/09/13 11:30am

Jason's Top Ten Games Of 2012

You don't realize just how good a gaming year it's been until you look back at all of the games you actually played. From physics puzzlers to ninja simulators, 2012's library was full of interesting, creative, unique experiences. » 1/03/13 4:00pm 1/03/13 4:00pm

Classic Apple Game Karateka Makes a Fun but Flawed Return to iPad and…

The original version of Karateka launched on an Apple II two decades ago and helped show that video game design could deliver idiosyncratic, narrative experiences. Back then, both Apple and video games were in their toddler stage, stumbling around trying to figure out what they could do. » 12/21/12 12:30pm 12/21/12 12:30pm

As Time Runs Out on the Xbox 360, Look For a Conservative Gameplan…

Army, Navy, Air Force, I haven't played with or against a service academy in years in NCAA Football » 10/21/12 4:30pm 10/21/12 4:30pm. This year, the game added parachutists to deliver the ball to the 50-yard line at Michie Stadium—and I'm told play-by-play man Brad Nessler now pronounces Michie Stadium correctly (it's MIKE-ey, not "Mitchie"). All…

Sideways Bust-a-Move is the Secret to This Magical Gaming App's Success

Take the bubble-bursting puzzle gameplay of the popular Bust-a-Move series, turn it on its side and toss in some magical spells and memory matching puzzles and sharp cartoon visuals and you've got Supermagical, an award-winning iOS game from Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team, a developer with an obvious… » 9/10/12 11:30am 9/10/12 11:30am

To Show Off Epic Mickey 2, Warren Spector Brought His Rare Disney…

It's impossible to miss the huge amount of Disney love that Warren Spector brings to bear on the Epic Mickey games. The celebrated game designer has been talking about how much he cherishes the world Walt Disney engineered ever since the run-up to the first Epic Mickey game. But this year he did more than talk. » 6/05/12 9:30pm 6/05/12 9:30pm

The Games that Got Me Through the Worst Year of My Life: Playboy: The…

My worst year on earth may well have been 2005. I had gone from a blood-and-guts newspaper writer to headcount hire sitting in a cubicle with nothing to do for weeks on end. I'd once been the coolest guy at the cocktail party, now I was just another stiff with a badge around his neck in the cafeteria. I'd moved from a… » 5/18/12 9:00pm 5/18/12 9:00pm

Bastion, Skyrim, Portal 2 Lead Nominations for the 2012 Game…

The nominees for the 2012 Game Developers Choice awards have been announced. The awards, which will be held at March's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, are one (if not the) most prestigious awards ceremonies in gaming. They occur the same night and location as the Independent Games Festival (IGF) awards. » 1/05/12 9:30pm 1/05/12 9:30pm