OUYA

New video game hardware comes along all the time. It may be in the shape of new peripherals, controllers, mice, keyboards, or virtual reality headsets, but if you can name it, someone will sell it to you. However, new video game consoles only happen every few years, and those are usually just updates by companies that are already on the market. An entirely new gaming console release happens basically never, so when a new one actually does come out, it's a pretty big deal ... even if it comes in such a tiny box.

OUYA, the Kickstarter-funded, Android-based, $99, dream machine has finally become available to the public, and, at the very least, it's an interesting experiment. The tiny, cube-shaped console, packs a technological punch, offering a huge launch lineup of games, and comes at a minimal cost. It's basically everything that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo's consoles are not. What once seemed like a pipe dream is now a reality that has the potential to cause some disruptions in the console marketplace, but it's still got a ways to go if it wants to really compete with the big boys.
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by Joseph Leray

Ittle Dew

When "Darksiders" was released in 2010, critics and reviewers tripped over themselves to remind is that Vigil's debut was a high fantasy, grimdark version of "The Legend of Zelda." Well -- THQ went bankrupt, Crytek hired what was left of Vigil, and the "Darksiders" series went to Nordic Games.

"A Hat in Time," the recently-Kickstarted venture from Gears for Breakfast, might have lifted "Wind Waker"'s cel-shaded look, but its bones seem to have more in common with "Mario 64." A good "Zelda" clone is hard to find, so they say.

A more straightforward homage can be found in Ludosity's "Ittle Dew," a cartoony hand-drawn action-adventure game complete with block puzzles, smashable urns, whackable villagers, and a green-tunic'ed hero(ine).

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Promising a deep, challenging, and robust IP that's free-to-play while dedicated in the mobile scene typically elicits overtly dramatic eye rolls from the hardcore. It's no secret that this model usually aims at the gamer-lite crowd with cheap, bread-crumb game mechanics preying on the uninitiated that result in pay-to-win schemes. Shedding the stigma of F2P and getting the hardcore crowd interested is quite the mountain to climb but one game company thinks they have what it takes with their new RTS game "Champs: Battleground."
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Color Zen

Sometimes making a game is more about the process than it is about the end result, but it helps when the end result is a really good game.

"One of our engineers that was on the core team was referencing the one art class that he took in college. 'One of our assignments we were looking at this artist who was doing very abstract color prints and I just feel like there's a game in there somewhere.'"

And with that, the seed of "Color Zen" was planted.

For most people, matching colors together sounds like one of the world's simplest tasks; something that they have been doing since they were in diapers. Taking that kind of a basic human skill and turning it into a game that is both compelling and challenging is no easy task, but that's exactly what Large Animal Games' latest release, "Color Zen" does.
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By Miguel Concepcion
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As a Disney-published game, it was only a matter of time before the immensely popular 'Where's My Water?' would find itself tied to a familiar Disney property. Somewhat similar to the thoughtfully repurposed 'Temple Run' (into a mobile game of Pixar's 'Brave'), 'Where's My Mickey?' is more than just a reskin starring Mickey Mouse.
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So we know what "Deus Ex: The Fall" is about and we've heard the developers talk about the vision for the mobile/tablet spinoff, but how does it play?

After the jump, see the E3 2013 gameplay trailer (along with a mess-load of screens) for the latest adventure in Eidos Montreal's cyberpunk universe.

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The only Superman game coming out for the foreseeable future is this mobile tie-in to "Man of Steel," featuring the Big Blue Boy Scout punch the heck out of Zod's forces on iOS and Android devices on June 14--the same day as the film.

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With the release of three Vine videos (you can check them out after the cut), Telltale reminds us that they're not quite done doling out the misery in "The Walking Dead" universe. Revealing a trio of new character names with profile pics and enigmatic dates, we should probably get ready to start making more hard decisions about who lives, and who possibly becomes undead.

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Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded

To today's average gamer the name "Al Lowe" might not come with a lot of recognition. However, if you ask a fan of point-and-click adventures from the heyday of Sierra Online, Mr. Lowe is one of the most important designers in the history of gaming. The self-proclaimed "world's oldest game designer" is the man that created gaming's most lovable loser, Larry Laffer. The "Leisure Suit Larry" games may have a bit of a racy reputation, but these classic titles are also some of the most beloved titles of all time.

While the series may have taken a bit of a turn after it left Sierra's hands, vintage "Leisure Suit Larry" has been resurrected from the dead. Replay Games have pulled Al out of retirement and given him a chance to update his original games, and bring them to a whole new audience, on a host of different platforms. In the next few weeks Larry Laffer will be return in "Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded," a Kickstarter-funded, HD remake of the original game for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android platforms. To celebrate this momentous occasion we asked Al some burning questions about the franchise, the series' updates, and "Freddy Pharkas," and more. In return, the always-entertaining Mr. Lowe gave us answers about sex ed, "Monkey Island," and his account of what happened in "Leisure Suit Larry 4."

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The White House has been compromised, and you're the only one who can save the day.

To celebrate the debut of "White House Down," Sony Pictures Interactive has released a browser-based game for iPad and Android tablets. Dubbed "Take Back the White House," the game sees players take control of a special ops strike force on a mission to reclaim the White House through a series of mini-games.

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