Doug TenNapel, creator of "Earthworm Jim" and "The Neverhood," has once again partnered with Pencil Test Studios, this time to launch a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of funding a new stop-motion animated game. Dubbed "Armikrog," the PC and Mac title would be a point-and-click adventure following the story of stranded space travelers/drinking buddies Tommynaut and Beak-Beak. Listen to the official pitch in the video above!

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by Joseph Leray

The last time I wrote about "Shelter," the new stealth game about baby badgers from Swedish outfit Might & Delight, I mentioned that I would have a full-on come-apart if any of my cubs were harmed. This is, predictably, exactly what happens in this new gameplay trailer.

"Behold," Might & Magic seem to say. "Behold the dangers that await your precious cete of badgers: starvation, fox attacks, forest fires, the talons of a swooping eagle!" The ESRB warns that this "Shelter" trailer "may contain content inappropriate for children," which is true: watching a badger cub be snatched up by some hungry raptor is the worst thing I've seen all day. Zombies notwithstanding, this is survival horror.

Luckily, our mustelid matriarch has a mean headbutt: smash a tree to make fruit fall out; smash a fox to make him leave your cubs alone.

In any case, nature's cruel indifference to the suffering of cute, squeaky things is the kind of gutpunch that I look for in games, so you better believe I Greenlighted "Shelter" with all deliberate speed.

"Shelter" will be available on Windows and Mac sometime this summer.

[Shelter on Steam Greenlight]

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by Joseph Leray

Show of hands: who remembers "N" or Metanet Software? Way back in Ye Olden Days of 2004, Metanet released "N," a physics-enabled ninja platforming game. It was popular for a time, eventually warranting the release of "N+" to Xbox Live Arcade, the DS, and the PSP.

You could also argue that "N" paved the way for future platformers like Team Meat's "Super Meat Boy," games that focused on speed, precision, and quick, brutal death."N" may feel barebones in comparison, but it's one of the most successful and longest-running Flash-based games I can think of. A whopping eight years into things, Metanet have released "N" 2.0.
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Telltale's adventure game based on the long-running Vertigo series is coming out this summer, and the developer is starting to do slow rollout of what to expect from the game at various media outlets in advance of "Fables'" summer release on Xbox LIVE, PSN, Mac, and the PC. A new batch of screens shows off "The Wolf Among Us" protagonist Bigby Wolf (or The Big Bad Wolf to you and me) hitting the pavement and (and Fabletown residents) as he looks for clues in a mystery set before the first issue of the series.

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Start brushing up on your Simlish because Maxis and Electronic Arts announced the next number sequel for the tiny, torture simulator -- and I'm sure the little denizens inhabiting your failed and forgotten SimCity 5 town have a lot of angry messages to deliver.
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Poker Night 2
In 2010 Telltale Games did the unthinkable, bringing a handful of random characters together to sit down at the same table, and play some poker. "Poker Night at the Inventory" had players face off against Tycho from Penny Arcade, Max from "Sam & Max," the Heavy Weapons Guy from "Team Fortress 2," and Strong Bad from Homestar Runner, in a PC only, Texas Hold 'Em tournament where poker was only half as interesting as the characters. "Poker Night 2" sends players back to The Inventory, and deals them in for another hand against some huge names from the worlds of video games, cartoons, and movies.
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Zen Studios has decided to celebrate Star Wars Day, May the 4th, by offering up all of the versions of "Star Wars Pinball" at a deep discount. Whether you're looking to tilt the table on iOS, PlayStation 3, Mac, Android or Xbox 360, Zen's got a deal waiting for you right now.

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It's a collectible card game where your card characters fight in 3D from the studio that made "Alice In Wonderland" all goth-y.

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Telltale Games recently took to Twitter to firm up console and PC release dates for "Poker Night at the Inventory 2." The downloadable poker game, starring a handful of popular video game characters, will land first on Xbox Live, followed shortly by Steam (PC and Mac) and finally PlayStation Network.

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A pair of gameplay videos from the upcoming procedurally-generated stealth survival game "Sir, You Are Being Hunted" will possibly keep you alive as you're stalked by gentlemanly automatons.

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