Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Platform-Puzzler

Umihara Kawase Trilogy back on Steam, courtesy of Degica

Umihara Kawase Trilogy (PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Degica has brought the physics-based puzzle-platformer Umihara Kawase Trilogy back to Steam. The game was pulled after its original publisher closed their doors, but now it’s back on the service. The bundle includes Umihara Kawase, Umihara Kawase Shun Steam Edition, and Sayonara Umihara Kawase. As Umihara Kawase, players must use a fishing hook to sling themselves around obstacle-and enemy-filled stages. The Steam version features achievements, trading cards, leaderboards, cloud saving, and controller support for all three titles.

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htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary available for PS Vita

htoL NiQ The Firefly Diary (PS Vita) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

NIS has released a new puzzle-action hybrid for PS Vita, htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary. The uniquely named title is also an original property from NIS, which tasks players with controlling two fairies via the touchscreen and rear touch pad through monster-filled labyrinths. The two fairies, one representing light and the other dark, find a slumbering girl named Mion and use their powers to help her through the dungeon as she slowly regains her memories.

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PlayStation Vita News

(Xbox 360 Review) Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

(Xbox 360 Review) Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

“… a story-driven puzzle-platformer that, although light on challenge, is poignant and satisfying.”

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Xbox 360 Reviews

New screenshots released from vaudevillian platformer Contrast

Contrast (PC) June Media Announcement - Screenshot 1

Compulsion Games has revealed more of their upcoming platform-puzzler Contrast. Set to launch later this year for 360, PC, and PS3, Contrast has players take control of Dawn, an imaginary friend of Didi, a rambunctious and heartbroken nine-year-old, in a world inspired by vaudeville and noire. The title was recently shown at SCEA’s and Focus Home Interactive’s booths at E3, and a few shots from the demo have been released.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Limbo launches on PSN for PS3 and PS Vita, supports cross-buy

Limbo (360, PC, PS3, PS Vita) PSN Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Limbo, Playdead’s stylish puzzle-platformer, has launched on PSN for PS Vita. Originally released in 2010 for 360, Limbo follows a young boy as he searches for his sister in a dreary world filled with monsters and environmental hazards. The PS Vita version is available for $14.99 and supports cross-buy, which means that the download also comes with a version for PS3 at no additional cost.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

The Cave now available online for console and PC

The Cave, the latest adventure-puzzler from designer Ron Gilbert and Double Fine Productions, is now available for 360, Linux, Mac, PC, PS3, and Wii U. The download-only release, published by Sega, features seven adventurers who must explore a trap-filled cave three at a time, with each character’s backstory coming to the fore as the trio make their way deeper into the chasm.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Wii U, Xbox 360 News

The Cave to launch online for console, PC next week

The Cave (360, PC, PS3) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 2

Sega has announced that the upcoming Double Fine Productions-developed adventure title The Cave will be available next week. The download-only release will be available on the Nintendo eShop and PSN on January 22 and on Live Arcade and Steam on January 23 for $14.99/1200 MS Points.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Wii U, Xbox 360 News

(PC Review) Unmechanical

(PC Review) Unmechanical

“… an interesting curio of a game …”

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PC Reviews

SolaRola launches for Android, iOS

SolaRola (Android, iOS) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

SolaRola, a new physics-based puzzle-platformer, is now available for Android and iOS devices. The Square Enix-published release has been re-imagined for mobile devices with new graphics, a new storyline, and a refined touch-and-tilt control scheme. As Wiz and Waz, players must make their way through maze-filled planets by bouncing around obstacles, including rocks and bombs, and deadly creatures to save the universe’s four guardians from Ping the Unmerciless.

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Android, Apple Handheld

Playdead releases boxed Limbo Special Edition for Mac, PC

Limbo (360, Mac, PC) Special Edition Launch Announcement - Set

The puzzle-platformer Limbo has received the premium boxed treatment with the release of the Special Edition.

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