By Philip Kollar on May 01, 2013 05.01.13
Thomas Was Alone begins with a cheery British narrator (voiced by comedian Danny Wallace) speaking the title phrase. Thomas, in this case, is a rectangle, an AI who has become self-aware and been given a shape within the abstract computer world where he exists. As Thomas explores his surroundings and solves simple puzzles, he doesn't remain on his own for very long; a growing list of colorful characters join up to help him. Each new character introduces a wrinkle to the stand-alone levels that make up Thomas' journey. The goal is always to get all active characters from their starting point to an exit, but you'll need to use their powers in tandem to do so. For example, there's a large square that can't jump as high as other characters but has the ability to float on water,...
By Jenna Pitcher on Apr 29, 2013 04.29.13
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson unveiled Drop, a free Unity game available to play now, the developer revealed on his Twitter account. According to Notch, the game was mainly inspired by a section of ceiling in his apartment, as well as Fez's ending and Super Hexagon. Gameplay consists of gamers typing in the corresponding blinking letters on the screen and pressing space or enter to advance. Bonus points are awarded if more than four letters are entered at a time. The game speeds up if the wrong letter is entered and it's game over if a letter leaves the screen. According to Notch's Twitter, he shared Drop's code with game developer Mike Bithell, the creator of Thomas Was Alone, who then built an Oculus Rift version of the game.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Apr 22, 2013 04.22.13
PlayStation Plus members will be able to pick up Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny as a free download for PS Vita following this week's PlayStation Network update, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. For non-members, Broken Destiny will be available for $39.99. The update also includes a Resident Evil sale on several titles in the franchise, including Resident Evil 6, priced at $14.69 for PS Plus members or $20.99 for non-members. For the full list, check out the post here. Puzzle platformer Thomas Was Alone will also be discounted for PS Plus members 20 percent tomorrow for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita cross-buy.
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 27, 2013 02.27.13
Thomas Was Alone, the well-received indie platformer from former Bossa Studios lead designer Mike Bithell, will be released through PlayStation Network this spring on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, Bithell announced today. Bithell launched Thomas Was Alone, which he developed in his free time, on Windows PC and Mac OS X last July. Curve Studios, the British developer behind Fluidity, Explodemon! and the PlayStation Portable versions of the Buzz! games, will handle the PS3 and PS Vita ports. Pricing was not announced, but the game will support Cross-Buy, so buying one version will get you the other version for free. (The PC version of Thomas Was Alone is available for $9.99.) "I am incredibly proud to see Thomas getting a mainstream console release and the guys at Curve Studios...
By Emily Gera on Feb 12, 2013 02.12.13
The British Academy of Film, Television and Arts unveiled this years nominees for games in 2013, revealing thatgamecompany's meditative saga Journey has taken the lead with eight nominations. A total of 53 video games are up for awards across 17 categories this year. Trailing immediately behind Journey in greatest number of awards in Telltale Games' The Walking Dead with seven nominations, Far Cry 3 with six and indie darling Dear Esther with five nominations. The awards night will take place on March 5, as hosted once again by comedian Dara O'Briain. A live stream of the event will be made available by Twitch. The full list of nominees is as follows: Action: Borderlands 2 Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Far Cry 3 Halo 4 Hitman: Absolution Mass Effect 3 Artistic Achievement: B...