Posts By James Puglisi

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During my Sophomore year in college, during a programming class, I saw a friend of mine playing this  2D platforming game on his laptop that I hadn’t seen before.  It …
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Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013

By  •  PS3, Xbox 360, PC

I once joked to a friend that the Duels of the Planeswalkers series was shaping up to be a geeky version of Madden, releasing each year with a few new …
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Pinball FX2: Marvel Pinball – Avengers Chronicles DLC

After seeing The Avengers in theaters, my first thought wasn’t “Wow, I’d love to see this made into a pinball table!”  Despite this, Pinball FX2 surprised me once again with …
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Apple Jack 2

[Disclosure: The box art for Apple Jack 2 was illustrated by A Critical Hit’s Kate Willaert, though she was not in any way involved with the creation of the actual …
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2D platformer/shooter?  Class-based multiplayer?  Comic book-style graphics?  I’m in.

I have what may be a crippling weakness for 2D platformers (and western RPGs, and anything with SNES-era music/graphics, but that’s …
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Apple Jack 2 Trailer

By  •  News

Apple Jack 2, one of my most-anticipated indie games this year, finally has a trailer.  It’s looking great so far, with some really varied level designs and awesome new gameplay …
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If I were to describe Botanicula — the sort-of spiritual sequel to indie point-and-click puzzle/adventure Machinarium — I’d say it has the strange other-worldly charm of Oddworld, happy nonsense-words music …
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Fez was one of those games I fell in love with after the first trailer, years ago.  I’m a huge sucker for pixelly graphics and grand adventures, so I may
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As a fan of fighting games, the last few fighting game releases have not been too kind, in my opinion.  Street Fighter X Tekken was a fun idea but ultimately …
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First Impressions: TowerClimb

By  •  Features

After reading an article on Rock Paper Shotgun, I became compelled to give Davioware’s superhard platformer TowerClimb a try.  What I found was a surprisingly engrossing, atmospheric game crammed into a little 16-bit indie game.  TowerClimb stresses that taking things slowly and not rushing is the only way to survive, and boy does it drive that point home. Read More