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TWANG. Spy vs. Spy is back

TWANG. Spy vs. Spy is back
Are you ready for a very sad story about Mad Magazine and young love?

Or are you just a fan of the brilliant Spy vs Spy game?

Either way, we sort of have you covered.

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Spelunky: A link and a pug

Spelunky: A link and a pug
I promise I am going to stop writing about Spelunky. Just two more things, though, wrapped up in one final post. Then I'm done.

Honestly.

Probably.

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NiGHTS into HD Dreams come true

NiGHTS into HD Dreams come true
An HD re-release of Yuji Naka's seminal Sega Saturn game, NiGHTS into Dreams is due this autmn for PC, PSN and XBLA.

Parkin swoops and loops down memory lane for an ariel survey of why this matters.

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Spelunky: It’s all about the ghost

Spelunky: It's all about the ghost
I love Spelunky, and now that the game's touched down on consoles, it's interesting to see a new audience getting to grips with it, too: picking up strategies, learning some hard lessons, and encountering some of the nastier surprises. One thing's really fascinated me: not many people like the ghost.

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Soil yourself with Hookshot Inc’s most diggable games

Soil yourself with Hookshot Inc's most diggable games
Spelunky, Derek Yu's randomly-generating, perma-death wielding spelunking indie game adventure, is out on Xbox Live Arcade today.

This - combined with Independence Day - got us thinking: what are our favourite dig 'em ups?

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Gaaaaah! It’s Slender

Gaaaaah! It's Slender
Cripes, this game looks so scary, I'm actually pleased I can't play it at the moment. I'm talking about Slender, obv., a new horror thing based on The Slender Man meme from the Something Awful forums.

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qrth-phyl: ys pls.

qrth-phyl: ys pls.
Hey, come to Rezzed this weekend, okay? And when you do, go and see qrth-phyl by Hermitgames, right? And bring us back a stick of rock and a balloon, and maybe some biscuits, hmm? And get a haircut. Jesus.

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Mutant Mudds – back to the golden Game Boy era

Mutant Mudds – back to the golden Game Boy era

Ah, the joy of the Game Boy era scrolling platformer... will we ever see the like of Looney Tunes or Kid Dracula again? Yes, yes we will! Because here comes downloadable treasure Mutant Mudds on 3DS, and it is a traditional scrolling platformer of great understanding, artistry and balance.

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Neeeeeeyyaaaaarrrrrgh: the joys of the bull run

Neeeeeeyyaaaaarrrrrgh: the joys of the bull run
What's the best sound in video games? Clearly, as the comments from our recent Modern Classics piece proved, it'll be rattling around in Robotron somewhere. Take Robotron out of the equation, though, and I'm tempted to say Space Giraffe is up next. Which bit? The bull run.

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Drum Hammer Dig: You totally died!

Drum Hammer Dig: You totally died!
Will's post about Joe Danger got me thinking. It got me thinking: Steven Burgess *is* lovely! He's clever and witty, and he makes lovely games - and I'm not just talking about Lost Winds.

Check this one out, in fact.

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Cor! It’s Legends of Yore

Cor! It's Legends of Yore
Legends of Yore is a lovely roguelike that you should really be playing on your PC, Mac or smartphone.

We're a bit late to it, actually, so you probably are playing it already.

Damn.

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Modern Classics: Robotron 2084

Modern Classics: Robotron 2084
You can't download Robotron on XBLA anymore. I fired my copy up the other day, and the online leaderboards had been turned off too, which has left a hole in my heart where my 1200th worldwide ranking position should be. Why write about it as a modern classic, then? Because it was once available, I guess. Oh, yeah: and because it's the single greatest videogame ever made.

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