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This week’s free game: ‘Money Money’

Pac-Man fever hit the U.S. in the early 1980s, and several companies tried to ride the coattails of Namco's classic. Italy-based developer Zaccaria put a spin on the formula, casting you as a drug-taking bank robber fleeing from the cops. Really.

This week’s free game: ‘Bust a Move’

The anime dinosaurs are here, and they want you to eliminate all the bubbles on the screen. Dive in to 'Bust a Move' (known as 'Puzzle Bobble' in Japan) this week.

My favorite video games of 2014

Now that the new year is well underway, I'm ready to recount the 2014 games that I hold in the highest esteem. By titling this post as my favorite games of 2014 rather than the best games of 2014, I...

Puzzle platformer is maddeningly fun

I wish I could tell you what the endgame of “Spelunky” – the much-decorated puzzle platformer that is now available for every platform under the sun – is like. I wish I could tell you the repeated deaths from snakes, spiders, punji pits and giant boulders led to a fully satisfying conclusion where the guy gets the girl, the treasure and fame. But I can’t get past the first four levels.

How has ‘Destiny’ aged?

Slaughtering hordes of Hive this weekend in the Destiny expansion "The Dark Below, " I was confronted with a question that I could not easily answer. If I could go back to September and advise my former self, "Bill and Ted" style, whether to pick...

Local indie dev preps a pair of wildly different titles

Spokane isn't exactly known as a hotspot for indie game development, but pockets of Washingtonian creativity do exist east of the Cascades. Take, for instance, the Spokesman's own Andrew Smith, who recently introduced himself as a new contributor to the Tech Deck blog. An avid...

Ninja remake ‘Strider’ a glimpse of games past

The past several years have seen a renaissance in the 2-D action platformer genre. Updates to once-proud franchises like “Kirby’s Dream Land,” “Donkey Kong Country,” “Bionic Commando” and even “Super Mario Bros.” have shot up the sales charts and softened critics’ three-dimensional biases. As a Nintendo gamer in my youth, I never had my hands on Capcom’s classic hack-and-slash “Strider” franchise, which was released in the height of the ninja craze ushered in by titles like “Ninja Gaiden.” The 2014 release is meant to be a retelling of the original game in the franchise, with a sheen of Metroidvania gameplay. It largely succeeds, though difficulty scaling is a bit wonky and level design makes collectible hunting frustrating and unsatisfying. 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brings more of the same

Title: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 Developer: Sledgehammer Games Publisher: Activision Release Date: Nov. 4, 2014 It would be difficult to overstate the influence the first-person shooter genre has had on gaming. While competitive gamers traditionally flock to fighters, the...