Mobile game of the week: Sleep Furiously

Leigh Alexander

Dreams can be impossible to explain, but still make a strange kind of internal sense. So are the sentences you make in Sleep Furiously, a language game where the fun is in threading increasingly absurd sentences together, obeying grammar rules but few others. "The results are really silly and can be totally absurd," Jen Helms […] Read the rest

Last week on the colony: Monday, July 6

Leigh Alexander

Last Week on the Colony is a new, regular Monday item here on Offworld, a special satellite transmission designed to highlight our favorite Offworld stories, wonderful trends, and the stories from elsewhere in the galaxy that got us talking Read the rest

The poetry in game-making

Katriel Paige

From the stylish and courtly competitions of old Japan to the vital and evolving independent game development scene. Read the rest

Changing the conversation around games with fashion and ballet

Leigh Alexander

A high-style photo shoot pays tribute to fluid movement, with a line of gorgeous fashion scarves. Is this really 'video game marketing'? Yes, and more, Mare Sheppard explains. Read the rest

Play it now: Project Code Glitches, Get Money

Leigh Alexander

Phrases like "making video games for money" and "thesis" are increasingly unnerving these days, even moreso when paired. Read the rest

This all-girl team of young indie developers just released their first game

Leigh Alexander

The Negatives, seven girls who successfully Kickstarted their summer camp game demo to the tune of over $31,000, just released The Hole Story, a funny fantasy game about digging your way to the truth. Read the rest

Watch how this beautiful game exhibit helps kids figure out ecosystems

Leigh Alexander

The New York Hall of Science's new Connected Worlds exhibit is a series of six interactive ecosystems that spreads across the walls of its Great Hall, united by a 3000 square foot interactive floor. Read the rest

7 games you can play with Google Maps

Laura Hudson

Explore the many trivia, hidden object, shooting and driving games created around Google Maps, from Streetview Zombie Apocalypse to Google Sheep View. Read the rest

In Maquisard, you solve trouble in a charming, ornate old hotel

Leigh Alexander

Maquisard is a lovely little game of snooping and subversion in a fancy old hotel, inspired by the aesthetic of the grand Wes Anderson film Read the rest

Play a game whose entire source code fits in a tweet

Laura Hudson

Tiny Twitch pushes the limits of smallness and simplicity, with code so teeny tiny that you can tweet it. Read the rest

How we developed a black woman protagonist who mattered

Catt Small

Diverse characters are important, even in mobile shooters and other surprising genres Read the rest

Play it now: DOLLY

Leigh Alexander

With its smokelike terrain, salmon sun and blood-flecked landscapes, DOLLY is a visually-striking platformer that seems to take place inside a woman's head. Read the rest

Let this creepy potato be your desktop assistant

Leigh Alexander

What mysterious role does this throbbing, singing potato fulfill in your work environment? Read the rest

Mobile game of the week: You Must Build a Boat

Laura Hudson

Enjoy this game about matching tiles so that monsters won't kill you, and tricking out your watercraft. Read the rest

Play it now: Operations Calibration Droid (OCD)

Leigh Alexander

You're a cute little droid being told by a beautiful computer to perform increasingly difficult, strangely-specific tasks. Each of them requires attention to detail, and you'll be deactivated if you can't manage it. Read the rest

Sonic the Hedgehog is pretty slow in real life

Leigh Alexander

I'm kind of surprised at myself for being drawn to this video of a real-life hedgehog lumbering cutely through a little handmade Green Hill Zone. I thought Sonic fans had put me off hedgehogs. Read the rest

Use emoji to make your own playful worlds

Leigh Alexander

The charming visual language and textured, 90s web-era sounds of Emotica make it delightful to create and share your own game spaces made entirely out of emoji. Read the rest

Nintendo's new Fire Emblem game will have same-sex marriage

Laura Hudson

The times they are a-changing, even at the venerable Japanese video game publisher. Read the rest

Boo at the Confederate flag til it burns. It'll probably make you feel better

Leigh Alexander

In BooFlag, just switch on your computer mic and boo at the Confederate flag. As you do, it will slowly be lowered, and eventually it will catch on fire and burn to a little pile of ash. Is it all happening too slowly? Boo harder. It's satisfying, of course, but as the game reminds you, […] Read the rest

Video games without people of color are not 'neutral'

Sidney Fussell

The myth of white neutrality persists in the world of gaming, where black characters in fantasy games can be deemed less "realistic" than dragons. Read the rest

Typoman: a platform game where one letter changes everything

Laura Hudson

What's the difference between RUSHING past a dangerous trap and it CRUSHING you to a pulp? Just a tiny sliver of alphabet. Read the rest

Katamari Damacy creator's new game is about blowing up your friends

Laura Hudson

A lot of games are about explosions, but rarely is it this joyful and whimsical to make people explode. Read the rest

This racing game forces you to text while driving

Laura Hudson

You have 10 seconds to read and respond to every text message you get behind the wheel. After all, you wouldn't want to be rude. Read the rest

The 10 coolest things from E3 that weren't video game sequels

Laura Hudson

A lot of exciting things happened at E3 that weren't big-budget sequels. Like yarn, robot dinosaurs, and a giant, awesome dog. Read the rest

The new Animal Crossing game will let you choose your skin tone

Laura Hudson

Finally, Nintendo's popular anthropomorphic town games will allow you to be something besides white—or tan. Read the rest

You sure do die a lot in this princess simulator game

Laura Hudson

The big surprise of Long Live the Queen is that chances are you won't live very long at all. Read the rest

Superhypercube for Project Morpheus brings the puzzle game into virtual reality

Laura Hudson

Fly through endless waves of abstract geometry in a VR game inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and Xanadu. Read the rest

Read Chris Ware's perfect description of Minecraft's appeal

Leigh Alexander

The artist's 10 year-old daughter builds worlds and expresses her attitude to possibility in the infinitely-playful Minecraft universe. Read the rest

Nintendo used to design Super Mario levels on graph paper

Laura Hudson

Back in the day, every question mark block, goomba, and mushroom was sketched out by hand. Read the rest

The only things you really need to know about Sony's E3 press event

Leigh Alexander

Let's have a deep chat about the practical feasibility of getting our childhoods back. Read the rest