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Blob! Explodemon! Digger! Nyan! Run!

VideoExplodemon - first 15 mins

We power up the retro PSN platformer.

VideoExplodemon trailer blasts your screens

Available for download this week.

VideoInsanely fast Explodemon trailer

Speedy footage shows later levels.

Key events

Explodemon! gets a PC release

PSN platformer blasts off next month.

Boisterous PlayStation Network platformer Explodemon! is migrating to PC in August, developer Curve Studios has announced.

Download Games Roundup

Download Games Roundup

Blob! Explodemon! Digger! Nyan! Run!

At what point does a knowing tribute just descend into a brazen rip-off? We see a lot of titles in the download and mobile scene that sail perilously close to the wind, at times, but there's a big difference between being 'inspired' by the mechanics of another game, and just lifting them wholesale.

Twisted Pixel had a justifiable pop at Capcom recently for Maxplosion, and this week we've several more examples of games that don't even bother to disguise what they're ripping off. In the case of Explodemon, though, the similarities are purely coincidental, and, indeed, the games are actually very different.

But even when games are basically identical, most people might not even realise how much of a direct copy they really are as is the case with Boulder Dash clone Digger Dan. Fortunately it's a pretty decent evolution, so you can leave us granddads to mutter about the good old days when everything was original...

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EU PlayStation Store update 9th Feb

EU PlayStation Store update 9th Feb

Stacking! Plants vs. Zombies! Explodemon!

Today, PlayStation Plus comes of age. Free to subscribers are Tim Schafer's potentially fantastic downloadable Russian doll game Stacking (usually 9), and a Killzone 3 single-player demo.

Eurogamer's Stacking review is in the works, by the way. It'll be with you by tomorrow lunch time. Stacking offers a free trial, incidentally.

For everybody else, the PlayStation Store cupboards are heaving with content.

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Explodemon! release date confirmed

Explodemon! release date confirmed

Fuse lit for retro-fabulous PSN platformer.

Downloadable platformer Explodemon! ignites on PlayStation Network from 8th February, developer Curve Studios has announced.

The retro-inspired jumper, which boasts 12 levels and an estimated eight hours of gameplay, will set you back a mere 7.99 / 9.99.

"Influenced by classic Japanese games from the golden era of the SNES," Curve explains, "players use Explodemon's self-destructive nature to combat enemies and fly through the air, all the while solving a huge variety of physics-based puzzles (and, naturally, causing incalculable collateral damage)."

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Curve announces Explodemon! for PSN

Curve announces Explodemon! for PSN

"If they mixed Yoshi's Island with HL2."

Curve Studios' has announced the development of Explodemon!, a 2.5D platform game inspired by SNES-era Japanese games.

The game's due out for PlayStation Network in Q4 2009, with PC and WiiWare versions planned for release later.

Explodemon! puts you in the pyrotechnic boots of a hero who uses his explosive skills to fight enemies, blow away obstacles, fly through the air and solve puzzles, and promises a solid physics base.

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