PS Store Today: N++, King’s Quest Chapter 1, Life Is Strange Episode 4, more

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Sony’s PSN Play 2015 promotion continues this week with the release of N++ (PS4), a minimalist side-scroller where players take control of a gold-seeking ninja. Leap wide chasms, avoid obstacles, and watch out for those rockets! N++ is packed with hundreds of hand-crafted levels and an extensive level editor to create and share even more.

Also available this week is new entries in a pair of episodic adventure games. Life Is Strange: Dark Room (PS3, PS4) is the fourth episode in Dontnod’s apocalyptic tale and Max finally gets an eyeful of just how dangerous time travel can be. But danger is the name of the game in King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember (PS3, PS4), the first episode in The Odd Gentlemen’s reboot of the classic adventure series. Though I doubt a game described as “whimsical” and “charming” by its developers deals with the end of the world.

But speaking of the end of the world, another group of teenagers will have to stop a monstrous evil, actually named “The End,” from destroying the world in Atlus’s Lost Dimension. The twist this time is that the 11 kids at the center of the story are psychics and at least one is a traitor. You’d think a group of psychics wouldn’t have a problem with that kind of treachery…

Finally this week, we end with another dash of “whimsical” and “charming” with Legend of Kay Anniversary (PS3, PS4). A remaster of a ten-year-old PS2 game starring a feline samuari, Legend of Kay Anniversary is nothing if not adorable.

More information on all of these games (and a few others) can be found after the break. And a complete rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts can be found at the PlayStation Blog.

PS4 / PS3 / PS Vita Cross-Buy Games

The Swindle ($14.99)
The Swindle is a steampunk cybercrime caper about breaking into buildings, hacking their systems, stealing all their cash, and quickly running away again before the police show up. London, 1849. Scotland Yard will soon activate its breakthrough surveillance technology, The Devil’s Basilisk. Its surveillance capabilities will be total and your career as a master thief will be over. Steal it, before that can happen.

PS4 / PS Vita Cross-Buy Games

Velocibox ($12.49)
Think you’re fast? Most do, until they meet Velocibox. Experience lightning-fast twitch gameplay, with mind-bending flips and spins, that is sure to challenge (and maybe frustrate) even the most hardcore of hardcore gamers. Velocibox will test your abilities to the brink, and beyond. Advance through 80+ patterns and levels by dodging obstacles at break neck speeds. Rely on split second reactions and instincts as you flip and rotate sideways to navigate through each diabolical level.

PS4 Games

N++ ($19.99)
In this fast-paced, action-packed puzzle platformer set in the distant 2D future, you play as a ninja — darting through obstacles, narrowly evading a slew of inadvertently homicidal enemy robots, and collecting gold in a minimalist, sci-fi world. You know, traditional ninja stuff.

Life Is Strange: Dark Room ($4.99)
Max realizes that changing the past can lead to painful consequences and that time is not a great healer. Her investigation into the disappearance of Rachel Amber begins to reach a thrilling conclusion as she finds the Dark Room. Will the answers lie within? Or will there just be trouble?

King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember ($9.99)
The first part of a five-chapter game series that boldly re-imagines one of gaming’s most groundbreaking franchises. An aging King Graham reflects on a life of adventure with his granddaughter, Gwendolyn, taking players back to his teen years and his quest to become a knight of Daventry in King Edward’s royal guard. Discover a wondrous world full of whimsical characters, charming puzzles, and perilous dangers in this fun and enchanting coming of age story.

Sword Art Online: Re-Hollow Fragment ($19.99)
A hollow area has been discovered in Aincrad, and there Kirito meets with Philia. Who could she be? And where will fate lead them? The adventure started in ‘Infinity Moment’ continues in Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment! Traverse floor after floor of a grand dungeon in an online fantasy world while meeting lifelong friends and unforgettable characters from the hit anime series!

Legend of Kay Anniversary ($29.99)
Ten years after its initial release, Legend of Kay Anniversary is a thoroughly remastered version of the original game: high-resolution textures new, more detailed character models modern rendering techniques and crystal-clear surround sound give this great classic a new shine. (Available July 29)

Abyss Odyssey: Extended Dream Edition ($14.99)
From indie Chilean developer ACE Team comes Abyss Odyssey, an Art Nouveau-styled, side-scrolling action adventure game featuring a complex fighting engine in procedurally-generated levels that destine its three warriors to battle for an eternity. Chain your attack and release a flurry of blows in order to survive what lies beneath.

PS3 Games

Life Is Strange: Dark Room ($4.99)
Max realizes that changing the past can lead to painful consequences and that time is not a great healer. Her investigation into the disappearance of Rachel Amber begins to reach a thrilling conclusion as she finds the Dark Room. Will the answers lie within? Or will there just be trouble?

King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember ($9.99)
The first part of a five-chapter game series that boldly re-imagines one of gaming’s most groundbreaking franchises. An aging King Graham reflects on a life of adventure with his granddaughter, Gwendolyn, taking players back to his teen years and his quest to become a knight of Daventry in King Edward’s royal guard. Discover a wondrous world full of whimsical characters, charming puzzles, and perilous dangers in this fun and enchanting coming of age story.

Lost Dimension ($39.99)
Climb the enemy-filled tower, find the traitors in your team, and defeat The End to save the world in Lost Dimension! The world is driven to chaos when a mysterious tower suddenly appears. In the tower resides “The End,” a person who threatens to destroy the world. To stop him, SEALED, a special forces unit of psychics, is created. Keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer. What will happen when you reach The End?

Legend of Kay Anniversary ($24.99)
Ten years after its initial release, Legend of Kay Anniversary is a thoroughly remastered version of the original game: high-resolution textures new, more detailed character models modern rendering techniques and crystal-clear surround sound give this great classic a new shine. (Available July 29)

PS Vita Games

Lost Dimension ($39.99)
Climb the enemy-filled tower, find the traitors in your team, and defeat The End to save the world in Lost Dimension! The world is driven to chaos when a mysterious tower suddenly appears. In the tower resides “The End,” a person who threatens to destroy the world. To stop him, SEALED, a special forces unit of psychics, is created. Keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer. What will happen when you reach The End?

BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend ($39.99)
The most definitive installment of the renowned 2D fighting game franchise, BlazBlue, can finally be taken out of your living room. Uncover the secrets of the Chronophantasma Extend.

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