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Ten Downloadable Games To Watch In 2013

We recently updated our list of 2013 retail game releases, but that article leaves a big chunk of games out of the mix. Downloadable console and mobile games are notorious for release dates that come out of nowhere. Nonetheless, we've gathered together several games we feel confident should arrive in the next few months that are worthy of your attention. Since some of the release dates are still up in the air, we've listed games alphabetically. Enjoy!

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Developer: Starbreeze Studios
Platform: PSN, XBLA, PC
Release: Spring

The studio behind The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, The Darkness, and Syndicate is exploring the downloadable game space with this upcoming puzzle/adventure game. Individual players control two brothers simultaneously as they set out to find a cure for their ailing father. Beautiful, cinematic visuals catch the eye, but we're hoping the gameplay is equally engrossing.

Cut the Rope: Time Travel
Developer: Zepto Lab
Platform: iOS, Android
Release: April

Planned for release in the coming weeks, the new Cut the Rope game has hero Om Nom tracking down hidden stars and eating candy while seeking out his long lost ancestors. There's no word yet on gameplay innovations, but we feel pretty confident that it will have something to do with disconnecting one end of a string from another. It's hard to beat the clever and simple fun of the original, but we'll see if Zepto can top themselves.

Dragon Fantasy: Book II
Developer: Muteki
Platform: PSN, Vita
Release: TBA

If you're looking for an homage to 8-bit RPG gaming, you can't go wrong with Dragon Fantasy: Book I, which is also available on iOS. The upcoming sequel is headed to Sony devices, and moves forward into the 16-bit era of visuals for a grand adventure of pirates, magical talismans, and sprawling fantasy empires. The new sequel also adds four-player cooperative play.

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