Squish

Squish is my entry into TIGSource’s Bootleg Demakes contest, a contest that asked participants to remake a modern game in a retro style. It’s conceptually inspired by the very underrated PSP puzzle game Crush; rather than demake the game for a specific system, I demade the core mechanic in simpler terms. In Crush, the player can compress the 3D view of a level into a 2D view and transverse the level as if it was a 2D platformer. In Squish, the player compresses 2D views into 1D!

Honestly, I started out thinking of it as a joke entry – but the more I thought about it, the more convinced I got that there was potential for some really interesting puzzles here. So I figured I’d give it a shot – I wanted to make *something* for this contest after all, considering I wasted a whole week on a project that was just way too ambitious.

There’s quite a lot I wanted to implement but didn’t have time to – I started it on Friday, finished the engine on Saturday and as a result designed almost all the levels in one day, on Sunday, so it’s pretty rushed and it’s still kinda buggy… All the same, I’m really pleased with how it came out! You can download it here.

Squish features music by the awesome Josiah Tobin! You can check out his other music projects as Swimfail on myspace!

[edit] The game’s since been updated with a level editor and eight new levels, as well as two new gameplay elements!

[edit again] The game’s now at version 1.3 – check out this post to see what’s changed.

Anyway, have fun, hope you enjoy it!

[Download here, V1.3]
(Zip File, 2.9Mb)

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21 Comments so far

  1. Eli on September 12th, 2008

    Awesome. I honestly had fun throughout each level; even if a few were oddly easy towards the end. Nice Demake. I saw this TIGS but didn’t download it at the time; I figured I had to grab it here. Glad I did.

  2. Terry on September 13th, 2008

    Thanks :)

  3. bob on September 17th, 2008

    how do i navigate the menus

  4. Terry on September 17th, 2008

    Arrows and Z.

  5. AuthenticKaizen on September 17th, 2008

    really fun game. good work.

  6. Hempuli on September 17th, 2008

    Now then, I haven’t seen the game this is a demake of, so the gameplay is purely original for me! Great work, I love these kinds of games!

  7. Terry on September 17th, 2008

    Thanks, I’m glad you both liked it :)

    Hempuli: I really loved FIG!

  8. AuthenticKaizen on September 17th, 2008

    hm i heard already about FIG…
    so i think i should give it a try.

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  10. [...] for old stuff, I finally got around to updating Squish today. I created virtually all of the levels on the last day of the demakes contest and I’ve [...]

  11. miggy on March 10th, 2009

    cool game really fun puzzle game

  12. DISCO on March 29th, 2009

    How play this game?

  13. AceDude1981 on June 19th, 2009

    i just wanted to make a video just showing off the game i did the last custom lv. :D
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCLBmiLrdu4

  14. Terry on June 26th, 2009

    Nice one :)

    I never really liked that level – probably I should have just deleted it completely instead of moving it to the rejected levels pack…

  15. Ross on September 16th, 2009

    What a fun game. A few really had me scratching my head but I finally finished all the levels.. thanks

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  17. Antoine on August 30th, 2010

    Hi I found your concept amazing. That’s a really good job!

  18. MDISON on February 22nd, 2011

    COOL I LOVE I DONT KNOW HOW TO PLAY :]

  19. [...] Squish is a single screen puzzle platformer where you have to switch from 2D to 1D to solve the puzzles. A very nice executed concept that brings some interesting levels to the table. Your objective is to reach the exit door in each level. Since the door is locked you have to unlock it by collecting different colored diamonds. In order to do so you must flip the view to 1D were all platforms and diamonds are nicely arranged on one flat platform. Flip around to reach specific platforms that were unreachable beforehand. Download (3 MB) September 19, 2009 Free, Indie Games, Platformer No Comments custom enginefreeplatformerpuzzle platformersingle screen platformertributewindows [...]

  20. Resources on January 30th, 2013

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  21. Micheal Taylor on November 30th, 2013

    Great Demake i LOVED Crush even going so far as to buy the 3ds version so this was just like awesome… thanks

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