Last week Anthony sent me a message on Twitter asking about VVVVVVVV – so I sent him a link to the prototype! This week’s Bytejacker shows a few short glimpse of the game so far (at around the 3:10 mark) :
The preview shows the basic mechanic that the game’s built around, so don’t watch if you don’t want it spoiled!
Fun and all as it was to see him pronounce VVVVVVVV, I should probably have mentioned that the first five and last two “V”s are silent
Last week Bullet Time was on it too, in free indie rapid fire. Tim still seems to hold the best time, God rank at 2 minutes. I’m not sure that Martha rank is even possible.
My forth mention on bytejacker! They really are far too good to me
One of the other games mentioned this week is Exploit, which you should check out right away if you haven’t already – it’s fantastic. It features some absolutely excellent level design with a perfectly integrated story – I ended up playing the whole thing through in one sitting when I first checked it out.
The show recently had a change of format, which basically means that instead of the Free Indie of the week thing they used to do, they just select three games and have viewers vote for their favourite on Thursday’s episode. I’ve got my fingers crossed for Thursday, but it’s cool to see it mentioned in any case!
Incidentally, Bytejacker has been really good recently – last week they had a roundtable interview with three designers from the AGS scene which is well worth checking out. I kinda wish the show would do more of this sorta thing (like the demake roundup) – I think it’s at its best when it focuses on the indie stuff. (but then, I guess I’m sorta biased )
Bytejacker have a really cool episode this week, covering their favourite games from the recently finished Bootleg Demakes contest at TIGSource! If you haven’t gotten around to checking them out yet, this would be a very good way to get up to speed. They also gave a mention to my entry, Squish, which was really great of them – I’m still reeling from the Self Destruct mention last week, but my recap of “Woohoo!” applies doubly much now
While I’m on the subject, in case you missed it on the forums, I’ve updated Squish since the release – it’s now got a level editor, a couple of new game elements, and best of all, a new eight level stage! Check it out if you haven’t already! Here’s what I posted over at TIGS:
I’m really happy with how the new levels came out, though I should warn you that they’re quite a bit harder than the ones in the original release… Here’s a screenshot of one of my favorite new additions!
I know that chances are slim that anybody’ll be interested in making new levels, but I thought it was worth the work to implement the editor anyway, just in case I’m wrong I think the core mechanic of the game is really interesting, and I’m sure there’s a lot to explore with the concept; particularly now with the added depth that the two new elements offer. I’m sure there are a lot of aspects that I haven’t considered at all that could make for some really interesting puzzles!
Anyway, please check it out and let me know how you get on with the new levels! And thanks again to everyone who’s tried it out already and left comments, I really appreciate the feedback!
And on the subject of the contest: I don’t think I’ll have time to do a proper writeup this time (certainly not one as detailed as the Procedural Generation Competition one anyway, yikes), but I’ve written TIGSource contest writeups for almost all the other contests, so I’ll at least share my favourites! This time we got to vote for the eight we liked best – here are the ones I went for:
[Limbo of the Lost] For me, this is the best game of the contest. It’s a brilliant parody of Limbo of the Lost (and indeed, a lot of adventure games) that features some excellent puzzles, great writing and full voice acting that’s frankly better than it has any right to be, considering all 10 or so characters are voiced by the creator.
[Homeworld] Oxeye clearly have a knack for strategy games. I haven’t played the original, unfortunately, but I had a lot of fun playing this. It works so well as a simple 2D strategy game that I have to wonder what the extra dimension in Homeworld really adds to it.
[American McGee's Alice] One of the interesting things about this contest is that there’s no obvious winner. It really could go to any of about a dozen different games and I wouldn’t be surprised. If I had to guess, though, I think Little Girl in Underland has the best shot at winning: it may not get as many first place votes as some of the others, but I have a feeling it’s going to be in everybody’s top eight list somewhere. And with good reason! It’s short, polished, funny, smart, and a little bizarre: a fantastic combination when it comes to standing out against 68 other games.
[Silent Hill 2] DISCLAIMER: I consider Silent Hill 2 the best game ever made. Silent Hill 2 tends to be a fairly polarising game: you either love it to bits, or you don’t “get” it. Soundless Mountain II is so faithful to the original that I expect it had the same effect on people who tried it out – personally? I loved it to bits. I don’t think you could possibly pick a harder game to demake, so I’m astonished at just how good a shot at it Superflat managed.
[Aquaria] This is actually one of the first games in the contest I played, but I knew right away that I’d be voting for it. It’s aesthetically perfect, boasting gorgeous graphics and a great 8-bit take on Alec’s music. Unfortunately it cuts out before it really gets going…
Fantastic! I only wish it was longer! Freefall Brass starts out really well, and just keeps getting better until suddenly the demo just… ends. Agh! I think Freefall Brass has the most potential out of all the entries for the contest, particularly since it’s a demake of a genre rather than of a specific game. I can’t wait to see how it develops.
[Mega Man, Biocosm, Zorn's Lemma, Sick Panda] There were two aspects to this contest – “Bootleg”, and “Demake”. Almost everyone went the “Demake” route. LBLC, on the other hand, took the bootleg theme and handled it better than any other game in the contest. It even went as far as to create a bootleg system to emulate, the “Lady Boy”! A very funny game that really should be getting more attention than it is.
Smaze – ChrisFranklin, nfreakct and Jayson Napolitano
[Haze] A really solid entry that I enjoyed a lot, once I got a hang of the controls. I haven’t played the original, but I loved this! It starts a little slow, and it’s a little tough at the start, but by the time you get to the second stage you’ll be hooked.
That’s that! They’re far from the only good games in the contest, of course – even choosing as many as eight meant making some hard choices I tried to name some “other” games from the contest that I really liked and wanted to recommend until I realised that I was basically naming almost everything in the competition. So I’ll just do that instead – check out everything! Do so as soon as you can! I have a feeling that people will be talking about this contest for some time to come
I still can’t believe this Self Destruct was mentioned on the gaming review show Bytejacker! (it’s about four minutes in). Here’s a link to the high quality version if you don’t like the low quality youtube one below:
I got an email from the presenter Anthony to tell me that Self Destruct was on it, and replied with an altogether too long thank you note and suggestions for other games for the show. I probably shouldn’t be allowed on the internet.