Cut Copy: Duplicator

By Quintin Smith on February 9th, 2011 at 8:01 am.

This guy becomes 140% more endearing when you imagine that mark on his belly is his mouth.

Browser puzzler Duplicator has a simple concept. You’re a sort of man, or maybe just a thing, with no eyes and no face and you’re looking for your cat, and your house is all black and white (except the bits which aren’t) and you can duplicate parts of your environment, or even yourself. See? Simple. There’s a pleasingly sinister atmosphere to the whole thing, it doesn’t take long to finish and by the end the puzzles get quite devious. Go play, or watch a trailer after the jump. Indie? A game? Quite good? It could only have come from the miraculous Indie Games Blog.

I get the sense that there’s more mileage in this idea than Duplicator ever manages, but the fact that it left me mulling over the concept’s storytelling and puzzling possibilities is an achievement in itself. Besides, the music’s great. Except in this trailer. The music’s not so great in the trailer. It’s a bit like watching a platformer directed by James Cameron.

Man! I wonder what a platformer conceived and produced by James Cameron would be like? Answers on a postcard, readers*.

* “Shit” is not an answer.

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10 Comments »

  1. Dood says:

    With that mouth, this guy looks like something taken straight out of a Tool music video.

  2. JackShandy says:

    “Man! I wonder what a platformer conceived and produced by James Cameron would be like? ”

    Uncharted 2.

  3. BAshment says:

    Meatboy Noir

  4. Kits says:

    I rather enjoyed that, a couple of levels got me thinking…also *flex* 4th on the leaderboard now.

  5. airtekh says:

    Love the music

  6. Tacroy says:

    I can’t play this game, that little “MochiAds” login thing in the bottom-right is way too distracting, and I’m not willing to make an account just to get rid of it.

  7. DrGonzo says:

    James Cameron would remake Mario or Sonic almost to the letter, but redesign the characters and set it in space. Bam, it’s made 4 gazillion pounds.

  8. mbourgon says:

    Actually dig the music. Sounds like it’s about to turn into some Epic Power Metal With A Hot Chick Singing. Epica, maybe. Or Within Temptation. Lacuna Coil. Etc.

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    Andy_Panthro says:

    “* “Shit” is not an answer.”

    Dang.