Fetch Your Shades: Deepak Fights Robots

By John Walker on May 31st, 2011 at 4:08 pm.

This is not a representatively colourful scene.

In October 2009 I very rightly was enormously excited by the lunatic joy of RunMan. Its infectious brightness and unhinged glee were a big part of that. Developer Tom Sennett has picked up on the same vibe in his latest game, the brilliantly named Deepak Fights Robots (if you do nothing else, click on that link). It’s a puzzle platform game, heavily inspired by Bubble Bobble, but, well, brighter.

This is.

Deepak is a family man and office worker, who finds himself transported to a mad world of single-screen levels in which he must collect all the – atoms? – in order to briefly transform into a superhero and duff up the room’s robotic villains. You can see it in action here, in a trailer that almost entirely shows deaths:

The wonderful sitar funk appears throughout the game, in increasingly surreal and eye-distorting levels. And it’s a lot of fun. The challenges don’t ramp up too quickly, and there’s infinite lives to ensure things are focused on fun. There’s bunches of bonuses to collect, including further nods to Bubble Bobble in the form of fruit and letters. (I’ve yet to find an umbrella that lets me skip levels.) And my favourite feature are the “shields”, animal friends that’ll accompany you, and take the brunt of a collision with a robot. On death the robots will occasionally make remarks, and I think this must be the first game in which the baddies have offered “MY CONDOLENCES” after I’ve died.

It’s presented in Sennett’s distinctive and adorable hand-scribbled design, and have I mentioned it’s colourful? Sennett is charging $10 (£6.22) for the game that took two years to develop, which you can get here. It comes DRM free, with lifetime updates.

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  1. Tom OBedlam says:

    eeesh thats hard on the eyes

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  2. Xocrates says:

    I clicked on that link.

    I am now blind.

  3. Ginger Yellow says:

    I’d be more interested in this game if it were about assembling giant robots to batter Deepak Chopra with.

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    lhzr says:

    no demo? 10$?

    there are just too many indie games coming out, can’t throw 10$ on another one that i might play for half an hour like most of the others. 5$, yeah, sure, i’ll try it. but 10 ? i only need to take a look at all the untouched games from my steam library to umm.. get real and skip it.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      Also it’s yet another “super-wacky puzzle platformer with charmingly bad graphics”, which describes about 80% of the indie market.

      Maybe next year, it’ll have evolved enough to offer up, say, a shooty platformer like Super Star Wars. Anything that doesn’t make a first impression of “oh god, not another”.

    • Bhazor says:

      I have to agree with the indie market getting completely swamped with platform puzzlers. When will the indie crowd get past the spectrum era (slow/puzzle focused platforming) and reach the glorious SNES era (bang bang high speed shooty fun)? I’d love an indie version of Contra or even some decent JRPG likes.

      Fortunately this at least ups the speed a bit, even if it doesn’t look as much fun as Runman.

    • Dominic White says:

      The entire point of indie game development is that people get to make the games THEY want to make. If it’s not the game you want to play… well, stop whining and make something you’d like to see instead. It’s what they did.

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      RobF says:

      Guys, I appreciate the over-generalising of indie developers, it’s fun and all that but… there’s no puzzles!

      Deepak is the game Taito won’t make because they’re stupid. It’s essentially Bubble Bobble for the 21st Century with Sitars and happy smiley bouncy graphics and cute animals to ride on and big robots to punch in the face with your superhero powers when you’re atomic.

      If there’s more games like Deepak out there, seriously, point me to them. I want them.

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      QuantaCat says:

      Wasnt there a nice sidescroll shooter/mans in space against aliens, in space, a short while ago? that looked extremely nice and such, and was indie nonetheless.

  5. BAReFOOt says:

    My condolences.

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    RobF says:

    I love this *so* much. It’s pretty close to my GOTY.

  7. Raniz says:

    Great, now my head aces….

    Also, the trailer also only seemed to feature Deepak dying.

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    QuantaCat says:

    Also, comment system upgrade?

  10. ColOfNature says:

    The goggles do nothing.

  11. Gabe McGrath says:

    John, your mention of Bubble Bobble’s UMBRELLA scores you 500 bananas.
    Well done.

    Maybe the game should have a silver bracelet that releases fireballs, too?

  12. jamesgecko says:

    Runman: Race Around the World was fantastic and brilliant. But that trailer leaves me rather confused about what sort of game Deepak Fights Robots is. Can anyone offer insight?

    • PleasingFungus says:

      Apparently it’s Bubble Bobble. From the combined article and trailer, that’s all I can tell you.

      This would be very useful if I had ever played or seen Bubble Bobble, I’m sure.

      Ah well.