Impossible Creature: Incredipede

By Alec Meer on September 27th, 2011 at 10:25 am.

Pede of incredibleness

Left to steer the good ship RPS on my own today, I was feeling a little grim. Jaw set, lip slightly curled, brow furrowed, coffee cup crushed by my feeble fist: you know the look. Then I watched this footage of Incredipede (‘a game about life and feet’), the next offering from the creator of Fantastic Contraption, and now I keep giggling to myself and wanting to hug people.

Ambulatory transformable beast in procedurally-generated, physics-based, freeform puzzle solving? Sign me right up. Apparently the creature-creation possibilites are ‘practically limitless’.

Incredipede! There is no finer name for a videogame.

Here also is creator Colin Northway explaining the game at Sense of Wonder Night in Japan a couple of weeks back. Don’t worry, he speaks in English, interspersed by a Japanese translator and ever-so-polite applause. Also, features a creature specifically made to dance and only to dance:

I am really looking forward to forcing the kind of bodge-it mentality that characterised my unsuccessful Lego expirements as a child onto Incredipede. More details on its website.

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  1. Brumisator says:

    Bah, it’s always the same thing with these kinds of games.

    Hope: “oh looks cool , I want to play it!”
    Disapointment: “Oh it’s not out yet”
    Rage: “Why did you get my hopes up? I was much happier before knowing this game existed”
    Apathy: Forgets this game ever existed and never plays it even when/if it comes out.

  2. Jams O'Donnell says:

    Now that is a game for me. I love this kind of make-a-wonky-thing-and-hope-it-works activity.

    • Eddy9000 says:

      Great trailer wasn’t it? Introduces all the range of things that can be done with a simple idea. The climbing bit was particularly lovely.

  3. EOT says:

    I’ll take that hug Mr. Meer. I’m suffering from a rather severe case of man flu and wrapping myself in your arms sounds a damn sight better than my own self-pity.

  4. Zanchito says:

    I concur with the previous posters. It’s really great to hear about new and exciting games here, but if you people could make a follow up for every “soon to be released” game you post, it’d be even better. As it is now, they just sort of get forgotten.

  5. LionsPhil says:

    Ooh, Fantastic Contraption. I remember that being quite good.

    This one might live or die on how well the controls map to muscles, though.

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    Rinox says:

    /human centipede flashbacks

    • Kaltano says:

      Human Incredipede (yea I can’t get it out of my head either)

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      amishmonster says:

      Yep. I’ve never even seen the movie and it’s ruined the suffix for me. Except for velocipedes, those are too awesome to ruin.

  7. MiniMatt says:

    Phwoar, look at the legs on that.

  8. Dana says:

    His flesh is…OUTSIDE !

  9. HilariousCow says:

    Reminds me of sodaplay but with QWOP controls, and a goal.

    • Dervish says:

      sodaplay

      Thanks, I was struggling to remember what that site was called. If anyone has links to similar stuff, that would be nice.

    • geoffreyk says:

      Exactly what I was thinking of. Sodaplay is more toy, and less game, but there are definitely similarities. Which is a good thing.

    • KitchenDon says:

      Dervish: Box Car 2D is a toy/physics sim that features evolving vehicles. You can also design your own cars. http://boxcar2d.com/

    • Veret says:

      Sodaplay ate my life back when I was 14; it’s a fantastic combination of art and creative engineering that I didn’t find again until Minecraft. Ahh, nostalgia…

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    Daiv says:

    I’ll wait for the sequel: Incredipede 2 – Inconceivapede.

  11. Raiyan 1.0 says:

    Wait, it’s Big Dog and a spider at the same time?

    Oh fu-

  12. Navagon says:

    That looked pretty damn clever. A bit weird, but he’s marketing it to Japan,so he’s obviously already aware of that.

  13. Sleepymatt says:

    This guy has the ideal life…

    travelling the world with his beloved,
    creating cool games at the same time,
    and finding time to grow A TRULY FUCKING HUMUNGOUS GINGER POWERBEARD.

    Respect, dude!