Reverse Child Catcher: Offspring Fling

By Adam Smith on April 3rd, 2012 at 1:30 pm.

If Edmund McMillen had made this game, the offspring would burst much more frequently

Kyle Pulver, superior veteran of a thousand gamejams, has expanded a riff on the theme of motherhood that emerged from his brain last year, making it into a full release for PC and Mac. It’s a platform game, with puzzles made up of switches, blocks and infant forest animals deflecting around the levels. The clue as to your maternal ability is in the title: Offspring Fling. As the mother of a sizable brood of cuddly critters, your method of transporting them to safety is to balance them on your head and then lob them out of harm’s way. Of course, as you progress through the 100+ levels throwing your kids around the place becomes increasingly hazardous, as they begin to act more like soft, organ-filled pinballs than living, dying creatures. Watch.

It’s very jolly, despite the risk of losing your litter, but it also becomes jolly difficult. Things are simple at first. Carrying kids decreases the height of your jumps and the early levels tend to play with that idea, forcing you to chuck the children into a suitable position and then carrying them to the exit. Later, chains of action require speed as well as forethought.

The price is $7.99 for a DRM-free copy. There’s also a short demo that’s playable through your browser on the game’s website, unless your browser hates the idea, in which case there isn’t. Mine was fine with it.

Thanks to John Polson for the tip.

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10 Comments »

  1. SquareWheel says:

    Also a charming soundtrack by Alec Holowka/Infinite Ammo: http://infiniteammo.bandcamp.com/album/offspring-fling

  2. Screwie says:

    Oh wow, this looks adorable. The art style is just fantastic.

    • Premium User Badge Oozo says:

      Reminds me of New Zealand Story, which I have very fond memories of. So, yes, lovely.

      • Screwie says:

        Oh yeah I can see the resemblance. It’s been way too long since I played NZS, but it was one of my favourites on my old Amiga.

  3. MadTinkerer says:

    I hope it’s available on Steam soon. Most games I get for my Mom I get on Steam because it’s easy to organize them. She would love this.

    • bateleur says:

      I’d like to see it on Steam too, but apparently Steam are reluctant. Emailing them is probably a good idea.

      • Jambe says:

        ooc, what is your source for Steam’s reluctance to publish this?

        • Steve Swink says:

          Kyle mentioned it on Reddit. Also, he is my roomate :). It’s true, sadly. Please do email Steam and/or tweet @kylepulver so he can marshall support and bring it to Steam.

  4. Premium User Badge Hodge says:

    Yeah, that main character is almost a 1:1 copy of Tiki from New Zealand Story. Still, the game looks wonderful and I MUST TEST IT.

    Also, I didn’t realise straight up that this is from the same guy who did Snapshot and Depict1, which makes it even more interesting and I MUST TEST IT.

  5. Coriform says:

    Makes me think of Flicky.