Posts Tagged ‘asteroids’

‘Roid Rage: Space: The Return Of The Pixxelfrazzer

By Craig Pearson on September 26th, 2013.


Space: The Return Of The Pixxelfrazzer is answering a question about gaming that no-one thought to ask. It’s an obvious one, too. Up there with “What is The Doctor’s name?” (The answer is always “Jeff”, btw. Jeff Who, Doctorman.). It asks: “Where was the ship in Asteroids coming from and where was it going?”, then proceeds to answer that in an extraordinary burst of neon, quests, and physics. I started watching the trailer because Space: The Return Of The Pixxelfrazzer is a silly name, but by the end of it I was enthusiastically clicking the Greenlight page. There is a trailer and demo below.
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Rapid Development

By Jim Rossignol on October 8th, 2007.

MSOIDS is a version of Asteroids with garish hand-scribbled art. Apparently made in four hours by messing about in MS paint and adding the results to a simple vector thinger, it makes an exceptionally tricky, eye-wincing version of the game. The madly scribbled explosions make it a special kind of bastard to get a hi-score at, but hey, you can press spacebar for new colour schemes.

Far more interesting, and developed in a mere seventy two hours by the same folk, is the nightmarish and crude puzzle FPS Mondo Medicals. The levels are “impossible” in that Escher way, and are a challenge to get past without becoming disorientated. Backtracking and going against intuition is key to defeating these spatial puzzles. (Why don’t more games have spatial puzzles. And why aren’t there more pure-puzzle FPS games? Eternal questions.) There’s also an alarming pixellated horror theme, with a TV-faced man yelling about cancer, and some screaming maw thing motionless in a room. It’s… unique.

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