Posts Tagged ‘cactus-software’

Prickly Pair: Gamma4 & Norrland

By Quintin Smith on August 16th, 2010.

Cracktus, more like. In the years after his tragic overdose we'll realise these games were a cry for help.

Indie dev Cactus has released two new games, both deeply different and both deeply Cactus (read: disturbing).

Gamma4 is a beautiful, disappointingly brief headtrip set to a club beat where you guide four independant lasers through various squres. I say it’s disappointing, but I’m sure if it were any longer it’d just start to hurt. Norrland is a little stranger, being a kind of 8-bit simulator of a Swedish hillbilly on a hunting trip. In between shooting and punching various animals you deal with dreams of withering insecurity. Videos of (and thoughts on) both after the jump.
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Kissing the Cactus: Cactus Arcade

By Quintin Smith on August 6th, 2010.

I’m a little late to this party- about a year and a half late, to be exact- but I’ve just noticed Jim’s favourite indie developer, Jonathan ‘Cactus’ Söderström, has on his site a collection of 17 of his games, all zipped up and accessible through a fancy menu, under the name of Cactus Arcade. I think this is awesome, and if you’ve yet to experience the first-person arthouse headtrips that are Mondo Medical or Mondo Agency then you should download the thing right away. It’s right at the top of the Games section. Ooh- and in case you missed it, here’s the interview Jim did with Cactus last year.

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Cactus Leftovers

By Jim Rossignol on December 10th, 2008.


Prolific indie games madman Jonatan “Cactus” Söderström has posted a bunch of unfinished game projects on his blog, and they’re all worth a look, if just as ideas. Teknozombie is actually particularly disturbing, which is a theme I enjoy in all Cactus’ work. If you’re unfamiliar with his stuff then check out our tagged stories, or head over to his site. Alternatively keep an eye on his Lo-Fi minds joint project with Ville Krumlinde over here.

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Lo-Fi Minds

By Jim Rossignol on February 15th, 2008.

That's low-fidelity, right
This will be interesting news for a limited audience, but it made me stand on the balcony and sing: Cactus and Villek from the awesome ZGameEditor are joining forces to create an indie development house, Lo-Fi Minds. No project details yet, but I’m expecting great things from the bloke who created some of my favourite indie projects of the last year. I’ll see if I can catch up with him at GDC. Oh yes, I’m off to that big development conference in The West, so wave and say hello if you see me there.

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Cactus: Sumo & Ninja

By Jim Rossignol on February 8th, 2008.


One-man game production line Jonatan “Cactus” Söderström has released another two games. First there’s the bizarre static shooter SeizureDome, where you have to avoid being pushed out of the ring by heavy but slow moving Sumo wrestlers, or light but fast-moving naked women. You have a gun, and must gib them to avoid failure. (Söderström could hardly be more different to the other Cactus Game Design.)

Then there’s Shotgun Ninja, which is your basic 2D platform ninja game, where the martial artist in question is armed with a shotgun. Yeah, have fun.

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Transmissions From Cactus

By Jim Rossignol on January 14th, 2008.

My favourite indie games developer, Jonatan “Cactus” Söderström, has been receiving a good deal of attention lately. And it’s hardly surprising, because his weird, short games are appearing regularly and each have something unique about them. For games developed often in just a few days they’re remarkable achievements. This is the kind of chap I’d like to see get a little bit more money and some time to work on something beefier.
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As Narbacular Drop Is to Portal

By Jim Rossignol on December 26th, 2007.

Is that the guy from Doom?

I was just about to do some proper work when I thought this: “Perhaps there’s a room for a blog post looking at indie games that could potentially be the germ of a commercial idea; games that are as Narbacular Drop is to Portal.” Hmm. That does sound better than doing any proper paid work, I must admit.
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Protoganda

By Jim Rossignol on October 25th, 2007.

Via Indygamer, I see that Cactus Software have a new game out. It’s a scrolling shooter, and a little less imaginative than some of their previous games, but it nevertheless errs on the side of excellent esoterica. The visuals mix retro-polygonal abstract techno shooter stuff with, well, Cyrillic text and celluloid film-grain processing. I also like that you can turn the subtitles to the (presumably Russian?) text on and off. There’s a direct download link here.

Press enter during the game for instructions – and you’ll need to read them as the mixture of charge shot and shield controls make this a tricky but focusing shmup. Having ignored the instructions and guessed at the keys, it took me maybe four goes to clear the first couple of sections. But who ever reads those things, eh?

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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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