Posts Tagged ‘Locomalito’

Imp-ressive: Endless Forms Most Beautiful

By Adam Smith on July 10th, 2012.

Terrifically named screen-wrapping, teleportation collectathon, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, is a PC remake of a ZX Spectrum game. That doesn’t mean the original is older than grandpa Albuquerque’s dinosaur steed though because this particular ZX game was made in 2012. That’s almost certainly the same year that you’re reading this and, if it isn’t, go and play 2013′s best-selling first-person remake of Q*bert until your eyeballs emit lightshows of their own creation. David Hughes made the ZX version and the PC remake comes to us courtesy of RGCD. The game, manual, posters artwork and MP3s can all be found here. Trailer below.

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Oh, What a Knight: Maldita Castilla

By Adam Smith on August 31st, 2011.

 Knight, knight. Man, I am tired.
Chivalry is not dead! Phew. It’s been a long time since I’ve chivalled so when Maldita Castilla’s demo asked me to don armour and beard to fight off a wave of evil in the cursed Kingdom of Castile, I immediately sprang into action. We’ve talked about Locomalito’s lovingly crafted games before and this is shaping up to be a beauty. But what is it? Well, the most important thing about Maldita Castilla is that it’s not Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins. The second most important thing is that it’s really bloody close to being Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins.

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A Buggy Release: Viriax Impressions

By Quintin Smith on March 30th, 2011.

That's not a bug, that's a creature

Indie dev Locomalito is a bit of a genius. His work includes Hydorah, a stellar shmup, and L’Abbaye des Morts, a gorgeous ZX Spectrum-styled platformer, and he even goes as far as to provide box art and .pdf manuals for all his projects.

Tonight he’s released Viriax, a game which grants you control of a tiny virus and tasks you with infecting and killing a whole human. Go, go, brave little virus! Locomalito was good enough to send us an advance copy, and my infectious opinions await below.
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Get Down With A Sickness: Viriax Trailer

By Quintin Smith on March 8th, 2011.

Remind me to steal that font/background combo for my next pack of business cards

I’ve always considered arcade-medical-terror as something of an underpopulated genre, so I’m thrilled to see that indie developer Locomalito of L’Abbaye des Morts and Hydorah fame is, in fact, hard at work on an arcade-medical-terror game that he calls Viriax. It’s a sort of anti-shmup where you play a virus navigating a human body with randomly generated levels and… oh, just watch the trailer below.
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Monk-y On The Run: L’Abbaye Des Morts

By Quintin Smith on October 5th, 2010.

Dragon, Aged.

Reader Adam Britton sends word of Spectrum-tacular indie game L’Abbaye des Morts. You want to give this a go, I think. I just lost half an hour to it, and developer Locomalito calls it “AN OBSOLETE VIDEOGAME FOR A DARK PASSAGE OF HISTORY”, which is obviously excellent. He actually wrote it on holiday in Southern France, and it’s a (loose) interpretation of how a Christian sect known as the Cathars were hunted in the 13th century. Go play! Or just go and marvel at Locomalito’s excellent site, which boasts retro boxart for all his games.

A video of L’Abbaye Des Morts came to me for protection, and I’ve sheltered it beneath the jump.
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Hydorah-rah-rah!

By Kieron Gillen on June 7th, 2010.

I was chatting to Mathew Kumar about the release of his new exp. zine when he mentioned that Hydorah has been finally released. I actually had a tab with its page open for a couple of months, as it was saying it was just about to release, and I knew that I would have to post about it when it was. It’s a freeware old-school shooter with a few modern twists – like limited saves and a sort of map-approach to level selection (Which reminded me – and probably only me – of Xain’d Sleena aka Soldier of Light). You also gather extra weapons when completing missions, with you selecting which one you want to arm up with each time you go in. I’ve only played a couple of levels of this, but I really like it. Go get here, or watch the trailer below…
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