Posts Tagged ‘nekogames’

Billions Of Stars: Hoshi Saga 6

By John Walker on June 23rd, 2011.

If you don't find these lovely, then I think you're a fartface.

Gosh, can it really be over a year since I posted a Nekogames Hoshi Saga game? I do not understand the passing of time. Fortunately I do understand how to find stars in 25 simple but lovely microgames. I mean, I should, I’d already completed 125 of them. Bringing it up to 150 is Hoshi Saga Ringeon, and it’s as worth playing as all previously. Still too simple for the most part, but always engaging and satisfying to hear that ‘pling!’ as each is solved. You really ought to bloody well listen to me and go play them. I won’t stop posting about them until you do.

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Star Plucker: Hoshi Saga 5

By John Walker on April 26th, 2010.

I'm so running out of star-based headlines for these games.

Crikey, a new one already! I do so love the Hoshi Saga series from Nekogames, as I was saying but only the other day. Part five is available now, and it’s fantastic. Once more there’s twenty-five micro-challenges asking you to find a star within an inventive, cute way. And unlike part four, this time there’s toughies amongst the delightfully simple.

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Stars In My Eyes: Hoshi Saga 4

By John Walker on March 31st, 2010.

He's a smart, smart man.

Oh my goodness, there’s a new Hoshi Saga game. And it’s in colour. But let me explain. If you’ve been following carefully you’ll have noticed that every now and then I remember to check the site of Yoshio Ishii, NekoGames, to see if anything new has appeared. Because when something has, it’s always worth a look. And this time: a fourth Hoshi Saga, the blissfully beautiful micro-game collections that ask you to find a star.

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Seeing Stars: Another Trip To Nekogames

By John Walker on October 19th, 2009.

He does seem to like stars.

Every few months I sit up with a start and think to myself, “I haven’t checked Nekogames for ages!” The obscure Japanese site, in a muddle of Japanese and English, is most known for the splendid Cursor*10 – a puzzle game that has inspired many others since. Then there’s my absolute favourites, the Hoshi Saga games asking you to hunt down a star in dozens of smart and entertaining levels. So what’s been happening since the last time I had a look? Well, a much smarter site design and a couple of new games to check out.

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Cursor*10 All Over Again

By John Walker on February 24th, 2009.

I'm my favourite person to play multiplayer with.

Spooks. I was just about to check Neko Games site, to see if there might be a new Hoshi Saga (the series of micro-puzzles where you try to find the star – go play all three), and glanced at IndieGames along the way. There’s something better than a new Hoshi Saga! There’s a new Cursor*10.

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Star Search: Hoshi Saga 3

By John Walker on October 7th, 2008.

This level deserves songs written about it.

While it appeared a couple of weeks ago, I’ve only just noticed the latest Hoshi Saga game has been released. Yoshio Ishii is a wonderfully inventive man, his tiny, simple Flash games stacked with gorgeous ideas. And the Hoshi Saga are best of all, each comprising of 30 minuscule gaming morsels where you must aim to find a star. You can find part one here, and part two here.

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Who On Earth Is Yoshio Ishii?

By John Walker on April 8th, 2008.

After playing both of the really lovely Hoshi Saga games (and then annoying my sister by not helping her when she gets stuck), I realised that they came from the same person who wrote the completely stunning Cursor*10, Yoshio Ishii. I then realised I don’t have the faintest idea who Yoshio Ishii is, and wanted to find out. It’s not immediately clear.

Cat Hunter!

For someone who’s generated quite so many superbly fun Flash/Shockwave games, he gains little attention, lacking even a Wikipedia entry. GameSetWatch gave Ishii some coverage in 2006, and Googling his name will give you results based on commentaries of various games. Also, his cat-based Neko Series saw some coverage in 2006. But where’s the glory? Gaming’s equivalent of B. Kliban deserves more attention. So here are a few other highlights from his collection.

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Hoshi Saga – Puzzle Loveliness

By John Walker on April 7th, 2008.

Don’t thank me, thank friend-of-RPS Sam C, for today’s wonderful puzzle game. And you will thank her, because this is joyful.

Ok, this one's relatively easy.

Hoshi Saga is by Japanese developers Nekogames, it’s a series of completely charming puzzles based around finding the star. Little more needs to be said – just go play. And then come back here to thank Sam, and then yell at her because you’re stuck and really frustrated.

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Cursor * 10

By John Walker on January 4th, 2008.

Here’s your Friday challenge, internet children:

The ideal form of co-op.

It’s Cursor * 10.

It’s a simple enough affair – you click on the stairs to climb a level, hold down switches to reveal new stairways, or click on the boxes/pyramids to reveal other secrets. Thing is, you need more than one cursor to make it through. In fact, you need ten. Play through once, reach as far as you can, and then the game resets with your previous cursor as a ‘ghost’. It’s one-player co-op! The best possible form of co-op. (Thanks to the lovely Simon for the link).

So go on – complete it.

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