Posts Tagged ‘Perspective’

Here Is How Four Sided Fantasy Will Break Your Brain

You might remember that gorgeous puzzle adventure Four Sided Fantasy has the potential to twist your brain until it looks like a mangled Rubik’s Cube embedded in its very DNA, but what does that actually mean in practice? Well, the sidescroller from the level designer of the equally mind-melting Perspective focuses on level manipulation, on turning the game world from playground to plaything. Below you’ll find a video of its experimental mechanics in action. Prepare to go, “Wait, but then that means… no! Arghhhh! Please, don’t take away my limited perception of reality! It’s all I have!”

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Jeepers: Four Sided Fantasy Will Bend Your Mind, The World

Guess that's the, 'How many graphics will it have?' question out of the way, then.

Update: Four Sided Fantasy’s Kickstarter is now live.

Original: Wow.

I did not expect to stumble across a game of Four Sided Fantasy‘s clear caliber and inventiveness while lazily sipping coffee on a random mid-week evening/morning (depending on your timezone), nor did I expect to be interested in another puzzle-platformer in approximately the next ever again. But here I am. This one heralds from the level designer of student-made mindbender Perspective, and it’s about folding space, and goodness. Just go watch the trailer. It’s below.

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Wot I Think: Perspective

One of the most intriguing games to appear at this year’s GDC was unquestionably Perspective. While certainly robbed at the IGF Awards, it received much positive attention, and deservedly so. A fresh approach to perspective-arranging platforming, blurring 3D and 2D gaming in a way that you’ll not believe your brain will put up with, it’s entirely free to get hold of. Here’s wot I think:

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The 2013 GDC Experimental Gameplay Workshop

An undoubted highlight of GDC every year is the Experimental Gameplay Workshop. Despite having that complete nonsense word in the title, it’s a chance for some of the most innovative and esoteric gaming ideas to be shared with one of the week’s biggest audiences, whether in development, released, or some impossible state in between. Some of the highlights are below.

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Look Around You: Perspective Out Now (And Free!)

Don't worry. It'll make far less sense in just a moment.

I think we can all remember a time when we were younger – assuming, of course, that none of us has been hit on the head with any large objects (or small, densely packed objects) very recently. Regardless, it was many, many cloud-enshrouded moons ago, yet I remember it as clear as I day. I was fool-hardy, obstinate, and brash. I made life-affirming mistakes, and also, Jim wrote a thing about a game. Now, though, times have changed. I have, you might say, gained Perspective. And now – for zero of your precious monetary units – you can too.

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Perspective Does That Clever Dimension Shifting Thing

That man is jumping.
The mixing of 2D and 3D in game world is no longer a new idea, but Perspective – a game from game-development education crucible DigiPen – certainly has a special take on it, as you can see in the video below. It’s remarkably clever. Not just in the idea itself – in which a 2D character navigates a 3D world, and the camera control of the FPSing player alters the 2D space that character has to navigate by shifting perspective – but in the construction of the puzzles which make use of that concept. I am not sure why I am bothering to try and explain it, really, other than to emphasize that you should take a look, and then do that raised eyebrow thing you do when someone has been impressively clever.
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