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The Visitor: Massacre At Camp Happy

By John Walker on November 23rd, 2010.

A nice image to start the day.

Way back in 2007, when the world was still a baby, we mentioned the peculiar, gruesome Flash game, The Visitor. Playing as an alien worm-like creature, you had to eat, mutate and mutilate your way through some simple point-and-click challenges. At the time I said that there was a larger project in the works, and now there’s some evidence of it. The Visitor: Massacre At Camp Happy. It’s a genre change for the worm, now a third-person top-down mutilate-em-up, as you chomp your way through a campsite. The new trailer is below, and it’s well worth watching until the people start popping.

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The Visitor (Note: Not The ABBA Album)

By John Walker on October 25th, 2007.

I’ve yet to rattle on about my love for Samorost and Samorost 2. Flash games I loved so much I bought the CD soundtrack. (If you’ve never played them, go do so right now.)

I’m sure there’s a genre title for the sort of game, where you have a background on which obvious items can be clicked, triggering animated events. It’s minimal interaction, maximum art. Done badly, it’s the worst sort of pixel-hunt. But done well, it can be really very beautiful.

Bye bye kitten

The Visitor can’t exactly be described as “very beautiful”, but it is done well. An alien creature grub crashes to earth on a meteor, and in a very short game, you help him make his grisly way through a nearby homestead. It’s so refreshingly gruesome, reversing your instincts and having you aid the revolting alien creature to achieve his goals. There are quite a few awkward moments where the next click doesn’t feel natural, but it’s generally possible to muddle past them, and no great chore to click about until you find the right order. And while there’s only one true puzzle, it’s a fun one. Go play.

It’s the work of one Zeebarf, and is his first project of this type. So off to a flying start. Apparently there’s talk of a sequel, and a longer project he’s already working on. Big thanks to reader Will for the tip-off.

And now I’m listening to the Samorost 2 soundtrack again.

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