Sticky ‘Em Up: Post I.T.

Crayon Physics’ Petri Puhro steps up to bat for the Experimental Gameplay Project‘s current Unexperimental Shooter contest, in reliably bravura fashion. This Post-it Note colour-clash is his take on shmups, and it’s disorientatingly lovely.

There’s nothing to it. Really, almost nothing. You shoot at the enemies, you dodge the enemies’ bullets, and you try to get an ever-better high score. No more, no less. Except the whole thing’s made out of post-it notes flipping in stop-motion, leading to a dreamlike vista that’s half Ray Harryhausen and half Tony Hart’s Morph. Retro yet hyper-modern.

It’s giddy and wonderful and strange, and the sluggish squares that constitute the backdrop, enemies and player ship alike make it agreeably trickier than it really is. There is precisely zero point in criticising the way it plays, which is simplistic to the point of abstraction – this is almost solely a game about sensation. Play!

17 Comments

  1. LewieP says:

    He posted a ‘making of‘ on his blog recently too.

  2. Psychopomp says:

    @LewieP

    Is that pun intentional?

  3. bob arctor says:

    Awesome music. What is it? Sounds almost like Shatner samples?

  4. LewieP says:

    @Psychopomp

    I had to think for about 3m before I could work out what pun you were referring to, so I assure you it was unintentional.

  5. Smurfy says:

    DAT MUSIC.

    IT RAWKS.

  6. Smurfy says:

    If the game files are to be believed, the music is, and I quote, “Martinibomb-The_Love_God”

  7. Smurfy says:

    Found the music on YouTube, complete with download link: link to youtube.com

  8. Jad says:

    I had to think for about 3m before I could work out what pun you were referring to, so I assure you it was unintentional.

    And LewieP I think you have here another unintentional pun, considering that it was 3M that invented the Post-It note.

    link to en.wikipedia.org

  9. TychoCelchuuu says:

    Jad, I think he actually tried for that one. It stuck me as intentional.

  10. Matzerath says:

    Remind me to kill you all later.

  11. MrBejeebus says:

    brilliant game, the experimental gameplay website is brilliant as well!

  12. Azazel says:

    The puns on display here are in no way up to the standard of the ultimate Bill Hicks pigeons coo/Kennedy assassination pun.

    -1

  13. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    Surely we can do better than this. Get thee to a punnery!

  14. LewieP says:

    First one was genuinely unintentional, second was totally planned.

  15. Sonic Goo says:

    Martinibomb is, um, was, one of the bands on Comfort Stand*, which works under a Creative Commons license. Which is probably one of the reasons it’s used here. So if you’re working on a game and looking for some cheap and cheerful music to use, check them out!

    *see also Netlabel

  16. TRS-80 says:

    Marginally related video: DEADLINE post-it stop motion

  17. Dosed says:

    Surely we can do better than this. Get thee to a punnery!

    I c wot u did thar Hamlet ;)
    Unless I’m incorrect and it makes me look like a complete fool.