Nude Ascending A Scoreboard: Nudo

Reminds me of Guru Logic Champ on the GBA, which was always-- what? Oh. PC gaming blog. Yeah, yeah.

RPS reader Ben Esposito writes to say “I’m a stupid intern at Dejobaan Games (AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!) and after seeing what it’s like to make games with no money and no air conditioning, I decided to start doing it myself.”

Mr. Esposito’s new game, Nudo, has just been released (for free!) and provides about an hour of addictive, rewarding puzzling. Ben describes it as “a platformer on top of a rubik’s cube”, but as a professional games journalist I must categorise it as “game where you kind of move the level as well as the little man but with certain limitations.” To borrow a phrase from Kieron, it’s one of those games that’s much easier to grasp with a video rather than an explanation, so I’ve wedged a video after the jump.

Incidentally, I don’t know if Ben Esposito is in a relationship but I suspect he’d make a wonderful lover. Anybody who feels like fostering a crush can read his poetry here, and browsing his site reveals all kinds of other projects. He’s so creative! Mm. Anyway, Nudo. You can play Nudo here.

11 Comments

  1. Baboonanza says:

    Quintin’s got a boyfriend!

  2. AndrewC says:

    I like the trailer a lot! I love the music too! And, if it was home-made, which it kind of sounds like, well then i think I’ll love Ben Esposito too.

  3. JB says:

    Loved the dance sequence in the vid. Looks like an interesting game.

  4. JB says:

    Also,

    Ben and Quinns, sitting in a tree…

  5. Jetsetlemming says:

    I got pretty far before getting stuck. And it was on the simplest level, too- I just didn’t feel like playing anymore.

  6. fishyjoes says:

    Anyone else stuck at level 19?

  7. Zyrxil says:

    Very fun, and indeed the guitar animation is cute.

    The next to last level was damn annoying (Brain Melter). The very last ‘push’ gave you a 50/50 chance of unavoidable death, as you had no way of guessing where the door would appear. If you guessed wrong, you fall to your death. In puzzle games, random chance shouldn’t figure into victory.

  8. kindadude says:

    I’m stuck at 19. No idea what the hell to do.

    • Fox says:

      Stuck on it forever, just knowing it was some stupid simple thing I wasn’t twisting my brain in the right way to see. And I was right.

      Hint: You can jump off the top of the screen.

  9. TomSmizzle says:

    Finished it just now. Very cool indeed. It’s got the awesome quality that you only really get in indie puzzle games that the ideas are never repeated twice, the solution to one puzzle won’t be the same as the solution to another. Very clever stuff. Love it.

  10. Ichiro Lambe says:

    Nudo’s an amazing game. I’d like to see him take it to the next level.