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Anodyne review

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12 months ago

Anodyne 2: Return To Dust explains its weird dimension-hopping antics

Anodyne 2 is an odd looking thing, channelling the uncanny style of N64 and PSX games, except when it's not. Folks following the development of the action-adventure sequel have spotted that some of the screenshots appear to be in the chunky, 2D early 16-bit style of the original Anodyne. Oh, and it's also a rhythm game too, and a driving game, somehow? It's probably for…

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1 year ago

Surreal Zelda-like Anodyne is getting a low-fi 3D sequel

Anodyne was an odd little beast of a game. On the surface, a Zelda-like action adventure, full of dungeons to explore, bosses to blat and new items to collect to open up more of the world. But just beneath the surface was an oddly personal and philosophical tale that wasn't nearly as concerned with fate-of-the-world adventuring as it first seemed. Fitting, then, that Anodyne 2: Return…

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3 years ago

Even The Ocean Is Being Released Next Week

I mean the videogame with the title Even The Ocean [official site] is being released. I’m not just making a general statement about the whole sea being unleashed in a torrent of human-hating rage some time next Wednesday. Although that could also happen. As for the game, it’s from the creators of the mysterious Anodyne, a difficult-to-describe arcade RPG which left Adam swooning a few…

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5 years ago

Have You Played… Anodyne?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Anodyne is a top-down game that acts as a junction where Zelda meets Earthbound, while Silent Hill looms large on the horizon. It's a coming of age story with a side order of anxiety, as well as a game about games and the…

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6 years ago

Parkour And Recreation: Even The Ocean

Sean Hogan recently released a demo for Even The Ocean, the game that he is developing with artist/writer Jon Kittaka following the release of the marvellous, mysterious and melancholy Anodyne. The fruits of a cursory glance suggest that the game is a lo-fi platformer with survival and crafting elements - a genre most of us are intimately familiar with, whether through exploring Terraria or bounding…

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Humble Bundle With Android 7 Includes Bard’s Tale, Anodyne

There are so many Humble Bundles now! Why, back in my day, we had to wait 1417 years (uphill, in the snow, beset on all sides by lackluster deals and also wolverines) for fresh bowls of piping hot generosity, and we... well, I mean, we liked it, yeah, but honestly? We're talking about great games on the cheap for good causes. So far, more has…

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7 years ago

Feature: Fisherman's Friend

Anodyne review

Anodyne's blend of surreal images and retro graphics appealed to me when I saw the first trailer but I only managed to find time to play through the game this weekend. I'm glad I did. It's an amusing, confusing, disturbing, perturbing action adventure that owes as much to Earthbound as to the Legend of Zelda, and almost as much to Silent Hill and Luis Buñuel.…

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Greenlight Lives: Anodyne, Receiver, More Make The Cut

Gabe Newell hasn't been particularly sweet on Steam Greenlight as of late, but the fully open Steam of tomorrow hasn't supplanted its "dictatorial" ways just yet. Instead, the mighty user-driven machine trundles on, streamlining the process where it can and rhythmically opening its jaw each month to crunch down whatever creative morsels we offer up. So then, what's on the menu this time around? Well,…

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Dungeons And Dreamscapes: Anodyne Demo

If the original Legend of Zelda had been an interesting legend about a man with a broom flitting between alternate realities - sometimes wholly fantastical, sometimes like our own world after some sort of unpleasant apocalypse scenario* - it might have looked a bit like Anodyne. Drawing influence from Yume Nikki's dreamscapes but with strongly Zeldalike single screen puzzles. The demo, which requires Adobe Air,…

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