Environmental Station Alpha [official site] is a Metroid-alike pixel platformer that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, right up until I didn’t any more. And yet, I find myself recommending it. Here’s wot I think:
RPS Feature Samus Metroid But Ridley Good
Do you remember Exile? Created by Peter Irvin and Jeremy ‘Thrust’ Smith, it’s the game that I was playing while the rest of the world was on a Metroid binge. Environmental Station Alpha is an exquisite power-up and platform game that reminds me of those happy days of yore. It uses its pixel art style to delicious effect, with particle effects a-plenty and brilliantly bizarre creature designs. A demo is available right now and it’s as good an example of its type as I’ve played for a good while.
So I got back to poking around in Arvi Teikari’s back catalogue, and I found Floating Islands Game. Not quite sure how I missed this the first time around, because it’s exquisite. It’s a Lemmings-like puzzle game, where you must figure out the use of mechanisms placed on each island to get a tiny stupid to safety. There are something like thirty five levels, and superb music throughout. Play it.
Continuing this year’s crayon-aesthetic in indie games, we have shooting platformer BulletZORZ, by Arvi Teikari. It’s slightly too hard in places, and it’s a shame more of the level isn’t on screen at any one time. Nevertheless the ideas are charming, especially using bullets to jump on as moving platforms.
Thanks, Indiegames Blog.