Posts Tagged ‘cactus’

Cactus’ Keyboard Drumset Loving Werewolf

This is how Track And Field always ended for me

Note my romantic idealisation. You see, it’s actually Keyboard Drumset Fucking Werewolf and it’s like Ice Climbers but with a deliciously engaging maniac singing a catchy song. But then, no, it’s suddenly like falling to a horrible demise while the same maniac becomes irate and uses ‘gay’ in a fashion that will surely offend some people. Argh, but no, it’s not that either, it’s a button mashing, vomit-strewn lycanthropic transformation sequence, and now there’s chasing and slicing and killing while the song becomes ever stranger.

What it is, as well as all those things and more, is a new downloadable game from Cactus. I suspect the song will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day, for it is a malicious and worrying ear-worm. Probably with teeth. There’s a new trailer for the madcap developer’s entry into the IGF as well.

Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s A Game Which Exists: Hot Throttle

Reminds me of the RPS Company Barbecue '08.

How’s this for another proud example of why the PC is the most wordly and intelligent gaming platform in existence. Hot Throttle is a new browser racing game where instead of cars you control men who believe they are cars. It’s a collaboration by Doomlaser and indie powerhouse Cactus, though I suspect if Cactus were really a house he’d be an overpopulated squat with an unidentifiable corpse in the upstairs bathtub. You can watch some footage of Hot Throttle after the jump in the form of someone’s video review, plus two more secret bonus videos! Yes. Thanks to the Indie Games blog for the tipoff (and header image! I am cheeky).
Read the rest of this entry »

At The Steps Of The Bone Hut: Norrland

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while. Funny I’d end up posting it on the same day as Kieron posted his own thoughts on uniquely disturbing game. I doubt many of you went ahead and downloaded Norrland, Cactus’ pseudo-8-bit hunting trip, but – and I’m treading on eggshells here – hiding inside Norrland is a… moment. A scared, devastating bullet of a moment, fired in desperation. This moment was my single favourite bit of gaming in all of 2010.

The following is safe for work, but only just.
Read the rest of this entry »

Prickly Pair: Gamma4 & Norrland

Cracktus, more like. In the years after his tragic overdose we'll realise these games were a cry for help.

Indie dev Cactus has released two new games, both deeply different and both deeply Cactus (read: disturbing).

Gamma4 is a beautiful, disappointingly brief headtrip set to a club beat where you guide four independant lasers through various squres. I say it’s disappointing, but I’m sure if it were any longer it’d just start to hurt. Norrland is a little stranger, being a kind of 8-bit simulator of a Swedish hillbilly on a hunting trip. In between shooting and punching various animals you deal with dreams of withering insecurity. Videos of (and thoughts on) both after the jump.
Read the rest of this entry »

Kissing the Cactus: Cactus Arcade

I’m a little late to this party- about a year and a half late, to be exact- but I’ve just noticed Jim’s favourite indie developer, Jonathan ‘Cactus’ Söderström, has on his site a collection of 17 of his games, all zipped up and accessible through a fancy menu, under the name of Cactus Arcade. I think this is awesome, and if you’ve yet to experience the first-person arthouse headtrips that are Mondo Medical or Mondo Agency then you should download the thing right away. It’s right at the top of the Games section. Ooh- and in case you missed it, here’s the interview Jim did with Cactus last year.

IGF Factor 2010: Tuning

As the Independent Game Festival approaches, I thought a series of short interviews with all the PC-relevant short-listed entries would be an idea. First up is indie-Godhead Cactus who received a nomination for the Nuovo Award for the abstractly beautiful platformer Tuning, which looks like Nebulus as re-imagined by Escher. The interview and footage follows…
Read the rest of this entry »