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Posts tagged “Cosmo D”

Feature: One hell of a trip

Have You Played… The Norwood Suite?

More games should be set in hotels. We've seen plenty of home and mansion interiors over the years, as well as countless space stations and industrial warehouses, but the humble hotel is its own special beast, especially when you're dealing with the mad fever dream that is Cosmo D's The Norwood Suite.

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Feature: Through the doors of that rented room

The Joy of The Norwood Suite’s otherworldly hotel

Around an hour into The Norwood Suite, I was nestled so snugly into my comfort zone that it would have taken heavy machinery to shift me. That's despite the fact that this is a game that makes me suspect something sinister is lurking just out of view, that the edges of my vision aren't to be trusted. It's a very discomforting comfort zone.

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Tour a virtual gallery in The Zium Museum

Have you ever been wandering around a museum, turned a corner, and been baptised in a never-ending stream of confetti and balloons? I hadn't either until I took a stroll around The Zium Museum, a virtual gallery "composed of eclectic and wonderful things". There's more to see than confetti and balloons, promise. The gallery was curated by Michael Berto, who's used the work of 37…

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Groove on over to The Norwood Suite in its new demo

The surreal hotel in The Norwood Suite has been one of my favourite video game places to explore this year. When I last wrote about it, I tried to avoid saying too much because surprises like a man boogying in a Godzilla city in a hotel room are best discovered for oneself. Evidently I have abandoned subtlety. Like creator Cosmo D's Off Peak before, The…

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The Norwood Suite is out now from Off-Peak creator

Pack your bags for a surreal stay in The Norwood Suite [official site], the new first-person adventure game from the fella who gave us an odd train station in Off-Peak. Cosmo D launched The Norwood Suite last night and it's pretty great. Sent in on a covert mission, we meet guests and staff, run errands, poke about, and explore this beautiful place. Music runs through…

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Clickuorice Allsorts: The Norwood Suite’s soundtrack

After taking us to a strange train station in the wonderful Off-Peak, Cosmo D will invite us to visit a surreal hotel next week in The Norwood Suite [official site]. He has again composed the soundtrack himself, and again it sounds grand. Here's the main theme: Lovely stuff. Cosmo has the full soundtrack on Bandcamp, where you can stream free or buy it for $5.…

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The Norwood Suite accepts guests from 2 Oct

I thought the style looked familiar! The Norwood Suite [official site] is the new game from Off-Peak creator Cosmo D. Off-Peak, you might remember, is the surreal train station experience Alice and I played which I'd tend to describe as an experiential collage more than a game, if you're into that categorisation. You should definitely play it if you're looking for a curious project for…

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Off-Peak Creator Releasing The Norwood Suite In Spring

I enjoyed exploring Off-Peak's train station, a curious place 'curated' with curios like a Tumblr or Pinterest by its sinister station master, so I'm quite keen to see more of what developer Cosmo D's next game. The Norwood Suite [official site] will take us to a weird hotel, ostensibly to deliver a package but really to have a bloody good rummage and poke into the…

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The Norwood Suite: Off-Peak Dev’s Curious Hotel

If you haven't yet explored the strange 'curated' train station of Off-Peak yet, hey, go do that - it's free. Off-Peak has popped into my thoughts enough since it came out a year ago that I wish I'd mentioned it more beyond in that fun chat with Pip. Do play it - it's great, and then you'll be keen to see what creator Cosmo D…

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Freeware Garden: Off-Peak

Off-Peak, the first game I know of that has been created by a cellist -- Archie Pelago's Cosmo D-- is much more than an audio-visual experiment with an appropriately excellent soundtrack. It is a wonderfully odd first person adventure game taking place in a cavernous train station with the kind of geometrically wrong architecture one could only find in Kubrick's version of The Shining.

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Train Station Curation: Alice And Pip Explore Off-Peak

Alice and Pip have been playing Off-Peak [download], a free game by Cosmo D. It's quite nice. Alice: Pip, what's the best bit of the train station in Off-Peak? Is it the model blue whale suspended from the ceiling or the celestial fresco it seems to swim in? Pip: You mean the best bit of the decor or the people? Alice: Any of it. All…

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