Posts Tagged ‘D-pad Studio’

Eight Years Later, Owlboy Has Landed

To borrow a line from Graham, there’s a parallel reality where Owlboy [official site] came out before Braid, earned mega-bucks and now Norwegian devs D-Pad are making elaborate and beautiful 3D follow-ups. But now, eight years later, there’s a seething, pixellated mass of neo-retro-platformers and Owlboy is no longer the slam dunk it might have been.

Whatever its fortunes now might be, it’s almost unbelievable that I now actually get to play Owlboy, a game I can remember posting about on RPS back in our earliest months. It is not a disappointment.
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ELEVATEWAR: Owlboy Dev’s Elevator Brawler Savant

Owlboy is not out yet and doesn’t have a release date. That is the bad news. And by that, I mean that it’s the bad news – the news by which all upsetting and otherwise unfortunate events are judged. Developer D-Pad Studio’s been bending over backward and probably turning its head upside-down to get the gorgeous side-scroller out the door, but it’s only (composed of) human(s). Everyone needs a vacation and nope actually D-Pad is just insane so it’s spent its “holiday” making a different game. This one’s called Savant, and it’s a lushly gothic bite of, er, elevator action. If dictionaries were organized by distance between meanings of words, those two would be at opposite ends (and also dictionaries would be useless), but the game actually looks kinda great! Watch the trailer below and see for yourself.

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Wow, Owlboy Is Looking Completely Gorgeous


The guys over at IndieGames noticed that the previously available demo of side-scroller Owlboy has been pulled from their site, due to being “out of date”. The reason for this seems to be that the game has been radically overhauled, and is now looking fabulous. (The old demo is still here.)

It’s been a couple of years since we first reported on this, but it now looks as if developers D-Pad are closing in on something really special. We can’t wait. Take a look at the OST video below, it’s really something.
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Owlboy Demo Swoops In

Orville: the videogame. Oh, how I've dreamed of it.

Due to post-Germany exhaustion and racing to get Deus Ex Human Revolution finished before the embargo lifts later today, I’ve not had a chance to take lovely-lookin’ indie platformer/roleplayer Owlboy for a test flight myself yet, but it only seems right to advise you that a demonstration version of this much-anticipated pixel-art slice of steampunkery is now available. 80MB of avian lad await you here. Set to it, chums.

Barnstormer: Owlboy

Aren't we all? In so very many ways.

These are difficult times, and difficult times can only be helped by a short, sharp burst of Owlboy. While we won’t get to sample this apparently rather beautiful tale of a quasi-avian lad and his platforming adventures until August 20th, when a demo is due to land, this does mark the first decent footage we’ve seen of the game since early last year.

I might be prone to grumbling about the apparently endless tide of retro-esque platformers in indie gaming (and especially commercial indie gaming), but the music and art in this one is pure delight. See below, and feel heroic.
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IGF Factor 2010: Owlboy

RPS are big fans of Owls – they’re wise! Athena digs them! That freaky neck thing! We’re not so fond of boys – they’re made of slugs and snails and similar material. So we have mixed feeling about the approaching lusciously-retro-formed platformer. Let’s over-come them, because it looks beautiful as hell in a gotta-a-visual-arts-nomination-in-the-IGF way. You’ll find our interview with Adrian Bauer of D-pad studio about the artist-probably-being-called-Owlboy below, along with footage – or maybe talon-age, if we’re being appropriately owl-like. Love those owl guys.
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