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Posts tagged “digipen”

Go With The Flow: Unfolding Tale Is Beautiful

Oh my, what a wonderful little thing Unfolding Tale is. The origami-styled explorer stars some kind of ant-sized fishbird thing, but - more than anything else - its main character is motion. You soar through water and swim among the clouds, gracefully hopping between musical lanterns and bounding ever-upward like a deep, throaty laugh. Once you establish a good flow, it feels quite nice, and you'll…

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Purple Ronnie’s Gonna Getcha: Return To The Sky

Give me a truly arresting screenshot and I'm yours forever. Well, until I play your game and decide whether it's any good or not, but hey, at least you got yourself a headstart. In this case, a giant purple skull apparently eating a city was what snared my attention so immediately, and so it was that I found myself playing Return To The Sky, a…

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Feature: A Whole New Angle

Perspective review

One of the most intriguing games to appear at this year's GDC was unquestionably Perspective. While certainly robbed at the IGF Awards, it received much positive attention, and deservedly so. A fresh approach to perspective-arranging platforming, blurring 3D and 2D gaming in a way that you'll not believe your brain will put up with, it's entirely free to get hold of. Here's wot I think:

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Look Around You: Perspective Out Now (And Free!)

I think we can all remember a time when we were younger - assuming, of course, that none of us has been hit on the head with any large objects (or small, densely packed objects) very recently. Regardless, it was many, many cloud-enshrouded moons ago, yet I remember it as clear as I day. I was fool-hardy, obstinate, and brash. I made life-affirming mistakes, and also, Jim…

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Mysteries Of The Mind: Subduction

If Fez took place in a young girl's thoughts and tackled themes of memory and psychology, it might look a bit like Subduction. The hazy interior world has is seen from a side-on 2D perspective, like a thousand remembered platformers, but then a shift of perspective makes it a top-down corridor-crawler. Sometimes the view shifts to show hidden corridors, going up or down the walls…

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What Are The Odds: Man VS The World

The team of students at DigiPen who made spike-dodging, gravity-switching charmer A Flipping Good Time have another game on the way. Man VS The World places you in the muscular shoes of Man Lee Gunns, who then places himself into the metallic muscles of a fighter plane and shoots at everything else that exists. The world has declared war on him, you see, so he's…

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Platformdungseffekt: The Fourth Wall

"Ohhhh. That's really clever," were the words uttered by my mouth as I realised The Fourth Wall's conceit. And then I realised I was going to have to try to explain it with words. It's a 2D sometimes-side-scrolling platformer from DigiPen student group Pig Trigger, in which you can control the character and the scrolling of the screen. So, run left or right and the…

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For God’s Sake: Deity

If you've somehow managed to get out of being obligated to buy gifts today then you might be able to spend some of the time we saved by shopping on the internet playing Deity, a free game from an intrepid band of Digipen students. It's free! In it you play some kind of magical assassin dude, as you can see in the trailer below. The…

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Cars Wot Go Pretty: Nitronic Rush

Oh FFS. Despite the game's own site saying it was announced yesterday, Jim somehow knew about this in August. I don't know about you, but I like shiny colours. The way they're all shiny. And all colourful. And when they move! My goodness me, it's all I can do to stare vacantly as the saliva wettens my bottom lip. So it is that I instantly…

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Welcome To The Machine: Nous

The autumnal quasi-summer has abandoned me and more than ever I am in need of indoor entertainment, preferably without spending a single penny as I've squandered all my money on garish Bermuda shorts. Enter Nous, a free game which claims to be a computer program seeking its purpose and identity. In order to learn it offers to teach the player, a quid pro quo in…

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A Flipping Good Time Is Flipping Decent

PAX Prime, the increasingly gargantuan expo set up by the chaps at Penny Arcade, is almost upon us. One of the most enjoyable parts of the whole shindig is the selection of the PAX 10, a group of indie games selected to enjoy the exposure that such a large platform can bring. Super Meat Boy and Bastion were both picked last year; not bad company…

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Tron And On: Nitronic Rush

Students at DigiPen Institute of Technology have been pimping their game, Nitronic Rush, which is a videogame name if ever I heard one. ["NITRONIC RUSH!" - Voiceover Man.] Anyway, there's a video below, and it depicts what said students are calling "a survival driving game", which I think means you need to avoid getting chopped up by lasers or running into walls at a speed…

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Dig This: Dig-N-Rig

Digipen - which is a pen into which students are herded and then forced to make digital entertainment for their sinister cowled overlords - produces some excellent games. 8-bittest among these is the superb Dig-N-Rig, in which you control a mining robot who can dig and then hoover up the minerals he has discovered. A familiar motif, but the rig part is more interesting: you…

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Hot Hot: Igneous

Having spotted this over on the almighty TIGSource I thought "looks interesting." Having played it, I can now upgrade that to "is awesome." Igneous is a kind of rock, which is interesting because Igenous rocks. Sorry. It's actually a kind of Wipeout-with-a-jumping-head-meets-Sonic 3D. Something like that. It's not easy, and you will plunge into magma. Oh, just go and play it, because everyone should. This…

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Go Robocrazy: Attack Of The 50ft Robot!

The_B flagged up this IGF entry immediately, and you can see why. Attack of the 50ft Robot! from Digipen is the sort of thing which just begs for posting. It's a retro-50s B-movie Rampage-esque homage with lots of physics malarkies. Its most obviously striking element is the Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow-esque black-and-white footage, shot through with the vivid-laser reds. The secondary striking…

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Synaesthete

Synaesthete is one of the numerous games to have emerged from the DigiPen game design courses, and like a few other titles from the prestigious games “real-time interactive simulation” design course, it's rather fun. The concept is a sort of rhythm-action Robotron, with your tiny laser-pumping manbot running through arenas full of throbbing polygonal baddies and fighting them off by firing energy blasts derived from…

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