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Posts tagged “English Country Tune”

Feature: The aesthetics of puzzle game design

A Good Puzzle Game Is Hard To Build

I love puzzle games. But it’s not beating them that’s the exciting part: it’s understanding them. Whether mulling over a cryptic crossword or somersaulting through Portal’s portals, there’s a moment of epiphany which, for me, pretty much transcends all other moments in gaming. But how do you design a puzzle to best provoke that eureka moment? What gives a puzzle its aesthetic, its pace and…

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PuzzleScript Is A Simple Language For Making Puzzle Games

When I spoke to Stephen "increpare" Lavelle last month, the creator of brainy puzzle game English Country Tune described his oeuvre as "pushing stuff around" games. That's a good genre! It's in my top ten, alongside "making people fall down" games, "staying inside the lines" games and "steering balls into holes" games. Now increpare has expanded his work in the field by releasing PuzzleScript, an…

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Brief Impressions: English Country Tune

At RPS, we're hardy men. Jim can often be seen carrying a shed on his shoulders, packed with all his tools. Alec and Adam run a side business as fix-it gentlemen for logging machines, while Nathan is officially San Francisco's Sturdiest Man. And I once fixed a tap. But English Country Tune is too much for us. (Well, for me and Jim, as we're the…

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A Fortnight Of IGF Demos Starts On Onlive Today

Onlive and the IGF are spooning for a fortnight. The sensual lovers are celebrating the Indie Gaming New Year by giving you access to 30 minute demos of 16 IGF finalists. The alphabetically sexy list of games is: Atom Zombie Smasher, Be Good, Botanicula, Dear Esther, Dustforce, English Country Tune, Frozen Synapse, FTL, Lume, Nitronic Rush, Once Upon a Spacetime, POP, SpaceChem, To the Moon,…

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Unjaunty: English Country Tune

Stephen "Increpare" Lavelle has sent over a version of his spatial puzzle game, English Country Tune, and I've been playing it. Atmospheric, compelling, and acutely encouraging of the thinking they call lateral, English Country Tune mixes some of the kind of 3D puzzles you might have seen before over the years with some you won't have seen, and then adds in extra layers of impossible…

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