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Posts tagged “Increpare”

DungeonScript is a simple browser tool for building dungeon crawlers

If you are reading this now, you could instead be making your own dungeon crawler. That's the magic of DungeonScript [official site], a fairly simple browser-based game-making tool intended for first-person dungeon crawlers. After a little studying, you could be making your own dungeon crawlers and sharing them online for us all to play. DungeonScript is an adaptation of PuzzleScript, the puzzle-making tool from Stephen's…

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Feature: A meaty puzzler

Stephen’s Sausage Roll review

Right now I am probing cautiously at a tower of sausages occupying the centre of a little grassy patch of land. I have been doing variations of this all morning because I am stuck on the second island of Stephen's Sausage Roll [official site]. You've probably heard sausage chat on the sausage vine over the last week as Stephen Lavelle's meaty tile-based puzzler has garnered…

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English Country Tune Dev Serves Stephen’s Sausage Roll

English Country Tune and PuzzleScript developer Stephen 'increpare' Lavelle today released his latest block-pushing puzzler, Stephen's Sausage Roll [official site]. It's a push 'em up about rolling sausages around to cook them properly under increasingly tricky circumstances. He's also the Stephen 'increpare' Lavelle who's released squillions of fascinating free games like Subway Adventure and Slave of God, of course, but strewth, don't go thinking his…

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Feature: Yes, but what do you do?

Have You Played… Activate the Three Artefacts And Then Leave?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Activate the Three Artefacts and then Leave [official site] is a name and an imperative. Fly into the giant angular sphere, navigate the twists and turns of seemingly disordered corridors and hidden passages, then get out before the white noise and buzzing bore…

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Ride A Surreal Metro In Subway Adventure

Leaving from the hospital, I hopped on the metro's blue Trek line, planning to change at College. A passenger rudely blocked me from getting off, so I had to continue on to Climbing Wall then double back, dashing down to the dock to catch the boat connection to the green Apollo line, awkwardly barging past a weeping man holding a bouquet of red roses, and…

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Increpare’s Bedrooms Is A Slightly Creepy Slumbertime Trip

Bedrooms [official site] is Stephen 'Increpare' Lavelle's most recent game (well, it was this morning, he might have released another three in the intervening hours). It's a curious experience which as you floating around various bedrooms and other spaces in which people are sleeping. You're at a weird angle as you drift around, finding out what there is to do.

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Increpare’s Shower Game Makes Bath Time Very Strange

My avatar won’t stop pooping on the shower floor. Each time it squats, it releases another suspicious brown shape. Unsanitary? I know. Fortunately, Increpare's Shower Game [official site] allows you to smash your faeces into nothingness with just a click of your right mouse button. (I don’t know what is happening. Tell me what is happening.) It's not all heeling poo down the drain.

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Moving Stories Tells Tales Through Your Suitcase

Moving Stories by Terry Cavanagh (him off Super Hexagon and VVVVVV) and Stephen Lavelle (Puzzlescript, English Country Tune) is a satisfying little snack of a game I've been prodding at for about 20 minutes. The idea is you're moving house and only have a limited amount of space in your suitcase so you must choose the things you wish to take with you. Once the…

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Roll The Bones: Let Your Mind Fall To Rest

I don't believe tarot has occult powers, but I do think anything that throws a load of symbols at you to interpret can help get your thoughts in order. Let Your Mind Fall to Rest does this quite literally. The latest from increpare, of English Country Tune and Slave of God fame, it has you roll two dice covered in esoteric symbols and leaves the…

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Feature: Things That You Can Win

S.EXE: Increpare’s Striptease (NSFW)

Today's sex and/or relationship game is Increpare's puzzle game Striptease. I'd like to point out that this game, though it might seem from its title to be lighthearted titillation, contains depictions of violence against women and addresses issues of sexual assault. If this might trigger or distress you in any way, I'd recommend to take care in reading this, and consider whether playing this game…

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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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Deliciously Devious: MMMMMM

The ever-reliable Indiegames.com notices that Increpare, the devilish mind behind English Country Tune and other mind-twisters, has released MMMMMM, a free spike-laden tribute/alternate take/sequel to Terry Cavanagh's VVVVVV. It's a puzzle game about trinket collection and spike avoidance, with success being reliant on forward thinking and, of course, gravity manipulation. I was playing for about thirty seconds before diagonal surfaces were introduced and after five…

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Lair Liar: Keep Your Word To Complete Promises

Being a notorious liar has gave me many opportunities in life: my zeppelin is made of gold, my cat is the last of its species, and I'm typing this from the top of Skull Mountain. But it also made playing increpare's tiny, dungeon crawler Promises really tough, as you need to keep your promises to snatch the keys to complete the game. I don't want…

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Reprogramming The Dog: Oíche Mhaith

It's the season of goodwill. Thus there is no better time to play Terry Cavanagh and Increpare's Flash game about a family who start off swearing at each other and wind up somewhere far, far darker. Unutterably bleak yet strangely moving with it, Oíche Mhaith is an emotionally brutal but deeply compelling and occasionally perversely funny few minutes.

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Feature: Solitary pursuits

They Are All Alone: Ludum Dare Picks

Lots of free games! I haven't played everything entered into the latest Ludum Dare because I do not have all the time in the world, but I did want to try out some of the other entries after Alec looked at Minicraft. No doubt I've missed the one game that everyone will be talking about 24 hours from now, the one that forms the basis…

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Postmodern Wives’ Tale: Pirouette

Walk to the right and talk to dying women. That's my hastily written but accurate tutorial for Increpare and Starfruit Games' collaboration, Pirouette. The animation and backgrounds are rather beautiful and the dialogue is chucklesome in its deliberate formality, with a staged quality that seems to laugh in the face of accusations of pretension. These are people, or ideas of people, who speak like exaggerated…

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