Posts Tagged ‘Joni Kittaka’

Surreal Zelda-like Anodyne is getting a low-fi 3D sequel

Anodyne 2: Return to Dust

Anodyne was an odd little beast of a game. On the surface, a Zelda-like action adventure, full of dungeons to explore, bosses to blat and new items to collect to open up more of the world. But just beneath the surface was an oddly personal and philosophical tale that wasn’t nearly as concerned with fate-of-the-world adventuring as it first seemed. Fitting, then, that Anodyne 2: Return to Dust wraps itself in PSX-era 3D graphics and sci-fi trappings, but still has you wandering the world, cleaning up dust.

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Even The Ocean Is Being Released Next Week

I mean the videogame with the title Even The Ocean [official site] is being released. I’m not just making a general statement about the whole sea being unleashed in a torrent of human-hating rage some time next Wednesday. Although that could also happen. As for the game, it’s from the creators of the mysterious Anodyne, a difficult-to-describe arcade RPG which left Adam swooning a few years ago. This time they’ve made an action platformer in which you have to balance your character’s energies to control the speed of both vertical and horizontal movement. But of course, there’s a detailed story bubbling underneath it all. You can see what it looks like in the trailer below.
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Exploration And Reflection In Minkomora

I may read readme files but I don’t read video game manuals. What kind of a rube do you take me for? However, I made an exception for Minkomora [official site] and I urge you to as well.

It’s a gentle free game about exploring a hand-drawn world filled with varied places and characters doing their own thing. That’s nice, y’know, but then I followed the urging to read its manual and oh! what a lovely thing! I over-use “lovely” but it’s a warm, caring game encouraging self-reflection. I am reminded, narcissistically, of my time with Dark Souls Nites.

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