Posts Tagged ‘Ojiro Fumoto’

Spelunky creator & pals make 50 retro games in UFO 50

Five indie developers, including the creators of Spelunky and Downwell, have teamed up to make fifty retro-styled games in UFO 50 [official site]. They say they’re trying to “combine a familiar 8-bit aesthetic with new ideas and modern game design sensibilities.” Coming some time in 2018, the UFO 50 collection includes everything from platformers and beat ’em ups to strategy games and RPGs, some with cooperative or competitive multiplayer too. I certainly do fancy a grab bag of fifty new games from this neat lineup of developers.

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Downwell Creator On Designing The Gunboots

Downwell is an tight vertical shooter in which no single part of the game is wasted. I’ve tried many times to explain exactly how smart its design is, as has Adam, but it can be hard to appreciate the beauty of a clockwork machine by someone describing cogs and pendulums to you. This recent video from GDC 2016 might help: its Downwell designer Ojiro Fumoto explaining how he designed the game around its “one key mechanic,” the gunboots.

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Gun Boots: Downwell Coming To PC

Those cheeky skeletons!

When our Cara’s (well, the Cara we borrow’s) globe-trotting ‘Embed With’ series took her to Tokyo, she had a good look at Downwell [official site]. Made by Ojiro Fumoto, it’s a Spelunky-inspired mobile platformer about someone with guns for shoes who travels deep down a well, fighting monsters and collecting treasure.

Soon after, Devolver Digital chucked Ojiro a wodge of cash, and now it’s an IGF finalist in the Student Showcase, it’s coming to PC too, Devolver say it’s due this year, and we’re getting around to posting about it. There, we’re all caught up. On with the post!

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