Best PC games New PC games 2020 Black Friday Best graphics cards Best free PC games Best Minecraft shaders for 1.16.3 Best Warzone loadout for Season 6

Posts tagged “Pippin Barr”

Feature: Persistence, persistence, persistence

Priceless Play – 23 May 2020

My dad isn't like most dads. There are many things about him which make him unique, but perhaps none so idiosyncratic as this: the man really, really, really loves Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States. I'm not sure how many children have been taken on car trips to Coolidge's homestead in rural Vermont (where, fun fact, Coolidge was sworn in as president following…

Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , .

Pippin Barr returns to digital water museums with Bitsy exhibition b r 3

Grab your wellies, readers. Educator, developer and museophile Pippin Barr has once again dipped his toes back into the world of virtual puddles. Following 2017's v r 3, Barr's new b r 3 exhibition (official site) once again explores the many ways devs choose to draw their streams, rivers and oceans - this time, through the lens of free game-making webtool Bitsy.

Tagged with , , , .

Chesses 2 throws a classic back into the blender with eight new twists

Thought you'd seen just about all that chess had to offer? Following last year's Chesses, experimental game developer and Chess menace Pippin Barr is back with kingly sequel Chesses 2, offering eight more variations on the time-worn strategy puzzle - a checkmate challenge that defies dimensions, predictability, and the structural integrity of your computer monitor.

Tagged with , , , .

Teach an old game new tricks in Pippin Barr’s Chesses

When I was a kid, my sister and I would play “chess.” I put this in heavy quotation marks because neither of us liked the real game, so we devised a much less thinking-heavy version in which the goal was to capture all of your opponent’s pieces. We played “chess” so much that we gradually lost most of our chess set, replacing them with a…

Tagged with , , .

Experience eternity in five minutes with Ancient Greek Punishment: Chess Edition

The ancient Greeks are at it again. Or rather, Dr Pippin Barr is, as he continues his game-making katabasis with Let's Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: Chess Edition.LP:AGP:CE is the eighth in a series of lo-fi nightmares released by Barr, in what he calls “an investigation around what it means to make the ‘same game’ multiple times”. Each iteration of the series is themed around the…

Tagged with , , , , , , , .

Feature: or: the postmodern prometheus

Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: Teaches Typing is as hellish as it sounds

Let’s think about chili powder. Base a whole meal around this popular red dust, and unless you know what you’re doing, you’ll end up with a plate of searing garbage fit only for ladboasts. But soothe chili into the ingredient lists of other meals - even those you wouldn’t usually associate with it, like fancy chocolate - and you can add a whole new element…

Tagged with , , , , , .

Feature: The creators rethinking art exhibitions in cyberspace

That belongs in a (digital) museum

When was the last time you went to a museum?I still do, on occasion. Maybe not as much as when I was a hapless kid trailing around after grandparents, bothering the goldfish in the National Museum of Scotland’s lobby. Twenty years later, I can at least pretend to have more interest in the installations -- but I do miss the fish.Last year, I visited several…

Tagged with , , , , , , , , , .

In roguelike chess adventure Chogue you hunt the king

I move the pawn on the far right side forward two spaces. That's my go-to starting move. It frees up my castle guy. I know many things about the Chess, including the names of all the pieces. Like Castle and Horsey and Pointyhat. I know things. That's why I know that something has gone wrong when the Kingperson piece on my opponents side of the…

Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , .

It Is As If You Were Making Love is complicated at best

Well. This is not what I expected to be doing today. Apparently, I've just pleasured my computer sexually via a series of old school Windows sliders. Set in a future where physical intimacy is (finally) a thing of the past, this free game invites you to find release in a medium that... I don't know, man. What did I just play? Are we even playing…

Tagged with , , , .

Tour a virtual gallery in The Zium Museum

Have you ever been wandering around a museum, turned a corner, and been baptised in a never-ending stream of confetti and balloons? I hadn't either until I took a stroll around The Zium Museum, a virtual gallery "composed of eclectic and wonderful things". There's more to see than confetti and balloons, promise.The gallery was curated by Michael Berto, who's used the work of 37 developers…

Tagged with , , , , , , , , .

It Is As If You Were Doing Work really is

I should've posted about an hour ago but, to be honest, I was too distracted by It Is As If You Were Doing Work [official site] to do actual work. Pippin Barr's free browser-based game offers a virtual desktop with all the thrills, chills, and Windows alert trills of actual work - but purely for funsies! Mash your keyboard to fill out nonsense e-mails, click…

Tagged with , , , .

v r 3: Pippin Barr’s exhibition of digital water

Pippin Barr's water collection, v r 3, is so lovely [official site]! You can download it for free and just wander round examining different people's approaches to designing and programming water effects in a museum-style setting. It's so pleasing as a snapshot of different game aesthetics as well as different people's ideas and work and style!

Tagged with , , .

Feature: Trends and recommendations

IF Only: Looking back at 2016 in Interactive Fiction

We have, at last, reached the end of 2016. I'm not going to do a top-ten list — both because a lot of the games I might put on this list are things I've already covered elsewhere in previous columns, and because I think some of the most interesting things to happen in 2016 were about trends rather than single hits. But here are a…

Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

Feature: The best free games of the week!

Free Loaders: ░░░░░ Videogames ░░░ Are Everything

The ephemeral collective of videogame burpers who hang out on the internet have decided to host a jam inspired by the myriad game ideas coughed up by Pippin Barr, aka░░░░░░░░░ ░░░░ That Man ░░ From Twitter ░░░░░░░░ ░Who Does This ░░░░░░░░░Considering most of Barr’s ideas take hold within milliseconds and are gone just as quickly, it’s no surprise that the resultant games are rapidfire squiggles…

Tagged with , , , , , , .

You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Bounce: Breaksout

I have played 36 variants of classic brick-blaster Breakout this afternoon. One let me control the ball in mid-air. One combined Breakout with Snake. One drew inspiration from Patrick Swayze's most famous cinematic moment. One was literally a novel. Breaksout [official site] is a strange and funny thing which is a fine answer to the question "What am I going to dick about with to…

Tagged with , , , .

Feature: Two Games As One

S.EXE: Come Together

In the middle of the sort of teen love you only seem to get in ‘edgy’ Channel Four dramas I heard the Primal Scream track Come Together for the first time. It played at the end of the British rave culture movie Human Traffic. Strange to me to hear such a slow, elated thing in an era where fast pop beats were ruling my life,…

Tagged with , , , , , , .

Artface – Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: Art Edition

Our Adam might have enjoyed Pippin Barr's Let's Play: Ancient Greek Punishment in 2012, but didn't answer one big question: was it... The A Word? Y'know, The Big Chinscratch. The Great Hmmmer. The Old Wallhanger. The Inherited Necklace. Art. Was it Art? There can be no doubt about the free new Let's Play: Let's Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: Art Edition Edition.It's got 'Art Edition' right…

Tagged with , , , , , , .

How To Be A Complete Jostle Bastard

That neon dancefloor of murder had it coming, much as I loved it. There are many ways one could take a knife to Hotline Miami, that bastion of mainstream-friendly indie cool, but Pippin Barr's superbly-named crowd-bothering game Jostle Bastard plays it wry rather than sneering.You're a bastard. You jostle people. Your jostling makes them mad, as one might expect. I've been jostled, man. I've been…

Tagged with , , .

Parodeus: Pippin Barr’s Brilliant Mumble Indie Bungle

This is just magnificent. Pippin Barr - he of clever little pieces of interactive braincode like Art Game, Hot Coffee, Pongs, and Epic Sax - has released a gleefully hilarious concept series. Titled Mumble Indie Bungle, the six game set wriggled forth from the following idea: "It’s meant to be this set of crappy indie games that someone perhaps bought for you, mistaking them for…

Tagged with , , , , , .

Art Game, A Game About Art About Games

What with Proteus having sparked another one of those unfortunate periods where a vocal minority decide to aggressively reveal the narrowness of their minds, I immediately presumed that Pippin Barr's Art Game would be a commentary on the long-exhausted 'but what is game? / is game art?' debates. Elements of them are in there, I think, but in fact this free indie game has something…

Tagged with , , .

Page 1 of 2

Newer posts