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Posts tagged “Pippin Barr”

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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!

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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'…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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I Don’t Think Hot Coffee Is Actually About Coffee

Everyone, I think I've accidentally stumbled onto a terrible truth. Sure, Pippin Barr's latest savory sip of Flash cleverness, Hot Coffee, seems innocuous enough. I mean, there's drink preparation and pleasant conversation - that's it. But then, I got to thinking: who - aside from deadline-drowned games writers in a bleary-eyed state of perma-frazzle - drinks coffee at night? And the rabbit hole runs deeper.…

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With An S: Pongs Is The Greatest Game(s)

I think Pippin Barr may be in the running for developer of the year - and also Time Magazine's person of the year and a Nobel Peace Prize. After the deceptively incredible Epic Sax Game debuted a couple weeks ago, Barr's back with Pongs. No, not Pong. Someone else sort of already made that 40 years ago. Barr's delightful spin on the tennis-played-in-a-void-of-infinite-darkness sim is…

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Kenny G Hero: Epic Sax

One of the images that will be forever burned into my mind is the expression on the faces of Kieron Gillen and the brave lady who is now his wife when witnessing my first ever attempt to play Guitar Hero. I just didn't get it. I tapped and hammered without logic or rhythm, to the extent that any sane onlooker would have presumed there was…

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