Posts Tagged ‘Sean Hogan’

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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Have You Played… Anodyne?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Anodyne is a top-down game that acts as a junction where Zelda meets Earthbound, while Silent Hill looms large on the horizon. It’s a coming of age story with a side order of anxiety, as well as a game about games and the worlds that they occupy.

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Parkour And Recreation: Even The Ocean

Sean Hogan recently released a demo for Even The Ocean, the game that he is developing with artist/writer Jon Kittaka following the release of the marvellous, mysterious and melancholy Anodyne. The fruits of a cursory glance suggest that the game is a lo-fi platformer with survival and crafting elements – a genre most of us are intimately familiar with, whether through exploring Terraria or bounding between the stars. That first glance doesn’t reveal Even The Ocean’s depths though – it’s actually two games in one, a narrative adventure and a parkour platformer with a central energy conservation mechanic. Take a look. Have a play.

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Wot I Think: Anodyne

Anodyne’s blend of surreal images and retro graphics appealed to me when I saw the first trailer but I only managed to find time to play through the game this weekend. I’m glad I did. It’s an amusing, confusing, disturbing, perturbing action adventure that owes as much to Earthbound as to the Legend of Zelda, and almost as much to Silent Hill and Luis Buñuel. Here’s wot I think.

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