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Posts tagged “Smestorp”

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868-HACK review

868-HACK is sort-of-cyberpunk sort-of-roguelite, in which you play the avatar of a hacker trying to break into a system riddled with glitches, daemons and viruses. It falls somewhere between Pac-Man and Uplink. Well-received on iOS in 2013, it's due out on PC very soon. I'm several years too late to the party here (it is too late to visit Dwarf Fortress?) but increasingly I'm drawn…

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IGF Factor 2014: Michael Brough’s 868-HACK and Corrypt

Next in our series of firesideless chats with the developers of PC games nominated for an award at this year's Independent Games Festival, it's Michael 'Smestorp' Brough talking about his signature, haunting 'glitch' style, why he will continue to resist convention, his mixed feelings about the nomination and which of his two nominated games, Corrypt and 868-HACK, he's most interested in.

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Step By Terrified Step: Post-Future Vagabond

I do like it when a developer has a house style. Sorta-shmup, sorta roguelike death'n'dodging frenzy Post-Future Vagabond is immediately recognisable as the work of Michael 'Smestorp' Brough, in appearance, audio and even mechanics. If you've played his excellent 868-HACK on iOS - a PC version is due soon-ish, which is great news - you'll probably figure out what's required of you from this new,…

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Michael Brough Is Corrypting Us All

Michael "Brog' Brough, the cleverbrain behind Glitch Tanks and Vertex Dispenser, has gone and made a free puzzle game for you and me, on Mac or PC. It's called Corrypt, and it's got one of those simple game mechanics that grows up through the levels to produce brain-curdling complexity as you go on. Nor is it simply about puzzling - there's a map to explore,…

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Some Thoughts on Vertex Dispenser

Vertex Dispenser is a game by Michael “Smestorp” Brough, and it's really rather clever. It's an action puzzler (and I would put the emphasis on the action, despite the puzzle aspects being quite complicated) in which you battle for control of vertices across geometric territories. It's a tricky single player game, and a fascinating multiplayer one. I have more thoughts on all this below.

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Download And Play Vertex Dispenser Demo

Currently I'm writing something about how much I like Vertex Dispenser (as well as offering a couple of criticisms). But I've just realised that it will be much easier for people to join in and/or ask questions in the comments that follow if they've played the demo. The demo is on Steam. The game is a fairly complex action puzzler that you will probably enjoy.…

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