Inside, Inside a Star-filled Sky

May 17, 2011


Jason Rohrer has done it again. This is one of his more gamey games. It even has shooting in it.

I will buy this.

Then I will play Inside a Star-filled Sky, and hopefully talk about it. It seems like yet another game I could get completely lost in playing.


It’s Small Worlds After All

November 11, 2010

Today I was thinking back to an indie game that I had played not long ago. At first all I could remember is that it was very minimalistic and has interesting textures. In thinking back to the time when I first played it, and trying to remember what it was called my first idea was that it was a game by Jason Rohrer. He made a very simple game called Immortality that I spent far too much time with. Unfortunatly I was wrong Jason Rohrer did not make it so I continued to search the internet for this game. I finally discovered what I was looking for.

I then discovered why this game was not on my hard drive, it’s playable through HERE.

Notably the things that stuck with me were the textured pixels, the level design and in specific the way the technology looked, and the peaceful music. I recommend you play it. It only takes a few minutes and it’s a delightful journey. I just beat it again and still have no idea what the game is about but I don’t care.

Also David Shute, the man behind Small Worlds, seems to have WordPress blog. There he has been talking about some of his new projects and even links to a place to download the music from Small Worlds, again the music is fantastic.


Game Over: Autumn

November 7, 2010

I have been waiting to make this post until I finished just one more game that I have been working on. I have bundled 3 games into this Game Over; where I blurb about games that I have finished.

Super Scribblenauts

The original Scribblenuats was a hype machine. Its ambitious premise and sharp art style made it a phenomena before it was even released. Despite some minor issues with the first game; like controls for Maxwell and and many of the Action stages, I really enjoyed Scibblenauts. Sadly I never finished the first game. I had no real intention of playing through all the Action stages and at some point other games distracted me. Once Super Scribblenauts was announced, I traded my old Scribblenauts knowing that if I want to get me some Starites that I would inevitably play the superior version.

But is Super Scribblenauts really all that superior?

Super Scribblenauts has an improved interface, an emphasis on puzzle stages,  improved controls, and the addition of adjectives that can be applied to the nouns; which drastically changes how you can solve puzzles.  The use of adjectives makes for my favorite parts of the whole game; those being the the stages where you must wear and equip objects that will appeal to a group of different people, the stages where you have to place an object between other objects and it must share a quality with those surrounding objects, and the single level where you battle a witch by summoning  monsters that have opposite qualities to the monsters she summons.

I had fun the entire time I was playing Super Scribblenuats but I feel like that time ended too soon. It’s a shame that there wasn’t a mode that took the stage types that I mentioned as being my favorites and mix in a random component to them so that they could be played over and over.

I really enjoyed Super Scribblenauts and I look forward to what 5th Cell has in the works. They just announced an Xbox Live Arcade game called Hybrid. I hope to be posting a blog in the near future on what I think 5th Cell should do with the Scribblenauts game engine.

Kirby’s Epic Yarn

I also recently beat Kirby’s Epic Yarn. It’s a game that anyone could beat if they wanted to. Having a completely accessible game is something Nintendo has being toying around with for some time now. I believe I read somewhere that when Nintendo was working Mother in Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto had noted that he didn’t care for playing RPGs but was interesting in the fact that with enough time you could level up high enough to beat them even if you had little skill. More recently Nintendo has developed the Super Guide, a tool that plays a difficult section of a game for the player so they can continue on past something too difficult for them.

Epic Yarn takes yet another approach to this idea with the inability to die. The security blanket knitted into Kirby’s Epic Yarn did make the game very easy but it did not take away from the game’s fun. I savored every uniquely designed level. I would even get excited to see a clever way traditional and non-traditional stage settings were made with fabrics. That is not to say there was no challenge to the game. Scoring a gold medal in stage would some time be a bit difficult and later challenges offered by your apartment neighbors could get nerve racking. Kirby games aren’t known for being too difficult, but they are almost always fun and this is no exception.

Read my early impressions of Kirby’s Epic Yarn here.

The 4 Warriors of Light

Tonight I finally beat Final Fantasy The 4 Warriors of Light. I like playing  role playing games but it is not often that I finish one. I currently have over 20 RPGs that I have started and never finished. This game won me over quickly with the art style, the music and the initial simplicity and eluded variety. The 4 Warriors of light takes a page from the early console role playing games but delivers with more modern trappings. The story and sense of direction is gained through dialog with towns people  and bosses. The battle system is simple; with a almost perfect automated targeting system, but offers more and more depth with each new class, or crown, unlocked.

Listen to the music or Buy the music

Read my early impressions of The 4 Warriors of Light here.

Now do I continue with The 4 Warriors of Light of do I get back into Dragon Quest 9?

Epic Math

October 18, 2010

Here is a word problem.

What do you get when you take, Sonic the Hedgehog,  Animal Crossing, Yoshi’s Island, Kirby’s Adventure and string them all together with colorful yarn?

Answer: Kirby’s Epic Yarn

I have played for about 4 hours so far and it is fantastic. More than even New Super Mario Bros. Wii; Kirby’s Epic Yarn reminds me of all the things that I love about playing video games as a child. Nintendo has always made games accessible and still have an edge, but Epic Yarn takes that idea up a notch with this outing. There is no traditional life bar in this game, you instead collect beads throughout the levels and if you get hit they will fly out of your body Sonic the Hedgehog style. You can run though each level hitting every enemy and fall in every hole, you can still make it through. The catch is collecting beads work as a score on how well each individual level is played and then rewards the player with a bronze, silver or gold medal based on the number of beads. The beads also work as the games currency; which can be used to buy furniture for your apartment or even add another level to you apartment complex. This is where the mini Animal Crossing game comes into play. You can even play games with your neighbors and the will in turn give you new wall papers.

The major gameplay change for this Kirby is that he can no longer steal the powers of his foes. Instead, he uses Transform Patches to gain new powers. These transformations are much like the ones in Yoshi’s Island, but instead of a helicopter, Kirby changes into a UFO, instead of a submarine, Kirby changes into a dolphin (although he turns into a submarine when he normally swims), instead of a train Kirby changes into a Tank, and instead of a mole, Kirby changes into… well, it’s pretty much the same thing. Infact the game is so similar to Yoshi’s Island and Yoshi’s Story that I could easily see this game starting out as Yoshi game early on.

Kirby’s Epic Yarn is great fun. Go out and buy a copy, it’s available today. Or go rent it, whatever. Just play this game, it’s fun for all ages!

Wii Remote Plus

October 15, 2010

Anyone that has played Wii Sports Resort (Great game BTW) or any of the too few Wii games that use Wii Motion Plus have had to deal with the somewhat cumbersome Wii Motion Plus attachment. Nintendo has recently announced that they will be releasing Wii Remotes with the Motion Plus built into the controllers in a variety of lovely colors.

Nintendo (in Japan) will also start selling Wii Sports Resort with the new Wii Remote Plus, and the will of course be including the Wii Remote Plus with new Wii systems.

No word from Nintendo of America on if and when we will be getting these (or any number of games, Zangeki no Reginleiv, The Last Story, Xenoblade).

A New Game Every Week

October 3, 2010

I  have 11 games that I’m picking up in the next two months. This may lead me down the path I so often take of playing a game for a few hours and then never touching it again. Let hope not; there a lot of good games in this list.

Oct 03 Wii Party

Oct 05 Final Fantasy: the 4 Warriors of Light

Oct 12 Medal of Honor, Super Scribblenauts

Oct 17 Kiby’s Epic Yarn

Oct 19 Fallout: New Vegas, Vanquish

Oct 26 Rock Band 3

Nov 07 FlingSmash

Nov 16 Sonic Colors

Nov 21 Donkey Kong Country Reurns

Nintendo Conference 2010

September 29, 2010

The biggest news at the conference probably revolves around the 3DS. Some news that I’m excited about is the announcement of Megaman Legends 3, a vastly improved Tag Mode, handheld Virtual Console (Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, and “Classics”), and the ability to transfer download data like game. The 3DS is coming out February 26th in Japan and sometime in March for Europe and America. It has two colors for launch, Blue an Black. More blue, really?

Other news about Wii and DS games was also released. There is a Rhythm Heaven Title in the works for Wii.

There is also a Fatal Frame shown in Wii games, I’m not sure if will be a remake of Fatal Frame 2, or if it will be a new game. But seeing as how Fatal Frame 4 was never released in the US, I’m not sure how much interest I want to invest in this news.

There is also a new Kirby game coming to DS, and it has you controlling multiple Kirbys. Could be fun.

All the screens and videos can be found HERE, and hopefully there will be news from Nintendo of America soon, like today.