Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rocketbirds - great Flash game from Ratloop

Wow, I'm blown away by what Ratloop has been able to create using Flash. Rocketbirds is a very slick and stylized side scrolling action game with a sense of fun.

The control and movement I found a little clunky, as much a factor of it being a keyboard controlled action game as anything.

Check out the awesome intro.

I love the flavor and sense of fun and could absolutely see this expanding to consoles. Similar to how The Behemoth evolved Alien Hominid from an original Flash game.

Unlike Alien Hominid, they do charge for the game, though the first level is free. Check it out and if you like it, support them by buying the full game!

Ratloop are the same guys that created the innovative Mightier game that I wrote about before. I'm putting them on my short list of people to watch, this looks like a team with a bright future!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Indie Game - The Swapper

The Swapper is an indie game developed by FacePalm Games and entered into this years IGF.
The concept is a puzzle platformer where you progress by creating clones of yourself. Fire your weapon at an inaccessible platform and your clone is created. You now control the new version of yourself and leave the old one behind?

So what happens to your old self? Who is the real you at this point? In the gameplay trailer, there is a sequence where the player drops from a great height, and clones himself just before hitting the ground. The new clone lands gently to survive but the original character meets a gory death on impact.

This concept reminded me a lot of one of the movie (and novel) The Prestige, which I absolutely loved. I'm fascinated to see how Facepalm explores this theme when the game becomes available.

Facepalm Games has a blog with continued updates on the game.
Thanks to Kotaku for the original story.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Swimming Under Clouds - interesting upcoming indie game

Swimming Under Clouds IGF Gameplay Trailer from Yacine Salmi on Vimeo.

New indie game entered into the IGF. I'm always a sucker for beautiful hand painted art in games. Developed by Yacine Salmi from Piece of Pie Games out of Germany.

The artwork is created by Mikael Aguirre, who in another life as Orioto, is known for creating amazing high res 'screenshots' of old games updated in his hand painted style. I'd love to see an HD remake of Sonic done in this style!

Check out his work on deviant art.

I'm looking forward to playing this game.

It's been entered into the IGF. For more info you can visit their blog.