It´s been a while, tomorrow I leave the country so it might take even longer until the next post. But at least I have something fun for now – Escape Goat, a retro puzzle platformer from Ian Stocker, the creator of the awesome Soulcaster Series. So it should be worth checking out.
Here is a bit more information right out of the press release:
Emeryville, CA: MagicalTimeBean, creator of the critically-acclaimed Soulcaster series, releases a new take on puzzle platforming. Play the role of a goat, imprisoned for the use of witchcraft, who must overcome the diabolical Prison of Agnus. The sheep are slumbering. And unless you can find and awaken them, you will be trapped inside for eternity!
Key features distinguish Escape Goat for a unique player experience:
A custom-built physics engine enables rooms to morph and reconfigure themselves like a living labyrinth.
Work with the friendly mouse, an innovative NPC helper who can reach otherwise inaccessible areas. Send him up walls and ceilings to hit switches and distract enemies. Find a Magic Hat, and you can even teleport to him!
Redbook audio-style soundtrack featuring authentic 1980′s synths and samples provide a rocking musical experience from start to finish.
Built-in level editor to create your own mazes and machinery.
Over 50 rooms in 10 regions provide a lasting challenge.
“This is my first puzzle game,” says creator Ian Stocker. ”Soulcaster featured lots of strategy and combat, so it was a challenge making something completely different. The goat has no weapons, so you have to use the environment to your advantage. Fortunately, players seem to really like it. The best part of development is watching people discover new solutions to the puzzles. Some people like to use precise timing to try for a shortcut, others take the time to painstakingly alter the room.”
Ian is currently the only developer at MagicalTimeBean, a fledgling indie game company with just two previous titles. Built from scratch using C# and the XNA Framework, Escape Goat took eleven months to complete.
Do you remember Mechanoid Army? Most likely not – and that is a shame, because it´s one cool title! But the developer Mancebo has not given up and the new title looks very promising – and since it has zombies it might have a better chance of success! Let´s hope so.
Due to time issues I haven´t covered the Dream Build Play 2011 (or anything else for that matter), but it´s never to late, right? So I will try to post at least some cool stuff, like this trailer. And yeah it´s indie – just wait until the end.
Maybe you heard of the Summer Uprising? I must admit that due to time issues these last few months I hardly had time to follow it. But it´s still a while until the finalists are announced and I will try to cover the most promising title. And there are a lot of titles worth playing from the looks of it.
Today lets start with “Cute Things Dying Violently“! The first time I noticed the game was on the Neogaf forum where I watched some early material that was mostly bloody – bloody fun that is. Now the game obviously is nearing completion and you see that it´s a title made with a lot of love and effort spend on it. Enjoy the trailer.
Despite the glaring capitalization errors in the title of Osr unhinged, there’s a lot to like in this time trial based racing game. OSR Unhinged (as I will be referring to it from henceforth) is the sequel to Old School Racer, a game which was well-received for its value for the dollar. OSR Unhinged continues this trend, offering dozens and dozens of (well-designed) levels, all for only a dollar.