Product archive: Platformers Archives - Twinfinite [ 7 ]

Life Goes On Review – The Adventures of Sir Lives-A-Lot

The platformer is one of video gaming’s most enduring genres, covering a wide range of themes, visual styles, and difficulty levels. In general, the best games this genre has to offer tend to be extremely challenging, leading to many deaths on the part of the player. With modern platformers, the real challenge developers face is preserving that sense of brutal difficulty while preventing the player from simply giving up in frustration. Developer Infinite Monkeys has devised a clever solution to [...]

 

Indie Platformer Explores Stages of Grief

Chances are you’re familiar with the Kübler-Ross model, more commonly known as “the five stages of grief.” Elizabeth Kübler-Ross first theorized that humans—and indeed other intelligent species—go through a complex and prolonged grieving process. When mourning the loss of a loved one, or facing one’s own mortality, people tend to experience a series of emotional stages: denial (“This isn’t happening, everything is fine!”), anger (“It’s not fair, why is this happening to me? Who is to blame?”), bargaining (“Please, God, [...]

[Review] Oozi: Earth Adventure – Everyone’s Out to Get You

Oozi: Earth Adventure is a charming 2D platformer starring an alien that crash-landed on an unfamiliar planet and sets out on a quest to find his gear, his ship, and get the heck out. It’s developed by Awesome Games Studio and currently up for vote on Steam Greenlight. I’d like to note here that Oozi is a complete game and has already been released for Xbox Live, and you could download a free demo on their website to try it [...]

[Preview] Alien Spidy Does Whatever a Spidy Can

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Here’s a game that’s a 2D platformer which uses physics capabilities as a core dynamic, has a striking art style and soundtrack, and requires skill and precision through repetition. Now that sounds like ….. just about every indie game made since about 2006. There are however few things I love more than a good platformer, so I happily sat down to play the demo of Enigma Software’s Alien Spidy and see what [...]

[Review] Tiny & Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers

Is it possible for something to be original and derivative at the same time? Tiny & Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers, a new puzzler/platformer from Black Pants, is a game of contradictions that alternately presents a broad yet shallow world with inventive yet unnecessary gameplay mechanics. On one hand, this is a unique, colorful, and funny concept while on the other, it is an amalgamation of very distinctive aspects ripped from some very popular games from the past few years. From the [...]

[Overlooked Gems] Mirror’s Edge: The Adventures of Super Meat Girl

Back in 2008, the endless tug-of-war to claim eternal prize of ‘Worst Video Game Publisher’ was pulling in favor of Activision. The company was firmly ensconced in their role of strip mining of both the Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk franchises and riding high on the launching of the Call of Duty franchise into the stratosphere. The opponent in this feat of douchey strength was EA, who had decided to try a bold new direction. Its CEO, John Riccitiello, stated [...]

[Retrospection] I Wanna Be The Guy is the Best Platformer Ever

‘Nintendo Hard.’ An expression that has been placed on many NES era games. It is used to define perfectly normal games with an abnormal difficulty. Go back and try playing some of those titles like Contra, Battletoads, Zelda 2, Ghosts N’ Goblins, and even parts of games like Super Mario 3. Those games were balls tough, especially compared to what passes for difficult these days. Ninja Gaiden on Xbox is a notoriously difficult game, but it has nothing on the [...]