Category Archives: Platformer

Games Need More Monster Love

“At its core, monster love is about treating the unknown with curiosity and respect instead of the desire to destroy it in the name of protecting what’s familiar.” Continue reading

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Trying out New Types of Posts

I have a few ideas for new approaches I want to try on the blog besides the world-breakdown model I’ve been using. It should free me up to highlight some specific aspects of games and their worlds. One is to … Continue reading

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Shadow of the Ninja. NES, 1990

Shadow of the Ninja (“Blue Shadow” in Europe and “Yami no Shigotonin KAGE” in Japan) was developed and published by Natsume in 1990 for the NES. Worldview: Being a ninja Theme: Infiltration of a cyberpunk machine world The worldview may … Continue reading

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Into Shadow…

I feel like I keep calling games “cute” and “colorful” in most of these posts… So I’m gonna try to make sure to cover some games that aren’t cute or colorful. Next will be Shadow of the Ninja for the … Continue reading

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The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy. NES, 1991

Fantastic Dizzy/The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy (depends on your region- I’ll call it Dizzy) was developed by Codemasters and released for the NES in 1991. WORLDVIEW: The joy of discovering and collecting items. THEME: Strolling through an a bright & … Continue reading

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Indiecade Games on Kickstarter

Some of the cool games I found at Indiecade are/were running on Kickstarter! Wish I’d gotten a chance to post about Katacomb Kids before it reached its deadline, but looks like they didn’t need my help: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fourbitfriday/catacomb-kids-a-very-roguelike-platformer Looking forward to … Continue reading

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Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Wii, 2010

Kirby’s Epic Yarn was developed by Good Feel and released by Nintendo for the Wii in 2010. [I mentioned the game briefly in the Characters & World-building article (how designers spent three months perfecting Kirby’s appearance).] WORLDVIEW: Continual novelty and … Continue reading

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