This isn't some third-party team that's hoping to cash-in on an aging concept (Transformers, Total Recall, anyone?) This is some of the original folks including Leisure Suit Larry's creator, comedian Al Lowe.
I've put my $15 up to help fund this game and I hope you do, too. If you haven't had the chance to enjoy the Leisure Suit Larry games because they came out before you were born or you couldn't figure out the proper answers to the age-testing questions on startup back in the day, this is your chance.
The art style for the game that they're using looks very similar to the last Laisure Suit Larry game, Leisure Suit Larry: Love For Sail!
My personal favourite from the series is Leisure Suit Larry 3. But, I'm looking forward to seeing this done, nonetheless.
This is the type of project that makes me feel that it's the best time ever to be a gamer. Sure there are deadbeat companies making DLC-laden, DRM broken games (EA, anyone?) but for proper games that deserve to get made but can't get the funding from the big boys, there's indies, Kickstarter, and Indie Bundles that allow them to still see the light of day. It makes me happy.
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux, Nintendo 3DS
Release date: 2010
This is such an awesome game. VVVVVV is a hardcore platformer with a really strange title (I'm not even sure how to say it!). This game features simple, 8-bit style graphics, an innovative reverse-gravity gameplay mechanic, a cute storyline, and an awesome chiptune soundtrack.
I picked this game up as part of the third Humble Indie Bundle a number of months ago, but the game was actually released in 2010. It's taken me a while to clear up some of my gaming backlog to get to this game, but it's popularity and great reviews are well deserved.
It is very hard, though. Keyboard-smashing, dog-kicking, teeth-gridingly hard. But, like most old-school platformers, it just makes successful platform jumps that much more sweet and rewarding.
VVVVVV is a Flash game that's been backported to C++, but you'd never know it. What's more: people on all computer platforms are able to play this game: PC, Mac, and Linux support comes out of the box. The game was also released on the Nintendo 3DS, but I haven't had a chance to try that version out.
If you like platformers the way they used to be, you can't do much better than VVVVVV.
I covered FlashCraft, a Minecraft clone written in Flash by Speets and GereBear, on my Youtube channel a couple of weeks ago. I was playing it in a Chrome browser and recording it loading and zooming through Minecraft level chunks over the Internet. On this blog post, I have the first ever shot of FlashCraft running on iOS.
This is really exciting. Imagine being able to play a full version of Minecraft on the go on any iOS device. If Speets and GereBear can successfully implement the same gameplay elements that are found in the desktop version of Minecraft, they'll have a huge winner on their hands.
The biggest competition obviously comes from Minecraft Pocket Edition and Eden. But, those games are both slimmed-down and mimicked versions of Minecraft, not complete clones.
One thing that surprised me was that iOS runs Flash. Speets filled me in on the details: Any iOS device will run Flash apps but not Flash web content. Neat!
Just in case you missed it, I've embedded the video of FlashCraft running in my browser below. Enjoy!
Earlier today I posted about Kickstarter and Desura helping indie game developers secure funding to produce excellent games that otherwise would not have the opportunity to be made.
Just recently, I learned that another big player the indie game crowdsourcing scene is 8-Bit Funding and I thought I should follow up with more information on the crowdsourcing subject.
8-Bit Funding focuses entirely on indie games, which puts them on my radar of 'sites to watch for awesome upcoming games.'
One of the standout features of 8-Bit Funding is the fact that they'll fund any gaming project, not just videogames.
From their blog:
We want your Board, RPG, and Card Game Projects Too!
One of the things that we really want to do with 8-Bit funding is broaden the appeal to include all things GAMES. 8-Bit has been a successful game funding sites for indie computer games, but can be more inclusive. What about board games, card games, pen & paper RPGs? These would all be perfect for 8-Bit funding (we do have categories for them after all)! We’re not as familiar with the gaming enthusiasts who could create awesome board or card games, but if you have any ideas or are one yourself, please let us know.
Since my exposure to 8-Bit Funding is so small, it's hard for me to have an opinion that's worth much on the service. But, I can say from what I've seen that it looks very promising and they appear to be doing great work for indie devs, gamers, and the scene in general. I'm definitely interested to see more in the coming weeks.
Looking for more companies that are doing similar work? Check out our Crowdsourcingpage for comprehensive coverage of services that are helping indie developers get their games to market.
According to Nintendo, 9 games on the Wii have crossed 5 million sales in just the USA alone. Think about how huge of a scale that is for a moment. It's insane.
This milestone is huge news and goes to show how the Nintendo Wii is truly this generation's star.
Of the gaming industry's 'big three' (Microsoft, SONY, and Nintendo), Nintendo is the only one focusing solely on making great games for consoles and handhelds, while others have switched to mainly making what are essentially interactive movies that have very little replayability or longevity in the market.
I'm sure I'll get crucified for writing that, but the numbers speak for themselves. The Wii has twice as many greater-than-5-million-sold games as any other console on the market right now. And, each of these games have legs: Many of the titles continue to see solid sales months and years after release.
The list of Wii games that have sold more than 5 million copies in the US market:
Wii Play (13.06 million)
Mario Kart Wii (11.3 million)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (8.86 million)
Wii Fit (8.18 million)
Wii Fit Plus (7.32 million)
Wii Sports Resort (6.45 million)
Just Dance 2 (5.61) million
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (5.43 million)
Super Mario Galaxy (5.04 million)
One game that's missing from that list but deserves to be there is Kirby's Epic Yarn. Pick it up for the Wii and play it through. The graphics, music, and artwork are incredible. Plus, it's fun!