A recommendation post

Posted by (twitter: @kyynkolo)
May 3rd, 2013 4:58 pm

Whew!! After playing and rating 101 games (for those playing at home, that’s 4,3% of Ludum Dare #26!) I finally feel comfortable enough to list some of my favourites so far. After this post I’m taking a weekend break from this whole Ludum Dare thing and return to rating business with fresh eyes and mind in Monday.

Without further ado, the recipients:

 

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…to the game that, against all odds, managed to be a complete experience with nothing to add or take away:

Fragments of Him

I don’t know if you already know this, but drama is hard. I’d argue it’s even harder than comedy to get right because the tiniest things can break the mood completely, but maybe it’s just me and my high standards for storytelling in visual media.

That being said, Fragments of Him nails the tone perfectly. It’s a tragedy that made me feel things! Think stuff that made me sad! Getting the plot to advance sometimes can be a bit of a pain but that’s honestly the only complaint I have about this entry.

You should play it. Everyone should play it!

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…to the game I’ll be playing in my dreams for weeks to come:

Metahotel

Everyone has had a case of tetrishead. Play a game where actions are simple and repetitive, yet you have to be aware of the whole picture all the time and plan ahead and anticipate coming actions and you will keep playing the game in your head long after you have quit the physical action itself.

I’m playing Metahotel when writing this and I’ll be playing it after I close this computer and lay down to sleep. See if it clicks similarly for you.

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…to the game I wouldn’t mind buying from Steam sale for a couple of bucks:

Cimi Mal

Combination of exploring weird landscapes and a mechanic to alter them is what makes these types of games enjoyable. Cimi Mal does this perfectly, and I truly wish there would be a lot more of it.

There are certain unpolished aspects to it (falling damage will kill you, despite never being mentioned anywhere), but the sheer excitement of seeing blocky environment transforming around you overrides everything else. Go take a look.

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…to the game that took blocks and remade them:

Deja vu

As in previous entry, this game features weird landscapes. But instead of restructuring them to progress, you restructure yourself. I don’t want to spoil too much about Deja vu, but I will say that it features the best use of verticality in level design since Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight.

It’s helluva pretty too.

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This title has a lot going for it, least of it being the visual motif of using words describing things rather than the thing themselves (culminating in ending that is meta as this simile), but it also was one of the few entries I came across that got platforming just right. You can even stomp the enemies!

Also features perfect controller support.

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…to the game where humor came from mechanics, rather than only writing:

Random Legend Adventure

Fight alien ships with pointy stick! Use your goldfish to find secret treasures from mysterious forest! Random Legend Adventure is exactly what it says on the tin, and delivers it’s promises. Check it out!

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…to the game I’ll actually be playing after this month:

Seed

If you ask me, best games feature an element of mysticality. Seed has you in charge of creating life for the plantkind, and it’s mesmerizing to watch! There seems to be endless opportunities to grow your field…

Try it yourself.

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7 Responses to “A recommendation post”

  1. Aceria says:

    Thank you for the recommendation kind sir. A heartfelt thanks on behalf of the team.

  2. Christian S. says:

    Hurray for including Metahotel :)

  3. Captain_Genial says:

    Thx a lot for the recommendation 😀

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