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27Dec/111

Bonus Get

So, I bought the Humble Indie Bundle this year -- something I suggest everyone who likes video games do -- and I got into a game I never thought I would. Bit.Trip Runner is a game reminiscent of Rez and Vib Ribbon: an auto-moving platformer that "generates" music. It's a game that requires memorization and very strict reflexes, neither of which are my forte or even something I thought I would enjoy. But it somehow it all comes together. The controls are incredibly limited; you can jump, spring off platforms, slide and kick through obstacles. Each obstacle has only one way around it. Playing the game becomes something more akin to practicing a musical instrument than beating a stage in Super Mario Bros. The minimalist chiptune/synth tracks it creates are things of beauty. Here's a play-through of the stage I am currently stuck on:

1Dec/100

On the As and Bs

A while ago, I covered D-Pad Hero, a retro-styled chiptune rhythm game. Now, from creator Eric David Ruth (who is also responsible for a Left 4 Dead demake, and the official Angry Video Game Nerd game,) comes a chiptune take on the DJ Hero concept. It comes with nine mixes, each containing two tracks from the 70s and 80s. For instance, here's Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust," mixed with Joan Jett and the Blackheart's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll":

As you can see, the graphics are a bit better than D-Pad hero, resembling very early SNES/16-bit generation games than the NES. The music and the mixing sound great. It's games like this that really makes me wish I had even the remotest sense of rhythm. However, I'm quite content watching someone else take them on. Here's the second official gameplay video, featuring Ray Parker Jr.'s Theme from Ghostbusters and Huey Lewis' "I Want A New Drug."

Pixel Force: DJ Hero can be downloaded here, along with all of his other games.

   

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