Monthly Archives: April 2008

Noitu Love 2: Variations on a Theme

A Grinning Darn boss looms over Xoda Rap.

Joakim Sandberg has just released Noitu Love 2: Devolution and I highly recommend you check it out. You can pick up the demo for free, but it’s worth the $20 for the full version. It’s the answer to a single burning question: what would happen if you made a platformer that properly incorporated both mouse and keyboard? It gives three perfect answers. Click through for the discussion and minor spoilers.

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Yume Nikki and Constraining the Player

Earlier this week I played a game called Yume Nikki (or Dream Diary, apparently) by Kikiyama. A post on the blog turned me on to it; you can get an English translation (with complicated installation) there. The game is about a girl who refuses to leave her room and her journeys through creepy and labyrinthine dreams. The game is one of the most open and goal-less games I’ve played in a while, and it brings up some questions on the nature of goals in games.
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