Pursuing Pixels
Episode Number Interview Edition - w/ Rémy Devaux of PUNKCAKE Délicieux

Episode Number Interview Edition - w/ Rémy Devaux of PUNKCAKE Délicieux

July 26, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  This week, we're joined by Rémy Devaux, who is 50% of newly-formed indie dev duo, PUNKCAKE Délicieux, alongside veteran game designer Benjamin Soulé.  They're going to be releasing a new game every month on their itchio page...or you can snag all of their games at a discounted price via Patreon subscription—and the games will eventually be coming to Steam, as well!

Kevin and Rémy talk about all sorts of video game shenanigans, including the previous works of the PUNKCAKE team on the PICO-8 fantasy console, Rémy's work on his custom SUGAR game engine, and all sorts of other fun stuff—including their very first game as a duo, Antecrypt.

 

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106: Unlocked the Ability to Unlock

106: Unlocked the Ability to Unlock

July 19, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  Kevin and John are keeping the video game train rolling this week, although John’s dipping his toes into a little tabletop action, as well…

But before we get to that, John is still spending loads of time with Monster Hunter: Rise and itching to sync up with some pals for an online multiplayer session—we’ll definitely have to check back in (again) once he does some cooperative monster hunting!  Kevin also gives a shout out to Ynglet, the latest game from indie game ‘legend’ Nifflas, before we dig deeper into what’s been consuming the majority of our time this week.

We gab quite a bit about the brilliantly designed (and absolutely gorgeous) Iris and the Giant, a lovely deckbuilding puzzle-strategy roguelite that Kevin has been having an extremely difficult time putting down, ever since picking it up!  And John has been spending a bunch of free time preparing his army for battle in Warhammer 40,000—everything from researching the many different factions to painting the figurines!

Finally, we wrap up with a discussion about Paper Mario: Sticker Star, which Kevin has been playing a good deal of, lately.  We’re both incredibly mixed on this game, for a multitude of different reasons, as it does so many things right, while missing the mark in more than a few ways...will Kevin see this one through to the end? 

 

Timestamps:

Monster Hunter: Rise  -  00:01:48

Ynglet  -  00:04:02

Iris and the Giant  -  00:08:46

Warhammer 40,000 (tabletop)  -  00:16:42

Paper Mario: Sticker Star  -  00:25:41

 

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Save it for the ‘cast! — Issue #4

Save it for the ‘cast! — Issue #4

July 12, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels, and welcome back to another edition of 'Save it for the 'cast!'

Before we dig into the usual video gaming nonsense this week, Kevin kicks things off with the usual indie spotlight segment, including a whole bunch of retro & arcade influenced indie games that are true love letters to the games of yesteryear, while also innovating and bringing a little something fresh to the table!  

After that, John & Randall join in on the conversation as we go down a bit of a Game Boy Color rabbit hole, and go off the rails a little bit when it comes to taking care of ourselves as we start to get old(er), and how we all probably need to shave pretty darn soon! 

We also announced the launch of our new Ko-fi page, and an update about the Patreon, that is just about ready to go! :D

 

Timestamps:

Leaving the Tree  -  00:00:31

Antecrypt  -  00:02:08

Daisy Dangerous  -  00:03:43

Annalynn  -  00:04:57

*Our new Ko-fi page*  -  00:06:08

 

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105: This is Gonna Turn Into Planet Earth

105: This is Gonna Turn Into Planet Earth

July 5, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  This week, we’re talking about a bunch of stuff we’ve been playing on Nintendo Switch lately, before getting into a nostalgia-fueled discussion at the end of the episode.  Let’s get started!

John kicks things off with his thoughts on the latest first-party release from Nintendo, New Pokémon Snap—who would’ve thought we’d see the day where this game would exist!?!  He’s been really enjoying the relaxing ride so far, and we’re looking forward to hearing more about John’s expeditions in the future.

Kevin’s been bouncing around between a few different games on the Switch lately, with The Wonderful 101: Remastered  being where he’s been spending the bulk of his time—it’s definitely a little rough around the edges at times, but when this game shines, it really shines!  When he’s not taking down robo-baddies in style, he’s blowing ‘em away in a couple of awesome arcade shoot ‘em ups, Void Gore & Hell is Other Demons.

Finally, we wrap things up with a little Bomberman chat, spending most of our time raving about the fantastic iterations of the franchise on the TurboGrafx-16, Bomberman ‘93 & ‘94, along with some underrated gems on the Game Boy Advance & Nintendo 64.

 

Timestamps:

New Pokémon Snap  -  00:03:45

The Wonderful 101: Remastered  -  00:18:27

Void Gore  -  00:27:03

Hell is Other Demons  -  00:29:20

Bomberman is da bomb!  -  00:31:57

 

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Save it for the ‘cast! — Issue #3

Save it for the ‘cast! — Issue #3

June 28, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels, and welcome back to another edition of 'Save it for the 'cast!'

Just like last time, Kevin kicks things off by spotlighting a handful of indie games before we roll into bulk of the episode—including a game from the recent itchio Bundle for Palestinian Aid, a demo for an upcoming Kickstarter campaign from out pal, Eli, and a couple of precision platformers that we took a look at alongside our friends in The Indie Game Collective.

After Kevin gets the indie spotlights out of his system, it's onto another behind the scenes conversation that goes all over the map—including everything from Mario's FUNdamentals (aka Mario's Game Gallery), to the ongoing recent struggles of Detroit's sports teams...and you know if sports come up, you won't be able to keep Randall & John away from a little NBA chatter!

 

Timestamps:

Grapple Force Rena  -  00:00:30

Soulchild  -  00:02:21

Dojoran  -  00:04:01

Super Cable Boy  -  00:05:40

 

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104: The Very Final, Final Boss

104: The Very Final, Final Boss

June 21, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels. We’re a little less jam-packed in regards to quantity this week, but we are MORE than making up for it in the quality department, with some seriously top-notch games on the docket  this week...so, let’s go!

First things first, we’ve all got BOBA fever!  This awesome little precision platformer from indie dev trio, Casey MacNiel, Dalton Leavy, & Connor Grail is an absolutely fantastic experience from top to bottom...and on top of all that, there is a full blown level editor that is super simple to use and already has loads of great player-made levels!  Kevin also just can’t leave Ludum Dare 48 alone and has one more amazingly polished precision puzzle platformer, Tailspin!, from Team Bugulon.

Randall has been playing a bunch of PHOGS! with his wife Tina, and they’ve been having a blast with this wacky co-op puzzle adventure!  Kevin has a couple more indies to spotlight (per usual), after sinking a ton of time into both Die in the Dungeon, a roguelite deckbuilding dice game, and Townseek, a super chill trading exploration game.

Finally, John wraps things up with Touhou: Luna Nights, which he is thaaaat close to 100%-ing!  This action-packed & puzzle-filled metroidvania is shaping up to be amongst his favorites, in one of his favorite genres—shockingly, John & Kevin agree on a metroidvania! :)

 

Timestamps:

BOBA  -  00:02:12

Tailspin!  -  00:12:15

PHOGS!  -  00:14:35

Die in the Dungeon  -  00:22:04

Townseek  -  00:27:27

Touhou: Luna Nights  -  00:29:22

 

 

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Save it for the ‘cast! — Issue #2

Save it for the ‘cast! — Issue #2

June 14, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels, and welcome back to another edition of 'Save it for the 'cast!'

Before we get things started, Kevin quickly spotlights a handful of indie demos that really grabbed his attention this week and have him anxiously waiting for more from each of these titles—we'll definitely keep you posted on these games in the future!

After that, John, Randall, & Kevin get into all sorts of hijinks, discussing everything from a bunch of random Annapurna releases, to Balan Wonderworld—much of which was encouraged for our pal TheXandan in our Discord! :)

 

Timestamps:

Indie Demo Spotlights  -  00:00:13

---> AdventNEON  -  00:00:25

---> Super Mombo Quest  -  00:01:59

---> Renaine  -  00:03:10

---> Wirewalk()↳  -  00:04:41

 

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103: Jetpack Juice

103: Jetpack Juice

June 7, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels. We’ve got a whole bunch of games to get to this week—including a few more spotlights from the recent Ludum Dare 48 game jam—so let’s things get started!

After we chat about LD48, Kevin & John also took a look at the latest game from indie dev, Blabberf, Oracle Chain, from the ongoing #ChainLetter Jam, which is exactly what it sounds like!  After that, Randall shares his thoughts on Toree 3D, the fantastic little fast-paced 3D platformer we discussed a few weeks back...and it’s only a buck!?!

John decides to take a look at Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest after all of the retro gaming we’ve been doing lately, and shares some thoughts on this JRPG designed to target the Western audience.  From there, Kevin does his usual thing and rattles off a few more indie games—this week discussing a few really fantastic upcoming platformers!

Finally, we wrap things up with a little video game pinball action, as we plow through a ton of our retro favorites & new discoveries—along with some other games outside of the ‘genre’ that utilize pinball mechanics.  Phew...that’s all folks!

 

Timestamps:

More Ludum Dare 48 spotlights  -  00:00:51

---> Below the Ocean  -  00:01:22

---> Fallen Shovel  -  00:08:06

---> Corla  -  00:11:22

Oracle Chain  -  00:14:53

Toree 3D  -  00:20:25

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest  -  00:25:07

Awesome Indie Demos  -  00:33:01

---> Germinal  -  00:34:07

---> Teabat!  -  00:36:43

---> OCDA  -  00:41:03

Video Game Pinball Extravaganza  -  00:45:11

 

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Save it for the ‘cast! — Issue #1

Save it for the ‘cast! — Issue #1

May 31, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We're trying something a little new this week, after announcing a slight change to the format of the podcast at the beginning of last week's episode!  We'll be bringing you our traditional, 'core' episodes on a bi-weekly basis, while every other week, we'll be bringing you a multitude of other gaming-related goodies—conversations from the cutting room floor, guest interviews & discussions, and more...we're still brainstorming!

With that out of the way, this week, we're bringing you a Game Boy focused conversation that Kevin, Randall, & John got into before 'pressing record,' on last week's episode.  We're still discovering new hidden gems & playing through the classics, even all these years later!

 

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102: What is a Sphere?

102: What is a Sphere?

May 24, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We’ve got a whole bunch of games to talk about this week of all shapes & sizes, so let’s get right down to business!

John kicks things off with an update on his ongoing adventures in Monster Hunter: Rise—he’s seen the credits roll at this point, but that doesn’t mean he’s anywhere near being done with this game!  Sounds like there is ALL sorts of post-game goodness to dig into, so there’s a good chance it’ll come up again in the future!

From there, we dive right into a discussion of the recent Ludum Dare 48 game jam, taking some time to highlight some of our favorite entries & discoveries so far, including a few from some of our favorite indie developers!  There’s also a really good chance we’re gonna talk a little more Ludum Dare action next week—there are just TOO many incredible games!

While we’re on the subject of game jams, Randall & Kevin dig into Space Gulls, the latest new NES game from Morphcat Games, made for the NESdev competition.  Morphcat is definitely a developer to keep an eye on, for retro & indie fans alike.

If you’ve listened to the podcast before, you already know how much John loves a good metroidvania, and he’s been playing through his favorite entry in the Castlevania franchise, Circle of the Moon.  And while we’re on the topic of the Game Boy Advance, Kevin mentions a couple of import titles that never made their way over to North America—alongside Ufouria: The Saga, a quirky metroidvania on the NES that also never made its way overseas.

 

Timestamps:

Monster Hunter: Rise  -  00:02:17

Ludum Dare 48 spotlights  -  00:07:20

---> Holey Hell  -  00:10:00

---> Underneath  -  00:14:09

---> Grapple Tongue  -  00:18:30

---> Frog  -  00:20:13

---> Tooth Toss  -  00:22:24

Space Gulls  -  00:24:49

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon  -  00:32:32

--->  What brings ‘you’ to a metroidvania?  -  00:36:58

Import game streaming  -  00:42:34

---> Ufouria: The Saga  -  00:42:42

---> Densetsu no Stafy series  -  00:45:54

---> Kuru Kuru Kururin  -  00:48:19

 

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101: Apparently, I Need Sodium

101: Apparently, I Need Sodium

May 17, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We are ALL over the map this week after celebrating our Two Year Anniversary, so let’s get this show on the road…

First things first, John’s got a new laptop!?!  He hasn’t had a PC in ages and can’t wait to start combing through all of the (many) games he’s accumulated over the years through various bundles, crazy Steam deals, free Epic Store goodies, etc.  No Man’s Sky is the first thing on the docket, and it sounds like John has found yet another game that is speaking his language!

Kevin gives his first impressions on Kunai, and it’s nothing but high praise so far for this stylish pixelated metroidvania!  He also talks about his Bit.Trip Beat stream from a little while back, after DJ brought up the series a few weeks back—and we get into a bit of a rhythm game discussion from there.

Randall’s been sinking a lot of his ‘background gaming’ time into Hand of Fate 2, and has been thoroughly enjoying its balance of tabletop gaming & hack ‘n’ slash action.  It’s been the perfect fit for him on Nintendo Switch to cozy up with on the couch with his favorite show on in the background.

Finally, we talk a little bit about playing older handheld games in the modern era, both on emulators or various licensed (and unlicensed) hardware peripherals.  We also tease a few more ‘white whales’ that we’re looking forward to checking out—whether their price tags are out of reach, or they never made it over here to North America.

 

Timestamps:

No Man’s Sky  -  00:03:36

Kunai  -  00:15:10

Hand of Fate 2  -  00:21:30

Bit.Trip Beat  -  00:30:44

Retro games on emulators  -  00:38:55

 

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Episode Number: Two Year Anniversary Edition

Episode Number: Two Year Anniversary Edition

May 10, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  It’s hard to believe it’s been a full two years since we started up this project!?!  We’re gonna break the mold just a little bit this week and take a little time to discuss some of our favorite games that somehow haven’t come up on the podcast yet.  But before we get to that, we’ve got another franchise we need to revisit…

On the very first episode of the podcast, we discussed the first ‘season’ of the current-gen Hitman trilogy in an effort to step out of our respective indie & retro comfort zones, so we decided to take a look at the subsequent entries in the franchise to kick things off—plus, we NEED to get John’s opinions!!

After that, we move into a discussion of our ‘comfy cozy’ games: our aforementioned favorites that have yet to come up on the show!  Unsurprisingly, we spend the majority of this discussion hanging out in retro land, looking back to some of our favorite gaming memories, many from the N64 era.

We wrap things up with a brief chat reflecting back on the last two years, and also looking forward to the years to come!  We’d truly love to get your feedback on ways you’d like to see us grow and expand this project in the future, so PLEASE don’t hesitate to drop us a line at: pursuingpixels@gmail.com—we’d love to hear from ya! <3

 

Timestamps:

Hitman  -  00:02:20

‘Comfy Cozy’ games  -  00:24:35

---> Kevin:  Mario Golf  -  00:24:53

---> Randall:  WWF No Mercy  -  00:31:58

---> John:  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance  -  00:42:53

---> DJ:  Mario Party 2  -  00:50:58

*Reflecting back & looking ahead  -  00:57:03

 

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100: Sega Fever Dream

100: Sega Fever Dream

May 3, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  Can you believe we’ve been at this nonsense for (over) 100 episodes?!?  We’re not doing anything special for the occasion this week—we’ll be celebrating our Two Year Anniversary on next week’s episode—but we do have a bunch of recently released & relevant games to talk about for a change, so let’s dig into it!

We kick things off with Pac-Man 99, which surprisingly dropped on the Nintendo Switch Online service, shortly after we ‘mourned’ the loss of Mario 35.  This might be the our favorite iteration of the ‘99’ series from Nintendo so far, and we’re really excited about the potential for more releases in the future!

From there, Kevin & Randall take a look at the Balan Wonderworld demo after some encouragement from indie dev ‘TheXandan,’ who had a really good time playing through the whole game.  We’re pretty much on the same page after playing through the demo, and while we may not be itching to drop $60 on this 3D platforming fever dream, we’re looking forward to snagging it on sale in the future!  We also give a shoutout to Winning is Fun, which is an awesome little game jam entry from ‘TheXandan’ himself!

While we’re on the topic of 3D platformers, John & Kevin take a look at Toree 3D from Siactro, a bite-sized obstacle course platformer with an emphasis on speedrunning.  It’s only $1 and cannot come with a higher recommendation!  We also talk a little bit about the rebirth of the low-poly N64/PSOne aesthetic in the indie game world lately...we’re not complaining!

Lastly, John talks us through his journey with the Monster Hunter franchise—and his journey through the rain to pick up a copy of the latest entry in the series, Monster Hunter Rise.  This one is hitting ALL the right notes for John, and really scratching at that pesky RPG/MMO itch!

 

Timestamps:

Pac-Man 99  -  00:01:34

Winning is Fun  -  00:15:33

Balan Wonderworld  -  00:16:27

Toree 3D  -  00:25:38

Monster Hunter Rise  -  00:32:19

 

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099: Decode the Poem

099: Decode the Poem

April 26, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We’ve got ALL sorts of games to talk about this week, so let’s dig right into the action…

We kick things off this week with a spotlight on Starjump, a brand new top-down precision platformer (you don’t see those everyday?!?) on the PICO-8 fantasy console.  The game even has its own atmospheric OST that you can pull up on YouTube while you play!

From there, DJ fills us in on the things he’s been playing lately, including crossing off his resolution game for this year, Deltarune.  On top of the follow-up to Undertale, we also touch on Baba is You, both games in the Yooka-Laylee franchise, and a few of the games from the classic Bit.Trip series.  He also gives some love to Days Gone, after getting sucked into this world a little more than another zombie-themed game on the PlaySation that we won’t mention here...

Kevin finally gets into a deep discussion on a couple of roguelikes that he’s been bouncing back and forth between, ScourgeBringer & West of Dead.  ScourgeBringer is scratching the ‘hectic action’ itch, while West of Dead offers up a more strategic & stealthy approach, making these two games a perfect pairing—both of which are absolutely dripping with style!

Finally, John is still plowing his way through Dark Souls III, as he continues to update us on his journey through FromSoftware’s flagship franchise.  He & DJ also dig a little into the pros & cons of each game in the trilogy (and the other Souls-like games) and look forward to checking out some of their non-Souls games next...

 

Timestamps:

Starjump  -  00:01:00

Baba is You  -  00:05:34

Yooka-Laylee (2D & 3D)  -  00:07:33

Deltarune  -  00:15:35

Bit.Trip Series  -  00:17:57

Days Gone  -  00:25:00

ScourgeBringer  -  00:32:58

West of Dead  -  00:37:11

Dark Souls III  -  00:40:20

 

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098: The Correct Number of ‘V’s

098: The Correct Number of ‘V’s

April 19, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We’re itching to dig into some ‘retro gaming’ goodness on ALL fronts this week, so let’s get right into the action…

Kevin kicks things off with an awesome new indie arcade game, Satryn, that is heavily inspired by retro classics like Robotron, while simultaneously leaving them in the dust—this one is still a work-in-progress, so we’ll definitely be keeping you updated!

From there, John & Kevin dig deep into a handful of games on the PICO-8 fantasy console!  We kick things off with a couple of gems from one of our favorite indie devs, Sebastian Lind, Cards With Personalities & I Demand Coffee—the former is an incredibly deep deckbuilding RPG, while the latter is a super solid puzzle platformer!  After that, we dig into a couple of precision platformers, GRiPPY & Yolo Solo, each with their own unique take on climbing your way around from point A to point B.

Finally, Randall & Kevin keep the NES/Famicom train rolling from last week, and check out a couple more semi-obscure titles from Nintendo’s 8-bit era.  First, we dig into the run ‘n’ gun platformer Metal Storm from Irem—which has even seen a modern re-release from retro-bit that Randall scooped up, with a bunch of extra goodies!  After that, we briefly touch on Kabuki: Quantum Fighter from HAL Laboratories (yes, that HAL Laboratories?!?!?), before springboarding into yet another conversation about difficulty in retro games, versus the modern indie games that might give some of us all the ‘retro’ we need...

 

Timestamps:

Satryn  -  00:02:05

Cards With Personalities  -  00:08:50

I Demand Coffee  -  00:17:14

GRiPPY  -  00:19:14

Yolo Solo  -  00:25:31

Metal Storm  -  00:29:20

Kabuki: Quantum Fighter  -  00:40:02

---> Modern Difficulty vs. Retro Difficulty  -  00:43:19

 

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