Pursuing Pixels
063 - The Wizard’s Butt is Very Well-Defined

063 - The Wizard’s Butt is Very Well-Defined

July 27, 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We've finally got the usually trifecta back together, just in time to get into our most recent online session with Risk of Rain 2.  Before we get into that though, Randall follows up with his thoughts on Bot Vice after Kevin's high praise last week.

The GMTK Game Jam 2020 wrapped up this weekend and Kevin checked out a small sampling of the whopping 5,000+ submissions.  Rotational Shift & Pongeon are a pair of single-screen arcade games; You Are Now Possessed & Pink River earned the #1 & #3 spots, respectively, on the overall charts.

John is exploring an alien ocean and cataloguing his discoveries with In Other Waters; a gorgeous, entirely UI-based, narrative adventure.  Randall wraps things up with a retro deep cut, The Immortal, an NES title none of us were familiar with prior to its recent addition to the Nintendo Switch Online service.

 

Discussed:

Bot Vice  -  00:01:17

Risk of Rain 2  -  00:08:05

GMTK Game Jam 2020  -  00:19:50

----->  Rotational Shift  -  00:20:55

----->  Pongeon  -  00:22:34

----->  You Are Now Possessed  -  00:24:28

----->  Pink River  -  00:26:14

In Other Waters  -  00:29:56

The Immortal (NES on Switch)  -  00:37:29

 

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062 - I Was Definitely Getting it Handed to Me

062 - I Was Definitely Getting it Handed to Me

July 20, 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  You're stuck with Randall and Kevin again this week.  We kick things off with a quick Animal Crossing correction after a scolding from John in our Discord chat.

Kevin's still poking around on itch.io and stumbles across a couple of gems from developer, rxiSCANLINE is a roguelike run 'n' gun & Shuriken is a Game Boy-inspired mini metroidvania—both developed during game jams.

Randall & Kevin check out Dogurai from HungryBear, another Game Boy-inspired platformer.  This one is of the hack 'n' slash variety, and was also included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice & Equality.

Randall 'smoothly' transitions into The Last of Us: Part II from there.  He's still not entirely gripped by the game's narrative, but there are some new gameplay twists that are keeping him involved, and coming back for more!

Kevin closes things out with a couple of titles from DYA Games that he's been playing on Nintendo Switch.  Super Star Path is an arcade shoot 'em up mixed with a match three puzzler, and Bot Vice is a gallery shooter akin to Wild Guns that, like its inspirations, doesn't shy away from a healthy challenge.

 

Discussed:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (*quick correction*)  -  00:00:55

rxi  -  00:04:06

----->  SCANLINE  -  00:04:17

----->  Shuriken  -  00:09:08

Dogurai  -  00:12:39

The Last of Us: Part II  -  00:20:29

DYA Games  -  00:28:58

----->  Super Star Force  -  00:29:17

----->  Bot Vice  -  00:36:09

 

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061 - What is this, ‘Guess Who?’

061 - What is this, ‘Guess Who?’

July 13, 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We're a duo once again, with Randall tagging in for John this week.  Kevin wastes no time before correcting his failure to mention BREAKER from Daniel Linssen last week, yet another game included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice & Equality.  Randall literally dips his toes into the latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons update, which introduces swimming into the mix.  He also finally gets into some Risk of Rain 2 after our incessant begging—and a massive new update that has the game running fantastic on Nintendo Switch!

Kevin talks about a few games from Matt Glanville, starting off with a couple of games that just came out on Switch.  Singled Out seems to be 'Guess Who?' in video game form...with a sniper rifle.  Ghost Grab 3000 is an insanely addictive arcade experience (with a grappling hook!?!) that is beyond difficult to put down.  And the same goes for Switch 'N' Shoot, a single-button shmup where 'one more run' never means 'one more run.'  All three games are available for Nintendo Switch and will only set you back $5 each!

Randall's been sinking most of his time into The Last of Us: Part II, which he's been enjoying on the whole, in spite of some hiccups in the story line along the way.  There's no need to worry about *spoilers* either, as Randall primarily highlights his main interest in the series...the gameplay.

Kevin wraps up the episode with a couple of bullet hell shooters form the itch.io bundle that he teased on least week's episode—Task Force Kampas & Risk System.  The former being a single credit, arcade experience, while the latter is a story-driven, 32-bit pixel art extravaganza; each one baking the concept of risk/reward straight into their core.

 

Discussed:

BREAKER  -  00:01:25

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (update)  -  00:04:02

Risk of Rain 2 (update)  - 00:08:01

Matt Glanville  -  00:14:03

----->  Singled Out  -  00:14:19

----->  Ghost Grab 3000  -  00:15:22

----->  Switch 'N' Shoot  -  00:19:41

The Last of Us: Part II  -  00:23:00

Task Force Kampas  -  00:30:58

Risk System  -  00:34:54

 

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060 - No Chaperones

060 - No Chaperones

July 6, 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  John & Kevin warm up the mics by talking about their resolution games from our 2019 holiday episode.  John is actually digging into Transistor from Supergiant Games, while Kevin can't believe that Undertale is not available on Xbox One.

Kevin is still poking around on itch.io and stumbles across a unique developer named Daniel Linssen.  There's a fast-paced puzzler called Adrena-Line, along with a couple of unique 2D platformers—Outline & Birdsong.

John wraps us up by scratching the Final Fantasy Tactics itch with a new game on Switch, Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark.  We springboard into a conversation about visual juxtaposition & cohesiveness from there, before calling it a night.

 

Discussed:

Transistor  -  00:01:38

Undertale / Deltarune  -  00:05:55

Daniel Linssen  -  00:14:54

----->  Adrena-Line  -  00:15:19

----->  Outline  -  00:18:15

-----> Birdsong  -  00:20:05

Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark  -  00:24:02

-----> Visual Juxtaposition & Coherence  -  00:37:00

 

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