Pursuing Pixels
095: Cancel That Ghost

095: Cancel That Ghost

March 29, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  First things first, you're probably going to hear a little bit of crackling in the background this week (particularly in the back half of the episode), due to a janky mic cable that has since been replaced.  That said, let's get to the video games!

Kevin's been spending some more time hanging out in the SELF discord, also known as 'the bugcord,' and couldn't wait to check out the game's first patch, featuring some seriously challenging new levels!  And thanks to the bugcord community, he also discovered the lovely little platformer, Clockwatch, from Aplove Studio.

Randall has been diving head first into his collection of homebrew retro cartridges lately, and this week he takes some time to highlight Tanzer, another modern Sega Genesis/Mega Drive release from Mega Cat Studios.  Bouncing off of that, Kevin quickly highlights Magnet Man Adventures from Ohsat Games, who is another indie developer that plays around in the retro Sega realm.

John is digging deeper & deeper into Stardew Valley and getting into some of the endgame activities, as he continues to be blown away by the ongoing efforts of ConcernedApe.

We wrap things up with a little more Wild Guns talk, which Randall & Kevin had a chance to stream earlier in the week...and made it all the way to the final boss—John even hopped in on the call and hung out with us for a bit!  Kevin also debates streaming some Aztec Ride: Quetzalcoatl in the future, after getting totally hooked on it before recording the episode tonight.

 

Timestamps:

SELF (update patch #1)  -  00:02:05

Clockwatch  -  00:06:52

Tanzer  -  00:09:57

Magnet Man Adventures  -  00:18:18

Stardew Valley (endgame?)  -  00:21:36

Wild Guns  -  00:30:27

Aztec Ride: Queztalcoatl  -  00:34:28

 

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094: Vampire-Angel Hybrids

094: Vampire-Angel Hybrids

March 22, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We've got the trio back together again this week with games of ALL shapes & sizes, so let's get started...

Randall kicks things off with a couple of games that he's been going back to now that we can (sort of) see a light at the end of the COVID tunnel.  First, he dips back into Breath of the Wild and finally takes a stab at Eventide Island in earnest and is able to overcome the challenge!  After that, he's onto the never-ending gloominess of The Last of Us 2 and will continue to chip away on that one in the background.

From AAA to the tiniest of indies, Kevin is on his usual bullshit and takes a little time to highlight a few smaller games he's stumbled upon recently.  Our buddy Lewmoth teamed up with a couple of indie devs, Frogrammer & HumanIsRed, for the game Hinoken, an entry to Wowie Jam 3.0.  And thanks to some fanart done by HumanIsRed, Kevin discovered the solo dev, Kultisti, and highlights a couple of their hyper-stylish game jam entries, Rusty Wind Blows & Roborazzi.

John's wife Lauren was assigned a game to 'play' for an art class she's been taking, Black Room from Cassie McQuater, so we decided to take a look at it ourselves.  It's an incredibly unique & personal experience that is definitely worth a look!

Finally, in true Pursuing Pixels fashion, we wrap things up with a little basketball talk, as we all recently snagged NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 on Nintendo Switch for super cheap!  We're ripping open packs with high hopes that our favorite players will be inside, and really enjoying the N64-era nostalgia.

 

Timestamps:

TLoZ: BotW (Eventide Island)  -  00:01:56

The Last of Us 2  -  00:08:51

Hinoken  -  00:10:57

Rusty Wind Blows  -  00:13:58

Roborazzi  -  00:16:22

Black Room  -  00:19:48

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2  -  00:29:55

 

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093: Let’s Do Away With the Concept of Lives

093: Let’s Do Away With the Concept of Lives

March 14, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  You're stuck with just Kevin & Randall this week, which means we're going to be veering a little further off the beaten path and into some more niche territory than normal, so buckle up!

We kick things off with the latest release (and collaboration) between a couple of our favorite indie devs, mmatt_ugh & dev_dwarf, with Connor Grail cranking out some killer tunes, as always.  They recently put out their precision platformer SELF, and we are both in love with this little game—they're planning on expanding this project into a full release too, so stay tuned for more?!?

Kevin gives a quick shoutout to a lesser-known fantasy console, the TIC-80, after playing the Fetch Quest on the platform, yet another little precision platformer that we feel in love with.  Randall's also still plugging away at Paprium, and having an easier go at things after Analogue pushed out an update for the Mega Sg to support this recently released Sega Genesis beat 'em up!

From there, we head on over to the actual retro realm and discuss some Fire ' n Ice, which was, far and away, the highlight of the recently added games to the Nintendo Switch Online service.  We also have our Japanese eshop accounts set up in order for us to check out the Famicom releases overseas, and we got totally sucked into Konami's Ping Pong.

Finally, we close things out with some Xbox Game Pass indie highlights, CartoStar Renegades, and also discuss our desires to check out The Falconeer, and finally dig into Sea of Thieves.

 

Timestamps:

SELF  -  00:01:55

Fetch Quest  -  00:12:32

Paprium  -  00:17:22

Fire 'n Ice  -  00:20:07

Konami's Ping Pong  -  00:31:08

Xbox Game Pass Round Up  -  00:41:55

---> Carto  -  00:43:06

---> Falconeer  -  00:48:02

---> Sea of Thieves  -  00:48:50

---> Star Renegades  -  00:49:41

 

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092: Do You Wish Ice Climber Was a Good Game?

092: Do You Wish Ice Climber Was a Good Game?

March 8, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We've got a whole bunch of gaming goodness to discuss this week, so let's get right into it!

John's kicks us off with his thoughts on Downwell, which he's been digging deeper into after it came up on the podcast a few weeks back—it's all about that 'boulder mode' baby!  And while John makes his way down the well, Kevin tries to keep it from spilling over in Overflow, a game jam entry from indie dev, shmoozey.

From there, Kevin & John discuss a couple of bite-sized Minit-inspired games.  SURGE was an entry to Mini Jam 73 from Reeds and Steps is yet another gem on the PICO-8 platform from Amidos.

Randall's firing up his Analogue Nt Mini Noir again for another modern-day NES game from Morphcat games, Micro Mages.  It's absolutely mind-boggling that they could cram this entire game onto a 40kb cartridge, which you know Randall got his hands on!

And finally, since PICO-8 already came up, you know we're gonna spend a little more time highlighting a couple of our current favorites on the fantasy console.  First we talk about the fantastic arcade puzzler, Mai-Chan's Sweet Buns, from the developer of High Stakes, Krystman.  And we wrap things up with Alpine Alpaca, a deckbuilding skiing strategy game from Johan Peitz, who also just put out the incredible picoCAD.

 

Timestamps:

Downwell  -  00:00:54

Overflow  -  00:03:52

SURGE  -  00:05:39

Steps  -  00:09:57

Micro Mages  -  00:13:08

Mai-Chan's Sweet Buns  -  00:24:05

Alpine Alpaca  -  00:29:40

 

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091: Cowboys Have a Pretty Good Track Record

091: Cowboys Have a Pretty Good Track Record

March 1, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We kick off the episode this week with a brief discussion about the most recent Nintendo Direct, which gave us some news & updates on first-party Switch titles for the first time in quite a while.

From there, Randall fills us in on the latest beat 'em up on Genesis/Mega Drive, Paprium, from WM's Magical Game Factory.  This game sounds absolutely insane, and Randall's also got the details on The GRANDSTICK III, the custom arcade sticks that were bundled with the game.

Kevin's been playing a bunch of the SNES version of Wild Guns online with his brother recently, so he and Randall finally take a little time to highlight the souped-up 'remake' that came out back in 2016, Wild Guns: Reloaded.  You really can't go wrong with either version here!

John closes us out with some Stardew Valley talk, as he's been diving into the 1.5 update which was recently released on consoles.  He's got the rest of us itching to either get back to, or start up, our farms—and possibly explore the latest additions to this lovely, handcrafted world online together...

 

Timestamps:

Nintendo Direct  -  00:02:22

---> TLoZ: Skyward Sword  -  00:03:26

---> Mario Golf  -  00:08:01

---> Project Triangle Strategy  -  00:12:03

Paprium  -  00:20:19

Wild Guns: Reloaded  -  00:31:01

Stardew Valley (1.5 update)  -  00:38:50

 

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