Pursuing Pixels
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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097: Quasi-Memorize These Games

097: Quasi-Memorize These Games

April 12, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  First things first, if you happen to notice John sounding a little different this week, his computer decided to record the audio from the mic built into the laptop—but we’ll just pretend he needed to keep his distance from his latest trek into the ‘Souls’ franchise, with Dark Souls III.  With that note out of the way, let’s get on with the show…

Kevin kicks things off this week with a spotlight on Lonely People Potion Shop, yet another incredibly stylish game from one of our favorite indie devs, Kultisiti—this game was also included in the recently released Care Package Bundle on itchio, along with six other ‘wholesome’ games for $7!?!  And while we’re on the subject, Kevin takes a little more time to highlight a few of his other favorite discoveries from Kultisti.

From there, Randall & Kevin roll into a couple of obscure NES/Famicom platformers that were released late in the console’s lifecycle, Little Samson & (Mr.) Gimmick!, both of which are essentially out of reach in the cartridge collecting world due to obscurity.  You really need to check out these forgotten ‘classics,’ if you can!

 

Timestamps:

Care Package Bundle  -  00:02:00

-----> Lonely People Potion Shop  -  00:04:57

Don’t Eat My Mind You Stupid Monsters!  -  00:09:40

Little Samson  -  00:13:45

(Mr.) Gimmick!  -  00:27:03

The Adventures of Cookie & Cream  -  00:40:10

Dark Souls III  -  00:41:42

  -  00:55:30

OOO  -  00:58:00

 

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096: You Have to Spend Candy to Make Candy

096: You Have to Spend Candy to Make Candy

April 5, 2021

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We've got all sorts of video game goodness coming your way this week, so let's start the show...

John gets us started with his first impressions on Apex Legends after spending an entire evening syncing up with DJ, with only a small break for dinner.  Kevin also recaps one of his most recent streams, after getting completely hooked on Spinch, a super trippy 2D precision platformer.

From there, Randall sticks around in the platforming realm and talks about Doodle World, a recently released homebrew NES title designed by Nate Peters and his daughter!  Kevin checks out a homebrew title as well, with Tobu Tobu Girl Deluxe on the Game Boy Color—a frantic action arcade game with an octo-directional triple dash!

John's been looking for an RPG on the PICO-8, so he and Kevin decided to take a look at The Lost Night, which is an incredibly impressive & ambitious title on the retro-inspired fantasy console!  We also give a shoutout to a couple other games from the same developer.

Finally, we wrap things up with a couple of 'winners' from Lonebot, You Are Now Possessed & What Goes Up—two incredibly clever puzzle games that each took first-place in the 'overall' category of their respective GMTK Game Jams.

 

Timestamps:

Apex Legends  -  00:01:44

Spinch  -  00:06:40

Doodle World  -  00:10:00

Mr. Rescue  -  00:15:13

Tobu Tobu Girl Deluxe  -  00:15:42

The Lost Night  -  00:19:27

Virush  -  00:26:12

Pullfrog  -  00:26:41

You Are Now Possessed  -  00:29:36

What Goes Up  -  00:31:52

 

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