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Knytt Stories

Posted in Adventure by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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Yes, Nifflas has done it again, the author of Within a Deep Forest and Knytt has just released a new game, Knytt Stories and boy, is it ever a game and a half.

Firstly the game seems muddier than the original – a bit slower, then the reason becomes clear. As opposed to Knytt, with its hero who could just climb walls, no questions asked, this version is about a girl (well, the default level is) and she can’t climb walls, or jump high or run… until she collects the required powerup.

The story of Knytt Stories is that a horrible machine somewhere is sucking the life out of the once beautiful home land of these creatures. Somehow, the girl character has to shut it off and restore beauty to the gloomy, overridden land. Such a task is not a simple one and it will take patience, diligence, a keen eye and a whole lot of exploring to accomplish.

Clocking in at around two or three hours, the game itself does not last an overly long time, but the thing is, it doesn’t need to. Included with the game is a massively customizable level editor which gives you free reign over every aspect of a level you can create. The size of it, the look of it, the music and ambient sounds are all changeable and manageable to just how you see fit. Then, of course, share your levels with the world. Some are available already from Nifflas’ official site.

For dial-up users, yes, it’s a pretty hefty download, but what you get is a completely immersive world in which you are the controller. The game has literally boundless capabilities and levels will no doubt continue to be made for a long time by the communities around, which extends the game play immeasurably. For the rest of us who can download it in a snap – don’t hesitate to do so, for exactly the same reasons as posted above. Knytt Stories is a fantastic game and is not one to hesitate downloading.

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Cave Story

Posted in Adventure by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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Cave Story

Cave Story is an superb game that mixes elements of platform, shoot ‘em up, adventure and rpg all into a classy little package. The storyline is a little bit hard to decipher at first but it seems that you are on a quest to find someone. The game involves jumping from platform to platform, shooting enemies, leveling up, solving problems and talking to various characters.

At first glance the graphics look blocky but after a little adjustment, they actually seem very classy in a retro type way. The backgrounds, foregrounds, enemies and general animation are simple and yet really quite impressive at the same time. This almost feels like an ‘enhanced’ Commodore 64 game. The soundtrack is nothing short of excellent – it also harks back to retro times when games weren’t expected to have complex music to impress people. Just good, solid and very listenable tunes to suit the game play.

The game play is what really makes the game shine. All of the games’ elements are melded together beautifully and it flows very smoothly. It is one of those games that gets you so involved that you almost forget where you are in the process. The platform element of the game is what seems to dominate, followed closely by the shoot ‘em up and adventure elements with the rpg elements trailing a little way behind. They all work perfectly. There are sections that play in a fast and furious fashion, which in turn work perfectly with the fact that every time you rise a level, you gain a more powerful weapon. Then there are sections of the game that are slow and contain adventure elements, which work perfectly with all the platform elements of the game.

It has been a while since I have played a game that feels this polished, while retaining a retro feel and I can’t recommend this game enough. Thumbs up.

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