If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. Unfortunately, the citizens of Yebestwearsunscreen didn’t heed my warning and instead chose to protect themselves with a diamond!? But now the jewel has gone missing and your job in this charming platformer, is to get it back. The art style and character design is brilliant and reminds me of The Canyons from LBP, with a bit of Mnniska stirred in. The level flows nicely with fun gameplay and brilliant pacing and ends with a strange but entertaining boss battle… if you can even call it that? Lil_Morta_7′s upbeat original soundtrack is excellent and suits the level perfectly. This is definitely one to add to your queue.
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Aura: Visionless Dreaming is an ingenious puzzle-platformer come point-and-click adventure by L1GhTmArE. You control Aura – a glowing orb of blue energy – as he helps visionless Niiya through underground caverns filled with old machinery and deadly drops. You guide Niiya by laying down a variety of waypoints, each with a separate command (run, jump, grab and throw). Although a little daunting at first, the controls are very intuitive and easy to pick-up. Niiya can be stubborn at times though and I ran into a couple of instances where she would refuse to do as she was told, but these bugs were rare and in no way detracted from what was an otherwise amazing level, both visually and technically.
Media Molecule today announced the winners in the 2011 Sackie Awards. Since voting closed at the end of February, the studio itself has picked-up two BAFTA Video Game Awards. Picking up the gong for Game Innovation, Mm co-founder Mark Healey thanked the LittleBigPlanet community saying, “they are the real innovators”. The Sackies are a celebration of that innovation – the talent, creativity and ingenuity the community continues to demonstrate year after year.
Back in the days when GAME was still a viable business, the PS Vita was still a small dot on the horizon and videogame endings where decided by the developer, not by whingeing fans, we set the LittleBigPlanet community a challenge. The task for Contraption Challenge 15 was to build a vehicle capable to traversing rugged terrain. The catch? It can’t have wheels.
Sackboy’s paying a visit to Happy Town but little does he know that before the day’s out he’ll be called upon to save the entire village and all of it’s inhabitants. “It rains what it rains” is a great-looking platformer with a cute storyline told by two beautifully simple characters: Purple and Red. Tonight is the night of the meteor shower but what should be an amazing sight soon turns to terror. The clever, bounce pad-based platforming climaxes with a mini-game which, although a little frustrating at times, is great fun to play. A nice touch that I particularly enjoyed in the finale was that instead of simply failing the level, the creator presents an alternate ending to the story if your shooting skills aren’t up to snuff.
Oh noes! LittleBigPlanet has been destroyed by H4H and P4Pers and the only hope to return the creativity to Craftword, is you! Make your way through this beautifully finished world to the old observatory and unleash the creative energy held within. Ebbing Creativity is a platformer with a great variety of fun gameplay and its bright, bold colours make it a joy to look at, as well as play.
For the past few weeks you, The Sackademy, have been nominating your favourite levels and Creators for the 2011 Sackademy Awards. The nominations have been counted and Media Molecule today announced the final lists of nominees. Now it’s time to head back to LBP.me and cast your final votes.
In this platformer you’ll need to hone your precision jump and grabbing skills* if you’re going to make it to a respectable position on the leaderboard. It reminds me a lot of Tower of Whoop in the amount of replayability that comes from wanting to get that perfect run. I found myself restarting over and over again after the smallest mistake just to shave those precious few seconds off my time. And I love the look – the wooden aesthetic, although minimalistic, manages to look interesting and stay consistent.