The Ultimate Celebration


(8 votes) *Average rating will show after 20 votes
| Comments (3) | Views (684)

The Ultimate Celebration

JeremyThe best games are ones that make you believe you are a part of one story, while another story plays out quietly behind the scenes. In The Ultimate Celebration, a poignant indie platformer from Brian Soulliard, you play a jolly little Party Dude who's only desire is to throw a party for all 20 of his friends. In the real world, you would just call them up on their cell phones and invite them, but where's the fun in that?!

The Ultimate CelebrationPress the [arrow] keys to make Party Dude jump and run around this beautifully designed pixelated world. Be sure to dodge the bees, bears, and piranhas that couldn't care less about your party plans, and make good use of the jumper platforms, which can be really fun to get lost on, jumping up and up seemingly forever, a la Sonic the Hedgehog. Likewise, there are water currents that will send you in any direction in the blink of an eye. There are tons of other obstacles, none of which are fatal, and the worst they will do is push you out of the way, a nice little innovation to the fall and die trope of most platformers.

The 8-bit retro graphics are charming, as are the different locales — from castles in the sky to laboratories full of bees. But what makes this game really stand out is the story that plays behind the scenes, on the edges of your awareness. The music, a pitch-perfect score by the talented Filippo Beck Peccoz changes note for note with the background scenery. But don't think this is just some artsy concept game. Story or no story, this is a genuine platformer with lots of well-placed challenges that will having you coming back for more, if only to beat your pathetically low previous score, of which you can be assured you will have. Also, speed freaks will be happy to know that the game was designed specifically for speed running.

Intrepid Jigsters will now be cracking their knuckles, ready to fire off a flaming screed in the comments saying that this game is a blatant rip-off of Tanaka's Friendly Adventure, a game we featured back in 2009. But you would be wrong! While the opening premise of the game — finding friends for a party — is the same. The ending, set-up, and themes are like night and day.

Not everyone will be wowed by the ending. In fact, the most likely response for most the first time around will be, "Huh? What just happened?", but this is a game that, like a good movie, gets better with each play through, even if it's just in the inner reaches of your own mind.

WindowsWindows:
Download the free full version

Mac OS XMac OS X:
Not available.
Try Boot Camp or Parallels or CrossOver Games.

3 Comments

It took me several tries but I finally beat it. Really amazing game, and free, and everyone should experience it.

Reply
digitaldessertgames May 10, 2012 9:12 PM

To be honest, I wasn't sure if anyone would ever have the dedication to find all 20 friends. A few people have by now, and it makes me happy to know that people like my game enough to dedicate their time to it. Congrats on the accomplishment!

Reply

^ Scroll Up | Homepage >

Leave a comment [top of page]

    Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • PLEASE UNDERSTAND SITE POLICIES BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
2,730 Views
0 Comments
Nambers> Dora To win this sleek little puzzle game, just match the grid up top to the one on the bottom by linking and adjusting the values of different cells. It sounds easy, but with limited moves, it's trickier than you think. Also free for Android!  ...
2,146 Views
1 Comment
Guns, Gore, and Cannoli> Tricky In this action-packed indie game, you're just a a schmuck with a gun whose dreams of making it big are derailed by a little thing called the zombie apocalypse. Blast your way through this quirky, gory shooter!  ...
1,811 Views
0 Comments
WonderCat Adventures> Lori.h WonderCat must make it through the alien's mines to find his partner and escape the plant they crashed on. This mobile game will have you testing your reflexes and doing your hardest to spot the false trails before you find yourself on the path to destruction. There are also 5 different bosses which have you trying to keep away and grab missiles as you go. So things stay challenging right until the end in this action-packed mobile game.  ...
3,458 Views
0 Comments
The Hollow> Lori.h After losing his Wife to illness the Huntsman's daughter has gone off into the forbidden woods filled with tricksters as well as The Hollow Queen. Now the Huntsman must venture in himself and face the unknown to find what took his daughter in this free indie visual novel.  ...

Recent Comments

 

Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Casual game of the week

Phantasmat: The Dread of Oakville

Your Favorite Games edit

add
Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Monthly Archives

Legal notice

All games mentioned or hosted and images appearing on JayIsGames are Copyright their respective owner(s).

All other content is Copyright ©2003-2015 JayIsGames.com. All Rights Reserved.


Visit our great partner: maxcdn!