The Vault №135
What's a pirate's favorite kind of onion? Arr, chives! And the pirates in our audience should be quite very happy, since featuring quality games from the JayIsGames archives is what we here at The Vault do best. This week, we've got first-person omniscience, snarky lab guys, and multiplying plumbers, just waiting to test your gaming mettle!
- Doodle God - We shouldn't have been surprised Avalon Alliance found such success with Doodle God, their 2010 puzzle game release. After all, it combines the power of playing God, with the visceral joy of smashing things together to make something new. With simple gameplay and clever waves of humor throughout, players instantly knew that Doodle God was something special. By the end, the experience does get a little trial-and-error, but all those trials and errors never stop being fun. Doodle God provides a glorious set of building blocks, and leaves players happily making ALL the things!
- Epsilon - The release of 2008's Epsilon, developed by Dissolute Productions, was originally intended to coincide with that of Portal, the mega-hit from Valve. It's just as well that Epsilon was delayed, however, as though its inspirations are apparent, the game needs no comparison to be recognized as the polished physics work that it is. Yes, there are portals. However, there are also time-freezers, time-reversers and gravity manipulators. That makes all the difference, my friend, and the end result is very shiny, very science-y and a joy to play.
- Enough Plumbers - Usually getting ten extra lives is a good thing. When all those lives are on-screen at the same time, though, it can get pretty complicated. Enough Plumbers, by Glen Forrester and Arthur Lee, is the best kind of retro-style platformer. Its aesthetic isn't there merely to appeal to nostalgia, but to complement the old-school philosophy of its gameplay design: simple central mechanics combining in creative and logical ways. Many games succeed in aping the 8-bit Nintendo look, without nailing down the feel. Enough Plumbers is the exception. Could someone on the HAL Laboratory design team have found inspiration in Enough Plumbers, when putting together the quite-similar and also quite-awesome Kirby Mass Attack? Probably not, but man, no one would have been surprised.
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