August 31st, 2009
Best of the Net
Holy crap this month was a prolific time for all of you rapid prototypers! Together you guys made a whopping 29 games, with some deciding to make multiple titles. I’ve compiled a list of everyone’s games here, but do tell me if I missed anyone’s!
Eat EO, by Gaming Dew
Eat goos to grow bigger, don’t let them eat you. Retro but stylish game with nice scenery bubbles.
Also, food is included.
Arpeggi, by Zacqary Adam Green
The one pixel wonder scaled up to save your poor eyeballs. A sound and color based game controlled solely with your mouse.
Wire Race, by Will
Use your mouse to dodge oncoming obstacles in this minimalist 3-d rail-racer.
Moderation, by Mike Smith
A Robotron-esq shooter. Use WASD and the arrow keys or a 360 controller to shoot oncoming waves of block enemies.
Falken’s Maze, by dAlbergaria
Dalbergaria is an evil, evil man. Navigate Falken’s maze with the arrow keys, whilst avoiding deadly invisible walls…of death!
Squaretastic, by Sven Camrath
Match your square to the oncoming color waves, in this twitchy color game. A tense game for those hopped up on 4 shots of espresso.
Tunnel Vision, by Marauth
Fly as far as you can while keeping your ice ship’s temperature at bare minimum! The game is entirely played with the mouse. Reminds me a lot of those later levels of Star Fox.
Saloons of Death, by Man of Doom
Shoot ’em down, pixel cowboys. Deal mouse-only death in this 3-color shooter. A little western themed run n gun. Press f4 for fullscreen mode.
Nanok, Defender of the Earth, by Ben Wilhelm
Save the planet as Nanok the highly equipped bear! Bear minimum, indeed.
Bare Minimum, by Pablo Reda
Drop life-preservers on drowning sailors before the sharks get them – though for some reason they seem to fall underwater when this happens. Probably because you’re dropping them from a speeding plane.
Strip the Forest Bare, by J. Tremblay
And the bear/bare puns continue! Strip the forest as a lumberjack while avoiding dangerous bears.
Black and White, by Treeman
Create and flip blocks to help your black and white characters escape.
Mozart’s Musical Mayhem, by Tayron
Help Mozart match his synthesizer to the song.
Contrast Survival, by Bacioiu Ciprian
Survive as long as you can in this vectory 3D graveyard. WASD to move, and control to activate your shield.
Paintship, by Michael Pratt
Draw your ship, then do battle! A unique and challenging barrage space shooter where you control what the protagonist ship looks like. Check back for updates!
Bactoriam, by Amidos2006
Bactoriam king of Bacteria wants to prove to human that bacteria are not the minimum bare living organism and they are better than Viruses which the human afraid of them. A mouse-only game.
1D Pong, by Chris Pugh
A one-dimensional pong game, need I say more?
Super Score, by Jeston
Press a button, get a score. We’re all winners! Hard to get more minimal than this one, folks.
The Red Switch, by Matthew Elvey Price
The first game I’ve seen using the 2Dboy rapid prototyping framework. You control a rocket car helicopter submarine that has a single control, mapped to every button. Basically turns the rocket on. Spinning the front wheel powers the helicopter rotors.
Minput, by Vazor222
A one-click interactive movie made in 4 hours.
About Sound, by Pedro Teche
A sonar-esq moody and atmospheric experience. Use sound to find your targets. A very nice sound game.
Minima Bomber, by Mike Gnade
Keep your clothes on in this very fun pixel platformer. Deform the terrain with explosives, but be warned – too much damage will strip your character down to practically nothing. Someone was bound to go there eventually.
Just a Button, by Mathieu (iPhone)
And the first game for the iPhone is up, courtesy of Mathieu. The idea behind Just a Button is that pushing a button is the minimal action needed to do something in 95% of video games, so why not trying to make a game where this action is the only one available?
Screen Kill, by Ryan D.
Destroy everything on screen – I think. An Asteroids-ish game, with a springy control system.
Sphere of Influence, by Forrest Trepte
Place spheres strategically to beat out your opponent.
Moonhop, 1D Platformer, and Johnny the Bat, by Jozef “Bobo” Hudec
Three games for one theme seems to be going above and beyond the Bare Minimum Theme, but the games themselves definitely follow the theme. I’d recommend downloading the zip files.
Equip > Pants, by Zachary Johnson
Having perhaps the highest hilarious: number of pixels ratio, equip > pants follows the exploits of a pantless hero who must don pants.
Running Against the Clouds, by Zebreu
A short, soothing experience – until you’re met with the DEATH option.
No Quarter: V-Sides, by Alex Austin
Squeaking in just at the nick of time, is a small collection of Bare Minimum games by Mr. Bridge Builder, Alex Austin.
Congratulations to everyone that made a game this month! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with for next month’s theme – starting… TOMORROW!