Games made in Puzzlescript have a uniquely-nostalgic feel, beyond the usual endeavor toward 'pixel art'. The Penanggalan resembles a little old Atari game, starring a "floating head and entrails time-traveling vampire."
The Penanggalan, by Rupix and Beavl, is fresh out of the weekend's Ludum Dare competition, the 32nd edition of the regular, themed high-speed game development event. This compo's theme is "An Unconventional Weapon," and the floating head can pull itself around increasingly-complex level spaces by its neck tendrils, disarming flying spikes along the way.
It's a moderately cerebral and not particularly unconventional route-and-block puzzle, but something about the aesthetic, its chunky whistles and bloops, or its intentionally-quaint, dramatic text-only intro drew me in til I found myself playing for a while. Playing with a tiny entrails-head vampire is a fine little palate cleanser for your workday afternoon -- free to play in your browser, simple to jump into.
Stay with Offworld for more little gems from Ludum Dare 32 -- our own Laura Hudson participated this past weekend for the first time!
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Zoya Street, curator of Critical Distance, offers slow reflections on the fast-paced world of digital play…
This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us reading on parenting via Tomb Raider, the utility of the word ‘gameplay’, and experiences from Nintendo ‘play counselors’ from the 1980s and 90s.
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