Mechanical platformers with abstract, lonesome aesthetics stubbornly remain all the rage among indie developers (a strangely-specific 'rage', I know). But there's something subtly nostalgic, almost Knytt-like about DOLLY, a visually-striking game that seems to take place inside a woman's head.
It's the art I love most: The gentle smokelike color washes the suggestion of terrain against an ever-present salmon sun, blood-colored flecks. It makes a lovely backdrop for the meditative act of keyboard platforming, if you're into that kind of thing (and if you get stuck early on, note that you can use the spacebar to double-jump).
DOLLY is by Blake M. Wood, and is among many first-year games from Auckland, New Zealand's Media Design School. We found out about it via the always-useful Warp Door.
The Offworld Collection, presenting the very best features and essays from Offworld, is finally available to buy directly from Campo Santo for $40. I had the pleasure of designing and illustrating this splendid 250-page hardcover volume, but it’s the excellent writing, edited by Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson, that makes it an essential buy. You […]
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.
Does your gaming setup need an upgrade? No need to wait for Christmas. We’ve rounded up the latest tech accessories for your favorite video game platforms. All of them are already sale priced, but you can knock an additional 15% off the final price for Memorial Day by using the online code WEEKEND15. Audeze Mobius […]
Raspberry Pi is one of the world’s most versatile open-source computers. Alexa is a home automation hub with limitless potential. Together, they’re a dream team for ambitious makers, opening the door to everything from automatic lights to voice-controlled robots. Learning Raspberry Pi is meant to be relatively easy for newbies, but its applications with Alexa […]
Heads up: The clock is winding down on a free-entry contest to win not only one of the best smartphones on the market but a handy pair of earbuds. A simple sign-up is all you need to be eligible to win a 256 GB iPhone XS Max, along with AirPods. And while “free” is tough […]