Thursday, 13 February 2014

February 2014 Meeting

Just a friendly reminder that this Sunday the 16th of February, 2014, MACE will be meeting at the usual place, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Rd, Moorabin
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Terry Cavanagh's hit, and Jeff Minter makes a comeback

Some may be familiar with Terry Cavanagh's work. He's an independent game developer who has made a habit of knocking out addictive, retro-themed games for Flash, Android, and iOS in recent years. I immediately became a fan after coming across one of his early games, Don't Look Back, which is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Euradyce.
We here at MACE HQ are pleased to report that Terry has a mobile hit on his hands currently, in the form of Super Hexagon, and that he is finally starting to be paid back for his many years of creative, interesting retro games!
Super Hexagon is an "avoid 'em up" game, which genre includes previous hits online such as Canabalt and Flappy Bird. In Superhexagon though, instead of the obstacles being strewn across a scrolling 2-d landscape, they confront the player in an ever-expanding , "zooming" play-scape that resembles the game Tempest, if anything. See the video below. We note with some amusement that comments on this video and various other discussions online make requests for the games music as downloadable MP3. It doesn't sound like anything our good old ST's couldn't belt out!

Speaking of Tempest and retro-style gaming successes, Jeff Minter, another faithful proponent of gameplay over modern graphics, and of keeping the retro roots of computer gameplay, graphics, and sound relevant today is also having some success with his Tempest 2000 remake, TxK.
Sony is publishing the game for it's handheld PS Vita console this month. Source.
Gameplay of Txk is shown below!