Jumpman: Platformer, Andrew McClure, Mac/Windows – LINK
Tester Phase One: Shooter, Isshiki, Windows – LINK
Where is My Heart: Windows/Mac, Platformer, Bernie Schulenburg – LINK
24 Responses to “02/23/2009: Heartfelt Spaceship Jumping”
Woohoo back to the roof action! Is this here to stay then?
I’ve voted for Jumpman – having played the games it references, it was a delight to experience them all smushed together in a modern context. A very refreshing game!
Hey, great show, is it bad that I played all of those previously this week XD? Anyway, I voted for jumpman cause it takes a very original concept and adds some neat new ideas like physics and the way it handles the graphics . Check out my blog for some interviews and reviews of some more classic and well known indies!
My vote goes to Jumpman on this one. Loved the Super Monkey Ball-style twisting and also, he jumps. Epic win. I would have voted for Where Is My Heart for the emotional message it gives off (I like emotions, they make me feel) , it was just too glitchy and confusing. And even though I haven’t played it, I’ve played Tester Phase One a billion times.
Also, I’m glad to hear that there’s going to be one episode a week again, although I am sad that I will have nothing to do on Monday’s. Also, how will you do the new games and the old results in the same episode? It is these questions which make me think. About global warming and the creator of humanity.
And yeah, sorry this has gone on so long, but I just have to say this: why review Evasive Space if you’re going to review a WiiWare game? It’s rubbish! It’ll just give off a bad message about it, since there are good games if you look, admittedly not in the last few weeks though. But Onslaught’s out today in America! (*sigh* when will I ever shut up?)
Nice to hear you’re going back to the old format. I liked the longer once a week episodes better.
@Mopsical – With console stuff you’re always going to see us reviewing something new. The whole point is to let people know whether something is worth their money or not, and doing that with a game that’s been around forever doesn’t make much sense.
That said, we couldn’t get Onslaught in under the wire this week, but you’ll see it on the show next week.
As far as the format changes, I’ll guess we’ll see how we’re tackling them next week (since I honestly don’t have much of an idea yet). It will, as always, evolve as we go.
*sigh* OK, then. I’m just saying that you’re not giving a whole lot of love to WiiWare. Well, it isn’t giving a lot of love to itself. And yes, I know you can’t cover Onslaught. I’m not stupid, I know you plan and film this on Sundays.
And are you giving Evasive Space a bad review? It’s just most reviewers already have. And if you can, review a PSN game next week, like Noby Noby Boy or Flower, You’re not giving that a whole lot of love either.
I hate it when I ask multiple questions at once. I shouldn’t really be doing that…
Does one episode a week mean more than three Indie games per episode?
PS: voted for “Jumpman” as “Where is My Heart?” wouldn’t play for me on XP x64
It’s all the exact same content as we give every week, just in one episode. So you’ll get results from the previous indie picks and then your next 3 for the following week. That way you all have lot’s more time to play them.
Jumpman all the way. Even though the idea of running and jumping and rotating managed to confuse me a few times, I liked it because it never got too difficult.
I REALLY wanted to like Where Is My Heart. It was very cute, but I thought that the presentation was just weird for weird’s sake. I almost thought I’d be playing Eversion for a second there.
Tester… not innovative. I agree with Mopsicle on that one.
Jumpman is sweet. I downloaded it last week. It took a little bit to get used to his sliding, but it was intriguing.
I’ll be downloading Where is my Heart to try it out, too.
step one (the roof) has been fulfilled. Now, for step 2…
Where is My Heart wont play for me, any advice?
Advice on starting Where is my heart on Windows:
1. Check the WhereIsMyHeart.bat file
In my case, the batch file extracted incorrectly. It should read as follows:
java -Djava.library.path=refs/native/win32 MyGame
2. Check Java
Make sure you have a recent version of the Java Runtime Environment installed. You can check at http://www.java.com
3. Check your Path variable (Advanced, do not attempt if you are unsure)
In Control Panel>System>Advanced>Environment Variables, In the System Variables section, find the Path variable, and make sure it includes the path to your Java installation. If it does not, edit the variable – add a ; to the end then add the path to java.exe (Current default is C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin) – DO NOT change or remove any paths already there, just add it to the end.
Another explanation of setting Path: http://people.cis.ksu.edu/~schmidt/300s05/setpath.html
Bias-o-Meter=2 – One of the games is a shmup and I dig shmups. The WIMH requires the java runtime package to play.
Where is My Heart is certainly an unusual game for platforming with. The fractured view in which to play for one makes for a real task of having to deduce your relative location in respect to the platforms, objects and things in the enviroment around you. Unless you’re pretty good at visualizing things, you might not do very well here. It is also noted, you need the newest Java Runtime because that is what the game is made in.
Tester Phase One is a good basic shmup. The use of the tool, the shield, makes for an increase in strategy as you work out the timing of where to protect yourself and at the same time learn to evade the enemies and fire paths which increase when you use said tool. Shooters of course get better but never forget where the roots of shmupping began.
Jumpman is a very fun platform game. Jumping off platforms, jumping on angles, jumping in kaleidoscopic modes, jumping in the dark, and more. And it isnt just because I found this game some time before it got into the Rapidfire and am still playing it since after reviewing it. This is a platform game that takes the basics and works them to a whole new set of levels.
Go Anthony! Say it with me! Shmup shmup shmup shmup!
Glad to hear about both the longer episodes and see you guys on the roof but… I believe we were promised roof and underwear time combined =p
(and dont go saying you were wearing underwear as well as clothes, thats cheating!)
@GirlFlash – That deal only worked if everyone gave us 50 comments in the iTunes store. Everyone didn’t quite get there but the effort was certainly appreciated so we went back up regardless . . . . . just fully clothed :)
The roof! It’s so hypnotizing……..
Great, I haven’t played any of these games, they look pretty fun!
I think you guys are featuring games too soon in their development cycle. Granted everyone’s playing them this early, but with where’s my heart you’re giving us an admittedly buggy game and pitting it against two games with a little more polish. Are you going to feature it again when it gets finished, give it a fair shake? Or Spelunky. It’s getting closer to version 1.0.
A suggestion, the voting and interaction are good, but do more to establish what the game is. Label them so that we take that into account when we vote. Suggestions:
Games like Where’s my Heart should be labeled “Watch out for this one!”
Games like xycle or Karoshi Factory or any “small” (or casual) games should be labeled “Short and Oh so Sweet.”
Games like iji or spelunky (when it’s finished) or “big” games that will consume you if you play it should be labeled “Future Classic.”
I don’t know. The idea here is that when people vote they’ll give a handicap to games if you tell them, essentially, “Don’t judge it for what it is, judge it for what it can be,” or “This one should really pull it’s weight before you vote for it.”
Am I expressing myself well here? I know the idea needs some development.
I’m guessing the answer to my last 2 questions is yes and no. I’ll shut up now.
I was wondering about the underwear too. Not that I wanted to see Anthony in his underwear. Just, you know, wondering about it.
I’m a little sad to hear about going back to one episode a week, but I’m glad at the same time. I like having good stuff to watch frequently (this season of Heroes is better than season 3, but it’s only once a week), but I feel bad when I get behind. I think having only one episode a week will help in making sure there is good content to present (I’m sure it’s hard to find all the content for two episodes a week). I’m sure there’s a lot of overhead for an extra episode, even if the same amount of content presented. So I’m thinking the one episode a week will be a good change. I sure hope so.
I voted for Jumpman. Of course, I probably would have voted for it on name alone. I mean, come on. It’s freakin’ Jumpman! Do you have any idea how many hours I spent playing Jumpman on my C64? No? Good, neither do I.
YAY! my suggestions have been heard!
This show is becoming indier all the time.
I really like the mesh of outdoor quality sound and indoor quality sound in-between the two parts. It makes a fantastic indie atmosphere.
Also roof = pro.
Basically, outside = pro.
@ theparticleman – You’d be surprised how much work it is to keep up 2 episodes a week. Although it’s been fun, it’ll be just as good going back to one. Thanks for the props.
@nitrocrate – We certainly love everyones input and are happy to go back to 1 day a week. Sometimes the fact that you all think we’re going more professional and less “indie” is actually a compliment cause if you had any clue how “indie” our setup is then you’d be truly proud, especially our “green screen.” Bytejacker is and continues to be a two man show!
Thanks for watching you guys, we hope to keep the show just as fun as it has been. Cheers!
hey have you peeps heard braid is coming to pc in a few weeks :)
I have been waiting for Braid’s PC debut for a while. Unfortunately just as it was happening I lost my job, so I probably won’t be buying it right away, which is a shame because it’s those first few day’s that matter most.
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