Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Games You Missed: Blue Lacuna, Spelunky

I want to advertise two independent games I've been playing recently.
> cry
You feel only the mounting dread of impending loss. The loss itself is not yet real.
Blue Lacuna, by Aaron A. Reed, is the deepest and broadest piece of interactive fiction I've played. Granted, it's not a community I keep up on (regrettably), but I enjoy it more than Jigsaw and Galatea which were my two favorites. There is a prequel, Blueful, which is a bit too pretentious for me.

Spelunky (which really needs a better homepage at this point) is a roguelike platformer. By this I don't just mean the levels are randomly generated (although they are) but that it's difficult but rewarding, its interactions are multifaceted, it's short, and it's score-focused. It is also best played on a gamepad. It's by Derek Yu, who is one of the co-authors of Aquaria.

1 comment:

Karl said...

Man, this is reminding me that I need to play Violet someday. Someday after I'm out of grad school, so the wincing is at the past.

Blueful does look pretty pretentious, but I sure like following links.