This is the first part of several videos talking about jumping to go along with my second book. For this one, I talked about committed vs. free form jumping.
Owlboy is the very definition of the dedication that can come from the Indie space. The game was in development for about 10 years from D-Pad Studio. While the gameplay doesn’t fly as high as I would have liked, the story and animation do help to pick it up to some extent.
Metanet Software has been working on the N series for over a decade at this point. N combines skill-based platforming with the use of physics-guided momentum to test players on tricky platforming. N++ marks the first PC retail release. After speaking to Mare Sheppard earlier this year, I was excited to see how far they’ve taken their design.
Axiom Verge from Thomas Happ Games is another example of a developer going back to the days of the NES for inspiration and aesthetics. While it may look similar to the classic Metroid, Axiom Verge is a game all its own and gets really close to metroidvania greatness.