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Old 09-06-2008, 10:29 AM
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Default Owlboy: The world needs more games like this

I guess after writing that title, it is a little presumptuous, but whatever, maybe it got you in here. Kotaku ran a brief story about a new game coming to Xbox 360 (I can only presume XBLA) and PCs called Owlboy by a company called D-pad Studios. So far, there are only screenshots, but go and check them out, they look really amazing. It's all sprite work, but I really get a Wind Waker vibe from it (reminiscent of the open oceans, and the bird people in that game).

Actually, this is just depressing me that Nintendo doesn't make games for us anymore. But check out the link, and say what you think about Owlboy-- indie developers are what I live for these days.
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:46 AM
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Actually, this is just depressing me that Nintendo doesn't make games for us anymore. But check out the link, and say what you think about Owlboy-- indie developers are what I live for these days.
Yeah, what with Wario Land Shake being canceled due to lack of interest and all... let's get into all THAT again!
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:47 AM
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Looks like it wants to be Braid so bad. But otherwise yeah, looks neat. Best comment on there was that guy noticing that, despite being called "D-Pad studios", the company has made its game for the two worst places for using a D-Pad.
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:55 AM
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Yeah, what with Wario Land Shake being canceled due to lack of interest and all... let's get into all THAT again!
Alright, well, I understand that Nintendo is making choices that will get them the most profit, but it can still be depressing that their innovations on the old game genres will go to waste. But yeah, let's not get into that here. This topic is about Owlboy!

I don't necessarily see the justification for the comparisons to Braid. It does share a somewhat similar visual style (although, I would argue that that isn't even that similar-- it is clear spritework, not a painterly style, and the actual designs, setting, and even the font used for in-game text reminds me of Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass a lot more). As for gameplay, we don't really know anything about it, but it seems to be more platformer than puzzle.
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Old 09-06-2008, 12:02 PM
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Looks like it wants to be Braid so bad.
It doesn't look anything like Braid. Except that they're both in 2D, I guess.
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Old 09-06-2008, 12:04 PM
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Looks like a bright, colourful watercolourey hand-drawn sprite-using indie-developed 2D platformer on the XBLA to me.
But I don't expect it to play anything like Braid. It's just at the visuals-and-announcement stage they share similarities.
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Old 09-06-2008, 12:05 PM
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Looks more like a Nintendo DS or Game Boy Advance game to me, really. I'd give it a try, though.
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Old 09-06-2008, 02:18 PM
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Looks like it wants to be Braid so bad.
Not really.
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Old 09-06-2008, 02:25 PM
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Not really.
This. It doesn't really look painted at all, more like a typical GBA game graphics as well as the numerous HUD items make it not at all like braid.
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Old 09-06-2008, 02:45 PM
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typical GBA game graphics
Come on, these graphics are beautiful; they're practically the reason I made this thread.
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Old 09-06-2008, 02:50 PM
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Come on, these graphics are beautiful; they're practically the reason I made this thread.
Not necessarily a bad thing, you know.
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Old 09-06-2008, 03:06 PM
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Not necessarily a bad thing, you know.
Well, I'd say it looks better than your typical GBA game. Like all consoles, the GBA had good and bad looking games. Owlboy's graphics are damn nice spritework.

But anyway, your original point was that it doesn't look like a wannabe Braid, which I agree with wholeheartedly.
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Old 09-06-2008, 05:39 PM
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Looks awesome, but I really have no idea what the sentence "preserving the Owl's integrity" means.
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:17 PM
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Well, I'd say it looks better than your typical GBA game. Like all consoles, the GBA had good and bad looking games. Owlboy's graphics are damn nice spritework.

But anyway, your original point was that it doesn't look like a wannabe Braid, which I agree with wholeheartedly.
Yeah, I like how it looks. It's making me want Fez to come out though. I wished XBLA would release a decent 2D platformer on a regular basis but that's a pipe dream.
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:22 PM
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Actually, this is just depressing me that Nintendo doesn't make games for us anymore.
And when they do, no-one buys them. Mario Galaxy sold under expectations, as I think did Twilight Princess.
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:18 PM
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Looks awesome, but I really have no idea what the sentence "preserving the Owl's integrity" means.
Some of the in-game text is obviously in need of proofreading, too. D-Pad's development blog mentions locations that would place them in Singapore, though, so maybe English isn't their first language.
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:21 PM
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I love seeing lovely 2D platformers on modern home consoles buuuuuuut I don't have a 360. :'{

a DS port of this would be mighty fine
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:59 PM
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Some of the in-game text is obviously in need of proofreading, too. D-Pad's development blog mentions locations that would place them in Singapore, though, so maybe English isn't their first language.
I'm looking forward to the level where Owlboy is chased by riot police wielding bamboo canes for improperly disposing of his chewing gum.
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:06 PM
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I love seeing lovely 2D platformers on modern home consoles buuuuuuut I don't have a 360. :'{
I'm contemplating getting one just for the 2D platformers and other Live content.

And also the very pretty JRPGs that seem to be proliferating on it, like Lost Odyssey, Infinite Undiscovery, etc.
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Old 09-07-2008, 02:52 PM
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I am with mopinks and Egarwaen in lamenting all the fine 2D platformers on a platform I don't have. I wish Sony would get its act together and whip up a decent indie delivery path for PSN, but I'm not exactly holding my breath. Ah well, I still have plenty of good GBA (via DS) games to catch up on for my 2D fix.
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Old 09-07-2008, 04:22 PM
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The Kotaku story does say that they're developing it for 360 AND Windows, and I doubt a 2d sprite-based game is going to have particularly high system requirements, so I imagine that if you can be on here, you could probably play the game.
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The Kotaku story does say that they're developing it for 360 AND Windows, and I doubt a 2d sprite-based game is going to have particularly high system requirements, so I imagine that if you can be on here, you could probably play the game.
But nobody likes playing games that are meant for a controller on a PC.
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:37 PM
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But nobody likes playing games that are meant for a controller on a PC.
*still waiting for Braid and Fez on PC*
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Yeah, what with Wario Land Shake being canceled due to lack of interest and all... let's get into all THAT again!
God damn you, I hiperventilated after reading this.
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:49 PM
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God damn you, I hiperventilated after reading this.
You... got Punk'd...?
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:55 PM
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But nobody likes playing games that are meant for a controller on a PC.
I have plenty of controllers to play PC games with, so that's not really an issue for me. I just never have any way of knowing if games are actually going to run on my stupid computer.

playing Bionic Commando in jerky slow-motion is not very fun!
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:58 PM
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*still waiting for Braid and Fez on PC*
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The Kotaku story does say that they're developing it for 360 AND Windows, and I doubt a 2d sprite-based game is going to have particularly high system requirements, so I imagine that if you can be on here, you could probably play the game.
Uh, posting on a message board requires Windows?

(Mac / PS3 / NDS is my platform coverage, such as it is.)
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:01 AM
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But nobody likes playing games that are meant for a controller on a PC.
That's what the Dualshock 3 is for!

Or the 360 controller, if you don't care about D-Pads.
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:12 PM
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That's what the Dualshock 3 is for!

Or the 360 controller, if you don't care about D-Pads.
Well, it's not just the controller. Sitting at a computer desk at for extended play... maybe I just don't like PC gaming.
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