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Rooc
Roderic Bos
70 posts
#1169 Inspirational games
3 years, 8 months ago

So Legend of Zelda is mentioned by Casey but are there any other inspirational tilebased games we can/should play to get the feel for what we (by that I mean Casey) are building?

Hopefully there are some current ones that we can play now.
nxsy
Neil Blakey-Milner
46 posts
#1174 Inspirational games
3 years, 8 months ago

I think the one that I've heard most commonly referenced recently and a good start is Binding of Isaac.

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Rooc
Roderic Bos
70 posts
#1233 Inspirational games
3 years, 8 months ago

Man I really suck at Binding of Isaac.... Hopefully HH will start easier than that. (well I'll get the code so I can breeze through it if I want...)

Zelda started way easier at least...
julealgon
Juliano
11 posts
#1341 Inspirational games
3 years, 8 months ago

I was thinking about creating a thread about this, but I figure this is the right place to mention it.

When Casey described the reasons he liked the original LoZ on NES, one game immediately came to my mind: King's Field.

It's actually not tilebased neither 2D, but I feel it perfectly masters the aspects Casey mentioned, like little to no handholding, no constraints where you can go in the world, etc.

I highly recommend anyone looking for those kinds of features to at least experiment with it. It's the very first actual 3D free roaming first person game on the original Playstation I think. The graphics and framerate are quite bad for today's standards, but in my opinion the core gameplay and concepts actually hold quite well.

I'd just like to mention here that the King's Field series is actually the precurssor to the much more famous Demon's / Dark Souls games. I have Demon's Souls but I've not started playing it yet, but from what I hear, some of those core aspects are preserved as well.

TLDR: play King's Field on the PSX for some very open and old school, no handholding design.
cmuratori
Casey Muratori
810 posts / 1 project

Casey Muratori is a programmer at Molly Rocket on the game 1935 and is the host of the educational programming series Handmade Hero.

#1366 Inspirational games
3 years, 8 months ago

I have never even heard of King's Field. I will see if I can find it, or at least I will watch a video!

Thanks for the recommendation,
- Casey
julealgon
Juliano
11 posts
#1830 Inspirational games
3 years, 8 months ago

Whenever I hear you talking about block puzzles, Goof Troop from the SNES immediately come to mind. If you guys have not played it already, I highly recommend it (for completely different reasons that I recommended King's Field too).

It's a tile based, 2D, heavily puzzle based action game in the universe of Disney's Gooffy and Max characters, where you can use items to traverse the evirnoment. I think it was Shinji Mikami's very first game (you may know him from the Resident Evil series, or more recently, from The Evil Within).

It's a very short and somewhat easy game, but some of the block puzzles are quite challenging if you are coming at them for the first time. It's also quite fun to play with a friend since you can interact with each other, throwing items and stuff. It's a very different experience from playing solo, whic is also ver cool.
midnight_mero
Nines Baobaberson
37 posts
#1869 Inspirational games
3 years, 8 months ago

Haha, yes, I remember Goof Troop. That co-op mode was a blast.

I just realized it's actually a bit like a precursor to Four Swords (which I've never played, but always wanted to).