Create your own 3D platformer with Atmosphir

With LittleBigPlanet coming in October, you might think your platformer creating needs are finally fulfilled, but think again. Coming from Minor Studios, their do-it-yourself game “Atmosphir” gives you the ability to fully craft your very own 3D platforming levels on the PC…for free! and damn does it look fun. Checking out the video above shows you just how far you can go with this, I am sure we will see a lot of recreated Mario 64 levels. I am most looking forward to how the games camera handles all the different situations. For up to date news on the development of the game, as well as an HD version of the newly released trailer be sure to check out their website.

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We hoot over Owlboy, a new 2D platformer for Xbox 360 and PC

Owlyboy is a 2D platformer for the Xbox 360 and Windows PCs being created by D-Pad Studios. Here is the brief story of the game”

Go with Otus on a free flying quest into the clouds and discover the secrets of the floating islands while preserving the Owls’ integrity…

More 2D platforming? We sure are excited! It’s being entered into the IGF, so heres hoping it gets more exposure and can stand out from the crows of all the other downloadable games out there. Hit the break for some images. Continue reading

Cid the Boxart

If you’re like me, your most anticipated platformer of the year is Cid the Dummy. Wait, never heard of it? Are you kidding me? Don’t worry, most people haven’t.

Cid the Dummy is a forthcoming Wii, PSP, PS2,DS, and PC 3D side-scrolling platformer. Developer Twelve Interactive has this to say:

CID THE DUMMY is a platform game that grabs you straight away with its amusing blend of action and puzzle-filled gameplay. Based around the multiple opportunities for a Crash Impact Dummy to get into mischief, the game blends classic platform elements such as timed jumps, collecting pick-ups, defeating enemies, and challenging boss battles with more cerebral elements such as puzzles, clever weapon use and route finding.

• Interact as only a crash dummy can. Climb walls, swing on ropes, burn obstacles, destroy exploding barrels, use lifters, bounce on springs and with a neat head butt destroy walls all in stunningly realized environments. Game environment interaction is the most important part of the gameplay.
• CID’s world is swarming with a host of fearfully fun enemies like the Dumper, Cursed Dummy and the bizarre Failed Experiment.
• Apart from fighting enemies, the player will enjoy solving puzzles, avoiding traps and using acrobatic skills to get out of dangerous situations!

But between its website having been only a static image for months now, and the developer’s claiming it was a Q1 release this year but it was a no show, the whole three people who knew about the game  were ready to call it vaporware.

Hold the phone! Just when you thought Cid had crashed for good, Twelve Interactive released the box art today, letting us know that Cid is still kicking.

Crash Dummies Never Looked So Good

Crash Dummies Never Looked So Good

With just the multiplatform Martial Arts: Capoeira Fighters and Wii-exclusive Party Crashers under developer Take Twelve’s belt, many have now switched from proclaiming this as vaporware to saying it’s shovelware. What do you think? Could this be a surprisingly decent platformer or is it trash?

‘Fez’ is destined to make your head spin!

After watching that video all I can say is…wow. Fez is a forthcoming platformer developed by an independent software developer called Kokoromi. It currently has no release date and is only scheduled to come out on the PC. If you want to be surprised by it’s gameplay I suggest watching the video first, if not read on. You manipulate the game world by rotating it and then “collapsing” it back togehter to create new paths, which is most similar to the PSP game “Crush” and even a bit of “Super Paper Mario for Wii, though Fez has been in development long before those games were ever put into production.

The overall style screams “8-bit” from the “Engrish” text to the techno computer music, Fez really looks like a mind bending experience with a great sense of humor and style. Fez was awarded the “Excellence in Visual Art” and “Design Innovation”award at the 2008 Independent Games Festival, and based on this video I am sure nobody is willing to argue against that.