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Irrlicht on PS4 and Successful Game Characters

“spyro and cynder flying” by SpyroLover101

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Nightmare and Serenity: Brief Analysis of Touhou

Since I am so adamantly against this game and yet frequently returning to its subculture, I thought I ought to address it. First, to be sure I wasn’t completely blabbering nonsense, I did some research on the Touhou Project at wikia (UPDATE: use this source instead: the Touhou wiki). This post is divided into two large sections:

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A Simple Analysis of Narcissu / Narcissus

Allow me to introduce you to Narcissu, produced by Stage Nana (here, let’s translate some of that). There are three visual novels (two being free to play): the Narcissu (the original), Narcissu Side 2nd, and Narcissu 3rd – Die Dritte Welt. (And yes, the story does reference narcissus (daffodils) ). I read through the first two (the third is in Japanese-only, so I couldn’t read it even if I had it) and found it very thought-provoking. I will give you a brief summary of the games without giving any spoilers (unless I have no other info), and then I will give you my detailed reviews.

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TRI 2 – It Takes a Thief

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Randomly on IndieDB, you might stumble across this new Portal-inspired, fps-style 3D puzzler called TRI 2 (EDIT: as of Jun 15, 2012, the name has been reverted back to “TRI”. NEW LINK ). Basically, you create triangles in a 3D environment to help you solve puzzles and get through the world. It’s easier than it sounds (and harder than it looks, I imagine). You’re given a little glowing ball that stays attached to the surfaces you point at, allowing you to choose the vertexes to place your triangles (sorry, you can’t make free-standing triangles).

The game has a potential M. C. Escher feel to it initially, given some of the artwork. I said potential; if the designers go in that direction, it would be REALLY cool. The gameplay allows for it: you can practically walk on the ceiling given certain circumstances. Level design is also hinted at in the artwork and latest rendered images.

concept art

The creators decided to base it around a story: a “thief” traveling to an island to get treasures for his buyers. So pretty much, you’re a treasure hunter, and they hint at you not being alone on this island.

From the looks of it, the game has a good start, at least as far as game-play, but we’ll have to wait an see how far they progress with this.

EDIT (3/11/2013): There latest update was on Mar 3, 2013. The game is looking pretty good.

TRI – Puzzles – Indie DB