Okay, so it’s been about a week now and as you can see I’ve been playing the crap out of these 7DRL’s. Having gone through every one briefly, and a few more in depth, I’d just like to point out some developers I absolutely hate. Totally despise.
These people truly belong in a league of their own, either because of their creativity or their programming skill. These are the developers and games that just make the rest of us 7DRL participants look like fools. Damn you one and all. 🙂
1. Mosaic by Darren Grey: It’s hard, it’s strategic AND tactical, it has a simple interface, it’s beautiful with amazing sound integration. Dang it Darren, can’t you leave some room for the rest of us? Some little crust of adulation for the peasants oh king?
2. Rogue’s Eye by Paul Jefferies: Screw you man! A fully formed first person 3D game? With nuance and assorted awesomeness. I just feel dirty having put my game into the same competition.
3 and 4. Nya Quest* by Geminosity and Gelatinous by Jason Pickering: These two will have you wailing in the dark, in the rain, asking “why God why!?!?!?” You know that game you made this year, with tons of rules and interlocking systems and tons of items? Took you hours to sort out just the right balance of drop rate, resource use, enemy behavior and what not? Well, these two took simple rules and stripped down concepts and kicked your game’s ass. Great. Thanks a lot. I need a drink.
*See Nya Quest reviewed below.
5. Tetrogue by Konstantin Stupnik (Xecutor): So you think you have a creative idea, then some guy comes up with a crafting system using Tetris pieces. A whole freakin’ game with an interlocking tetris background too. Every little tile is built with tetroids. At some point you realize how small minded and uncreative you really are. A caveman really. Ideas universally devoid of value. What you always feared about your intellect is true, you’re just not that smart.
So that’s it for now, there are at least have a dozen others that make me want to grow my bangs out and wear eye liner. I just don’t have the emotional fortitude to talk about them right now…<sniff>.
NOTE: There’s an emo roguelike this year, Down the Brain.