Squishy the Suicidal Pig

Squishy the Suicidal Pig Title

Summary

Your goal is to die in this puzzle platformer so that you can join your parents in pig heaven.

Review

Squishy the Suicidal Pig Screenshot
Broken screenshots

Disclaimer: I’ve only spent half an hour playing this game.

When I first launched Squishy the Suicidal Pig, I was surprised by how small the window was (960 x 540 pixels) with no option to change it. The only setting was to stretch the game to fullscreen; there weren’t even audio settings. I couldn’t even use my mouse to navigate through the menus. Then I tried to take a screenshot via Steam’s built-in screenshot functionality, which didn’t really work (see screenshot on right). All of that plus a semi-hard-to-read font and misspellings like “basicly” make for a game that is severely lacking polish.

That said, I think Squishy is a pretty clever concept because the goal is not to survive, but to die. The puzzles are well-designed and challenging and I like the bright, colorful art.

I’m not sure what I paid for this game, but it’s currently on sale for $0.33. At that price, it’s worth picking up in spite of its flaws. You’ll even get some of your money back by selling trading cards.

You might like this game if you like…

  • Puzzle platformers
  • Killing pigs
  • Frequently restarting levels
  • Unforgiving obstacles

Want to play?

$0.33 on Steam (currently 67% off) | $0.99 on Google Play

Another World

Another World logo

Summary

Another World is an action/adventure platformer that was originally released in 1991.

Review

Here is a record of the ~15 minutes I played this game.

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Wow, I look stoned.
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A professor who drives a Ferrari, huh?
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This cinematic is painfully slow. Dum dee dum…
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Press action to continue?! Wtf is action?! *Pushes all the buttons* Okay, it’s Ctrl.
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Wait, I just saw this part. So did I die? Oh yup, I guess I so, because I can swim to the surface. The transition from cinematic to playable was not at all obvious.
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Damn, it won’t let me walk off the cliff. 🙁
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Could I walk any slower? (Found out later you can run if you hold Ctrl)
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Ouch, a worm thing cut my knee.
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Aaaand I guess I’m dead. Bad worm.
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Do I have any other controls? Doesn’t look like it.

I learned that you could get past the worms by jumping over them, but I could not for the life of me figure out how to jump over all of the worms in the second screen of worms. I could get past the first one fine, but the second and third worms kept slicing my knee open. 🙁 I wasn’t interested in this game anyway, so I gave up.

You might like this game if you like…

  • 25-year-old games
  • Dying over and over because you cut your knee
  • Games whose only instruction is to “press action” after you die without giving any indication which button that might be.
  • Retro graphics

Want to play?

Another World is apparently available on a multitude of platforms from desktops to mobile devices to consoles. Here are just a few options (I played on my PC via Steam):

$9.99 on Steam | $1.99 on Android | $3.99 on iOS

CreaVures

CreaVures is a physics-based puzzle platform game in which you guide pairs of “CreaVures” through the world. Each of the five CreaVure characters has its own unique abilities and you need to make them work together to progress through the levels.

CreaVures

The good:

  • CreaVures is a visually stunning game. I really loved the overall look of the game and its characters. It takes place on a bioluminescent world resemblant of Avatar.
  • The cutscenes are kinda cute. I wish they didn’t use a 4:3 aspect ratio for the cutscenes, though.

The bad:

  • You control two characters at once. While this is necessary for getting past many of the challenges, it means that once one character is through an area, you need to go back and do the same thing again with the other character.
  • No co-op.
  • Jumping can be a little frustrating, but I generally have issues with jumping in games. 😛
  • The main menu looks awful and there is no mouseover feedback on the buttons.
  • The names of the CreaVures are pretty hokey: Bitey, Pokey, Zappy, Rolly, & Glidey. At least the names indicate what the character is used for, though?
CreaVures
Climbing a wall as Pokey

So overall, it’s a very pretty game, but it’s fairly simple and tedious and it could use a little more polish. It’s not a bad game, but it’s probably better suited for kids than adults.

I’d recommend Trine 2 instead, which is a similar game that I enjoyed a lot more… and it’s even more beautiful. ^_^

Trine 2

Trine 2 Characters
Trine 2 Characters

Trine 2 is another game I picked up during the Steam Summer Sale. It’s a sidescrolling puzzle and action-adventure platform game… and it’s as visually attractive as it is fun to play.

Characters

You get to play as each of three different characters in Trine 2:

  • Amadeus (the wizard) – He can grab and move objects and conjure boxes and planks.
  • Zoya (the thief) – She can shoot arrows with her bow and use her grappling hook to move around.
  • Pontius (the knight) – He uses his sword and shield to defeat foes in combat and he has a hammer he can throw.
Trine 2 Wizard
Amadeus (Wizard)
Trine 2 Thief
Zoya (Thief)
Trine 2 Knight
Pontius (Knight)
Each of the characters has its own health meter and you can switch between characters on the fly (as long as the character isn’t dead). Health is restored at the various checkpoints in the game.

The Rest of the Game

The game world is really pretty. It’s full of detail and vibrant colors, which I love. There are some fun and interesting world objects, too, like giant snails and frogs that you can interact with.

The game world is full of obstacles and puzzles to challenge players, too. For instance, one recurring puzzle involves watering plants to make them grow. The player needs to find the water source and manipulate the game objects in such a way that the plant get watered. Other challenges include fighting goblins when they show up, getting across ravines filled with spikes, rerouting steam jets, and dodging fireball-spitting plants. There are also occasional boss fights, but for the most part, I find them to be rather anti-climactic.

Trine 2 Skill Tree
Trine 2 Skill Tree

To challenge players further, the levels are filled with objects for players to collect. There are glowing vials throughout the game that generally require some clever thinking to acquire. When the player collects 50 vials, he/she earns a point for the skill tree. The points can be spent on things like an increased number of conjured items for the wizard, fire arrows for the thief, and charge for the knight. Players can also find hidden treasure chests, which contain paintings and poems that tell more of the story.

A really cool feature about Trine 2 is that it supports online co-op, so you can play with up to two of your friends. When you play with other people, you each get to play as one of the characters (you can switch characters if you want). This lets you do some pretty neat things like using the wizard to fly the other characters around on planks and boxes.

Trine 2 Co-Op
Trine 2 Three-Player Online Co-Op

Overall Thoughts

I love Trine 2. 🙂 It’s fun to play and it’s such a beautiful game. I really like that you can play co-op, too. Highly recommended!