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Dream Build Play entries September 30, 2008

Posted by Jesse in : Uncategorized , trackback

Looking at the gallery page there’s over 280 submitted entries. That’s insane! I knew going in that I didn’t stand a chance to win anything, and that I was only entering because it’s fun to participate, but I’ve been really blown away the the quality of some of these games. (Note: The gallery page seems to have disappeared, so I removed the link to it, but the rest of this post should be fine.)

I present some of my favorites, in no particular order.

First up is Bloc from Metacreature Games. It looks similar to a dual-stick shooter, like Geometry Wars, but it plays quite a bit differently. I enjoy this game a great deal, but I have to admit that I’m completely terrible at it.

<a href="http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=473f2fc5-4312-4524-ad28-68c3a754ed96" target="_new" title="Bloc">Video: Bloc</a>

Next up is Zeit2. This game marries a side-scrolling space shooter with a time rewind ability similar to what’s in Braid. Instead of undoing your mistakes, though, you use this to take out more enemies and getting special attacks by shooting at the previous version of yourself.

<a href="http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=8ed38ddf-8aae-48f5-88bc-12a852af5856" target="_new" title="zeit² - dream build play 2008 entry ( dbp2008 )">Video: zeit² &#8211; dream build play 2008 entry ( dbp2008 )</a>

This next one is An Awesome Game Where You Shoot Stuff And It Blows Up And You Win The Game. (An Awesome Game for short.) It’s a Metroidvania game (a term used to describe games that combine elements from the 2D Metroid and Castlevania games), with tons of clear influence from other games. This trailer is insane. (The game is nuts too. In a good way.)

<a href="http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=b4a0aa8b-bd5a-45ea-a398-00dcaeec4485" target="_new" title="An Awesome Game... XNA Dream Build Play entry">Video: An Awesome Game&#8230; XNA Dream Build Play entry</a>

And finally, here’s Battle Tennis. I don’t really need to say much about this one, the video speaks volumes.

<a href="http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=7cacdd73-c857-4e70-812e-f9a2a76d829f" target="_new" title="Battle Tennis - Dream Build Play Trailer">Video: Battle Tennis &#8211; Dream Build Play Trailer</a>


1. Aaron - October 8, 2008

That Awesome Game sucks. Being, that’s a real game – at least the creator was smart enough to tile everything to save space 🙂

Battle tennis really looks great; I wish they gave us a ccgame to play or something. Same with Hurricane X2.

2. Jesse - October 8, 2008

I have a feeling we’re going to get a chance to play Battle Tennis soon. If it’s any good at all, I can’t see them not picking it up for XBLA.

But then, what do I know? They put Double D Dodgeball up there, and it’s a steaming pile. I also thought they’d pick up Burning Angels last year.

3. Aaron - October 10, 2008

I hear Burning Angels ws pretty boring/bad. I can see a few flaws even looking at the video, like that the music comes from Sonic Adventure 2, there’s nothing that shows when you hit something (the boss doesn’t spark or blink or anything when you hit it), and there isn’t much to do. Ther might not have been enough of a “game” there for them.

However, the XBLA catalog is full of crap. I only own 5 games as the rest are either ports of stuff I already played or just plain bad (barring the few that are just not my type).

4. Jesse - October 10, 2008

I had no idea they’d stolen music from Sonic Adventure 2. Now I’m glad they didn’t win anything. Stupid bastards.

You’ve got me curious. Looking at my achievements online, it looks like I have 12 arcade titles.
Castle Crashers, Braid, Geometry Wars 2, N+
Geometry Wars, Mutant Storm Reloaded, RocketBowl, Small Arms
Aegis Wing, Yaris, Undertow, and Hexic HD

Ha! A full third of my games are crap. They were free, though. 🙂

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