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Defez

Fascinated by the efforts of Terry, in his game
squish
, a retro demake of crush, as well as fez, I started off on a small series of studies on 1/2-dimensional variations of the mechanic common to those games. I have four done so far; I tend to put one out whenever I’m having a particularly idle evening. The control system in them is a bit deficient, and the graphics are very basic: the point was to explore the mechanic rather than produce something polished.

Defez
defez1

The basic prototype, blocks prohibit movement when squished.

OSX 10.5 | WIN/SOURCE (570KB)

(tigsource thread )

Defez 2: Refez
defez1

Based on the above, but with blocks that have ‘insets’. This broadens the mechanic somewhat, but was still ultimately limited (though less limited than the first…). Made a level editor for this one as well, which helped with design a llot.

OSX 10.5 | WIN/SOURCE (580KB)

(tigsource thread )

Defez 3: Mortar
defez1

A different approach, more open but local: squishes down things either side of one of horizontal/vertical you are on.

OSX 10.5 | WIN/SOURCE (570KB)

(tigsource thread )

Defez 4: Das Kapital
defez1

An observer-dependent one: squishes from either the top/bottom/left/right of the screen. More limited in many ways, but would be simpler for people to grasp I think (could be implemented as a rotation, like in crush).

OSX 10.5 | WIN | SRC (485KB)

(tigsource thread )

I have a list of about five other mechanics that’re awaiting implementation, but I seem to have lost some interest in pursuing this much further for the moment.

2 Comments

  1. Some interesting experiments here. I found 1&2 more intuitive than 3&4, but maybe I just needed to spend more time thinking about them.

    Mislinks:
    Defez 2 Win/Source link goes to the Defez 1 download
    Defez 4 OSX and Win links are the wrong way round
    Defez 4 tigsource thread link goes to the Defez 4 image

    Monday, November 30, 2009 at 12:04 am | Permalink
  2. oops. thanks for catching those!

    Monday, November 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

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