Back in 2010, a week or so before Halloween, Double Fine Productions released Costume Quest. Somewhere between then and a month or two ago, I bought it on XBLA, and I finally got around to actually playing it about a week ago. It’s a cute, fun little game, and I enjoyed it.
It’s basically a light RPG-type game, where you run around neighborhoods trick-or-treating houses, collecting candy, costumes, and battle stamps (which improve your abilities in combat). Encounters with monsters are the meat of the game, and trigger a sequence where the cute cartoon children and silly monsters morph into giants who do battle over the town in a turn-based RPG style. It kind of reminds me of that episode of South Park where the kids morph into anime characters and battle each other.
The cartoon graphics are crisp and colorful, and the sound design is simple, but does all the appropriate things. Controls are easy. Overall, it’s a shorter, but quality title– the quality of which I’ve come to expect from Double Fine.
If you haven’t played Costume Quest yet, I’d recommend it. Maybe save it as a little Halloween treat for later this year.
Just wanted to throw down a quick update here, since it’s been quite a while, and I’m sure many people out there are sitting on the edge of their seats, wondering if I’m lying in a gutter somewhere. Many sleepless nights were had, courtesy of my lack of updates, and I am sorry.
Fear not, however! I am alive and well, and have just been busy with a lot of work and, of course, a lot of play.
I don’t think I’d posted the above picture on the blog yet, so there it is – a tree painting I’d done some weeks ago for a contest and auction for the Sacramento Tree Foundation. Sadly, it didn’t get accepted into the limited space of the show, but I’m glad to have made it, and I have more ideas for some other paintings in this style.
This painting was done in acrylic paint and paint pen on a 15″ x 30″ canvas. Here’s the sketch the painting is based on (ink on 5.5″ x 8.5″ sketch pad):
During my time away from the blog, I got to go up to my parents’ house for a bit one weekend, and went out on a small vacation to Sonoma with my girlfriend too. I had a great time with both, and the time away from doing work has been refreshing.
Speaking of work, I’ve got more work lined up for No Love Skateboarding – along with the rat image I posted a while ago, which was used for a shirt design and then reconfigured for a skateboard design, I’ve done a Denver cityscape and have a few other projects for shirts and boards on deck which I’ll post here eventually. Continue reading
I was thinking about doing a write-up of my favorite games from 2009, but as I was going over most of the games I played last year, many of my favorites turned out to be from 2008 or earlier. I got a few of 2009’s finest for Christmas, but so far, I’ve only had time to play through one of them – Assassin’s Creed 2. Luckily, it turned out to be one of my favorite games in a good while, so instead of doing a list I thought I’d just write a game review instead. Read on for tales of free running, theft, death-defying acrobatics, and of course, assassination.
I haven’t been able to update the blog as much as I’d like over the last few weeks, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about things to write about. Instead of letting all of my random thoughts go to waste, I thought I’d present them here as a collection. If you’re just looking for a few moments of entertainment, you like reading the musings of the slightly insane, or you’re looking for something to spark your pent-up rage, the following list is probably for you!
Never Too Zune
Each time I plug my iPod (5th generation) into my computer and it freezes up, I secretly hope that it won’t come back on, so I have an excuse to buy a Zune HD. From everything I’ve seen online, these things look pretty nice, and I’d like to try something different than iPod for a while. I have absolutely no interest in the iPod Touch or an iPhone; the 32gb Touch is $110 more than the 32gb Zune HD, and being tethered to AT&T again just makes me feel sick.
But I digress; the Zune HD looks slick in its own right. Wireless streaming capabilities and built-in HD radio are great, and I also like the idea of being able to output HD video and, of course, web browsing. If Microsoft opens up the Zune to user-created applications, it would become an even great alternative to the iPod. They seem to be making an effort to get developers to consider their other mobile devices, so I don’t think this is too far-fetched. So far, however, they’ve been pretty tight-lipped about it. Continue reading
I found myself in the local Target today, perusing the games section of the electronics department. Game releases have all but dried up over the last few months, but I always like to check in now and then, just to see if anything new came out that slipped under my radar, or to see if anything I’d been marginally interested in had been marked down.
Surprisingly enough, I found a single copy of Dead Space, which I’d wanted to try, marked down to $30 for clearance, so I decided to give it a go. I took it up to the register, and waited a few minutes for one of the clerks to notice me standing there.