023: OnlineSpySchool.com

The Atari 2600 game ET, ducks pulling off bank heists, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, kiwis (the bird, not the fruit), the Dewey Decimal System and far too many secret agents; these are just a few of the ideas tackled in this week’s crop of Click Pitch games by Trevor and Ben. If you’ve ever wanted a period piece about the great video game crash of the 80s, (and really, who hasn’t thought about that at least once in their lives?), this is the episode for you!

Click Pitch

  • Fate Funeral
  • Flight Ground
  • Seek Tower
  • Upsetting Contemporary
  • Ability Park
  • Cartridge Sneak
  • Naughty Scholar
  • Insert Library

 

022: For Whom The Gel Tolls

Ben and Trevor click the night away and invent a gel based multiplayer squad shooter with Minecraft building mechanics, an alien raising simulator as metaphor for raising a human child, a Moonlighting sequel which reveals an old nemesis, plus they fight off boars to gain access to the fountain of youth and much more!

021: Hand Occupation (featuring Jacob Janerka, creator of Paradigm)

Ben and Trevor are joined by Jacob Janerka this week, creator of the wonderfully funny Paradigm! In recognition of the success of his point and click adventure, as well as the fortuitous timing of Adventure Jam 2017, we decided to do our Adventure Game Design Done Quick segment, which we haven’t done since episode 2! We each pitched a few ideas for small adventure games, and then spent the hour working through the story and puzzles. Keep your limbs inside the podcast at all times, it’s quite a trip!

Jacob’s Links:

Paradigm on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/600370/Paradigm/
Paradigm on the web: http://www.paradigmadventure.com/
Paradigm on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Paradigmgame/
Jacob on Twitter: https://twitter.com/paradigmgame

020: Starch Wars (featuring Brendan White from The Hungry Gamers)

Vegetables abound this week as Ben and Trevor are joined by Brendan White from fellow AGPN podcast The Hungry Gamers. We imagine a world where root vegetables are made sentient and fight their leafy above ground foes, a chalky stegosaurus tracking down fare evaders and solving a mystery, a Transformers heist game, a grisly 19th century murder mystery starring Willem Dafoe and using the Death Stranding technology, and we re-imagine The Last Of Us as a new entry into the Universal Monsters canon.

Click Pitch

  • Vegetation Hangover Wringer
  • Root Celery Snarl
  • Forgetful Cutting Emissary
  • Robbery Battery Airplane
  • Outcast Dinosaur Fare
  • Disintegration Designer Nutmeg
  • Rolling Raven Adornment

Reimagined: The Last Of Us 2

Brendan’s Links:

Hungry Gamers website: http://www.atebit.net/podcast/
Hungry Gamers on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weareatebit
Hungry Gamers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/weareatebit

019: Banned in Australia

Alone again, Trevor and Ben get a little bit silly and invent a game with analogue breathing controls, a bachelor party planning simulator, a school-based stealth game set in the 80s, and took ideas for movie tie-ins from AGPN resulting in a new Scarface game with goblins, a horror game based (very loosely) on Night Shift, and finally a good Stargate SG-1 game.

Click Pitch

  • Constitution Blowing
  • Stagger Spending
  • Attach Lover
  • Paging Approval

Movie Tie-ins

  • Debbie Does Dallas
  • Scarface
  • Birdman
  • Stargate SG-1
  • Night Shift
  • La La Land

018: All Hail the Octolord (featuring Daniel Mason from The S.O.A.P)

With the help of Daniel Mason from The S.O.A.P podcast, this week Ben and Trevor turned random words into an action adventure played in a world run by a giant totalitarian octopus, a saliva based collectible figurine game, a Lord of the Rings themed game played over the course of months with Pokemon Snap inspirations, turned The Wizard of Oz into a giant world-spanning RPG, and reimagined Cyberpunk: 2077 as a personal story experienced through the interface of an old school BBS.

017: Room Full of Garfields (featuring John Kane from Gritfish)

Ben and Trevor are joined by John Kane from Gritfish for a very adventure game heavy episode – we brainstorm a Thimbleweed Park inspired murder mystery set at a comic book convention in an alternate universe where Garfield is the ultimate in pop culture, a beehive simulator controlled entirely through dance, a game where you control a chicken and her egg simultaneously, an 80s themed RPG set in a world divided into musical genres narrated by Weird Al Yankovic, and we reimagine Gritfish’s Mallow Drops as a punishing platformer where you play a suicidal s’more to be.

Click Pitch:

  • Men Highlighting Chain
  • Crossing Hatching Fond
  • Worse Imperialist Owner
  • Beehive Signing Explanation
  • Silversmith Scheduling Agony
  • Sailor Detective Exhibition
  • Synthesis Seal Harp

Reimagined: Mallow Drops by Gritfish Games

John’s Links
John on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gritfish
Gritfish on the web: http://www.gritfish.net/
Mallow Drops on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/381340
Mallow Drops on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id969845330
Killing Time at Lightspeed on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/380660

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016: Veronica Fizzlesticks: Wizard Lawyer (featuring Laura Voss from Harmonious Games)

This week Laura Voss, Creative Director at Harmonious Games joined Ben and Trevor in the Click Pitch hot seat. We ruminate on waffle decorum and pancake physics, spy on drunks hiding in futuristic speakeasies, handle divorce cases between giants and dwarves, build a technologically advanced mole colony to efficiently steal carrots, and consider a Fresh Prince of Bel Air platforming game. Plus we throw a few ideas around in an attempt to reimagine Harmonious Games’ latest release Putty Pals, resulting in a VR action extravaganza.

Click Pitch

  • Prohibition Telescope Rule
  • Waffle Group Decorum
  • Minimalist Haunt Variety
  • Raining Blemish Mole
  • Fresh Platform Culmination
  • Prosecute Local Separating
  • Garble Craft Jest

Reimagined: Putty Pals by Harmonious Games

Laura’s Links:

Laura on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LCVoss
Putty Pals on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/489110/
Harmonious Games on Twitter: https://twitter.com/harmoniousgames
Harmonious Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarmoniousGames
Harmonious Games website: http://harmoniousgames.com/

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015: Crosswalk Battlefield: Advertising Edition (featuring Kamina Vincent from Mountains)

This week on Bit Storm (new name!): Kamina Vincent, producer at Mountains, helped us get political to make an Animal Farm inspired farm management game, a PolyBridge-esque restaurant automation game,  we won the heart and minds of the populace through well placed advertising and propaganda in Crosswalk Battlefield, and we did a remarkably accurate reimagining of What Remains of Edith Finch by Giant Sparrow. Plus a seasonally appropriate Easter adventure that ends in a bunny bloodbath. Who says games aren’t art?

Click Pitch

  • Approving Novel Originality
  • Horticulture Pasture Champion
  • Rectified Timid Hopping
  • Crosswalk Battlefield Advertisement
  • Stretch Cellist Archbishop
  • Waiting Creativity Trophy
  • Cornmeal Jog Glory
  • Psychotherapy Analytics Mystery
  • Henchmen Drunkard Amusement

Reimagined: What Remains of Edith Finch by Giant Sparrow

Kamina’s Links

Kamina on Twitter: https://twitter.com/spamoir
Mountains on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mountainsgames/
Mountains website: http://mountains.studio/
Mountains on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mountainsgames/

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014: Baby B-Ball (featuring Giselle Rosman from Hipster Whale)

Giselle Rosman of Hipster Whale, the Melbourne IGDA and the Global Game Jam is our guest this week, helping Ben and Trevor turn random prompts into games where babies play basketball, dogs have to pee their own landmarks, a wandering chaperone moves from school to school making sure there’s no funny business happening, and a ghost has to alter its environment to make sure everybody finds their soulmate. Finally, while reimagining Thimbleweed Park by Terrible Toybox we bring the time-honoured adventure game staple of pixel hunting into the VR space – I can hear Ron Gilbert’s facepalm from here.

Click Pitch

  • Wandering Carved Chaperone
  • Satirizing Cheese Confiscation
  • Placard Creek Pattern
  • Fade Concealing Displacement
  • Travelling Dribbling Swish
  • Introvert Concoction Notification
  • Retracing Cozy Warmth
  • Custard Hurdling Canvass

Reimagined: Thimbleweed Park by Terrible Toybox

Giselle’s Links:

Giselle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jazzrozz
Global Game Jam: http://globalgamejam.org/
IGDA Melbourne Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/igdam/
Hipster Whale: http://hipsterwhale.com/

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