John and I spent a few weekends putting together a little game experiment for Kokoromi’s Gamma 4 competition. We didn’t get selected, which I think means we can look forward to some outstanding winners, based on some of the other entries I’ve seen. My favorite aspect of the competition is how severe the limitations were – it really forced me to get out of my comfort zone and experiment with storytelling and gameplay mechanisms I’d never put much thought to before. In the end I think we were both surprised by how much we managed to get done in such a short time span, and by how well the final product actually expressed the little bit of story and gameplay we put into it. It’s 5 minutes long and only uses a single button, so I encourage anyone to check it out. If you’re a fan of games like Zelda I think you will find it strangely familiar.
Spite is a one-button game for the Kokoromi Gamma 4 competition built with C# and XNA. You’ll need Windows XP or better and a Direct3D 9 capable video card to play it. Also, a finger to press your spacebar. XBox 360 controllers are supported. Also, there’s no audio – sorry, contest limitation.