Tagged: demoscene

Cyberpunk Java phone game Crystalides coming to iOS, Android

I’ve been pretty hot on Onipunks’ Crystalides for a while now. It was one of my top picks from the hundreds of IGF 2012 finalists, and for good reason. Let me remind you again that the amazing looking game you see in this new trailer was designed to run on a java-enabled Nokia handset. Wonderfully animated pixelart abounds with more RPG systems than the entirety of Final Fantasy combined all themed around a cyberpunk world.

But the best news that came out of this latest look at the game was a little back-and-forth I had with Onipunks on twitter. After being called out as “Shawn of GameLuv?” — the first time anyone has done that in this site’s six years — the team confirmed that Crystalides would be coming to Android and iOS. They even specified Winter for Android but we know how slippery release dates can be on mobile platforms so I’ll just be happy knowing I don’t have to buy an old Nokia phone to play the game.

Why develop for an archaic platform like java-based phones in the first place? In the spirit of the demoscene where coders cram as much gameplay, animation or graphic pizazz into as few kilobytes as possible, Onipunks says “we made Crys[talides] on Java phone just for challenging”.

Demoscene Visualizer .deTuned coming to PS3 this year


It’s like equal parts They Might Be Giants album art, Stage Debut, artsy demoscene project, and Virtual Light Machine. Interested? I sure was, the second I laid eyes on these .deTuned screens posted over at the PlayStation Blog. Created by the demoscene group .theprodukkt, .de Tuned is essentially a music visualizer only it’ll let you interact with your music in a much more physical way than stuff we’ve seen in the past. And putting another spin on visualizers, .deTuned lets you interact with the music itself, tweaking the way it sounds as you play with the visuals.

Sony may be in a tight spot with the PlayStation 3’s mass market appeal and penetration but I love the way they’re open to things as bizarre as Noby Noby Boy, Linger in Shadows, and now .deTuned. They’ve only said that .deTuned is coming out sometime this year but let’s hope Sony keeps up this indie momentum for years to come.