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Those not entirely hip to the scene might be interested to know that S&S (and soundtrack!) is included in the current Humble Indie Bundle.
posted by lekvar at 4:12 PM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


S&S is pretty neato, and the soundtrack is great.
posted by brundlefly at 4:12 PM on May 31, 2012


Nice artwork, plus the absence of chainmail bikinis.
posted by XMLicious at 4:25 PM on May 31, 2012


I favorited this post sight-unseen, just from the very thought of it.
posted by JHarris at 4:30 PM on May 31, 2012


That was kinda weird.
posted by newdaddy at 4:32 PM on May 31, 2012


I sure wish the real Sword & Sworcery used the color palette from just about any of these. The game itself uses such washed-out looking colors I find it disappointingly dull, even though I mostly like the art style and the game.
posted by straight at 5:05 PM on May 31, 2012


Previously I'd said on this site that S&S felt like all style and no meat. After finishing the game, I take that back and want to add that I'm a stupid head for saying it.

BTW, it's part of the current Humble Indie Bundle if you want to play on Win/Mac/Linux.
posted by eyeballkid at 5:43 PM on May 31, 2012


I really wanted to like S&S after all the hype but felt the gameplay was too dull and the narrative/dialogue too precious ; so much so that I quit quite early on. perhaps I'll give it another spin though
posted by Bwithh at 6:22 PM on May 31, 2012


I haven't played any of the games by Superbrothers, but I love the hell out of the Guitar Vader song that (I presume) inspired their name, which I first heard on the excellent Jet Set Radio soundtrack. SOOPAH! BURUZZAZZAHS!
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:31 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'd been on the fence until seeing it's part of a bundle. It does at least take pixel graphics in a better direction than most indie games.
posted by codacorolla at 8:04 PM on May 31, 2012


I'm not 100% sure what's going on, but that three-eyed stuff dog deal is kind of freaking me out.
posted by marxchivist at 8:05 PM on May 31, 2012


The main character is a woman? I don't remember that being referenced in the game. I haven't finished it though. Is it some kind of Metroid twist?

Jeez, how male-centric am I?
posted by hot_monster at 8:27 PM on May 31, 2012


I didn't realize S&S had such a strong following to produce fan art...but damn, some of these are down right awesome.

The soundtrack is so great. Whether you've played the game or not.
posted by toekneebullard at 9:09 PM on May 31, 2012


I think I'll wait for the major motion picture based on this game.
posted by happyroach at 10:10 PM on May 31, 2012


Strange Interlude, I think of that song when I hear "Superbrothers" too! It's a uniquely memorable song.
posted by JHarris at 10:43 PM on May 31, 2012


hot_monster: "The main character is a woman? I don't remember that being referenced in the game. I haven't finished it though. Is it some kind of Metroid twist?

Jeez, how male-centric am I?
"

No twist at the end, but it became clear to me through gameplay. I'm not sure any disambiguating pronouns ever turned up (maybe they did?) but there are hints in things like the pitch of the sound effects of her, er, vocalizations, during the fights.
posted by Karmakaze at 5:19 AM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


There is a pronoun somewhere in there that identifies her gender. I don't remember when it was, but it was kind of a neat realization-- oh, that's her long, black hair. I don't think it's a male-centric thing, but more of a person-with-sword-and-shield-in-video-game-is-very-likely-male-by-dint-of-sword-and-shield thing.
posted by eyeballkid at 9:44 AM on June 1, 2012


It isn't a secret that the protagonist is female. It just isn't immediately obviously because everything is so pixelated. She is referred to with feminine pronouns occasionally, has a rather feminine voice, and has long flowing black hair.

I was a little thrown off by a part near the start where you can sit down next to the woodsman and some male voice starts commenting about how nobody has anything to say, but I think that was an easter egg with one of the programmers talking or something.
posted by Winnemac at 9:49 AM on June 1, 2012


Something smells off here. All the art is posted within a couple days, it's all pretty high quality - and most damningly to my instincts, there's very little liberty taken with the design of the Scythian.

The fact that the top post is an ad for the Humble Bundle V is part of what's tweaking ths sense. But it's really making me feel like I am being advertised to rather than looking at an authentic outpouring of fan love. I feel like there are model sheets and a style guide and an advertising budget hanging behind all of these pieces.

That and the lack of any 34. I scrolled down through like fifty drawings and at no point did I find anyone fucking anyone else. There isn't even any cheesecake or beefcake.
posted by egypturnash at 1:52 PM on June 1, 2012


Something smells off here. All the art is posted within a couple days, it's all pretty high quality

They started asking for submissions a month ago.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:02 PM on June 1, 2012


So does the purposeful misspelling of "sorcery" have a point other than to engage my Hate Reactor? Does "sworcery" have a meaning?
posted by Edogy at 2:28 PM on June 1, 2012


egypturnash, if it eases your conscience at all, I can assure you that I am no shill.
posted by lekvar at 3:33 PM on June 1, 2012


These are great. Thanks for sharing the link.
posted by harriet vane at 6:44 AM on June 3, 2012


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