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Day 3 of the week-and-a-half long Indie Games
Summer Uprising sees the arrival of Cute
Things Dying Violently, a wonderfully-titled puzzle game with a deliciously
twisted sense of humour.
Things brings to mind the classic series Lemmings as well as the more modern World of Goo– both games which required
you to transport little endearing creatures from one end of a level to the
other by means of platforms, springs and catapults. Where Cute
Things alters this formula is in the number of hazards that the Critters
must face; one promotional image for the game declares it to be ‘a game where
absolutely nothing bad happens’, which is a glorious understatement. The layout of the levels and the
trial-and-error nature of the gameplay mean that you’ll see blood and wonderfully-animated
Critter guts strewn everywhere if you get your angles just slightly wrong or misjudge a gap by a couple of centimetres.
The developer, ApathyWorks, is a one-man
studio named Alex “AlejandroDaJ” Jordan- Cute
Things will be his second title for Xbox Live Indie Games, and part of a mission
to one day write and program games for a living. Based on the strength of Cute Things Dying Violently, that mission doesn’t seem too
Things out now for the low, low price of 80 Microsoft Points ($1)!