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
Thingsout now for the low, low price of 80 Microsoft Points ($1)!