Saturday, November 19, 2011

orange + Bret Hudson : Saga Of The Ugly 2

Blood-curling for such a simple style.
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As a fellow Zerosoft and GMC member, I've seen a great majority of orange's games, but this one likely tops the list.  Made for the Scary 4 Digits competition over at the 64Digits community, SOTU 2 is a collab between orange and Bret Hudson.

It's a story-driven horror platformer (represent!) reminiscent of a lonely Hades. There's plenty of characters that offer some witty words but it all gives a feeling of detachment; alone in the face of company.  Not something easy to pull off.

But I'll get to the point.  The biggest plus for this game -- the one that really convinced me to review it -- is the characters.  Right at the start, you're greeted with this monstrosity named Uvulapoz, a paranoid little bastard who's constantly warning you against going forward.  He descends from the ceiling seemingly at random to deliver his messages.  My favorite character, Glueman, has an adhesive tongue that he uses to glue pieces of your key together.  Even minor characters, like the guy in the screenshot above, have an odd air to them.  He's hanging on a lock, for heaven's sake.  Sounds like something from Saw.

Mechanics-wise, the game is relatively passive.  There's really no fighting of any sort -- your character is unarmed and is forced to lure enemies into traps rather than actively attack them -- which plays directly into the central goal: find the exit as soon as possible.  It's quite simple at heart, but the developers managed to drag it out into a full narrative.

Overall it's an excellent game with an excellent atmosphere and excellent characters and I strongly suggest you go play it or something.


  1. lol, thanks a lot for the review! :)

  2. Hm, ever wonder about submitting this to the Reviewer portion of the GMC?

  3. Thanks for the review!

    One little comment: Could you change my link from to :)

    Thanks again! ^.^ Loved it. Bookmarked. Printed and put on my wall. I sleep with it. e_e Okay, I might have made some of that up...
    -Bret Hudson

  4. orange: no probs :D

    Jonathan M: ew the Review section. Just kidding but seriously no one reads that. Guess it'd be cool to have that little purple nametag thing though.

    Bret Hudson: Fixed. Slept with it? Oh cool I thought I was the only one!

  5. ThatSnail: I read the review section whenever I see a new review has been posted. Unfortunately the GMC mods and admins don't care about the review section too much so more people can't become reviewers. ):<