I’ve been bouncing around a thought like this for a while, but only after recently re-watching the Game Room Quick Looks while working on another game did I have the idea.
I wanted to make a Giant Bomb game. Specifically, I wanted to make a tribute to Ryan Davis as a way of saying ‘thanks’ to him, to the other guys, and to the community who inspired me with all the wonderful things they make to show their love for the website. I’m not the most active member of the community, but it’s always entertaining and heart warming, while Jeff, Vinny and the guys have helped me through some rough stuff, and kept me sane on those long, quiet nights of game making/drawing/eating ice cream. I’d already had a particularly terrible year leading up to Ryan’s passing and, like for many of you, that hurt me a lot more than I thought the passing of a ‘stranger’ ever could.
So yeah! I made a game! If you cast your mind back to the Game Room Quick Look where they took a look at Keystone Kapers, the entire genesis of the project came from there. So to be reductive, the game is a Keystone Kapers clone. But! I’ve sprinkled it with a bunch of Giant Bomb jokes & tributes young and old - from Ghost Fish to Famicom Tapes, Space Neon Lobsters to Ryan’s um, ‘interest’ in cake that he divulged during the GDC 2013 After Hours show.
A box has shown up in the mail and everyone’s gathered to film a mailbag, but they’re waiting on Ryan. He needs to run & jump his way to the top to meet with the others and find out what’s in the package. The game loops like all the best Atari games did, while getting progressively harder. And again, like Atari games, you’ve seen pretty much everything by screen 4 or 5. After that it’s all about score! :)
I’d shown it to Patrick earlier this week as I was wondering how/when to release it, and if it’d be a weird conflict of interests or something if I put it out. When Patrick offered to ‘debut’ it on Worth Playing I was, of course, over the moon! So here we are with my silly little Giant Bomb game. Unfortunately it’s currently only available for Windows. Sorry Gaben. :(
You can download it here - http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/mailbag-mayhem-staring-ryan-davis-the-bomb-crew/22277/
If you want download it and give it a go - please do! And thanks to you, thanks to the guys at Giant Bomb, and
fuck thanks Ryan Davis. I miss him.