Indie Games Spotlight for September 11th, 2011

By mancide, 5 years ago
The third Indie Games Summer Uprising title brings you a unique spin on the Angry Birds slingshot puzzle game-play that I find so addicting. Cute Things Dying Violently takes the sling-shot puzzle game into R-rated territory with bloody, saw-blade infused game-play as you try and get these "cute things" to their escape elevator.

Flick hapless Critters around to get them safely out of each level! Dodge all sorts of lethal goodies like spikes, buzzsaws, and fire, and use a variety of wacky items to pull it off. Play through 60 mind-bending, reflex-testing singleplayer levels, 6 bloodthirsty challenge levels, and 1 murderous bucket-headed robot! Want more? Try out the local multiplayer and the built-in level editor.

RELEASE DATE: 8/24/2011
DEVELOPER: ApathyWorks
GENRE: Platformer

Offline players 1 - 2
Dolby Digital
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I was instantly hooked on this game the moment I got beyond the introductory levels, and into the dangerous levels. One misplaced sling will send your creatures into a myriad of dangerous hazards, which then fill the screen with lots and lots of blood. So much blood, in fact, I don't think these creatures have anything else inside them. I might add, my enjoyment of this game came with disapproving looks from my wife.

The gameplay concept is simple, but addictive. You are faced with various hazards along your path to getting these creatures to their escape elevator. Simply get the required number of creatures to the elevator to complete the level and move to the next, more diabolical puzzle.

The biggest problem I had with each new level was resisting the urge to fling my creatures into each new hazard just to see the new animation of their agony. I have a feeling the designer knew this would be a hook to the title, based on the "cover art" with a creature crying from the punishment he knows is about to be inflicted upon him. If torturing cute, smiling creatures is your thing; or, if you simply can't get enough of sling-shot puzzle games, you can add a great title to your collection for only 80 MSP.

We will be covering all of the Summer Uprising titles over the next few weeks, but don't let that scare you away from submitting other titles you think are worthy of a Spotlight all to themselves. As always, you can submit any title directly via PM to mancide.
Written by mancide
When not enjoying video games, our fearless newshound enjoys an nice pint of fermented barley and hops in a variety of styles. India Pale Ales, Stouts, Porters, Witbiers, Saisons, Gose, Lambics, Barleywine, you name it. If it has water, malted barley, hops and yeast in it, I'll consume it. I also enjoy all things technological, Doctor Who, wrasslin, traveling, and spending time with my family.