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Speculating Screenshots (9th May 2015)

Speculating Screenshots

For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.

Different screenshots from different developers, all working on different games. Some are very much a WIP, while other are from titles rapidly approaching release. These tweets do all have one thing they in common though, which is that they feature actual screenshots (or at the very least, mockups), animated or stills. So without further ado…

Tasukete Tako-San: Save me Mr Tako! (@ChrisDeneos)
I… uh, wait, what? Octupus fairy? Is that a thing now? Oh right – anything’s possible in the realm of video games!

Sun Dogs (@sundogsgame)
While I haven’t the foggiest where this one’s going, what’s shown in this screenshot does still intrigue me. Well done, I’d say!

Untitled (@jmastaa)
That’s one helluva small boat, eh? I mean, sure, “still not finished”, but even so. Small boat is small, and thus more likely to sink. I think. Logic ain’t my strongest suit.

Untitled (@TKAGames)
Yea really! HIT THOSE DUMMIES! Wait… where are the dummies? Oh, hidden underneath that huge text box. Right. Well, hit them!

Danger Zone (@ConnorWestrope)
So… a game with flashy neon lights, masks and a rodent wearing sunglasses while holding a shotgun – what could possibly go wrong? Everything!

Pixel Purgatory PLUS (@Bakufreak)
And what a lovely GUI it is! That said, ‘Smoke Toad’? Man, I thought the Final Fantasy games had weird enemy names…

Lithium City(?) (@JamesAbels)
Sure looks alpha ready to me, even though I’m not really sure what it’s all about. Do you? Huh? Do you? Then tell me!

Untitled (@pvlnzmv)
Better than catching a cold! No? Tough crowd. Liking them pixels though…

Hyperburner (@badpotion)
Wow. So many “can’t wait to try it!” this week. Who isn’t excited about the prospect of flying at crazy speeds through something that stylish, after all?

The Bug Butcher (@_AwfullyNice_)
Wasn’t me! Or was it? Nah, of course it wasn’t. Looks like it’s gonna take quite a beating before biting the dust though…

Shadows of Adam (@SomethingClassc)
Ruuuuuuined! Looks great, but still… ruuuuuuined! Ruins? Ruined? Ruined ruins? Also, I’d get out of there ASAP if I was that guy – this is no time to take in the scenery!

Untitled (@triiiniteam)
Da entire world or just part of it? I mean… side project is side project, and I do so prefer rescuing the entire thing! What’s the deal with those hooded figures to the right though?

The Detail Episode 2 – From the Ashes (@RivalGamesLtd)
Now that’s how you show off a gloomy part of town: with a nice stylish celshaded(?) look. Just saying.

DiscStorm (@XMPTGames)
Formidable? Ha! If not for those fiery… things… I’m sure he’d be no trouble at all. Yup. No trouble at all. Sure looks mean though.

Untitled (@just404it)
Well, they do say that the Internet is for porn, so why not? I just hope this particular twine is well-written though, as it’d be significantly less interesting, were it simply another softcore novel (albeit with an interactive twist). But we’ll see. In any case, that’s it for this week’s screenshots!