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…
Saturday is Tali-dev-day! @indiegamemag #screenshotsaturday pic.twitter.com/5tm4ZAJkmT
— 8BitSkull (@8BitSkull) April 25, 2015
Tali-what-now? Somehow I don’t think that’s an officia– hey look, a grinning wall-skull!
Fran Bow in Chapter 4 with Mr Midnight! #screenshotsaturday #indiedev #indiegame #gamedev pic.twitter.com/AsAr1hI2DG
— Killmonday Games (@Killmondaygames) April 25, 2015
Fran Bow (@Killmondaygames)
Kinda looks like the cat’s trying to tell her something, doesn’t it? Chances are it wants to say “get out of this creepy lab while you still can!”. Or not.
Oh, much better! #letscookjam #indiedev #gamedev #screenshotsaturday pic.twitter.com/fWtGl8GLNc
— Arjen Postma (@_snade) April 25, 2015
FOOD! Cheese, slices of bread, strawberries… who’d have thought a game could look so delicious? Not entirely sure what’s going on though, but still – food!
#pixwing #gamedev #indiedev #screenshotsaturday pic.twitter.com/5pxgCVemzo
— RymPow Team (@RymPowTeam) April 25, 2015
Highway to the dangerzone! Or something. Nice looking plane, that one. Shame it’s about to get blasted by an incoming missile…
Playing around with giant tetraminos and pentominos #screenshotsaturday pic.twitter.com/gUQHshfNFF
— William Chyr (@WilliamChyr) April 25, 2015
Show of hands, who doesn’t love giant tetraminos, really? Hard to tell what he’s making at this point though, but c’mon, tetraminos! And Pentominos! TETRIS! YEAH!
I now have dark levels and teleporters. 🙂 #screenshotsaturday pic.twitter.com/GYSMu0mML4
— MrTroy @ E3 (@MrTroy) April 26, 2015
Kinda reminds me of an old arcade game, albeit with creepy lighting effects and big-headed characters. In a good way, if that’s possible.
….and you start to become something else… #screenshotsaturday #thedreamking #multiplayer #metroidvania pic.twitter.com/1tP2FZnqFC
— The Endica Series (@TheEndicaSeries) April 26, 2015
Endica VII The Dream King (@TheEndicaSeries)
Not gonna lie. This one had me at multiplayer metroidvania. That was all I needed. Also, exactly what is that ‘something else’, eh? What indeed.
Map 2 coming along well…#screenshotsaturday #indiegame #gamedev pic.twitter.com/NbxSECO8ra
— Christian Knudsen (@laserbraingames) April 25, 2015
Hidden Asset (@laserbraingames)
I smell a stealth game in the making, and a potentially great one at that. I mean, if not for stealthiness, what else could that sound indicator/bar in the upper right corner be, after all? Exactly.
Laser Raider #screenshotsaturday #gamedev #ios #game pic.twitter.com/DZp9LpeYDz
— Isometric8 (@isometric_8) April 25, 2015
Laser Raider (@laserraider)
Wow. That looks much too complex for me, but… nice nonetheless. A mirror-based laser puzzler, perhaps?
Untitled snakelike. #screenshotsaturday #gamedev pic.twitter.com/2Qjts9w5k9
— Terry (@TerryMWelsh) April 24, 2015
I’m just gonna assume the ‘snake’ is not that huge dark gray thing. Assume and pray, as that would be both crazy and difficult to control. Then again…
Attacking a battle cruiser in the clouds! #screenshotsaturday #gamedev #indiegamedev #AlphaSquadron2 pic.twitter.com/AI392sWk7U
— MartianMonkeyGames (@MMonkeyGames) April 25, 2015
Alpha Squadron 2 (@MMonkeyGames)
Hey look, cloud gaming! Cloud fighting? Well, aerial combat in any case, and darn stylish at that.
https://twitter.com/strotchy/status/592080952974811137 Untitled (@strotchy)
I see conveyor belts and slopes, but where’s the prota– ah, must be that tiny little fella. Wait, noise modulating?
Ice stage done, next stage: hot! #screenshotsaturday #gamedev #indiedev #RigidForceAlpha pic.twitter.com/5hYswKZkg1
— com8com1 (@com8com1) April 26, 2015
Rigid Force Alpha (@com8com1)
Yay, more side-scrolling action, and with a forecast saying it’ll be… hot! That thing in the lower left corner better not be number of lives available though. I mean, 98?!
A gameplay screenshot to end our #screenshotsaturday teasers. Thanks for joining us today. More next week, promise. pic.twitter.com/m4Dov9WeAR
— Squishy Games (@SquishyGamesCo) April 26, 2015
Rogue Invader (@SquishyGamesCo)
Where the heck did that guy crash? Or rather, on which planet, and how is he still alive given the state of his ship? So many questions needing answers!
Need to get rid of your enemies quickly? Call down a dirty bomb for the dirty job. #screenshotsaturday #GameDev pic.twitter.com/6GeA0WwWM8
— ALL THINGS GO BOOM! (@allthingsgoboom) April 25, 2015
All things go boom (@allthingsgoboom)
Nothing quite like a massive explosion to wrap up this week’s Speculating Screenshots, eh? Oh and tank you very much for reading (get it?).