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Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.>
I first played Super Splatters [official site] under a different name: Confetti Carnival. It fell into my lap just as the indie game renaissance was happening and just as Peggle was becoming a sensation, and it seemed like this might be the next big thing.
If one thing has become clear to me over the last couple of years, it’s that Those Who Game need even more ways to spend their cash on discounted games. In the lull between digital sales events that are engineered with more precision than Black Friday’s SWAT support, wallets are exposed to a paltry forty two thousand bundles and Steam has not yet incorporated second-long flash sales into its infrastructure.
Good news arrives in the form of Indie Pi ata, a collection of games selected by developers. They’re all on Steam and if you own one, you qualify for discounts on the rest. I’m not particularly interested in the discounts (too common), but I am intrigued by the idea of dev-curated collections. Particularly now that keeping track of ‘new’ releases on Steam has become rather difficult.
I have to confess that I’m playing Super Splatters with my feet propped up on my desk and a joypad in my hands. I could play it with the mouse and keyboard, but this just feels right, which makes sense as it was previously an Xbox 360 game. Now it’s here on the PC, and I’ve spent the morning bursting goo balls over bombs, and tactically smearing my viscera to the delight of a TV audience. It is an odd and delightful game. (more…)