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January 18, 2021  

085: Kill ‘X’ Amount of Jerks

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We're jam-packed with video game goodness once again, so let's get right into it!

DJ's PS5 has officially arrived as of this week, and he was delightfully surprised by the console's pack-in game, Astro's Playroom.  And after that, you know he's getting straight into Demon's Souls, which is definitely the system seller for Sony's new platform!

John is sticking it to a whole bunch of creeps and jerks in Grindstone, which has finally been released outside of the sphere of Apple Arcade—there's a pretty good chance that we'll be discussing this game further in the future, once some more of us get our hands on the latest puzzler from Capybara Games.

Kevin takes a brief moment to remove his foot from his mouth, as we discuss a little more Unruly HeroesRayman.  From there, he's giving a little love to our pals at SuperTry Studios, who just released their 12th game of 2020 last month, Bazooka Panic!  He also discovers a new indie developer, Dazlog, and touches on a couple of their games, Mystical SamuraiBobo Gooey.

Finally, Randall closes us out with the next gen basketball experience, as he's been plowing through NBA2K21's management mode—he's already dismantled his hometown team, the Detroit Pistons, and won back-to-back championships?!?

 

Timestamps:

Playstation 5  -  00:01:01

Astro's Playroom  -  00:01:48

Demon's Souls  -  00:04:45

Grindstone  -  00:15:14

Unruly Heroes & Rayman Legends  -  00:23:50

Bazooka Panic!  -  00:30:44

Mystical Samurai  -  00:32:14

Bobo Gooey  -  00:32:54

NBA2K21  -  00:34:51

 

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January 11, 2021  

084: When You Have No Brain Left

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We're less than full-strength for the first time in a little while, missing DJ this week, but we've still got plenty of games to talk about this week!

Randall gets us started with his first impressions of the Xbox Series X and appears to be incredibly happy with his purchase so far!  Between Xbox Game Pass and the platform-wide backwards compatibility, he's already got a slew of games to re-experience before splurging on the console's true next-gen offerings!

Speaking of Game Pass, Kevin & Randall have also been checking out Unruly Heroes from Magic Design Studios, consisting of many former Rayman Origins/Rayman Legends devs.  We're almost entirely at odds during this conversations—do you agree with either one of us?

From there, Kevin highlights a couple of indie demos that we streamed over on our Twitch channel recently, Aurascope & Elechead.  Whether you like your platformers precision-y or puzzle-y, we have a feeling you'll be adding one, if not both, of these to your wishlist!

After Kevin hyped up the PICO-8 fantasy console last week, John shares his thoughts on a variety of games, including a couple that we talked about last week (and in our Discord), while highlighting a few more gems, as well.

Finally, Kevin wraps things up with -SPROUT-, which we streamed a full playthrough of after the game's developer, Zedsquadron, sent us over a copy of his awesome lil' precision platformer!

 

Timestamps:

Xbox Series X  -  00:01:03

Unruly Heroes & Rayman Legends  -  00:08:46

Aurascope  -  00:20:58

Elechead  -  00:24:31

PICO-8  -  00:26:01

-----> High Stakes  -  00:26:33

-----> Breakolf  -  00:27:58

-----> Molecules  -  00:31:13

-----> Wandering Magic  -  00:35:53

-SPROUT-  -  00:44:36

 

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January 4, 2021  

083: The Wario Stuff

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  It's our first episode of the new year, and we're kicking off 2021 with a boatload of games to talk about, so let's get started...

DJ gets the ball rolling with a bunch of multiplayer gaming that he's been doing lately, starting off with a Killer Queen Black & Rocket League session that he had with Randall & John over the weekend, and wrapping up with some Apex Legends.  It hasn't been all competitive gaming for DJ though, as he's also been playing some Mario's Super Picross.

Kevin finally got around to booting up the PICO-8 fantasy console, which was included in the itchio Bundle for Racial Justice & Equality, and highlights a handful of the standouts he's played this week.

From faux-retro to neo-retro, Randall finally got his hands on the Analogue Nt Mini Noir that he ordered back in February—the retro enthusiast's definitive HD NES experience!  And he's super into it!

John closes us out with a little comfort food, as he's been plowing through one of his all-time favorites, Tales of Symphonia, before moving onto a later entry in the series, Tales of Vesperia—and he's already well over 30 hours in...

 

Timestamps:

Multiplayer Gaming  -  00:00:46

-----> Killer Queen Black  -  00:01:08

-----> Rocket League  -  00:02:21

-----> Apex Legends  -  00:06:40

Mario's Super Picross  -  00:11:44

PICO-8  -  00:19:27

-----> High Stakes  -  00:21:38

-----> Marballs 1 & 2  -  00:24:23

-----> Combo Pool  -  00:25:25

-----> 8 Legs to Love  -  00:26:21

-----> Just One Boss  -  00:27:31

Analogue Nt Mini Noir  -  00:29:13

Tales of Symphonia  -  00:34:48

Tales of Vesperia  -  00:36:52

 

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December 28, 2020  

Episode Number Holiday Edition - 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels...and welcome to our second annual, end-of-the-year, wrap-up episode!?!  [Click here for last year's episode!]

To close out 2020, we're highlighting a BUNCH of our favorite games that came up on the podcast over the course of the year—consider it our version of the GOTYs.  And we're closing things out by looking forward to 2021, each resolving to play something from each of our respective backlogs before the clock strikes 2022...

 

PP.GOTYs:

Kevin  -  00:02:10

---> Lonely Mountains: Downhill | Kero Blaster | Daniel Linssen & mmatt_ugh

Randall  -  00:11:54

---> AC:NH | Monster Boy & The Cursed Kingdom | Streets of Rage 4

DJ  -  00:23:32

---> Invisible, Inc. | Resident Evil VII: Biohazard | Hades

John  -  00:31:07

---> Animal Crossing: New Horizons | Hades | A Short Hike

2021 Resolutions:

John: Murder by Numbers  -  00:41:36

DJ: Deltarune   -  00:42:47

Randall: Ori and the Will of the Wisps  -  00:43:47

Kevin: Hyper Light Drifter  -  00:45:00

 

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December 21, 2020  

082: Don’t Put Words in Miyamoto’s Mouth

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We've got a full house again this week, and a whole bunch of video games to talk about, so let's get started...

DJ kicks us off with an update on Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout and finds himself getting sucked back into the game after the Season 2 update—and after burning ourselves out last time it came up.  He also goes on a high-jinks-filled little adventure in Mom Hid My Game.

Kevin was really looking forward to checking out Disc Room, but ended up being pretty disappointed with how the game ended up coming together, in spite of its addictive gameplay mechanics.  That said, he checked out a couple of entries from the Disc Room Game Jam, Harvest Doom & Pigments, and ends up finding more of what he was looking for!  He also ripped through the original Celeste 'Classic' on the PICO-8 fantasy console.

Randall is moving us into the neo-retro realm, and also into the wide world of sports, as he recently started playing NHL '94 Rewind—a bonus retro classic courtesy of his NHL '21 pre-order!

John's been playing through the SNES All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3 (for some reason?!?), and we inevitably end up going down the Mario rabbit hole (or warp pipe, perhaps?) to close out the episode this week...

 

Timestamps:

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Season 2)  -  00:01:09

Mom Hid My Game  -  00:06:38

Disc Room  -  00:09:34

Disc Room Game Jam  -  00:15:11

-----> Harvest Doom  -  00:16:12

-----> Pigments  -  00:17:55

Celeste 'Classic' on PICO-8  -  00:20:23

NHL '94 Rewind  -  00:21:43

Super Mario 3 / All-Stars / World  -  00:26:57

 

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December 14, 2020  

Episode Number Interview Edition — w/ Ikenfell Composers - Aivi Tran & Sabrielle Augustin

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We're breaking the mold once again this week, as we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to chat with Aivi Tran & Sabrielle Augustin—two of the composers of the fabulous Ikenfell soundtrack!

We talked about Ikenfell on the podcast a few week's back and the OST was certainly one of the standout feature of the game, for a multitude of reasons! 

We keep it (mostly) *spoiler-free* as we dig deep into the inspirations behind the soundtrack, how this masterful team of composers & musicians came together, and get to know two of the artists behind the game a little bit better!

Thanks again so much to Aivi & Sabrielle for taking the time to sit down & chat with us!  Please check out their work(s), Ikenfell and beyond.

 

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December 6, 2020  

081: Nathan Drake Just Did Not Rub Me the Right Way

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We are absolutely jam-packed with video game goodness this week, so let's get right to it...

John kicks us off with some more Control talk, which leads into a general discussion about aerial combat in games after he tracks down his Daemon X Machina cartridge.

Kevin's been streaming a whole bunch of games on our Twitch channel lately and specifically carves out some time to discuss a couple more games that were included in the itchio Bundle for Racial Justice & Equality, Zone of Lacryma & Eves Drop.

Dj's been bouncing around a little bit himself, first polishing off Watch Dogs 2, and then plowing through Rise of the Tomb Raider in no time flat—let's just say, Nathan Drake is no Lara Croft!

Everyone but John has been sinking some serious time into Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair and the three of us have some widely differing opinions on this modern 2D platformer.

Randall closes things out by selling all of us HARD on the TurboGrafx-16 Mini, one of the latest additions to the mini retro console lineup...though there's a pretty good chance you missed out on the vast majority of these games the first time around, just like we did!

 

Timestamps:

Control  -  00:03:41

Daemon X Machina  -  00:07:23

Kevin's Been Streaming..... -  00:13:46

-----> Alan Wake  -  00:13:46

-----> Kero Blaster (Omake mode)  -  00:15:04

-----> Donut County  -  00:15:17

-----> Zone of Lacryma  -  00:16:21

-----> Eves Drop  -  00:19:03

-----> 10S  -  00:22:48

Watch Dogs 2  -  00:23:59

Rise of the Tomb Raider  -  00:24:59

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair  -  00:27:37

TurboGrafx-16 Mini  -  00:45:02

 

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November 30, 2020  

080: Be Prepared For Pain

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We're back with a full house again this week, and we kick things off with a little gaming session in the clouds!

John snagged Control on Switch immediately after it was announced, during the most recent Nintendo Direct.  He shares his initial thoughts on both the game, and the prospect of streaming games over the interweb.

Kevin & Randall are getting their asses handed to them by Sky Racket, a tennis-inspired bullet hell shmup that's bursting with character!

Kevin also circles back around to briefly mention a couple of games he's finished off recently, Gato Roboto & Kero Blaster, before digging into his latest arcade obsession, Null Drifter.

DJ closes us out with a trio of games as well, beginning with follow-ups to our conversations on Undertale & Haque, before getting into his initial thoughts on Watch Dogs 2 after checking out the trial...

 

Timestamps:

Control (on Nintendo Switch)  -  00:01:44

Sky Racket  -  00:17:23

Gato Roboto  -  00:26:48

Kero Blaster  -  00:28:07

Null Drifter  -  00:29:22

Undertale  -  00:34:04

Haque  -  00:39:57

Watch Dogs 2  -  00:43:40

 

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November 23, 2020  

079: Should I Pet This Puppy?

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  DJ & Kevin are both getting their resolution games from 'Episode Number Holiday Edition 2019' in under the wire this week, before we start thinking about wrapping things up for 2020.

DJ gets us started with Deadbolt from Hopoo Games, stealth-driven action platformer that (mostly) lives up to our lofty expectations from the mighty Risk of Rain 1 & 2 devs!

Before Kevin gets to his own resolution, he takes a stab at Transistor from SuperGiant Games—after being both in love and overwhelmed by the intense combat in their latest release, Hades—and ends up plowing straight through it.  It was also John's resolution game, but he already talked about it earlier this year like a responsible human being.

After that, it's onto Undertale, which Kevin, unfortunately, bounced off of pretty hard.  However, it did get Randall to fire up the game for the first time and he ended up playing all the way through to the end, while DJ dives deep down the rabbit hole of 'multiple endings.'

Finally, we close things out with Ikenfell, another cheeky turn-based RPG with its own set of unique combat mechanics, pulling heavily from series like XCOM & Paper Mario.

*Ikenfell also has an INCREDIBLE original soundtrack and we were fortunate to sit down with two of the game's composers, Aivi Tran & Sabrielle Augustin, for a fun and informative conversation!  The interview episode will be coming SOON...stay tuned!*

 

Discussed:

Deadbolt (DJ's Resolution)  -  00:01:04

Transistor (John's Resolution)  -  00:05:27

Undertale (Kevin's Resolution)  -  00:08:26

Ikenfell  -  00:32:02

 

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November 15, 2020  

078: It’s Video Game Time

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  This week, John kicks things off with a new arcade puzzler, Petal Crash, and he's certainly got the rest of our attentions!

Kevin spotlights Yin and Yang, the latest release from mmatt_ugh, and it's yet another slam dunk puzzle platformer.  After that, it's onto the buttery precision platforming of RITE.

Speaking of slam dunks, Randall is back on his NBA2K20 bullshit, this time digging deep into the depths of MyGM mode!

 

Discussed:

Petal Crash  -  00:02:28

Yin and Yang  -  00:12:49

Apple  -  00:16:07

RITE  -  00:16:46

NBA2K20 (MyGM mode)  -  00:22:00

 

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November 8, 2020  

077: You Guys Are Nuts

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  Although we're missing John this week, all four of us have been playing some Killer Queen Black thanks to another ludicrous deal on the Nintendo Switch eshop!

From there, Randall & Kevin have mixed thoughts on The Gardens Between, which we discussed digging into a few weeks back on the podcast—once again, thanks to Xbox Game Pass.

Kevin tackles Zangyou mode (aka 'New Game +') in Kero Blaster and moves onto another game with an amazing 'New Game +' all its own, Super Mario 3D Land—Randall also joins in on the gush-fest!

DJ ended up picking up Super Mario Bros. 35 again and is seemingly trying to '100%' the game, in typical DJ fashion.  Please don't take this game away from us, Nintendo!

 

Discussed:

Killer Queen Black  -  00:01:09

The Gardens Between  -  00:14:15

Kero Blaster (Zangyou mode) - 00:24:05

Super Mario 3D Land  -  00:29:55

Super Mario Bros. 35  -  00:41:13

 

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November 1, 2020  

076: There’s a Price to Pay

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels. It's a full house once again and you know we couldn't talk about Hades for only one week!

DJ & John are digging deeper into the depths of hell this week, but before we get there, we've all been dabbling in the newly released Super Mario Bros. 35—another addition to Nintendo's ongoing celebration of Mario's 35th anniversary!

Kevin's doing his usual thing and highlights a couple of little indie gems!  We stick with the devilish theme first, and discuss yet another game entitled Imp, this time from developer Andy Miller.  After that, it's time to deliver some pizzas to some cute lil' rabbits in Bunny Eats, from Securas, aka 'SunshineMan'.

John closes us out with another overlooked indie, Super Crush KO, from Vertex Pop—a side-scrolling, high-score chasing beat 'em up that sounds right up all of our alleys!

 

Discussed:

Super Mario Bros. 35  -  00:01:38

Hades  -  00:14:28

Imp  - 00:29:17

Bunny Eats  -  00:31:59

Super Crush KO  -  00:35:46

 

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November 1, 2020  

Episode Number Interview Edition — Lewmoth (Indie Game Composer)

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We're breaking the formula a bit this week, as we had the pleasure to sit down with Lewmoth, a game composer & sound designer who's worked on a number incredible indie games—with even more still in the works.

We had already played stuff like Lianthus & Control Co., but Lewmoth has worked on an incredibly wide variety of games, as well as within many different musical styles & genres. 

We'll be back with a normal episode next week, but we're looking forward to lining up some more guest interviews in the future.  Stay tuned!

 

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November 1, 2020  

075: It’s in High-Definition Now

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  This week, we're finally getting into some of the recently released heavy-hitters on Nintendo Switch, starting things off with a discussion on Super Mario 3D All-Stars.  Continuing the Mario celebration, John checks out Mario's Super Picross, which recently came to North America for the first time via Nintendo Switch Online.

From there, Kevin highlights Guardian Sphere and a few other indie gems from a team of brothers, Pixel-boy & AAA.  He also gets his first taste of a Project Touhou game & is really digging the insanity that is Touhou: Luna Nights.

DJ follows up on his brief DOOM: Eternal experience from a few weeks ago now that he's polished it off and he loved it from start to finish!  We stick around in Hell for the rest of the episode, as we're all still trying to escape from Hades, the recently released action roguelike from Supergiant Games—well, all of us except for DJ!

 

Discussed:

Super Mario 3D All-Stars  -  00:01:07

Mario's Super Picross  -  00:10:02

Guardian Sphere  - 00:13:45

Touhou: Luna Nights  -  00:18:01

DOOM: Eternal  -  00:22:13

Hades  -  00:26:35

 

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November 1, 2020  

074: This is My Comfort Food

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  Kevin's been gushing about New Super Lucky's Tale like crazy lately, so Randall & Tina booted it up this week to plow through a few more levels; once again, thanks to Xbox Game Pass

Speaking of Game Pass, Randall & Kevin are loving the retro-arcade vibes of Hotshot Racing, which hearkens back to SEGA's best low-poly arcade racers, Outrun & Virtua Racing.

After that, DJ & Kevin dig deep into a couple of turn-based roguelikes, starting with Invisible, Inc., just before Kevin's PS Plus subscription expires.  After that, we finally get around to discussing Haque from Kevin Cole & the rest of the team at SuperTry Studios.

Randall & Kevin close us out with a commitment to play & discuss The Gardens Between in the near future, once again thanks to our Xbox Game Pass subscriptions.

 

Discussed:

New Super Lucky's Tale -  00:01:55

Hotshot Racing  -  00:09:39

Invisible, Inc. -  00:17:40

Haque  -  00:30:18

Syncing up on Xbox Game Pass  -  00:46:04

 

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