Games and prototypes by Ciro Continisio

The Indie Speed Run is looming on us!

Just a quick blog post to tell you all that next week, I’m going to participate in the Indie Speed Run with two of the top-tier backers for UFHO2! The original text of the reward description (among other things): […] we’ll have a brainstorming about a small game which then we will develop with your creative help. As a part of their rewards, in fact, the backers of this tier were supposed to be able to brainstorm and create a game with me. We will use the Indie Speed Run as an excuse to do it, and to do it fast!.. Read More

Global Game Jam 2011

Recently I found this nice blog post from William Dyce about the Global Game Jam. The lessons he claims to have learned are really useful, and it was nice of him to share them. I will instead just post a recap and some impressions on the whole event. With photos. Last week I went back to Verona, Italy (from Spain where I am at the moment) to attend the Global Game Jam 2011. I could have done it here, since there was a venue at the Universidad Complutense, but the occasion in Verona was much too interesting to lose it… Read More

Stickers and minicards

Finally, the stickers are here! Click for a bigger image As before with the minicards, I ordered them on Moo.com. The print quality turned out great as always, even though the guys at Moo managed to cut out a very small part of the ‘y’ letter. I am sure I followed the guide files they provide though!… Well, not too bad. The stickers are still very nice and the text is readable enough, considered their small size.

Ticketless is live!

Even if this blog may seem only UFHO-related, actually it’s about all things Tiny Colossus. So here I am, to present you our latest game: Ticketless! Actually it went live one week ago, but since I’ve had quite a few adventures and a new life in the meantime, I didn’t have the time to post it here. Ok, I’m also very lazy. So, here’s the game on the sponsor’s website: http://www.gimme5games.com/play-game/ticketless Or on the classic portals that we all love, if for any reason you want to play it there: http://www.kongregate.com/games/TinyColossus/ticketless http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/545295 The game is very simple, and instructions are.. Read More

We’re on IndieDB too

What to say, another good thing for indie devs! ModDB, the site dedicated to mods and one-man-band games, felt it was necessary to create a whole new place for indie developers around the world. The name says it all, IndieDB. We as Tiny Colossus couldn’t miss the appointment, so we jumped in the DB. Tiny Colossus’ page is here: http://www.indiedb.com/company/tiny-colossus UFHO: Space Academy page is here: http://www.indiedb.com/games/ufho-space-academy By the way, they also have the group for the italian indie game portal, IndieVault.it. If you happen to be italian and indie at the same time, and you’re reading this, head for this page immediately.. Read More

E3 and stuff

They say we are indie game developers, and this is unquestionably true, for the most common definition of ‘indie’ revolves around the money available to the developer, and that money surely isn’t here. With this cleared, I feel the need to spend two words on the big game fair that is the E3, taking place in Los Angeles in these very days. I think some indie game blogs have chosen not to speak about it, like some form of silent acknowledgement of distance from the mainstream scene. I don’t share this line of thought: after all, they are games all.. Read More

UFHO in BIT.TRIP Runner!

I found it! It took me a lot of time because it’s very hidden and more concealed than the other pixel art, but at last… it’s actually everywhere! Check it out, in the lower left corner of the screen (the purple pink jelly, on the wall in the underground). (Click for higher res) By the way, this game is totally awesome. I was not convinced at first, I thought it was something like a Canabalt clone. (we are doing a ‘runner’ game ourselves…) IT.IS.NOT. It’s a wonderfully constructed game, with an appealing soundtrack. It’s actually the most melodic of all.. Read More

UFHO in BIT.TRIP Runner?

Some time ago, the cool guys at Gaijin Games proposed to the readers of their blog to create some pixel art to include in their latest game, BIT.TRIP Runner. I managed to sneak in a piece at the last second (last hour actually), and being without inspiration, I drew some UFHO characters in pixel art style. That night Alex Neuse of Gaijin replied to me telling the characters were very cool, but I never figured out if they decided to include them or not. It turns out that they did! They revealed the art that made into the game, and.. Read More

The Humble Indie Bundle!

Those crazy geniuses (geniuses? is this the plural of genius?) of the Wolfire team have created another crazy initiative. But this time for good. The Humble Indie Bundle is, like the name implies, a bundle of indie games. It’s humble because you pay what you want. That’s right, you can have all 6 games in the bundle for as low as 1 cent. It’s crazy. The games are World of Goo (2D Boy), Acquaria (Bit Blot), The Gish (Edmund McMillen), Lugaru HD (Wolfire Games), Penumbra Overture (Frictional Games), and at the last second, Samorost 2 (Amanita Design). So, you can.. Read More

Spotlight: Tiny & Big: Up that mountain

Ok, here we are, another spotlight. I know, you’d die for more UFHO news, but I couldn’t help myself but share this with you, it’s too cool. It’s from a game called Tiny & Big: Up that mountain, in development by a small studio in Germany: I’ll leave any consideration on the awesomeness* to you… * like a friend of mine would say