Pixelated

Having grown up from the old NES days. I've always have fond memories of pixelated sprites. Super Mario, Contra, Mike Tyson's Punchout, Mario Kart... etc. There's just a certain kind of charm in these games that's not present in the current generation of entertainment. Perhaps it's nastalgia or a sign that I'm getting old. Either way, it's apparent that we're seeing a big revival of 8-bit culture. The biggest one being minecraft. Which recently had it's final release and sold almost 5 million copies already.

Why do people suddenly became interested in old school looking games in the past few years? I have many speculations and thoughts about that but we'll go over it another day.Save & Close

Amongst the many 8-bit products that came out through this trend, Swords & Sworcery from Super Brothers on the iOS platform really stood out to me. I really recommend anyone with an iphone or ipad to check this out. The game itself feels more like an art piece than a game. But every piece of art in the game is really polished and well designed.

 

* * * * * SPOILER ALERT from Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery on Vimeo.

 

 

In the past couple weeks I've been experimenting with my own pixel art.  It's really fun to see how different designs can look with changing just a couple pixels. In fact, when you're working with a character that's only 26 pixel wide, It really forces you to think efficiently. I was focusing purely on silohuettes and color/shape relationships. Here are a couple experiments, can you spot who they are?