I stumbled across Mark Richards whilst reading one of my favourite blogs by Frills'n'Spills where some of his handiwork was featured as a badge on their blog. I contacted him and he made me this absolutely brilliant badge for my blog! I am a bit of a retro gaming fan: I have my Sega Megadrive rigged up in my house, and the most advanced gaming console I own is a Playstation (the original one). So naturally I adore my new pixel art self, and blog badge! Mark is a thoroughly nice chap and if you like what he does I suggest you check out his Twitter and the game he is developing (links below).
My lovely new blog badge!
I absolutely love point and click adventure games from the early 90's, TheMonkey Island games starring Guybrush Threepwood (a mighty pirate!) are still some of my all-time favourite games, along with Loom, Broken Sword, the Dig, Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle. There has been a bit of a resurgence of this style of gaming in recent years, especially in the amateur scene (though it is still under-appreciated in my opinion!) and I recently bought 'Ben There, Dan That' and 'Time Gentlemen, Please' and loved them both for their retro feel.
Mark is currently working on a new retro style sci-fi adventure game called The longevity Gene. The basic plot: you find yourself completely unaware of your identity, trapped on a damaged cargo ship hurtling towards the surface of an industrial world. Flung into a dystopian world of corrupt corporations and a society divided by technology, you must find out who you are and why you were hidden as cargo... cue puzzle-solving, adventure, midi music, and old-school graphics! I am in no doubt that I am going to love his game when he releases it (in two parts) over the next few months. Until then, here are some tantalising screen-shots for you to feast your eyes on...