mindful xp is releasing our 4th game, The Path Taken. Guide a young boy as he descends into his village’s temple as part of his coming-of-age.
First and foremost, we’d like to declare this as a prototype, and not a finished game as such. Ultimately we’re leaving it unfinished in order to move on to another project, since we feel that in order to execute fully on our original concept would take a much longer time than we’re comfortable with.
While The Path Taken may not be as meaningful or elegant as we’d have hoped for, it does include some of the things we were trying to go for in terms of making a meaningful experience. Please feel free to play and comment!
Our game R-evolution placed 3rd at the STATTMEDIA Game Contest! We mocked this up for a laugh:
Competition laurels are possibly one of the lamest forms of self-aggrandizement
As we mentioned before, R-evolution was a finalist in the 5 BUTTONS Competition being run by Experimental Gameplay Project. Because of that, we had the awesome opportunity to be displayed at the Stattbad Wedding gallery in Berlin for people to come play our game among all of the other finalists.
As reported to us by one of the organizers, R-evolution was played in three sessions during the night. R-evolution isn’t the most, uh, friendly of games, so the first and second times it was played the players couldn’t get to the end. But, a daring group of friends wanted to try it out, and as the third time was the charm, they finished it to “an amazing roaring clapping and yelling from the public.” So awesome!
We’d like to thank all of the organizers as well as congratulate everyone else who were shown or entered – it’s incredibly thrilling to have independent games exposed to the public-at-large – shows like the STATTMEDIA event, NYU Game Center’s No Quarter, and venues like Babycastles go a long way in showing people the wide range of non-commercial and non-industry games out there, and us here at mindful xp are super happy that we could be a part of it.
We should have some pictures from the event posted shortly, and also releasing R-evolution on the site, so stay tuned!
Last night we decided to put our 3rd game, Scott Told Himself, on developmental hiatus as we continue with different projects.
This was not an easy decision. A major component of our project with mindful xp is creating game after game in rapid succession. We’ve been working on Scott Told Himself for 10 days now. Typically we had hope to spend about a week per project, but with Scott we pushed ahead after our deadline hoping that one last major push would finish things up. Yet even with these late nights the game is still incomplete, a bunch of systems lacking any connective tissue.
With most projects it would make sense to release a prototype and move on. Especially with rapid prototyping not every game idea will work out and there are valuable lessons to be learned from every experience. With Scott Told Himself, there are a few lessons from its short development that we feel are important going forward.
Without getting too deeply into the “ARE GAMES ART?!” non-debate, I’d like to cover why we don’t refer to our games as art games, or arthouse games. Continue reading
Hello guys! Ever wanted to know about our work-life balance? Here is a comic that talks about that.
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At mindful xp we don’t have the luxury of any significant downtime after each project. Prototyping a new game very week means our turnaround time needs to be pretty immediate. And so the night we finished wrapping up Connections we were already starting on our next project.
So here is a screenshot of our 3rd game. With Valentine’s Day coming up it occurred to us that creating a relevant game for the season could be a lot of fun. So we’re working on a game that’s about the small moments and awkwardness of being attracted to someone.
It’s all still very early, but here’s a screenshot for your eyes only.
Our first (or second) project is now released! Connections is a game about finding, cultivating, and juggling relationships all the relationships in a lifetime. As you grow you are given the opportunity to form new connections, rekindle old ones, and decide how you want to play.
We’ll be talking more about Connections with a full postmortem soon. But until then you can play Connections on our site or on Kongregate right now. Let us know what you think via our new rating system or the comments directly on our page.
“Play our game in Berlin!”
Or is that “im Berlin”? Is using imperative mood right in this context? German class was too long ago!
Our game R-evolution, made for the 5 BUTTONS Compo at Experimental Gameplay Project, was chosen as a finalist! That means that R-evolution will be playable in the STATTBAD Wedding gallery (inside a drained 19th century swimming pool?!) in Berlin as part of a public showing on February 17th, along with other awesome games submitted to the compo.
If you’re in the Berlin area next week, go and have fun at what looks to be a killer night of games and live music, and support indie games!
Project 1 (now called “Connections”) shares a fair bit of commonality with Rod Humble’s “The Marriage” – both are abstract in aesthetics, expressive about personal relationships, obscure…
We made the conscious decision to not pursue the level of abstraction that The Marriage embraces, though. Why? Continue reading