Escape Goat 2 is a sequel to the original puzzle platformer, Escape Goat. The game revolves around solving single-room puzzles as the level shifts and moves around you. Escape Goat 2 was only announced back in January, but is already coming along extraordinarily. This is in part due to the fact that Ian Stocker of MagicalTimeBean has actually split up the workload and is working with an artist and another programmer who helped him on the new lighting engine. The game is prettier than ever, but the core gameplay elements, twisting puzzle rooms, and magical mouse companion all remain intact. Perhaps the biggest change in the game is the much more linear approach. In the first game, you could choose which group of levels you wanted to tackle via an overworld hub. In the sequel, the game will be much more linear, but there will be secret doors and branching paths off of the core levels. Even this early build of the game had tight controls and some tough puzzles. Keep an eye out for more on Escape Goat 2 by visiting MagicalTimeBean’s official website or following Ian on twitter @MagicalTimeBean.
Just a couple weeks ago we brought you the news of when the IndieGameStand would be launching, and today is the day! The IndieGameStand is a service that will offer handpicked indie games for the enticing “pay what you want” price. What separates the IndieGameStand from other indie game services that let you choose your price, is there’s a bargain every 96 hours. That’s right, almost three times a week you’ll be able to get a great deal on some unique games.
The first game the service has to offer is Escape Goat. In Escape Goat you are trapped inside the Prison of Agnus for the crime of witchcraft. Not departing from the name of the title, you of course play as a goat. A goat accused of witchcraft? I like it already! Aiding you through the game will be your tiny crafty mouse pal. Your job is to help them outsmart the dungeon’s infernal traps, puzzles, and machinery to escape the prison in this puzzle-platformer.
Escape Goat features 100 unique rooms, a built-in level editor that enables players to share their own creations, and a bonus and main campaign. Check out the trailer below to get a better look at the 8-bit graphics and awesome soundtrack.
For those who beat the average price for Escape Goat on the IndieGameStand, you will be awarded with a free MP3 soundtrack. If you pay a dollar or more you’ll even unlock the game on Desura. Developers of Escape Goat, MagicalTimeBean, have selected the American Red Cross to recieve 10% of the proceeds from this 96-hour sale.
Don’t forget to check into the IndieGameStand from here on out so you don’t miss out on any good deals on games, or opportunities to support some indie devs and charities. You can subscribe to the IndieGameStand on Twitter and Facebook to always be alerted when a new deal goes live. For the latest updates and future projects of Ian Stocker, the creator of Escape Goat, be sure to follow him on Twitter.
Were you one of the lucky 18,000 or so people who nabbed the most recent Indie Royale bundle? Well, you’re the proud owner of one copy of Escape Goat. It’s a great game, and the PC version is twice as long (and thrice as hard) as the original Xbox Live Indie Games release. It can be even longer (and harder) if you like it that way; the game includes a full level editor, and easily shared level files. The only thing it was missing was an official place to share your custom dungeons full of goat-torture with other, like-minded people.
Thankfully, the developer has opened an official Custom Worlds page. Currently it only contains one new world for the game, although that number should increase quickly as word spreads that there’s an official level-sharing page. No worries about file-hosting either, as it lets you upload the levels direct to the sharing board. If you’ve made any Escape Goat levels, share it with the world and let the puzzle-platforming fun continue. And if you don’t own Escape Goat? Go buy it on Desura. It’s really good.
Need more goats in your platformers, sir? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that Escape Goat is coming to the PC, you batty fool.
If you weren’t familiar with Magical Time Bean’s original effort on the Xbox Live Indie Games service, Escape Goat is a delightfully kooky puzzle platformer in which a goat, having been incarcerated in a prison after performing illicit acts of witchcraft, attempts to escape said prison by enlisting the aid of a benevolent mouse. Using his unrivalled agility and impetuous cunning, the goat must overcome a myriad of traps, obstacles and menacing baddies as he attempts to pull off the greatest escape in goat history since the liberation of Asschwitz. I’m so sorry.
You might have noticed that Microsoft has highlighted a few choice Xbox Live Indie Games over the last couple weeks, ten to be precise. I suppose we should be happy that Microsoft decided to pay any attention whatsoever to their oft-forgotten indie channel, but, for some reason, I can’t help but be disappointed.
Big haul this week for you Xbox Live Indie Gamers out there. Not only did we have DLC Quest come out (which I reviewed yesterday) but also MagicalTimeBean’s newest XBLIG hit Escape Goat which actually takes “Pick of the Week.”
I honestly thought about giving PotW to DLC Quest again, but figured it was probably better to highlight another fantastic indie title… Anyway, enjoy this week’s picks!
MagicalTimeBean, developer of such Soulcaster and Soulcaster 2, has already established itself on the market as being one of the best developers making Xbox Live Indie Games. Soulcaster and its sequel are easily two of the best games available on the service and if you haven’t tried them then you’re missing out.
This post, however, is not about Soulcaster, this post is about MagicalTimeBean’s next XBLIG title: Escape Goat.