The Kid 1-1

The music and levels from The Kid section of Super Meat Boy are forever etched into the fabric of my DNA. It’s what separates the boys from the super meat boys.

Super Meat Boy is the kind of hard-as-a-diamond-core platformer that I’m glad exists but do not have the force of will to actually make serious progress in.  My mind knows the way to go but my fingers betray me at one crucial moment or another, go after go, and I end up in a demoralized funk.

So instead I play it’s weird cousin The Binding of Isaac and for some reason enjoy that slightly slower pace of inevitably dying because I’m bad at it.

Whispering Rocks Psychic Summer Camp

Psychonauts remains one of my favorite games, clinic I’ve played it many times. I Drew this back when I first read about Mapstalgia on Rock, Paper, Shotgun but never got around to uploading it. Now I regret drawing it on lined paper but since there still isn’t any Psychonauts map here (really?! why?) and there’s currently a lack of maps I figured I’d upload it anyway.

“upload it anyway” is exactly the right sort of thing to do.  Besides, you can take it as a lesson learned for you next one!

all stages

My brother got this and Super Mario Bros. with his NES (which became our NES much to his chagrin).  It’s ridiculous how many hours a kid can play a game that’s only four screens long.  Just recently, my friends and I stumbled across a beach side arcade in York Beach, ME which had the cabinet of DK Jr. in its collection, into which I promptly dumped many quarters.

One time when I was a kid, I went to a family wedding in Montana, and the hotel we were staying at had a few arcade machines in a cubby down the hall from our room.  And Donkey Kong Jr. was not the best game of the bunch, but it was, importantly, the only game that was apparently in free-play mode.  I don’t know if I’d ever even seen the game before that, but as a bored kid who wasn’t all that into socializing with extended family and friends or dancing at a wedding reception, that DK Jr. machine pretty much kept me sane.

dod_aleutian

Probably my favourite map at the moment except for dod_tiger2_b2. I tend to play as Allies, go through the middle path then out the window to the double-cap, then try to push the Axis first. I’m fairly hazy on the Axis spawn area but I think the rest is fairly accurate (though maybe the scale is a bit off).

Or if I get bored I’ll prone in a corridor with a bazooka ready to shoot the ceiling.

Outset Island

I loved this game when it came out. I used to play it all the time, doctor and I spent ages exploring. Particularly Outset Island when I was running around getting used to it all and admiring all the bright colours. I added notes for stuff I remembered, like where a few of the people where, who the house belonged to, and important events and stuffed that happened. I tried to note where all those little pigs you had to collect were but I could only definately remember 1 or 2 of them and guessed the rest. It has a bit of a weird 2D/3D perspective this map, but I don’t mind. I compared it to a picture of Outset Island afterwards and I think I did pretty well! Forgot a few stones/trees/ledges etc, but other than that I’m pleased :)