Like Knytt? Play this: Nifflas releases his Great Work for free
Jan 29, 2013
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Knytt developer Nicklas 'Nifflas' Nygren has released his latest game, and for free.
The Great Work
has a lot in common with his recent
, set as it is in a network of shadowy caves, but once you delve in there are a number of subtle differences, which may feel unfamiliar to fans of Nifflas' previous work. Interestingly, the game was developed for a documentary entitled
, which is "about Christer Böke who has taken one year off from his well-paid job as an IT-salesman to become a full-time Alchemist." Blimey.
In the game, you play as the apprentice to the great alchemist
, who as it happens has just created the Philosopher's Stone. He sends you off to alchemise up some gold, which as it turns out involves a lot of platforming and ingredient collection. The major difference from the Knytt games is the new inventory system, which replaces permanent abilities, letting you turn (for example) sticky gloves or high-jumping on or off. You'll also scrounge for and trade various ingredients and items with the strange residents of this subterranean locale.
Nicklas puts the length of The Great Work at around 1-2 hours, although he's stated to
that "it's however very easy to make additional levels for it and I hope this will take off." He's also released the game's source code, which is sure to be a fascinating document to poke around in, if you're interested in game development (and if you have a copy of Multimedia Fusion 2).
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