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Thread Author: RiKo
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Space Giraffe is.....................?
RiKo
I'm not sure yet. lol I have been playing this game a fair bit lately (take a look at my gamer card Smile ). I can't work out if I like it! I love the trippy visuals and audio and the general weirdness (is by Jeff Minter of Mutant Camel and LLamatron fame).

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Its a little like Tempest but actually plays quite differently. I only just worked out how to play it properly after watching vids on Youtube and you need to let the aliens get to the rim whilst keeping the power zone extended so you can knock them off and get loads of points. I think most people don;t understand it fully and even now I can't work out if it is good or not. lol Has anyone else played this? I don't think it cost too much - I think it was half price
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Atomduck
Holy shit that looks awesome! So is this a homebrew game on the Jaguar?
 
RiKo
oh no sorry its on XBLA, but its by the same guy who did Tempest on Jag. I can't remember the price now I think it was 400 points. I'm not sure it sold too well - it got very good reviews in the magazines I saw though.

the music is great - its just one long mix track that keeps changing and only stops when you go to the title screen.
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NeoGeoNinja
YEP...
it does look just like Tempest doesn't it. Shame it's only on 360 :(

Ninja
 
Powerwave
ive always thought this game looks awesome but never got round to playing it. i was also interested in it because i loved mutant camels used to play that on my girls amiga i was the goat she was the camel haha

yeah i do love tempest so i should like this.
"Handsome punch-bags never loose battles"
- powerwave the punch bag (bonus kun's lame brother)
 
RiKo
I like your girlfriend Powerwave (in a completely non sexual way. lol), she sounds like a bit like me - what with all the Edge and the Amiga stuff. I used to have that game too. Um the goat count mount the camel if I remmeber. I liekd the flying telelphone boxes and it was free (well you only had to pay if you wanted to)

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RiKo
Ninja said :- YEP...
it does look just like Tempest doesn't it. Shame it's only on 360


but you can get Super Stardust HD! - another classic Amiga game. lol

In the instructions for Space Giraffe it says 'Space Giraffe is not Tempest!!!!' haha

I am a big fan of Jeff Minter, I follow him closely. i think he got pissed off because people kept saying that every system he got involved in after the Amiga/ST failed - Konix Multisystem, Panther, Jaguar, Neon (new Tempest game), and GameCube (cancelled Unity). I like that he has sheep and Llamas for pets and puts them in his games. He used to be called The Yak in the old 8 bit days.

He did the light synth for Microsoft for the 360 I have never seen it, its prob when you play a music CD I would guess.
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RiKo
Unity Unreleased fro GameCube - there is a another demo with more straight on 3D sections too

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Music sounds like Josh Wink
Edited by RiKo on 22. September 2009 13:33
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Mr Vengeance
Minter went off on one when this game failed to sell well initially when it came out on the 360 don't know how it done after that....

I played the demo, thought it was okay, but never bought it.... migh give it anothe go tonight actually....
 
NeoGeoNinja
RiKo wrote:
...Neon (new Tempest game)...


It was the Nuon. A format I had only found about around a year ago. I plan (one day?) to get hold of a Nuon player for myself as I really want the Nuon version of Iron Soldier 3 and Tempest 3000... which looks amazing btw.

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HOW MUCH... do you want that??! Grin

Ninja
 
RiKo
Hi Vengeance. Its not an easy game to get into - its taken me about 4 sessions, mainly cos its not actually Tempest - though you expect it to be. I am enjoying now I have worked out how to play it. Also I found out you can aim your 'hoof' shots using the 2nd analogue stick.

I can tell not many people bought it cos I am approx 2000th in the world and I have only got to level 10 (out of 100) It gets better and better though esp if you play really well cos it just gets madder and more beautiful - even the score starts dancing + distorting and your ship starts bopping too - defintely a grower!!!
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RiKo
sorry Ninja - didn;t see you there - page wasn't refreshed!haha yes I read lots about the Nuon, there was some kind of rubbish looking Karting game for it too. I think you can emulate the Nuon? might be worth trying. I read a review of Tempest 3K in Edge and they gave it great marks, they did slightly prefer the Jag version cos they said the increased visual power obscured the action a bit more - but then that was before the madness of Space Giraffe! lol - you do get used to it after a while. When I first started I used to try and collect bullets thinking they were powerups!
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Powerwave
riko: yeah my girls a die hard amiga girl she has it in storage but last year we played alot of mutant camels and my god i love that game i love the random things u shoot like the telephone boxes that u stated. yeah i was always mounting onto hanas camel when the going got too tough haha.

another great amiga game that we used to play and love was alien breed 3d i think its better than doom i lve it so much. its amazing how scary it can be yet with such minimal frames and graphics
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RiKo
Edge magazine this month has a big interview with Minter where he talks sales of Space Giraffe, and why he is no longer welcome on XBLA. I will try to scan it soon Smile

I was right - the game is 400 points - so maybe about £3.50!!!

Both Edge magazine and GamesTM mags 2 of most respected UK magazine gave it 8/10 while Official Xbox Magazine gave it 2/10 and called it worst game of 2007.

Reviews for Space Giraffe from both game critics and game players have been polarized. Jeff Minter has stated of the game, "Itís like Marmite. You wonít know unless you try."[21]

The first published professional review of Space Giraffe came in Official Xbox Magazine's September 2007 issue. Dan Amrich ("OXM Dan"Wink gave Space Giraffe a 2/10 rating, stating "You'll frequently die because you couldn't pick out the pulsating assassin from the warped playfield floating over the throbbing LSD nightmare that is the background, which makes this game uniquely aggravating." [19] OXM named Space Giraffe the "Worst Game of the Year" for 2007 in March 2008.[20]

Space Giraffe has received a more positive review from Angry Gamer, scoring an unusual "Holy crap this is awesome hell yes / 10 "[8]. The reviewer 'Flamey' praised the addictive mood of the game, although on the Angry Gamer podcast, Space Giraffe was called "annoying and pointless", with a reviewer commenting of the creator of the game; "Jeff, we love you, we just don't love Space Giraffe." Conversely, veteran video game journalist Stuart Campbell described Space Giraffe as "one of the best games released this year at any price"[22] but Campbell used the first letter of each paragraph to spell the phrase "MINTER IS A BIG TWATTY SPACKER TRUFAX". The February 2009 issue of PC Gamer awarded the PC version of the game a score of 92%.

Space Giraffe was also listed as 94th in EDGE (magazine)'s "The 100 Top Games to Play Today" list in the Edge 200th anniversary issue.

Edited by RiKo on 26. September 2009 14:42
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RiKo
Jeff Minter did the background visualisation visuals for Space Invaders Extreme too Smile

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Just realised when you listen to the sound effect son thsi game - it sounds just like Rez!!
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