March 14, 2012 3:00 AM | John Polson
Murigee is a 48-hour game jam of sorts that has been going on since 2009. In this ninth session, around 20 games were made around the topic of Phantasy Star Online 2, a hot-topic title which Sony just announced is headed to the PS Vita.
In a typical Murgee, developers are given a game around which to "demake" and tweak. While many entries use Flash, developers can distribute a downloadable game, too. The deadline isn't strictly enforced, either. Two days after the deadline has passed, those completed games are covered on a live broadcast across NicoNico (Japan's YouTube).
The game I enjoyed the most this session so far is the above pictured PSO 2 by Inada, cleverly spelled out as Pinkku Sokkusu Osage x2 or pink socks pigtails x2. You control the scary-looking face creature with pink-socked pigtails that crush different aliens and spaceships. To play, simply hit "Enter" or the "Space" key and use the arrows to move.
Anther clever game was ">Phanta shista- (sister) story, which avoids soda brand Fanta copyright infringement. The story of this action platformer is that two Phanta sisters were living peacefully in a refrigerator until suddenly one of them sprung a leak. Now the other sister must venture out to get plaster to save her from leaking to death.
Rokko Chan developer King Soukutu submitted Phantasy Star Offline. Like Rokko Chan, I died quite often but there was very little to make me want to play again this time around. (Despite this experience, make sure you've played Rokko Chan if you want to play a proper Mega Man ode).
The quality of game design from Murigee may not be up to par compared to some of what springs from Ludum Dare competitions, but the purpose here seems to be to just make a silly game and have fun. If you know of other game jams (in any non-English language), feel free to tell me about them below!