September 30, 2013 4:44 PM | Paul Hack
Made in only 48 hours (art, music, code, everything) for the Indie Speed Run, Inventor is the newest slice of twisted genius from Jack King-Spooner (Sluggish Morss: A Delicate Time in History). This short game encapsulates a lot of King-Spooner's favorite themes and really shows him flexing his creative muscles. It mixes the sublime with the grotesque, the humorous with the tragic, and the intimate with the fantastical to tell a devastating parable.
There's a lot to enjoy about Inventor, such as: the collage of art styles; the spooky, distorted, awesome music; the general spontaneity of the piece; its varied gameplay mechanics. The developer has done brief games-within-a-game before, in Will You Ever Return: In da Hood, but they were mostly recreations of other indie developers' work. One of Inventor's most stunning sequences is a collection of violent mini-games that are completely original creations, albeit made in the spirit of other popular videogames.
Everything is controlled with WASD or the arrow keys, as well as the spacebar. I don't think there's anywhere you can get stuck, so it shouldn't take you long to play through. As soon as I finished, I immediately refreshed the page to play again.
There's so much imagination, thoughtfulness, and gameplay packed into Inventor that its short duration felt like playing a much, much longer game. It's a real treat for the eye, ear, and mind. You can play it in your browser on Game Jolt or the author's website.
[via Nik Sudan]