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Bear Essentials & Deep Winter

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By Kodiak


I recently tweeted that Graham Axten's Commodore 64 game, The Bear Essentials, had inspired me to come up with the Deep Winter game concept.

The Bear Essentials

I was very much smitten with the idea of an animal character that wanted to get ready for winter, so looking at my old code for Colony (the original name for Parallaxian), it occurred to me that a parallax scrolling game with a bird migrating south for winter might have some, ahem, wings.

The next logical step was to test out a mockup, as per this image (sprite design liberated from Duck Hunt):

Duck migration swatch

Right away, I saw a disconnect between the cute, cartoony main sprite and the stark realism of the scenery, which triggered the idea of making a wilderness survival game instead.

And thus the concept for Deep Winter was first laid out!

PS: Click here to download the free version of The Bear Essentials.

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