Steam Greenlight Spotlight: Nobu: Fat Revenge!
Today’s standout on Greenlight was Nobu: Fat Revenge!. This is a game by Binary Pig Studio, which seems to be their initial release. Binary Pig looks to be a one-man studio that uses outside assistance for the art and music assets in the game. Nobu: Fat Revenge is a side-scrolling platforming game that claims to provide a challenge reminiscent of the old NES days. The reason that I chose Nobu: Fat Revenge as my focus today was because of the highly-polished visuals and gameplay that were showcased in the trailer. Being a regular visitor to Greenlight, I am used to being shown extremely early versions of games with choppy animations and placeholder artwork. However, with this game, I was immediately impressed by the high production value of both the art and the music that I saw. Nobu: Fat Revenge has apparently been in development for over three years, and is finally trying to make its way onto Steam. If you’d like to purchase the game now, however, you can do so directly from the Binary Pig Studio at this link.
The gameplay of Nobu: Fat Revenge seems to be your typical platforming experience, but I am definitely impressed by how smooth the game looks, which is a top priority when it comes to the platforming genre. If the gameplay and jumping is not smooth, it can often result in unfair deaths and frustration, which definitely does not seem to be an issue when it comes to this title. Nobu: Fat Revenge will also contain a local co-op mode, which allows you to join with a friend to play through the five levels that are contained in the main game. In co-op, you will be able to customize your characters, which will alter their stats, allowing you to mold your character toward your play style.
Other than having seemingly solid gameplay, Nobu: Fat Revenge has some fantastic high definition cartoon artwork. I especially love the character design, but being a fan of Japanese artwork and landscapes really leads me to love the backgrounds and environments that the game contains. One criticism that I will say, however, is that the level showcased in the trailer and in the screenshots looks extremely dark, and this makes it difficult to fully appreciate the beauty of the artwork that the game possesses. Although, this could definitely just be that only that particular level is dark, so I’m not too worried about one level being a bit dark. On top of having great artwork, Nobu: Fat Revenge also features a fairly nice selection of music. From what I heard in the trailer, the music fits the theme of the game very well, and I really enjoyed the sound of it. The unique combination of rock and Japanese instruments created for an interesting and pleasant sound that really stood out to me as something I had never heard before.
Nobu: Fat Revenge looks to be a very solid platforming experience that features a very nice art style and an interesting soundtrack. I can definitely picture myself getting some enjoyment out of the title, and I think that the five level experience will prevent the game from becoming repetitive and boring, which is often the case for me when it comes to platforming games. If you like the look of Nobu: Fat Revenge, be sure to visit its Greenlight page, where you can leave a vote and some constructive feedback.
EDIT: I was actually incorrect about the art being outsourced. I misunderstood the information on the website, and it turns out that the art, other than the title screen, was all done by Tiago. Sorry for the misunderstanding!