Episode 12: Zipper

With Zipper for Playdate, game designer, developer, and philosopher Bennett Foddy wanted to share his love of the particular style of isometric tactics games he grew up playing on the ZX Spectrum–games that may be unfamiliar to people from the United States. Drawing on the influences of Akira Kurosawa, the anime and manga series “Bleach”, and the British game “Last Ninja 2,” Zipper is a beautifully-crafted homage to classic samurai films and 8-bit black and white games.

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Episode 11: Demon Quest ’85

Writer and game designer Duncan Fyfe tells the story of Demon Quest ’85—from the small but mighty team, to an ill-advised management system for branching narrative paths, and how they ended up eschewing Playdate’s crank in favor of a visual novel that pits the likes of the Marquis Shax of Hell against Beth from your high school Physics class.

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Episode 10: Omaze

When custom-hardware game maker Gregory Kogos tried to copy his award-winning circular puzzle platformer RotoRing directly to the Playdate, it didn’t quite pan out. Find out how he persevered to turn the game’s core concepts into the delightfully addictive spin-off, Omaze!

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Episode 9: Echoic Memory

What does it mean to remember? As Samantha Kalman, Carol Mertz, Rachelle Viola, and Everest Pipkin created their innovative Playdate game blending procedural narrative and a musical memory puzzle, their ideas of memories evolved, along with their understanding of how most people hear, recognize, and recall music. What memories might be restored to the ECM1010 smart speaker devices when you play as a technician tasked with repairing them? And how does Playdate remember where you left off when you leave a game?

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Episode 8: Flipper Lifter

A small team from game development and publishing company Serenity Forge started out with a great idea for a Playdate-specific game, but soon realized its characters were kind of… boring. One arctic facelift and a lot of QA and play-testing later, and Flipper Lifter was a fun and fast-paced penguin-moving game (with a few key voiceover cameos and a great soundtrack)!

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Episode 7: Lost Your Marbles

How narrative development company Sweet Baby branched out from client work to create their first in-house game: the quirky marble labyrinth/narrative adventure, Lost Your Marbles! Kim Belair and David Bedard discuss Sweet Baby’s mission to help marginalized people bring their talents to the games industry, and the team’s next projects for Playdate! Plus: Will Herring’s approach to creating characters, one-bit art, and sprites, and Neha Patel talks sound design and composing a hum-able soundtrack.

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Episode 6: Pick Pack Pup

Game-jamming friends Nic Magnier and Arthur Hamer were so captivated by the announcement of Playdate that Nic built his own device (using parts found online and an old NES controller) and Arthur scrapped his fish processing plant designs for an adorable dog and an e-commerce warehouse. Here’s how the duo created their narrative match three puzzle game, Pick Pack Pup, featuring music by Logan Gabriel!

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Episode 5: Boogie Loops

Interdisciplinary artist, designer, technologist, and DJ May-Li Khoe teamed up with friend and independent researcher Andy Matuschak to make what they thought would be a fun project on a short timeline. While Playdate’s schedule extended a bit, and then a bit more, the pair had a great time creating a whimsical music and dance maker that is a joy to use. Lay down your drum and bass tracks, add a melody, and tell your pizza to twerk with this sparkly composer that’s full of fun details!

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Episode 4: Crankin's Time Travel Adventure

How Katamari Damacy designer Keita Takahashi teamed up with animator Ryan Mohler, sound designer Matthew Grimm, and developer Shaun Inman to create “Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure,” the very first game ever developed for Playdate by someone outside of Panic, the company that makes the device. Keita’s seemingly simple idea led to deep gameplay, but was, at times, a challenge for the team to crank out!

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Episode 3: Casual Birder

When designer-turned-developer Diego Garcia first came up with the idea for Casual Birder, he never expected to fall in love with birdwatching himself. Here’s how he overcame some technical challenges (plus a bit of imposter syndrome!) and joined forces with composer and sound designer Max Coburn to create a Playdate game that’s funny, relaxing, and a good reminder that it’s ok to be into things without learning absolutely everything about them first.

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Episode 2: Whitewater Wipeout

How Chuhai Labs got their hands on a Playdate, their epic Pitch Jam, and how the team came together to create a zen-like homage to a classic. This episode contains spiders, and mild spoilers for Whitewater Wipeout.

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Episode 1: The Story of Playdate

How an offhand idea to mark the 15th anniversary of a software company launched a decade-long saga of twists, turns, and mini-boss battles that led to a handheld gaming console as surprising and unique as its creators. It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this adorable yellow box, and let’s get crankin’… on the story of Playdate.

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