Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Star Guard handles character death differently

On a tip from Metafilter, I tried the free arcade shooter Star Guard (downloable installs for PC or Mac available). On my PC it runs in an Adobe Flash Player.

It's got super-simple graphics and gameplay, which appealed to me. In it, you run through a maze populated by various space monsters and try to shoot your way to the end of each level. What's unique is that when you die, you simply restart at the last flagged location you passed (each level contains many of these automatic restore points. So death amounts to just a minor setback. There's no limit of lives, and you don't even have to restart the current level. It's very player-friendly.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a way to model a transhumanist future in which the ability to store mind emulation backups in portable media and to produce clones for ready use makes the threat of death less daunting.

    Or not.