Posts with ‘ThePodunkian’ Tag


By: Paul Eres

On: November 16th, 2009

Dungeon is a game by a powerful tag-team: Mr. Podunkian (of The Underside fame) and cactus (of dozens of games per year fame). To quote Zarathustra in the forums: “a horribly hard platformer with bad graphics? This is indie people”

My favorite part of the game was the room titles, which I think were a great way of adding an interesting background story to a game without dialogue. It’s a short game, took me about 10 minutes to get to the end, while playing in a window and having a conversation with two people at once (one of them Podunkian). A good indie game snack.

“Dungeon is a tragic platformer about what can happen in a
castle, and how it affects people like you and me.” -cactus

EDIT: cactus has an update for us!

Sorry about the radio silence, we felt it was necessary to let this experiment live its own life for a while.

Anyway, this should pretty much make everything clear

And here’s a bugfree version of the game

The Underside, demo 3

By: Lorne Whiting

On: July 3rd, 2009


Arthur “Mr. Podunkian” Lee released a new The Underside demo into the hungry claws of the indie games community recently.

I personally have nothing but words of cloying praise for the game, I mean, except for the tutorial phase but that’s been talked about enough. But yeah, it’s bitchin’, and obvious that Mr Lee put a lot of love into the game. The demo’s about twice as long as the last, and features such awesome things as beating a turnip launching flower with a baseball bat, and murdering no-good cheats in order to steal their improvised grappling hooks.

Though it’s fairly linear at this moment, all the areas blocked by signs and pig-cops will supposedly be places you can explore later.

Anyway, check it out, it’s pretty goddamn awesome, and the Ruins (pictured) has some super-bitchin’ music.

New The Underside Vid

By: Derek Yu

On: November 21st, 2007

Pixel called…

…he wants his Arrested Development DVDs back. Seriously, you said you were going to return them a month ago!

(Source: Tim!)

New The Underside Video

By: Brandon McCartin (BMcC)

On: October 5th, 2007

Arthur says, “This video is really misleading because I haven’t done as much work on content as I should’ve been (I’ve been working a lot on improving the game engine instead).”

If you’ve been following the news (like I have), you’ll know that development progress stalled for a bit, then picked back up, and now Mr. Lee has even integrated LUA into the game. In MMF. It’s crazy to me that that’s even possible now.

It makes me wonder, at what point should a Click developer just bite the bullet and move on to C/C++? I have a feeling it’d be a lot easier than most think…

An Interview With The Podunkian

By: Brandon McCartin (BMcC)

On: April 11th, 2007

Oh, you tease!Here’s another Planet Freeplay interview, this time with Arthur ‘The Podunkian’ Lee, seductive creator of The Underside. In the interview, he attempts to clear up the whole Cave Story debacle, talks about his history as a game developer, and name-drops quite a few heroes of the Klik scene, Derek included. Reminding us that, wow, Klik games truly are a vital piece of the indie gaming world. As much now as they were then.

Skimming through again just now, I realize this isn’t exactly the best interview out there… And some of the views expressed make me go, “Huh?” while others are a tad insulting (to Derek, hah). But I’m convinced Mr. Lee is an okay guy, and I don’t think it’d be a bad idea to send more encouragement his way. In fact:

Keep it up, man! The game really is looking good. I cannot wait to play the whole thing!


The Underside (Extended Preview)

By: Brandon McCartin (BMcC)

On: March 12th, 2007

The UndersideAmidst the hoopla of the IGF (Rock on, Bit Blot!), The Podunkian quietly released a preview build of his upcoming action/adventure platformer The Underside, featuring the first 2-5% of the game.

You might remember the mini-controversy surrounding The Underside a while back. If not, I’ll summarize: CAVE STORY RIPOFF?

I’m here to say, no, that’s not the case. And also kinda yes.

Graphically, the game borrows quite heavily from Pixel’s style. Too heavily, one could argue. The backgrounds, enemies, and (especially) effects often seem to parallel those found in Cave Story.

But gameplay wise — Yeah, OK, the core gameplay’s pretty close too. You’re a running, jumping, shooting little dude. But it doesn’t feel as similar as it appears. It’s far faster, more linear, and leans heavily toward action versus exploration. If you can get over the similarity issues (which will be harder for some folks than others), I think you’ll find a pretty special game in the making.

Download here. Try to use a non-local mirror. And don’t forget the patch!

Arrow Keys to move, Z to jump, X to attack, Down to examine, and Alt+F4 to quit.
(It’s all there in the readme, har har.)

NOTE: I had more to say about this game originally, but the post just ran too darn long.
Perhaps some DISCUSSion is in order?

The Underside

By: Tim

On: January 10th, 2007


I keep neglecting to mention this every time I post, but no more. The Underside is set to please fans of Cave Story in many ways, akin to having a bikini-clad model rubbing sun tan lotion all over you. Of course, some comments have been less than kind – there’s only a Clickzine preview and several gameplay videos released because production is still ongoing.

From the looks of Merry Gear Solid, it’s hard to imagine that this project will disappoint. Expect to hear more about it when the next Arsecast episode is released.

Merry Belated Christmas!

By: Derek Yu

On: December 30th, 2006

Alright, Christmas has been over for a few days now… I guess it’s about time to start posting again!

Here are a collection of Christmas-themed games that came out this month. Because it’s never too late for Christmas, amirite? No, seriously, these are all pretty good – you should try them out.

Merry Gear Solid

“”">Merry Gear Solid: Secret Santa is a top down stealth action game in the vein of Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid series." And that’s really a pretty accurate description of the game, I’d say. Here’s a YouTube vid of the game in action. It’s by Podunkian, the guy who’s making that Cave Story “homage,” Underside.

Holiday Hills

Holiday Hills is a fun SkiFree clone by Johan Peitz. I don’t know if there’s a Yeti in this game. I hope there is (but there probably isn’t). There needs to be an option to flip the controls in this one.

Winter Bells

Winter Bells is an Orisinal game that has you hopping on bells with a cute little bunny. It’s basically the video game equivalent of a shining snowflake being caught by the little hands of Baby Jesus… and when Baby Jesus opens his hands the snowflake is gone and there’s a miracle to take its place.

Mission in Snowdriftland

And don’t forget this one! All the levels should be unlocked by now.