Nice Plays: Inflatality (2017)

“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game for 17 (or in this case, 19) minutes, and then an egg timer goes off!

(Watch this and other Nice Plays on YouTube for HD-quality.)

In this episode, your nice hosts battle each other in a brand new indie fighting game. The overall win-loss record isn’t important… the main takeaway is that Martha and Mark both beat Stephen.

Game: Inflatality
Developer
: Hojo Studio
Publisher: Hojo Studio
Platform: PC
Release date: Oct. 26, 2017
Genre: Fighting

Nice Plays: Borderlands 2 (2012)

“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game for 17 (or in this case, 19) minutes, and then an egg timer goes off!

(Watch this and other Nice Plays on YouTube for HD-quality.)

In this episode, Mark plays the opening chapter of one of Martha’s very favorite games, Borderlands 2, and then Martha takes over to show off her badassitude. Your nice hosts talk about narrative in FPS games, generous loot systems, and how wonderful/terrible Claptrap is.

Game: Borderlands 2
Developer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K Games
Platform: PC
Year: 2012
Genre: First-person shooter

Nice Plays: Super Mario Bros. 2 [Japan] (1986)

“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game for 17 minutes, then an egg timer goes off!

In this episode, Martha (and then Stephen) are tortured by bad level design and user-hostile game mechanics in the original Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2, while Mark praises the oft-misunderstood American version of the game.

NOTE: Mark was wrong. There *were* mid-level checkpoints in the original Super Mario Bros.

Game: Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan)
Developer/Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Famicom Disk System
Year: 1986
Genre: Platformer

Notes:

  • This game is exhaustively detailed at Super Mario Wiki.
  • Mark really loves the American version of Super Mario Bros. 2, which you can read a lot about.

Nice Plays: Color Jumper (2017)

“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game for 17 minutes, then an egg timer goes off.

In this episode, Mark plays a new indie release by a Twin Cities developer. He dies a lot, and it’s only partially the controller’s fault.

Game: Color Jumper
Developer/Publisher: Tall Beard Studios
Platform: Windows / Mac / Linux
Year: 2017
Genre: Precision Platformer

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Nice Plays: Thirty Flights of Loving (2012)

“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game for 17 minutes, then an egg timer goes off.

In this episode (Nice Games Club’s 50th!), Martha plays (and finishes!) a game Stephen once recommended to Mark (but Mark forgot about). A first-person narrative, Thirty Flights of Loving is a 5-year old game written in a 10-year old engine, but still holds up, according to your nice hosts, anyway.

Game: Thirty Flights of Loving
Developer/Publisher: Blendo Games
Platform: PC (Windows, Mac)
Year: 2012
Genre: First-person Narrative

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