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03-16-2014, 12:20 PM
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Welcome everyone to the latest Episode of the Spotlight, full to the gunnels with awesome, amazing and action-packed levels from the Level Showcases. Adventure is definitely in the air this fortnight, as we feature a number of the entries in LBN’s Sackquest contest. And if you have had your fill of epic stories and voyages of discovery, there’s plenty to savour in the Vita and Karting Spotlights too. As we are so flush with levels this Episode we’re holding over the LBP2 levels from the Recommendations sub-forum until next Episode but please keep the recommendations coming.

Once again, Cogmonkey has very kindly put together a video of the LBP2 spotlights for you to sample. Any feedback on this would be welcomed.

Without further ado, on with the Spotlight.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV16rN7wRUM



Link to Hubbie and the LBPC Spotlight hubs for LBP2 (http://lbp.me/u/LBPCentralHub)


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http://i2.lbp.me/img/bl/212e7f41e8be469522498c12357c7ba42ea0c680.pngArkle' s Training Basementcakito123[1P Only] [Co-Creator : FusY-_-KaH] [Difficulty: Medium/Hard] Arkle needs you, training in his frozen base! Use the Star-PowerUp to get to higher places and Good Luck!! [Music By: BuddyDestruction]
Whoa (sorry bio, please don't call saul :P), the first thought that has come across my mind when I read the title was actually being in a basement. Arkle has a ice fortress down there! Ok I'm jealous, I'm going to let of some steam by saying how awesome this level is! All of your needs are satisfied with platforming antics along with a special twist. You will come across these green, spinning starts throughout your training and when you come in contact with one, you will temporarily have the power to do a dash in any direction! For instance, when you come across wall jumping and the other wall is too far, use the star's power to reach the other end. When you need to get up to a ledge higher than usual, then dashing upwards comes in handy. Those who are looking for a well-balanced challenge will be pleased, now go help Arkle! I like this guy Arkle. He noticed he put on a few pounds so he built this whole amazing training center just to get back into shape. I wonder though, with all the work that went into building this facility, didn't he get into shape that way? He must have, because you have to be in top physical shape to endure this training regimen. I love his abilities! You got the super jump and then you got the super spinny fly across the room bust through walls jump that is quite simply, a blast! Uh, no pun intended, you'll see why. Now, couple those two cool powers with the wall jump and who boy, hold onto your britches kids, this ride is intense! Oh shoot! I almost forgot the super cool teleport me across the stage maneuver! Man, that think is cool! Try it out.This level gives me one more reason to Yell!! "Jurema, Jurema, Jurema, why do you haunt me wherever I go, Jurema, Jurema, Jurema, Why do you want to eat me so bad?" This level is a fantastic platforming experience. There are 2 main gameplay mechanics in play here and both are needed to achieve the top score and to make it to that scoreboard to register you Top Score. The first being the ability to give ya an extra POW when jumping and the other is to give you that extra , BLAMM! when smacking into walls of ice. The placement of the extra score bubbles is what really separates this level from most. You really have to fully utilize your POW and BLAMM ability to gather them all. This is a must play for all platformer seekers out there


http://ie.lbp.me/img/bl/4aee56c098bd6a886953be902711ef25ed0977bf.pngTemple of the Western Gateshookie_monsterA Lost Shadow's journey awaits, as he makes his way through the Temple of the Western Gates. Music by @Buddydestruction.
Eyes. . . stunned. . . that opening camera shot sold me right away and I knew I wasn't going to be dissapointed! From the gorgeous scenery all the way to the interesting cape and wall jumping gameplay, it made me feel like I went and bought a house without going inside of it to check it out. But what stood out to me the most, and this is probably the first time, was the amazing music by Buddydestruction! If the game play antics of flying over and under obstacles to hit buttons and to get to new heights without falling into a pit of awesome looking lava didn't catch you, then the music will be your candy. It sounded so realistic to me like it was from a videogame soundtrack with the banging on the drums and whatnot gathering up the suspense! I thought it was pre-setted LBP music but it was customed made and I really want a copy of it! It also set the intense mood in the level overall, and shookie has done a fantastic job! Ooh, a return to this series! I love it! In this, we enter the temple and are greeted by a familiar stone figure who gives us a kind of ominous riddle. What could it mean? "The flight of the Chosen from the Whispering Woods." Guess we'll find out as we embark on this journey. Ahh, "flight" must refer to this cape I've been issued. Sweet! This will make getting through this temple a cinch! Hmm, may have spoke too soon because after only a few steps, I see wooden spikes just sitting there, inviting me to my doom. This can be a somewhat tricky temple if you haven't yet mastered the cape but fear not, I have faith that you can make through this beautiful environment.Wowsers, I love this new cape power-up so much, cause it is levels like this that make me squirm just thinking about replaying it. This was a fantastically flying experience. Really pushing the boundaries of what this new cape power-up has to offer us as players. The best part I believe to this besides being a hidden bubble extravaganza, it is very multi-player friendly while maintaining a medium difficulty. This is no easy achievement to achieve and I give mad props to Shookie for level design. A definite play for those cape-scaders looking for a thrilling level to play and to learn what great obstacles and challenges can be made with the cape!!


http://i9.lbp.me/img/bl/5297f0d836d9719046ca017ca52067bdb8777b8f.pngLBN SackQuest: A Cold Knight in the Cardboard Kingdom (Part 1)shookie_monster An entry in Littlebignetwork's SACKQUEST. There is a crisis in the Cardboard Kingdom! No, not rescuing a princess! Something much more important and chivalrous...something knightly. Make your way through the Cardboard Kingdom to speak with King Hoof Hearted about this epic quest! This is a "brief" story. Music by @idgowans. Lady Latrine costume by @Calyst_Aayla
What? Another Shookie level? Wow! This dude can knock 'em out. In this endeavor we play as Sir Lance and he is given the very important task of locating...underpants? Ha ha, yep, that's right, underpants. I won't go into the whole story as to why he must locate this type of garment but suffice it to say, it's pretty humorous. This is one of my favorite types of levels. Cardboard. I just love the stuff and it looks so cool here. Gameplay wise, well, it's a shookie level, so you know it's good and fun. Plenty of extra point bubbles to get too and oh! speaking of point bubbles, I just love the way these are placed in this level! Sure there's some placed neatly, but what I love are the piles of them here and there. Awesome! Play this level.This was such a lovely series to play. There’s something about it that just makes you happy. Possibly, it’s because the cardboard design with the pretty pink lighting has a great LBP feeling. Or maybe it’s the funny story (underpants, indeed!) and clever rhymes. Then there’s the gameplay, which really is great fun, especially in the second Part which features a wonderfully flowing race through more bubbles than I have ever seen together in one place. Whatever it is, shookie should bottle it and sell it. He’d make a fortune. In the meantime, if you ever want some pure LBP enjoyment this level series will hit the spot. It’s charming, very well designed and has all of shookie’s flair for good gameplay. What more could you want?


http://i1.lbp.me/img/bl/f919c32e78336762caf643f67b379a794ca8706f.png[LBN SackQuest] The Story of Epic Purple Lion and You (1)Five-Ate-FiveThe Epic Purple Lion King is way to old to be a king now! Someone must replace his position. Who can it be? Of course you! Just do some basic challenges! Not so hard, is it? [No more info for prevent spoiling!] Huge Credit: Sharpshot925 (Narrator) ITARIBOY (Lion), Flash7404 (Octopus), THELILking (Duck) Actio1_608 (Paintings), Idgowans (Music), adamaniam987 (special thanks) AFTER PLAY THIS LEVEL YOU CAN SKIP CUT SCENES WITH CIRCLE!!!
Well, this was unexpected! By now Five-Ate-Five has very much established his style. Vibrant, colourful, almost cartoon-like and with lots of random objects as decorations. This series starts out in that same way. There’s so much to feast the eyes on, gorgeous vivid detail everywhere and an Epic Purple Lion who lives up to his name in every way. All excellent, creative fun. But then something strange happens and you’re spun into the topsy-turvy world that exists inside the checkpoint. It’s an ingenious idea and beautifully executed. You are in such a disorientating, weird and wonderful place. It has a glowing whiteness otherworldliness; nothing seems solid apart from the occasional strange contraption and the maze of tubes that send you hurtling in all directions. Do checkpoints work? Will you ever get out alive and re-surface in the game? It’s a clever piece of work and a real departure from his usual style and Five-Ate-Five pulls it off brilliantly. Then on to the final showdown with the Epic Purple Lion himself to round off a very impressive series, full of creativity and life. I have grown to love five-ate-five's level's and this is just another reason to follow his work and hurry to everything he publishes. This time 5-8-5 presents a wonderfully crafted story crafted series that has you whizzing from a very colorful and vibrant world to a the inside of a checkpoint and then back to that very colorful and vibrant world. From Pop art to abstract to pop art so seamlessly seems like a recipe for disaster, but 5-8-5 goes against the grain and does it without flaw, that is so jammed pack full of Uber goodness that it is almost unreal to be true. The lion, the levels, the story are so wonderfully crafted you can't help but to refer this to a friend.


http://i3.lbp.me/img/bl/5032ceea940a3fe49ba67b275a9a0937b0bc4d60.pngSTAR WARS: Jabba's Palace: err...Etc!julesyjulesInfiltrate Jabba's lair and rescue Han Solo. Donut anyone?
Please do not let the "err.. Etc!" have an end! Let it go on forever and ever, because the series wouldn't be the same if it was continued. Fantastic and remarkable like al the previous levels with creative game play elements that engage you in a Star Wars mood. From hoping over frogs at night that will catch you by the tongue if you make one mishap, all the way to hiding in boxes (SNAAAAKE) to avoid lights and security robots in order to steal keys, A great experience is brought to all once again. Hang on a sec, was I just offered a donut in the level description? The urge. . . I must. . AHH ITS CHERRY FLAVORED *collapses*.oh boy oh boy oh boy! It's here! Was my reaction upon seeing this published. I absolutely love this series and as I've said time and again, this is the best Star Wars series in all of LBP, heck, maybe even all of gaming. Be quiet KOTOR fans! Here, we return to Tatooine to rescue our friends and face off with Jabba. But getting to him won't be so easy. You'll need plenty of patience because this is going to require some stealth and a little bit of agility, okay, quite a bit of agility. Just like in the film, once you get to Jabba, you'll be tossed down and have to battle it out with the beast. These levels are really brilliant. So full of awesome platforming and hilarious dialog. Don't miss out, play it today!
Going to steal a line from Bio for a moment..... WHOA!!! I am astonished to leave a review for this level and I am rather going speechless right about now.... Some may criticize (mainly Empire Strikes Back fans) me for this, but my favorite Episode of Star Wars is ... Drum roll please ... Return of the Jedi. This was from beginning to end and amazing level, it has you sneaking about stealthily to welding your light saber. The detail was freaking amazing again, for crying out loud I hope it isn't just me who noticed the little rocks crumbling from the ledges you jump on outside Jabba's fortress. I can't exclaim how much I look forward to just sitting down one day and just playing the entire series one after the other. This is a masterpiece series and this level just makes it ever more of a triumph of creator intuition and design. George Lucas Disney would be proud of what you have created!!After the dark intensity of the past couple of Chapters, this level takes a different direction and seems to hark back to the spirit of the earlier LBP1 levels in the series. The emphasis is on the light-hearted with lashings of humour and some fun, but still at times challenging, platforming. The combination of stealth gameplay, wall jumping and...erm… donuts works brilliantly. I know I’m recycling an earlier review here (actually, I shouldn’t have confessed to that - no one would have noticed :P), but like all good parodies this both sends up and pays fond tribute to the original version. I loved Jabba and Princess Leia’s gold bikini and got to feel so cool battling away (seemingly!) expertly with a lightsaber at the end. As Leems says the attention to detail is outstanding and there lots of small touches, like the way at one point you spawn into your own tiny cell with a barred window, that all go to make this such a great playing experience. I had a blast jumping, sneaking and snacking my way through this. It’s still epic but in a different way.


http://i3.lbp.me/img/bl/64309f4b99640e11cf8fa6e0b6cdf300d43c7cf8.pngLBN SACKQUEST- Hillbilly Hijinx ThreeThe_Hog_Flu_TooAn entry in LittleBigNetwork's Sackquest competition. Join those crazed Hillbillies in one last romp through the backwoods. The Hippy menace has returned to exact revenge. Foil their ambitions once and for all. Thanks to my partners in crime.....SHOOKIE, CORTEZ, MALAHK-ANGEL, PUPPY-PRINCESS and AJK-JACK. 1Player only
It's both a great day and a sad day. It's great because we have another fantastic edition of Hillbilly Hijinx and it's sad that this is the conclusion to the series. In this final chapter, hippies have absconded with your grandma and your truck, which one you're more upset over is to be determined. You set out to rescue not only your truck and granny, but the rest of your kinfolk as well. Getting to the hippie compound will not be easy. You have a lot of critters and obstacles in your way. Mean ol snappin' turtles, alligators, rolling porcupines, pushy raccoons, the list goes on, and this is before you even make it inside! This is another great set in this series of levels with tons of laugh out loud moments. Now, go get your truck back, oh and your grandma too!There’s an incorrigible part of me that believes absolutely that there’s some part of the US which is exactly like the world of Hillbilly Hijinx…and I would actually be very disappointed if it weren’t true. Not sure I would like to visit in person, mind you. Is there a closed season for the English? No? But then I don’t have to visit. I can get the whole colourful, earthy and hilarious experience by playing this series. It’s packed with laugh out loud moments, fantastic critters and some truly startling chicken-related platforming. The_Hog_Flu depicts this world with such gusto and with a Rabelaisian humour all his own. There’s not a dull moment and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear as you move from one scene to the next, never knowing quite what to expect. Cool gameplay, great humour and sheer artistry all go to make this an LBP experience like no other. Hee Haw gone Wild, dun diggity this was out right astonishing. These dang ole' dirty hippies have taken old mee maw and the rest of the family and have began to run some un-regulated tests without your permission or your blessing. Well this is where you come into play, We need you to rescue Hog's kin, before it is too late. This series has you taken down bosses from a swamp runner to battling the Man himself, Hogzilla. If your familiar with Hog, then you know he is the king of character creation, heck just to see all the characters he has made is enough to play this series, but couple that with a quirky story you got yourself a masterpiece. This will have you grinning from ear to ear from beginning to end.


http://if.lbp.me/img/bl/27f87d83b50b653a641404fc46a84c3303ff36bf.png(LBN SACKQUEST) Once, Lost In My Imagination. Pt.1 (Strictly 1p)L-I-M-I___ A story of self discovery ___ --> "an entry in Littlebignetworks Sackquest" <-- Car Music: @einwurst Stickers: @little-big-playe and @jimmyj75 Awesome Thanks to @magnum131 Testers: @shropshire-lass & @mr_fusion
uh, Whoa™. I'm seriously going to struggle to write this because I'm at a loss for words for what I was just witness to. First, well, see, you come in and then there's this thing and oh wait, first there was another dill and it was cool and stuff and he was all like, "I'm bummed out." and his mom was like, "why you sad and stuff?" Hmm. That sounds down right horrendous. I can do better than that! Come on Bio! Do it for leems. I was absolutely astounded by the animation work on display here. This is grade A material. I kept thinking, "wait, is this LBP or the Cartoon Network?" I'm sorry no dashes, I just can't put two coherent sentences together. This is one of the most awesome levels I've played. There are so many aspects to it that I don't know where to start. Folks, don't be put off by my idiotic review, just go see this thing for yourself.Ever since I heard L-I-M-I was working on an entry for Sackquest, I was excited for two reasons. One was that I only played a level of his on Vita and not on LBP2 before. The other reason was that I get to see his creating skills on LBP2 especially since he is making something huge for the LBN contest. Right when the level loaded it began with an animated section and I was amazing by the detail of movement and facial expressions with moving mouths and voice acting. The animation sequence truly brought the story to life with power and meaning. Now when you git the game play bits of the three-parted series, you'll find yourself driving around crashing into other vehicles with your mom in the car, you'll be in the wild west fighting off a big bad mayor, and you'll end off in a fantastic platformer with wall jumping and cape gliding antics topped with an action sequence at the end. Overall, this entry is going to far and many people will surely love it, especially when the journey connects a tale of a time where we played with toys letting our imagination run free and had bonding moments with our mothers. Where to start? This is a truly, truly impressive series. It has such depth to it, both in terms of the story telling and the gameplay. I got to see little bits of it in create mode and I couldn’t for the life of me see how L-i-m-I was going to tie together such entirely disparate elements as a topdown driving section, a Western town and animated figures. It was something of a revelation then when I got to play the whole series through and I saw how cleverly it was all woven together into a poignant and powerful tale. It’s brilliantly scripted and acted and has so many wonderful moments in it. My favourite was at the beginning of Part3 where the boy starts to plan out a level and, as he talks, more and more of it appears around his mother until his voice fades out and there you are playing the level. It’s a fantastic transition from story to gameplay. The relationship between the boy and his mother is beautifully done and having you play as the mother was such a great stroke as it weaves you personally into the story. There’s so much packed into these 3 levels from, racing to cartoons to some very cool platforming. It’s a tour de force. Kudos to you Leems. You should be very proud.


http://ie.lbp.me/img/bl/bde80be67dd79f851d0125c2d23137c0680825eb.png[LBN SackQuest] The Epic Quest for Loads of LootShaggy40000On the Search for Loads of Loot, Sir of Awesome enters the "Castle of Pain", filled with loads of deadly traps and occupied, by a mighty, magic creature guarding the Loot in the highest of all Castle Towers. [SINGLEPLAYER ONLY] An entry to the Little Big Network SackQuest contest.
This entry had something special to it, a mechanic that was very fascinated and believe it or not, I do not think I played a level with it before. You will instantly get an Assassin's Creed feeling with the main of finding loads of loot and riches. Though the attribute that stood out to me --and I am sure many others will notice it -- were the traps. Prepare for blazing fire, spikes, bouncy platforms on the floor that will fling you flying into your death and you have been equipped with a rolling feature to help avoid those. Now, it may not sound too amazing, but once you try it for your self, you will instantly realize you are going to have to rely on timing and skill to make your way through, and that is going to make this adventure a really entertaining one.Haha (and if that laughter seems faintly unhinged, I'll explain why). You play as Sir of Awesome, a knight with Little Lord Fauntleroy golden ringlets and a black moustache (bottle blonde?!?) whose noble quest appears to be the pursuit of loot and lots of it. Undeterred by its name (Castle of Pain...hmm) and a positive hail of the bodies of wounded and dying knights, he enters the castle in search of the big prize. And, boy, does this castle live up to its name. There are lethal traps everywhere…a whole world of pain. Your only defence is a rolling mechanism which is guaranteed to keep you out of trouble if you time it right. If, like me, you don’t, you will be spiked, roasted, and crushed more times than you'd think possible (thank goodness there's no death counter!). Finally you encounter the beast guarding the treasure and defeating him is almost a cakewalk after all you have gone through to get there! This is an action-packed adventure set in a fantastic looking castle. It’s funny, clever and as hard as nails – a quest which will test your sense of humour almost to breaking point!


Also from the Showcase...
[B]Played everything in the Spotlight and still looking for more?
These levels stand out from the crowd for a variety of reasons, so be sure to check them out!


[LBP2] The next instalment has arrived with more fantastic content and movable pieces to ensure you have fun making another sweet Avatar in Avatar Maker 3 (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83453-Avatar-Maker-3) by I6v6I http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://lbp.me/v/qqw1v1p)
[LBP2] Fly with a hero cape and wall jump all around in a nuclear waste deposit in Nuclear Rocket Into Unknown (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83468-Nuclear-Rocket-Into-Unknown) by FreeAim http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://lbp.me/v/qqxzps8)
[LBP2] Dive into a crazy survival challenge with brilliant visuals and voice acting in NACON'S TEMPLE FURY (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83496-Nacons-Temple-Fury!) by OMGYOUWOULD http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://lbp.me/v/qqy-dyj)
[LBP2] A wonderful and enjoyable race with fast platforming in Space stellar race 1p fast platform (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83501-Space-stellar-race-1p-fast-platform) by QTR8684 http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://lbp.me/v/qqx6zhg)
[LBP2] Soar through a city in this fun platformer while finding collectibles in Soaring For More (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83504-quot-Soaring-For-More-quot) by KomodoBrothers http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://lbp.me/v/qqyfp22)
[LBP2] An interesting quiz game you will seek, in your search to find LittleBigPlanet in Quiz for glory (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83506-Quiz-For-Glory) by AVundCV http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://lbp.me/v/qqyfnjh)
[LBP2] Experience a platformer with a difference in this touching story about a kid who wishes she/he had never been born - Never Born - The Quest to live(story Pllatformer) (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83510-Never-Born-The-Quest-to-live(story-Pllatformer))by Kaiju___Kid http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://lbp.me/v/qqycmwr)
[LBP2] Enjoy a survival focusing on hero cape gliding avoiding debris and deadly boundaries in Want to be a hero? (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83517-Want-to-be-a-hero-(Survival-1-4-players)) by Lakera-13 http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://lbp.me/v/qqzvyqb)
[LBP2] A brilliantly designed level with a great mix of puzzles and platforming...oh, and some very deviously hidden secrets. Can you find them all in Egress (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83531-Egress) by v0rtex2002 http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://lbp.me/v/qqzqcbb)
[LBP2] Feel like a true ninja in this wonderfully told and action-packed story where you battle the shadows to rekindle the dark flame and save the day - LBN SACKQUEST Dark Flame (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83556-(LBN-SackQuest)-Dark-Flame) by one-mad-bunny http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://lbp.me/v/qq01ng3)


For those reading the Spotlight on the Front Page, click here (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83592-Community-Spotlight-Episode-132-(thread-for-publishing)&p=1148903&viewfull=1#post1148903)for a link to the Vita Spotlight and here (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83592-Community-Spotlight-Episode-132-(thread-for-publishing)&p=1148905&viewfull=1#post1148905)for Karting

yugnar
03-16-2014, 04:44 PM
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http://ib.api.vita.lbp.me/img/bl/ddb45c7823d7391a46d491084c948a92e3350db4.pngCalami tious Clockworksse-mi92A short platformer, I hope you enjoy! (Tap nuts 3 times, in order to break them) Music by bxrluvr1

Have you ever had the feeling when you load a level and then it goes into the while loading screen you start to think about how the level is going to be like, and then everything turns a flash of white and then you enter the level after the sound of the checkpoint spawns you and your wish for an epic level has come true? Mine did, and once I spawn I saw beauty with gleams of light and fantastic design. No, it not just the bronze-ish clockwork style that made me love this instantly but the brilliant and entertaining gameplay with turning keys all the way to solving small puzzles and more satisfying elements that bring this platformer once of the best of its time. What makes a level great? Creativity, visual design, innovative concepts, fluid gameplay. You name it. Calamitious Clockwors brings just that, and much more. There's so much variety in here you can hardly believe it. Every puzzle, every gameplay element was perfectly implemented into this level, making it a total joy to play from the very beginning all the way to the end. You may get a little dizzy, but it will be worth it sackpeople.


http://i3.api.vita.lbp.me/img/bl/09342ad3dff1858418e9963fdff9ed6420a14b5a.pngEchoes 2TheNotorious-187Notorious Productions, in association with The Ghost Creators are proud to present Echoes Part 2. Daylight is but a distant memory. As the years pass by, all that remains is darkness and pollution . Deep below a long abandoned industrial facility we find Echo, who refuses to believe that the whole world is like this. Surely there must be some small corner of the world where the sun still shines? Special thanks to everyone who helped with testing. STRICTLY ONE PLAYER. HEADPHONES RECOMMENDED.

ECHO! *echo* *echo* *This is going to be an awesome review* *echo* Echo, that cute and simple character is back again in another stunning silhouette platformer that I never expected less from. Echo has still got the moves with his shifting power that moves obstacles out of the way and triggers certain moments all the way to the fun wall jumping and other great gameplay under the shiny blue atmosphere of a beautiful world. Go and find the sun shine, there is never lost hope!Ah... There are some levels, where you can feel they will be just plain awesome before loading them. There are some levels you just want to leave last, so you get to end your playing session with something spectacular. The sequel to the original Echoes surpasses its first installment, and bring back all the fluid mechanics, story, and light hearted puzzles and platforming we all loved from the first one in the series. The visuals are so great -and kinda remind me of those in Sound Shapes- that you can truly forget you are inside LBPV. The only downhill I can find is that we should blame TheNotorious-187 because we will all get really anxious while waiting for the third part of his level series.

Also from the Showcase...
Played everything in the Spotlight and still looking for more?
These levels stand out from the crowd for a variety of reasons, so be sure to check them out!


[LBPV] Everyone's mind is different and our creations vary from many possibilities, especially in Scarybiscuit world (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83433-Madness-of-Scarybiscuit-platformer) by scarybiscuit http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://vita.lbp.me/v/h73xj)
[LBPV] What is a salad anyways? It won't matter when you are platforming through all sorts of bouncy and touchy obstacles in Salad Bowl (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83444-Salad-Bowl) by Woutery http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://vita.lbp.me/v/h7r5f)
[LBPV] A basic platformer full of personality and charm will leave you entertained when you stop by Conjunction Junction (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83456-Conjunction-Junction) by jester946 http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://vita.lbp.me/v/h8d01)
[LBPV] A remake from one of LBP2's Story levels curated by Victoria can be re-lived in Runaway Train (vita) (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83469-Runaway-Train-(vita)&p=1147244#post1147244) by smartysloan http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://vita.lbp.me/v/h7q5d;)
[LBPV] Where does all our recycling go? Seems like they got put altogether into a fun platfomer called Recycling-box (Platformer) (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83508-Recycling-board) by Sandro8708 http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://vita.lbp.me/v/heb12)
[LBPV] Just as cool as Jam Kerblam, enjoy multiple modes of touching and canceling colored blocks in Block Shifter (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83528-Block-Shifter) by TardisBill http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (http://vita.lbp.me/v/heyk6)

hyperdude95
03-16-2014, 04:48 PM
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https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/1281806/preview_image_128x128.pngDream DrifterLaidbackcatRace by cappuccino seas that lap moon beach and drift into a dreamscape of forest and stormy skies... Thanks to Radmanrob for the great looking mushroom props

Once again one of my favorite Karting creators satisfy me with another awesome race! At first when I started to race on a rainbow track the first thing that came up to my mind was Rainbow road from Mario Kart that many are talking about. But then as I get further in the race, it developed into more of a dream setting many different environments put together which made the race really have its perks. It's a dreamscape where your karts will land and experience a journey of a world of imagination.



https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/1292116/preview_image_128x128.pngLove Panda CayePookachooBecome the Love Panda and explore a tropical island. Move with L STICK, Jump with X, Change 1st/3rd person view with L1/L2, For rear view tap TRIANGLE. Press O to feel love and interact with your world. Single Player.

Woohoo! Love Panda returns once again in a whole new adventure! Karting has the power to make epic creations, especially third person exploration experiences such as this lovely piece of art! For those who have not played a panda level, you control a panda exploring areas (in this level a wonderful island) and you can interact with many things along letting your curiousity run wild in this open world. Pookachoo, we need another one of these, and another! Love panda is too lovable and so is the great feel I got while being on a paradise island with this fluffy adorable creature.



https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/1289340/preview_image_128x128.pngThe World TomorrowIIITAKTLOSSIIIThe world tomorrow, nuclear power today! [created together with J_V_I_I_I]

The world of tomorrow? Goodness its midnight here! *Looks outside* Seems like civilzation won't go crazy to me, or will they? No one knows what will happen in the days of tomorrow, though the design and vision of what could happen in the future has been thought of interestingly by this creator. Race around the area you go, but beware of the nuclear waste area where everything will turn green due to nuclear leakage which will make you loose sight of what's ahead with a static noise. If everything will be nuclear powered in the days of the forecoming future, then at least we will be prepared to race and aim for first place!


https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/1202952/preview_image_128x128.pngSackswamp Villagescorpio1357The Sackswamp Tribe like nothing better than a race, so they built a track around their village. They've cut through trees, made rope bridges and even left some prizes for the racers to find! Look out for Butterfly Bonuses!


Welcome to Sackswamp, one environment that will give you a jungl-ish feeling all the way to the end. Racing through tons of foliage and such beautiful design, you will find your bouncing through the air on top of places and collecting butterfly bonuses! Yes, its not just trying to make it to the finishing line in first, but colliding with these butterflies will give you a nifty bonus, so make sure to steer in the right direction when the time comes. Enjoy the wonderful trees and colorful creates, and OOOH OOH AHH AHH all the way as your Tarzan spirit comes to life.


https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/1191560/preview_image_128x128.pngIt's Mine, all Minescorpio1357Sacksby owns a gold mine which is falling apart. He's very greedy though and couldn't care less how the mine is, as long as the money keeps coming. Very narrow, twisting mine racetrack with jumps, hazards and hidden areas/prizes to find.

"It's mine"? Who is mine? I want my fair share, too! You stumble sir Sacksby an Old Man full of riches and a gold mine which is racing galore! You are introduced in customed mine karts that made a bang sound if you collide with something and you have pick axe weapons as well! Go inside the mine and go in the air through mine karts transporting gold all the way to the outside where you see Sacksby with a little laugh when you pass by him. Who needs a golden mine when you can have a golden fun time!


https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/1153314/preview_image_128x128.pngTomb Of Tutensackmun [1P]scorpio1357Use your surroundings to overcome the fun, challenging puzzles and progress through Tutensackmun's Tomb. Make your way to find the burial chamber and loot the goodies! If you get stuck, message me 4 hints

Ok, this is definitively something in Karting that I have not seen before and I would love people to check out. It's the gameplay that I praised highly, because it is a not a racer or a battle area, but a puzzler that challenges you! Within Egyptian walls, you are up to solve tasks ranging from pressing the right symbols in the right sequence, balancing yourself on a narrow path to avoid falling into green smoke, and grabbing items to use to overcome obstacles. You are going to be using your mind and patience skills instead of racing skills in this level, so take a go at it and make your way to the burial chamber and loot!


https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/480659/preview_image_128x128.pngTHE Treasure Pirates[JPN]kotobuki-okinaFan-made description: A wonderful level full of pirate booty and destruction dwelling in a cave.

Never in my life I have never seen a scene from a movie or a game that results in dramatic action inside of a dwelling cave. From the beginning to end, you are challenged to go through this awesome grotto with many pirates that are fighting with each other and long with a pirate ship shooting cannon balls at you! It is a suspenseful moment while you race along, that the suspense adds to the moment making you feel alive in a race like never before.


https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/473802/preview_image_128x128.pngWrath of the VikingsBordnerFan made description: A race that feels like an epic viking battle fested among boats and intricate design.

ARRGGH! Who knew chums with pointy hat and classy armor can't deliver a soul of entertainment along their adventure of battles and claiming territory? It is indeed the wrath of the vikings, and you will instantly realize that when you start the race in custom viking boat karts! Your eyes will grip onto some unusual but fantastic designs architecture along with bouncing on top of rowing boats making your way down to the finish line!



https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/459206/preview_image_128x128.pngSunken IslandsBordnerFan-made description: Sunken island introduces you to an enjoyable race with hot air balloon and a welcoming track on a living island.

A place that is isolated from the rest of the world by the very blue sea can make us wonder,from viewing it at a distance, what surprises it may hold if one swims to it. Sunken Island is festive with bright and welcoming decorations and design with hot air balloons up above that you bounce across giving you an aerial view of the wonderful living area that could distract you from the race, but it is definitely worth it.


https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/486865/preview_image_128x128.pngFuzzel's Fun ParkBordnerFan-made description: A joy of excitement racing through many well designed and colored attractions with a touch of life brought in this Fun Park.

I don't know about you guys, but this race along with the time of the year makes me want to go to Six Flags again. Take a sweet look of what is ahead for you while the timer counts down from 3 before the race starts. Prepare for a ton of moving attractions that you can tell it took time to make as you race in tiny and cute karts.


https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/459972/preview_image_128x128.pngTrue Grit Bordner Fan-made description: That feeling of true grit, show your strength in aiming to be first place in this very detailed race.

True grit, what a feeling isn't it? I have heard this term only once before, and loading this level made me curious to find out more meaning to its terminology. I instantly caught the feeling of being in a dessert being welcomed by a slew of action happening all around me. This neatly made race will have you go underground flying through mine carts doing their duty all the way to a brief alien hideout (sorry for the spoilers) and other content that you will thoroughly enjoy. True Grit, what an interesting definition is was.


https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/458892/preview_image_128x128.png Castle Swift Sword Bordner Fan-made description: A trip to midevil times you venture through from inside of a throne to the outside of a castle.

Castle Swift Sword, it is just going to be a WOW from me! The setting is phonemically detailed and it is most certainly a race that will keep you entertain throughout! You're going to end up steering your karts into a castle that seems like a palace with all the red and yellow and what not. The architecture design and the furniture pieces will leave you overwhelmed since they are bigger than your kart but also neatly constructed. If exploring the interior of the castle is not enough, the outside out the castle will satisfy your curiosity as you bounce on top and enter in the castle once again continuing another lap of awesomeness.


https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/462204/preview_image_128x128.pngWarp City , pt.1Bordner Race through a city full of buildings and other unusual props warping to many surprising areas.

Warping! Woop, woop, woop, woop. The concept is cool every time because it can easily teleport you to literary any place that can be full of surprises and fun. An intriguing city is what you are introduced into in the beginning of the race with many buildings and really huge moving vehicles that are some of the obstacles in your way. Then, you enter a green section which brings you to into a part with many different random props that will convince you warping commenced. The design overall is neat, and this race will make you wait for part 2.

Also from the Showcase...
Played everything in the Spotlight and still looking for more?
These levels stand out from the crowd for a variety of reasons, so be sure to check them out!

[LBPK] A town left as a wasteland is waiting for you to race on its ruins down at Town Ruins (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83503-Recommendations-general-thread&p=1147627#post1147627") by Br_TarKus_bR http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (https://karting.lbp.me/v/rpa6)
[LBPK] A dead civilization has left a rally in place only friendly to the wheel of your karts in Wasteland Rally (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83503-Recommendations-general-thread&p=1147627#post1147627) by Br_TarKus_bR http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (https://karting.lbp.me/v/ral6)
[LBPK] Better check that list more than twice, go around town and collect the items requested by Scrooge in Scrooge's List (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83503-Recommendations-general-thread&p=1147627#post1147627) by scorpio1357 http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (https://karting.lbp.me/v/obvs)
[LBPK] Race through a mine in the works with mine karts traveling around and a bridge in construction in Overly Happy Mining Town (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83503-Recommendations-general-thread) by scali134 http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (https://karting.lbp.me/v/ruy8)
[LBPK] It's a race where UFOs become obstacles and the track changes with destructive sequences in Area 52 (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83503-Recommendations-general-thread&p=1148014#post1148014) by scorpio1357 http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (https://karting.lbp.me/v/rd3c)
[LBPK] A celebration with decorations and bright lights, race through a crowded party in Undead Christmas Party (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?83503-Recommendations-general-thread) by scorpio1357 http://tiny.cc/6hqa6 (https://karting.lbp.me/v/o7ra)

Dragonvarsity
03-16-2014, 07:13 PM
Fantastic episode, Spotlight Crew. I was sure that SackQuest would help raise the level count for LBP2, but seeing the Vita levels and the whopping number of Karting ones was surprising. Glad to see yugnar is there to help hyper out in the "Vita" section, now if only hyper could get a little assistance from a Karting player as well. xP

hyperdude95
03-16-2014, 07:22 PM
Fantastic episode, Spotlight Crew. I was sure that SackQuest would help raise the level count for LBP2, but seeing the Vita levels and the whopping number of Karting ones was surprising. Glad to see yugnar is there to help hyper out in the "Vita" section, now if only hyper could get a little assistance from a Karting player as well. xP

Regarding the karting, something came up while this episode was being made, real life comes first at the end of the day. :)

-hyper

ARD
03-16-2014, 07:39 PM
Another great spotlight :) Congrats everyone and good job to the crew!

Just a note about this episode's video and future videos, they will be up on Sackinima (http://youtube.com/sackinima) rather than cogmonkey2014. Individual level videos will be going out at 6pm GMT every day on Sackinima :)

Dragonvarsity
03-16-2014, 07:45 PM
Regarding the karting, something came up while this episode was being made, real life comes first at the end of the day. :)

-hyper

Woops, my mistake. For a second I thought you were the only Karting spotlighter, hence my concerns.

hyperdude95
03-16-2014, 07:49 PM
Woops, my mistake. For a second I thought you were the only Karting spotlighter, hence my concerns.

No problem! :) Thank you for the support, it is really appreciated! :)

-hyper

fireblitz95
03-16-2014, 07:56 PM
Great Spotlight guys! We got a ton of Levels this time around. I was taking care of my family and couldn't help out on the Karting section this time. :(

Hopefully everything will be normal again in the next Spotlight. :)

thespacemonkey187
03-16-2014, 07:59 PM
This spotlight is massive!! Thank you for featuring Echoes 2 :)

Sandro8708
03-16-2014, 08:19 PM
Thx for another well done spotlight and thx for putting me in the vita spotlight. Is it just me or are there only 2 members in the vita spotlight crew :/

Pookachoo
03-16-2014, 08:24 PM
I'm so glad to see love for my Love Panda!
I'll be publishing another Love Bot Kit tutorial/template for creators to use, this one will include the Life Jacket power-up which allows the character to "swim"

Schark94
03-16-2014, 09:06 PM
:Looks at the Karting Spotlights:

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( O_O) Holy sheep! Looks like Bordner scored a killing spree! Probably the biggest spotlight combo ever seen!

Congrats man!

Congrats to everyone featured and big thanks to the Spotlight Crew, You did a great job!

Great level choice in the Vita section! I didn't have the chance to play the PS3 levels, but some day I will. :)

cakito123
03-16-2014, 09:11 PM
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http://i2.lbp.me/img/bl/212e7f41e8be469522498c12357c7ba42ea0c680.pngArkle' s Training Basementcakito123[1P Only] [Co-Creator : FusY-_-KaH] [Difficulty: Medium/Hard] Arkle needs you, training in his frozen base! Use the Star-PowerUp to get to higher places and Good Luck!! [Music By: BuddyDestruction]
Whoa (sorry bio, please don't call saul :P), the first thought that has come across my mind when I read the title was actually being in a basement. Arkle has a ice fortress down there! Ok I'm jealous, I'm going to let of some steam by saying how awesome this level is! All of your needs are satisfied with platforming antics along with a special twist. You will come across these green, spinning starts throughout your training and when you come in contact with one, you will temporarily have the power to do a dash in any direction! For instance, when you come across wall jumping and the other wall is too far, use the star's power to reach the other end. When you need to get up to a ledge higher than usual, then dashing upwards comes in handy. Those who are looking for a well-balanced challenge will be pleased, now go help Arkle! I like this guy Arkle. He noticed he put on a few pounds so he built this whole amazing training center just to get back into shape. I wonder though, with all the work that went into building this facility, didn't he get into shape that way? He must have, because you have to be in top physical shape to endure this training regimen. I love his abilities! You got the super jump and then you got the super spinny fly across the room bust through walls jump that is quite simply, a blast! Uh, no pun intended, you'll see why. Now, couple those two cool powers with the wall jump and who boy, hold onto your britches kids, this ride is intense! Oh shoot! I almost forgot the super cool teleport me across the stage maneuver! Man, that think is cool! Try it out.This level gives me one more reason to Yell!! "Jurema, Jurema, Jurema, why do you haunt me wherever I go, Jurema, Jurema, Jurema, Why do you want to eat me so bad?" This level is a fantastic platforming experience. There are 2 main gameplay mechanics in play here and both are needed to achieve the top score and to make it to that scoreboard to register you Top Score. The first being the ability to give ya an extra POW when jumping and the other is to give you that extra , BLAMM! when smacking into walls of ice. The placement of the extra score bubbles is what really separates this level from most. You really have to fully utilize your POW and BLAMM ability to gather them all. This is a must play for all platformer seekers out there



Omg!!
What a beautiful review and everything!! <3 <3 <3 (now look at my signature)
Guys, you are awesome! Really cool spotlight and great work you guys had writing these reviews (I hope my engilsh feels right, I'm sleepy, haha)

I hope the Vita Spotlight could be like that!

v0rtex
03-16-2014, 09:42 PM
Awesome! That Karting list is amazing!

Thanks for the nod on mine! Much appreciated. <3

JustinArt
03-16-2014, 10:31 PM
Congrats to the spotlighted levels. And WOW, what a list of LBPK levels! Now that I got a new PS3, I'm finally back in LBP2 and LBPK after an eight month hiatus.

biorogue
03-17-2014, 03:58 AM
Oh wow! I made the spotlight, I made the spotlight! Thanks for the Nod fellas! I'm stoked! Congrats to everyone featured in this here episode. Thank you for creating such awesome levels!

julesyjules
03-17-2014, 11:21 AM
Thanks for the Spotlight guys, and nice to be in the company of some really inventive levels up there. Thanks for the vid too Cog, a cool addition to the thread. Will queue up the ones not played.

Woutery
03-17-2014, 12:41 PM
I'm somewhat disappointed. Some levels in the Vita nods (especially Salad Bowl ofcourse, even though i sound like an a** by saying that) should definitely deserve full spotlights.

AmazingKittyCat
03-17-2014, 01:59 PM
Some of the levels just refuse to unlock, even after popping several times. I really hope level links get fixed someday.

Also, the infinite life "entrance" isn't really infinite lives. You could just attach a battery to an infinite life checkpoint and it'll act like an entrance...instead of putting an entrance and a checkpoint in the same place...

cakito123
03-17-2014, 07:42 PM
So...

When it's going to have a LBPV Hub level again? :(

hyperdude95
03-17-2014, 07:46 PM
So...

When it's going to have a LBPV Hub level again? :(


Hopefully soon, I can tell you I have the hub sitting on my moon though we need a little bit more time! It will include every spotlight and honourable mention since the last vita hub, please stay tuned! :)

-hyper

L-I-M-I
03-19-2014, 01:36 PM
thank you spotlight crew for the spotlight, didnt think I would ever be spotlighted next to jules, hog or shookie, your levels and dedication are tried and true to this game, much respect from me. ok i can stop blushing now :D

great job Hyper!!!! glad to see another wonderful video as well (thumbs up)

Morgana25
04-06-2014, 07:17 PM
locked and archived