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  • Community Spotlight Episode 98



    Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour, the magical mystery tour around this fortnight’s Episode of the Spotlight, featuring another helping of awesome levels from the Showcase. Roll up, got everything you need, roll up for the mystery tour. Roll up, satisfaction guaranteed! Yep, tear yourselves away from LBPKarting and queue these wonderful levels – one of them even features a car!

    On the subject of Karting, we have been recruiting new Spotlight members to be ready for the influx of amazing Karting levels we are confidently expecting. We are delighted to announce that WESFUN, Night Angel and fireblitz95 have joined the Crew and are raring to get going in next fortnight’s Episode.


    PS3 Spotlight

     
    Mines Of Boreas
    by  Arastoph
    The Mines of Boreas located in the harsh, icy northern wastelands hides a large stash of treasure from a long lost civilisation. This fast paced platformer challenges you to set the fastest time through the mine in search of the treasure you seek. Large, complex contraptions, spikes, ice slides and fire pits (not to mention the odd pointy drill head) will all help or hinder your journey! Single player only. Music by Festered Jester.*During the mine cart sequence hold R1 OR L1 to change layer!!*

    I've fallen in love with Arastoph's levels time and time again – and this latest creation of his is certainly no exception. Darting, ducking, dodging and diving through this seriously stunning mine kept me on my toes the whole way through. But still, after the contraptions within had been flingng and bouncing me around for a short time, I couldn't help but start to think: “Whatever Dwarves/Cave-people/Insert-mining-or-cave-dwelling-critter-here actually lived here must have been furious!” These machines are relentless – that doesn't stop this level from being awesome fun, of course, but jeez, I'm getting too old for this... stuff.

    rialrees

    Well this level has two things that I love, great contraptions and mines! Venture into this wonderfully designed terrain and encounter a plethora of unique gameplay mechanics that will test your reflex abilities. You'll be pushed, pulled and tossed around this level like a ragdoll, but a fast paced environment is not all the mines have to offer, oh no. There's a mine cart section that will give you a little thrill ride and bubble combo after glorious bubble combo to satisfy those high score seekers out there. Go ahead and don your best mining cap and jump into the Mines of Boreas.

    biorogue



     
    INFERNO 3 - the core
    by  siege299792
    You have saved the world by destroying the DOOMSDAY-MACHINE. Now you are lost alone deep inside the earth near the "CORE". Are you able to find a way out. Or is this the end of our Sackboy? His destiny is up to you! --- You like fire, magma, earthquake, special effects, action and bossfights? - then you will love this level !!

    I suggest playing this level when it's really cold out because it hot, Hot HOT! The story picks up just after you've destroyed the doomsday device. The evil mechanism is demolished and now you are all alone deep within the bowels of Craftworld. Just when you are thinking it's the end, the place starts exploding and collapsing all around you, leaving a way that you pray leads out. As luck would have it, it just might. You begin your ascent in a hurried manner because just as quickly as a path opens, it could crumble into nothing. The entire place is a huge furnace with every surface red hot and with flames, lava and hot steam all around. Journey into Inferno 3 and see if you're brave enough to make it out alive!

    biorogue

    What an absolutely storming level! Trapped in the core of the earth and seemingly doomed, a lifeline is thrown to you in the form of a grappling hook dispenser and you have a chance to escape after all. But with the world crumbling around you and hot lava spewing from every crevice, it’s going to be a journey fraught with peril. It’s an incredible, action-packed adventure from which siege extracts every possible ounce of drama with some great cinematics and wonderful special effects and the whole thing is topped off with a gripping boss fight. Your flight through fiery ruin and destruction will leave you breathless and amazed.

    shropshirelass



     
    (LBPC9) Like Clockwork
    by  se-mi92
    My entry for the LBPC9 Locomotion Commotion contest. Concept of the level is that there´s only 1 moving source, but a whole level that moves. Much thanks are going to Z1091990. 1 Player highly recommended, lag will make the lvl look broken. Music made by NK827

    I enter this level and see that I'm in a dark place with a lone light shining down upon a single button. Hmm, what should I do? Risk pressing it and maybe set in motion a sinister trap? Seeing no other options, I press the button. Wow! The lights slowly come on and a whole mechanical world suddenly comes to life with moving gears and platforms and all sorts of contraptions to help convey me through this giant moving labyrinth. The level is decorated to the nines with great care and detail and you may just find yourself stopping every now and then to gaze at this engineering marvel.

    biorogue

    This level is a mechanical marvel. Restricted to a single power source at the beginning of the level se-mi92 has gone back to the drawing board and come up with all sorts of ingenious ways of getting your Sackthing from A to B. Giant gears turn, levers move and it’s as though the whole level is one single magnificent contraption. It’s beautifully and subtly decorated and accompanied by some great music. It’s difficult to decide what’s more fun: the platforming itself or wondering at how all clever mechanics work. This is a real feat of engineering and one that’s carried off with great elegance and style.

    shropshirelass



     
    Halloween strange adventure
    by  alain251
    Hello everybody, I present you "Halloween strange adventure" . Platformer 1-4 players / Difficulty average. --- You are late to taking your train, and accidentaly, you fall... in a mysterious cave. Good luck sackthing, and Happy Halloween! --- Special Thx : chaosgear, Gangsta_lighting, kipovat and DJ Mastablastya for the epic music!

    The trick or treaters may be gone and all that's left of the Halloween candy is the twenty year old bubble gum that old man Jenkins gives out every year, but that shouldn't stop you from getting back into that holiday spirit with this great spooky themed level. You begin your "strange" adventure by missing the train and in your haste to catch it, you fall down into an eerie realm with ghost trains and haunting screams and skeletal remains that try and reach out and grab you! So go on, get your Batman costume back on and head into Halloween Strange Adventure.

    biorogue

    What sort of luck is that? Not only do you miss your train but you fall down an open manhole in the platform and find yourself in a sinister underground world where the train pulling out of the tunnel is a ghost train! You hop on and skeletal hands clutch at you, pumpkin heads leer at you in the darkness and you get lost in a labyrinth of tunnels and caves, never knowing what spooky sight awaits you round the next corner. It’s a well designed and nicely thought out Halloween level with some wonderful animations and excellent music. So keep those Halloween fires burning and queue this level for some great spook-filled fun.

    shropshirelass



     
    Puzzle Rooms 4 [1P]
    by  SneakySteve1983
    Welcome to Puzzle Rooms 4. If you haven't played through the previous levels then I recommend doing so first as there isn't a tuorial in this level and there are many different things to learn. The aim is to get from the red door to the green. Simple eh! Hold O at any time to exit the seat where you can move to the scoreboard. I've added some achievements in some puzzles and there is also a hidden one. Good luck :) p.s. Hold R2 to stick to one layer and Hold L1 and R2 to respawn.

    Sneakysteve is back with my favourite level series on his earth: Puzzle Rooms! I confess, I'm still rather atrociously bad at these levels – my brain is just too small to comprehend the magnificent logic on display. (No seriously. Complete the puzzle without touching the blue box??? Are you SERIOUS?) Puzzle Rooms 4 certainly does not dissapoint with more of the wonderfully addictive puzzles found in previous levels, with even more layers of difficulty and variation. And achievements too! If you haven't played this series, now is a superb time to go back and play the first three – you'll be glad of the practice!

    rialrees

    I absolutely love this series! It amazes me that with each new chapter, SneakySteve can come up with new diabolical ways to challenge our brains. Like Ria said above me, you might want to take a look at the first three levels in this series so you can get a handle on what's going on here because this one, it's a doozy. He gives us so many different ways to leave these rooms, you've got boxes that stick, boxes that move, boxes that don't move, boxes that turn things on and one box that I think is just there to confuse me! I love it! As always, you won't find a sleeker design than in these puzzle room levels. Put those thinking caps on and go have some fun.

    biorogue



     
    DARKAURA Vr 3.9[ Vertical Scrolling Shooter ] (1Player) Part1
    by  Headman-1000
    Inspired by castlevania, espagaluda,and ikaruga. Full game almost ready!!!!! (1P ) . Music Team: Headman-1000, UnderOath_77 , MastaBlastya, and Genasidal. All there is left to do is the polishing faze and voice acting and to add in the story.

    Ok, this is some intense stuff right here. This is another one of those, "Am I still playing Little Big Planet?" levels. By now, we've all seen a multitude of shooters in LBP, whether they be vertical, side scrollers or space shooters, there's plenty of them out there. This one stands out for a few reasons. It's gorgeous! It has a fantastic soundtrack and the game voice was just awesome. I never got tire of hearing "Power UP!" or "FURY MODE!" The action is intense right from the get go. I mean, you press start and in comes a million enemies and the pew pew pew is on! You can't go wrong with this level. Excellent effects, cool power ups and superb boss battles will have you coming back again and again.

    biorogue

    This shooter is something special. It looks stunning; the level of detail in the characters, enemies and backgrounds is superb and whole thing just looks lush! Even the bullets themselves are gorgeous. The same attention has gone into the gameplay which is cleverly multilayered. Not only do you have the usual shooting ability boosted by a range of cool power ups but as in Ikaruga you have the ability to change the polarity of your ship/character to match that of the enemy. This allows you to absorb enemy bullets of the same colour and convert them into energy to power an awesome laser weapon. So success depends on your ability to switch your aura with lightening speed and things can get hectic when you’re faced with bosses firing a hail of bullets of both colours in overlapping patterns! The great music and voice acting ramp up the excitement and help make this one of the most polished, gripping and spectacular shooters out there.

    shropshirelass



     
    Full Speed Ahead, Boi! (Platformer)
    by  JAKEINATOR183560
    That Otto is a real jerk. Someone should ruin his day and put an end to his winning streak. Guess who has to do that. You must beat Otto and get the scoreboard with the help of The Jalopy of Righteousness so that all can laugh at Otto's face. Filled with "charming" characters and some crappy inside jokes, this level is recommended for the immature and maybe some mature people. Music by @Ultrafast72, and @JAKEINATOR183560. Have fun, and remember to check out. LittleBigLand.com!

    You are going to love this level! From the laugh out loud funny dialog, the silly characters and the funtastic gameplay, you are sure to fall head over hills for this. The gameplay is a refreshing break from your normal Little Big Planet level in that while you will be doing a lot of great platforming, most of it will be IN YOUR CAR! That's right. You are given the keys to the awesome Jalopy of Righteousness, and with this car you will have jump platforms, collect bubbles and dodge all sorts of obstacles in order to make it to the big race with Otto. Whew! The big race. Not your typical race as this nut is trying to literally destroy you! Get your race gloves on and go Full Speed Ahead into this level!

    biorogue

    Starting a level with some random references to Billy Madison suggested to me I was in for quite a strange ride, and I was not disappointed. Especially when I jumped into my very capable little car and speed off down a ramp, accidentally hit the thrusters and launched into a fire pit! Deft platforming skills as well as some stuntman like driving are required to make your way to save the damsel in distress... or get to the scoreboard... I'm... I'm not sure it all got a bit zaney with the plot, with some confusing love being central to the plot, oh and a giant monster truck... or something.

    Mr_Fusion

    If you’re bored with the usual platformer then is the level for you. It’s a real breath of fresh air and may just be the start of a fun new genre of LBP levels: the car platformer! In the oh-so-cute Jalopy of Righteousness you must manoeuvre your way past a whole series of different hazards, with the car jumping and platforming its socks off (...of course cars have socks...), in order to reach the starting gate for a final showdown with the obnoxious Otto. Spurred on by his love for Sharon (whose identity you will have to play to find out) and just out of general loathsomeness, Otto is cheating and you will need to pull out all the stops to beat him. Fun, colourful and filled with wacky characters, this is a very engaging and all round blast of a level, which deserves a lot more plays.

    shropshirelass




    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!

    • [LBP2] The journey continues as you delve deeper into a magical world full of amazement. The contraptions are wicked cool and you'll be full of wonder when you travel Beyond the Roots [Part 3] by bombird.
    • [LBP2] Venture into this unique forest and discover good solid platforming whilst avoiding the many dangers that await you. Don't worry, you won't need a rake to pick up these Falling Leaves (Platformer) by knowntokill
    • [LBP2] What has ol' Clive gotten himself into now? Find out when you head deep into this volcanic region in an attempt to rescue the old bean from the Negativatron. A fun platformer that is a treat to play.Where In The World Is Clive Handforth? by knowntokill.
    • [LBP2] This entry into LBN's film contest has a "killer" opening cinematic, great set pieces and fantastic voice acting. Sorry, no spoilers here. Just go watch MOCKINGBIRD | Chapter 1 : Drowned Away by thi766.
    • [LBP2] Another clever entry into the Locomotion Commotion contest. This challenging platformer will test your skills and your patience as you try to navigate a host of unique contraptions and obstacles. (LBPC9) Petal Gear by Liquid_Blood_.
    • [LBP2] Huwah! Stealth is not the key here as you will be need to rely heavily on reflexes to make it through this neat fast paced platformer. ZEN NINJA'S TRAINING (Fast platformer) by Skitumbice.
    • [LBP2] It's that time of year again and we have a wonderful level to help ease you into it. This creative platformer will have you exploring a beautiful environment and you may meet a few interesting characters along the way. "Fall"ing into Autumn by xxgircreatorxx.
    • [LBP2] Will you manage to reach Houdini’s house and find your way inside? This cracking series continues with two more excellent episodes of creative platforming and great visuals - Houdini's Great Robbery - Act 2 - Part 1 : Dark Wood by samprod_psx.
    • [LBP2] A highly original and inventive take on the LBPC9 contest design brief – full of quirky ideas and fun contraptions - Golden Chain Reaction (LBPC9) by Aratiatia.
    • [LBP2] If you’re looking for a platformer with a very different feel to it and plenty of creative ideas then this stunning looking dark-toned level will be right up your street -Protora: The ****ed Area by GG-76-.
    • [LBP2] Enter the puppet mansion and try out your new moves in this intriguing and atmospheric intro to what promises to be another epic series - Pupaphobia - Prologue by papanurgle123.
    • [LBP2] A great little movie with plenty of action and drama as the SAS go on a hostage rescue mission – 27 Miles south of Madrid 0200 hours by ******-Dannit.
    • [LBP2] Journey into the Land of Celestia and double-jump your way through its lovely caverns: the gorgeous visuals and wonderful music make this platformer stand out from the crowd - The Heart Of Kahzithulu - Otherworldy Platformer [1P] by Buddydestruction.
    • [LBP2] Another intense platformer from Greenma with his trademark unique and quirky artstyle. His levels always offer a different experience and this one is no exception - Methuselah was here by Greemaa.



    VITA Spotlight

     
    Nocturnal
    by  TheNotorious-187
    Notorious Productions invite you to the beautifully twisted world of Nocturnal. My first Vita level, made in seven days while on holiday. Emphasis on visuals and atmosphere rather than intense, complex gameplay. Hope you enjoy. (Silhouette / Interactive Environment / Prizes) (Ghost_Creators)

    Nocturnal, in its simplest form, is a beautiful level with a lot of scope for different paths and routes through the level. It's not rigid and this flowing structure compliments its beautiful visuals. It's one you really have to see to truly appreciate because words alone cannot describe it. Get playing this now!

    Coxy224

    Video games are an art. This level is solid proof of that. Amazing is an understatement when it comes to describing the art design here. Haunting environments and wonderful gameplay will have you playing this level over and over. A true masterpiece in level making here.

    VelcroJonze

    Nocturnal is just stunning. The level is extremely beautiful, with a silhouette theme and a vibrant backdrop. The vibrant colours just lift of the vita’s screen, it is a true treat for your eyes. As well as the wonderful visuals the gameplay makes full use of the vita’s touch screen, which flows so well and just works so well visuals. This level is an absolute must play!

    Deadmn



     
    Requiem For A Pachyderm
    by  Elvenbane
    Wooly Bully Prologue. Interactive story prequel to my first LBP2 level. A young cave person must decide if mammoths are friend or food.

    Have you ever wanted a wooly mammoth for a pet? Who hasn't? Now you have a chance in Fullofwin/Elvenbane's brand new level. A charming romp through prehistoric landscapes. Guide Pachyderm through hot, muggy jungles, ancient ruins, and caves filled with ice and snow. The animations the creator has pulled off is one of a kind, and I dare you not to grin, ear to ear, when your woolly companion sneaks past tribesmen looking to grill it up for supper. And the detail to the environments are stunning. Truly a one of a kind experience.

    VelcroJonze

    Requiem for a Pachyderm is, in my opinion the most impressive vita level to date. The visuals are amazing, the use of the extra layer glitch gives the level so much depth it’s unbelievable. The use of the lighting in the level gives the level loads of atmosphere you just get emerged in the level. As well as that Elvenbane created a completed new gameplay mechanic with a mammoth character, which created whole new fun gameplay ideas.

    Deadmn

    Elvenbane’s talents as a PS3 creator are well known but he’s now shown that he can bring the same level of originality and artistic flair to the Vita. Your task is to guide a small and very endearing baby mammoth home. Being minder to a young mammoth is no pushover, though, as the local tribesmen appear to have mammoth steak on the menu for dinner, not to mention the local wolves! The scenery you travel through is simply beautiful and demonstrates just how effectively the 3d glitch can be used on the Vita. The mammoth himself is wonderfully animated and lifelike and the stealth and puzzle-based gameplay of your journey together is great fun. It’s a testament to the quality of the level that you get genuinely attached to young Stampy so that it comes as a real blow if you fail to get him home safely and makes you only more determined to re-play until you get the good ending! An outstanding level in every way.

    shropshirelass



     
    The old factory
    by  toad16
    You're lost, all alone in this old factory, you don't know who you are, neither where you are. try to discover it little sack.

    The Old Factory is at it's roots a platformer. But dig deeper and you'll find out what really makes this factory tick. Beautifully designed and a total joy to play. Fantastic environmental puzzles that are always fun, and never frustrating. And a real professional polish that makes everything flow perfectly. The story twist at the end will have you smiling. Guaranteed!

    VelcroJonze

    Hmm, what is going on in the mysterious old factory? Give rein to your curiosity and have fun exploring. After all what could possibly go wrong? Toad16 makes great use of the layers and has you weaving in out of the factory’s many nooks and crannies, solving puzzles as you go. The platforming and puzzles are well designed and perfectly integrated into the factory setting. It’s all beautifully crafted and done with style and a nice touch of humour in the final twist. I can’t wait for Part 2.

    shropshirelass




    Also from the Showcase...
    Played everything in the VITA 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] Put your grappling skills to the test in this fun and addicting high score challenge. Grab the bubbles and harness the bombs to boost your score - Grapple Battle Arena by XenonHMW.
    • [LBPV] Meet Detective Turtle in this entertaining trailer. The voice acting and humour will have you smiling as the extraordinary detective goes about his work. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out -Detective Turtle - Case Extraordinare (Intro) by Geet-R.
    • [LBPV]This retro-style twin stick shooter with its slick menu and smooth controls shows a lot of promise. Can’t wait for the full game - Anoxia: Retro Revival - Beta by ryan86me.
    • [LBPV] Grab some friends and go head to head in this fantastic looking battle arena - - Rocket Madness - by Alpha24bauer.
    • [LBPV] Take your camera and get snapping the ghosts and other strange beings inhabiting the old house. Will you survive to solve the mystery of this unique and intriguing level? The Camera of Memories[FPS] by Tenchuwoh.
    • [LBPV] An amazing batmobile is the star of the show in this fun two part adventure - BATMAN little big hero by zydm1412.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Community Spotlight Episode 98 started by Morgana25 View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. dermZ96's Avatar
      dermZ96 -
      Some very interesting picks this time.
      Plus the new vita spotlights. I really need to get vita...
      But any-whoooo, nice options guys, hope to see those levels get some more praise.
    1. aratiatia's Avatar
      aratiatia -
      Thanks for the "standout from the crowd" lbpcentral!
    1. RickRock_777's Avatar
      RickRock_777 -
      Some really incredible levels here. Congrats to all the Creators mentioned, and a shout out to my GC buddies.

      Another great job Spotlight Crew. And with the increased staff, some of you may be able to get some well deserved rest.
    1. Headman1000's Avatar
      Headman1000 -
      Thanks for the spotlight ^^ !!!!!!!!!!!
    1. Buttarms's Avatar
      Buttarms -
      Some well deserved picks here!

      Thanks for the mention!
    1. Canelita's Avatar
      Canelita -
      Thanks for the mention. I hope you enjoy the level.
    1. toad16's Avatar
      toad16 -
      thank you very much for the spotlight.
    1. doggy97's Avatar
      doggy97 -
      Congratz everyone And funny, that I didn't got NOD or Spotlighted .__.
    1. alain251's Avatar
      alain251 -
      WoW, thanks you again to choice my halloween level
      Great picks, as usual
    1. JAKEINATOR183560's Avatar
      JAKEINATOR183560 -
      Thanks for the the spotlight, guys!

      And finally someone got the Billy Madison reference

      I hope you guys enjoy the level and blahblahblah all that usual crap.
    1. samprod's Avatar
      samprod -
      Thanks a lot for the spotlight, helps me to have my level known by more people. Really happy to discover the description you write for my levels
      Good job on your levels selection for this spotlight too

      samprod_psx
    1. WESFUN's Avatar
      WESFUN -
      Glad to be apart of the spotlight crew I am glad I am a part of this for not only the team but more for the community keep posting awesome levels guys
    1. Sabre_'s Avatar
      Sabre_ -
      Yes great job spotlight crew with the picks these are some great levels.
    1. Arastoph's Avatar
      Arastoph -
      Well that was unexpected :S thanks for the pick guys! it's a shame i am less active on lbp2 nowadays...
      I will be creating on lbp karting for a while though so keep an eye out for me there!
    1. siege299792's Avatar
      siege299792 -
      Wow ... thank you very much for the spotlight !!!