Welcome to the latest edition of the Spotlight showcasing the brightest and best of the Level Showcase in the last fortnight. You’ll notice the retro look for this Episode...just don’t ask...lol. Moving swiftly on, there’s plenty to enjoy in this Episode and congratulations to knowntokill on getting his first full spotlight alongside such well-known names as Alley_Cat, Ladylyn1, SnakeOwl and SLS10. Keep the awesome levels coming!
A couple of notices. We’d like to welcome Wolfdre to the Spotlight Crew. He's fairly new to LBPC but was one of the applicants under the recent recruitment round (and was vouched for by one the mods in following terms: “He might be new to the site, but he's certainly nice, with no apparent sociopathic tendencies...” which has so far proved true, lol). We’d also like to welcome back TheAdipose and Clarie who have returned to us for a couple of months to help out with the Karting Spotlight. It’s great to have them all on board.
Without further ado, on with the Spotlight:
Normally, I'm not one to condone this sort of activity, but in this case, I'll let it slide. Leave it to Alley_Cat to take an idea such as this and turn it into a super fun platformer. As the title suggest, someone needs your help with the dubious act of cheating on a test. You agree and set out on your journey across this larger than life classroom. You'll traverse across desks, keyboards, notebooks, etc, and one of my favorites, the pencil sharpeners. The gameplay is fresh and unique and offers a multitude of cool platform mechanics that will have you grinning like a Girl Scout who just sold a thousand boxes of cookies! Grab your backpacks and head to school, because class, is in session. This definitely gets an A+ from me.
Tsk tsk... cheating on a test! Don't you know you aren't allowed to copy the person next to you, conceal a note card in your sleeve, or have sackboy sneak past the teacher, go up to the computer, find the correct answers, and transfer them onto your test. Well Alley_Cat certainly doesn't have a level about spying answers or sneaking note cards, it's all about sackboy! In this level, you'll find yourself running, bouncing, and swinging about the classroom-- and maybe staring blankly at the math problems in the background. Who knew classroom utensils were not only useful for students, but also sackboy as you make your way to the teachers computer. No calculators on this test; just you, your controller, and loads of fun!
“Cheats never prosper” is a saying which always causes me to raise a slightly quizzical mental eyebrow and here’s Alley_Cat_8633 to confirm me in my scepticism. The story however is just a great excuse for a level filled with wonderful custom made objects ranging from scissors to a full blown PC, not to mention some amazing larger than life characters (Mr Higgins really should get his eyebrows seen to, though...). There are bonus score bubbles to be nabbed too and I did a little bit of cheating of my own to get some of them ; ). The platforming is as good as you would expect from Alley_Cat and it’s altogether a very fun-filled romp through some amazing eye candy.
Rollerball is a racing/battle level. The game includes 3 tracks and 1 battle arena all complete with AI competitors. Custom settings include number of laps, lighting and ball handling (all preset in their easiest modes). Best with 1 player, but suitable for online multiplayer games. All music tracks by Donor.
I feel I should say this in a Bruce Buffer voice. 1 extra large point to you if you know who that is. Redeemable at your local game retail outlet. *Notice* Not valid in the continental United States, NA, SA, EU, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Offer only valid in Antartica. And Now!! It's Time!!! Ha ha, no, but it is time to head into one of the greatest race levels ever. I was absolutely blown away with the menu system. I think I may have spent more time playing in the menus than actually racing and that's not to detract anything from the races, because they are a blast! Even in single player mode, which I had to do, the AI is pretty competitive and makes for an enjoyable time. The track designs induced several, "Whoas" from me and the options, my goodness, the options are plentiful. Trust me, you want to play this level, you need to play this level, you have to play this level!
A superbly slick racing/battle level with some awesome menus and cool gameplay. The controls are so smooth and nicely balanced that even someone as rubbish at racing as I normally am, can manage to finish on the podium...well against the possibly very polite AI, anyway... There are more options, tracks and arenas than you will know what to do with. So be sure to load this up and take your rollerball for a spin.
Cosmic Quest (Platformer)
Oh no! There is a problem in the engine room! Slow time to get through this dangerous space station and get to the engine room! ------ Thanks to @caliboy4599, @bigsurf77, and @ucroburst for help and ideas/ Thanks to @cekmeout and @ucroburst for testing ---- [Best played with 1 player] [Difficulty: Medium/Hard]
Here's another level that just left me speechless. It's everything I look for in a sci-fi platformer -- impeccable design layout with tons and tons of detail, cool little story, and absolutely phenomenal gameplay. The platforming is well balanced with several types of gameplay mechanics on hand and the challenge of the level is just right, not a cake walk, but not a jaw clincher either. I had a blast playing through this and gawking at the gorgeous scenery and I know you will too.
Who could refuse a challenge set by a space pirate rejoicing in the name of Wiseduck? Not I, that’s for sure! This is another level which makes fantastic use of the cross-controller pack materials but the nicely grungy space station is just the beginning of the pleasures this level has in store. The gameplay is beautifully designed and has you both slowing down time and then using grabinators to progress in a nice mix of platforming and puzzles, including some cool “jump and throw at the same time” obstacles expressly designed to catch out those who throw like a girl *cough*. I cannot recommend this enough to anyone who enjoys a cool platforming challenge and the hint of an alien infiltration at the end has me in high hopes of a sequel...
more like the owl his prey
Please enjoy it!機械化が始まったフクロウの森に迷い込んでしまったリビッツくん.. Music by @In_Reality
Daww! This level is so cute! It kind of has an old school LBP1 charm to it and I like that. SnakeOwl once again shows his versatility as a LBP crafter with this engaging platformer. To be honest, the level caught me off guard a little. The story is that you have to get these mice and take them to an owl so he'll open the next gateway for you. Well, we all know what owls do with mice. I guess I had forgotten this fact, because when the first owl ate my mouse, I was like, "Nooo! My little mousy!" But then the owl regurgitated some bubble bones and I was all happy again. An excellent level from a true LBP artisan that you're sure to love, just don't get too attached to those mice.
Very unique level right here. SnakeOwl delivers an incredible atmosphere which combines that classic Little Big Planet look with a steampunk atmosphere. In the level, you'll meet several hungry, mechanized owls with a taste for mice--that's where you come in. And when you're looking for mice, you can't forget to bring a savory slice of cheese to lure them out. In exchange for the cheese, you can use the mice to get through various sections and build up your score. Needless to say, it works out for you, but not so well for the mice in the end. But hey, who wouldn't prefer a stack of score bubbles over a mouse?
Maybe it’s because the subject matter is close to his heart :P, but for whatever reason, this great looking wood and steampunk themed platformer is probably SnakeOwl’s best work to date. It’s packed with cool details (regurgitated owl pellets, lol!) and interesting obstacles. Who knew cheese-based gameplay would be such fun? The mechanical owls are charming and the mice (rats, actually!) are ...expendable :P So side with the predators for once and you’ll have a blast in this very appealing and beautifully designed platformer.
Qing Hua Limits
The final installation in the Wu Tsung series, Qing Hua Limits is far above the cloudy Hong Long Heights. Only Bu Ren's elevator can be used to access it, as the chilling summit of this topsy-turvy terrain proves difficult to many. But, here reside the Dragons, sealed away by the Invaders long ago. Wander about this free-roaming realm, free the Dragons, and conclude your journey! (1-2 players, might get laggy with more. bonner123 helped with visuals because he tends to do that. )
Whoa! This...wow. Let me lay down a little back story in case you don't know it. Way back over a year ago, LBPC ran a contest where the theme was "No floor platformer." SLS10's entry was brilliant and remains one of my favorites. He published a second level to this theme and now we arrived at the third installment to the "no floor" series and maybe, possibly, the best yet. This is such a cool level with a host of original contraptions that will both delight an confound you. There are hidden secrets and paths scattered about the area and it's well worth your time to seek them out. A fabulous addition to the series and definitely one of my favorites. Queue it up, you'll love it.
It’s a cold, bright and dazzling world here above the clouds in Qing Hua Limits and firm ground is hard to find. So with the footholds precarious and the air thin, finding the hidden switches and freeing the caged dragons will be a true test of your mettle. This is a level to put a smile on the face of anyone who loves their platforming with dash of challenge. Your path is a tricky one, filled with ingenious contraptions and bouncepads that flip or track your movements so woe betide you if you hit them at the wrong angle! And, having released the dragons, you get to hitch a ride on one through the skies, but don’t relax and enjoy the view because the dragons are careless of their passengers and liable to deposit you swiftly on the nearest set of spikes unless you take evasive action. It’s another tour de force from SLS10; the perfect marriage of atmosphere, music and gameplay and a great end to what has been a stellar 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!
- [LBP2] Jump and leap your way through the expansive platformer FACTORY by TheOfficialKing
- [LBP2] Immerse yourself in a world of sheer beauty, all in silhouette, of course! Solitude in Silhouette ~ Just a Dream by Missi_Cat
- [LBP2] Grab a be- erm, non-alcoholic fizzy beverage of your choosing, relax and unwind to the original songs in Links' Music Gallery Vol. 1 by links_r_us
- [LBP2] Enjoy slick platforming with a twist on LBP2's game mechanics in Galactic Radiation by Quickfire_Artist
- [LBP2] If all that excitement is getting too much, relax and unwind in the beautiful Shimmer by TheNotorious-187
- [LBP2]K3NDRAKRAY dazzles us once again with her detailed environments and expansive platforming in Elysian Fields 2~Mushroom Isles and Flöra § Faüna
- [LBP2] Keep a close eye out for kooky touches to the environment (and a plague of frogs!) as you weave your way through each section of Mystery Cavern by theflashback02
- [LBP2] This level is positively charged with excitement and wackiness. You'll be attracted to this story from the get go in this fun filled platformer. Part1 Magnetism and Electricity! by Fiev-Ate-Five
- [LBP2] Ow, my brain! Ow, my reflexes! You'll definitely be tested to your full potential in this excellent survivor level. Jump inside The Cuboid by ladylyn1
- [LBP2] Helmets? Check. Knee pads? Check. Get ready, set, go! Mountain bike down this beautiful rocky terrain and see if you can survive the Downhill Domination by ladylyn1
- [LBP2] A really fun and challenging mini-game/survival level that will leave you with a smile on your face and a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart. Jak & Daxter: Flut Flut Frenzy! by Jedi_1993
- [LBP2] Combat your buddies in this fun and addicting mini-game where the jetpack is your trusty weapon! Jet-Impact! Jetpack Minigame! by Five-Ate-Five
- [LBP2] Watch your step in this well designed platformer as you run, jump and swing your way through this Hot Metal -Refinery- by HELLYEAH1982
- [LBP2] Part three takes us deep into the bowels of the cellar where we must master the "wheelinator" in order to progress through to our goal. Great visuals and fun gameplay to be had in The Vintage Attic - Part 3 by jauw2