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  • Community Spotlight Episode 120


    Welcome everyone to Episode 120 of the Spotlight filled with the latest and greatest offerings from the Level Showcase. We have challenging platforming in both the PS3 and Vita spotlights, plus extreme bouncing and two ball related games which will have your left and right brains in tangled knots before you’re finished. So queue these up, get playing and chase away those end of summer blues. Be sure to check out the nods too, as there are some real gems in those lists.

    We are very happy to announce that hyperdude95 has joined the Spotlight Crew to help out mainly on the PS3 side but he’s so keen that he’s already got stuck into Vita and Karting too…putting the rest of us veterans to shame…

    Without further ado, on with the Spotlight:




     
    Rusty Heat (hard platformer) 1P
    by  StrawberryHeAt
    Welcome to Rusty Heat! Where the Heat is rusty and the ground cold or something like this... Try to find all the secrets I hidded in this hard platformer. Sometimes challenging and fast obstacles. Be sure to play it alone! Dont be sad if you dont get all! There are easy, medium and hard secrets. Gameplay is best playable alone like always. Im sorry its just that I dont like to create for more players than one. So still hope everybody like it and please report if there are some bugs! music by @Velvet--Audio

    Heat waves in the air, a shirt dripping wet, and sweat running into my eyes...And this is before I even loaded the level! It's hot here in Texas! Anyway, I enter the level and it is replete with molten metal running all over and fire spewing around almost every corner and as I'm sitting there with sweat stinging my eyeballs, I'm thinking to myself, "this is not making me feel cooler." I pressed on though and found that, while the level didn't make ME feel cool, it itself was cool. The platforming here is no joke and has several challenging sections that made me sweat even more, but with patience and determination I was able to overcome. As if some of the platforming wasn't daring enough, there are secrets to find. Some are pretty obvious while others will have you scratching your head going, there is no freaking way to get that! I'm sure you'll do better than I did. Go play it, have fun!

    biorogue

    There are three kinds of secrets: secrets, hard secrets and Straw’s hard secrets! He is not kidding when he says you may not find them all. In fact I have a sinking feeling I didn’t get a single hard secret and not very many of the medium ones either, come to that. And the worst of it is that while some of them are tucked away in really obscure spots, others are dangling there tantalizingly in view but seemingly impossible to reach! Arrgh! Actually, though, bagging the secrets is the least of your worries. There are murderous saws with homing instincts I swear, conveyor belts with spikes (never a friendly combination) and lots of other ultra-lethal obstacles to negotiate before you reach the nirvana of the Ghost Creators logo at the end. It’s full of inventive and fun gameplay and anyone who enjoys pitting themselves against a challenge will have a blast in this furnace (sorry, bad pun of the day...)!

    shropshirelass


     
    Duality
    by  Just_Tom__
    Suvive as long as you can playing with your balls... (1 Player)

    Man! Duality is another one of those, "Why didn't I think of that!?" levels. The idea seems so simple, you'll be shaking your fist at the TV and saying, "I could have done that!" Now, while the level looks simple, it is quite complex I'm sure. Well, anything outside of making a square is complex to me, but anyway...where was I? Oh yeah, Just_Tom is known for making these really tough platformers, I mean let's face it, I've rage quit nearly all of his levels...um..but always with a smile, because they are awesome. Playing this level was awesome because I saw the scoreboard every time, no matter how bad I did! It was great! Dang, now I've gone and rambled again and before I could even talk about the level and how you independently control two balls, one with the left stick and the other with the right and how they are situated on kind of like a highway and you have to avoid obstacles that are coming towards you like holes in the road and walls and all sorts of stuff. Oh well. Maybe next time.

    biorogue

    The title description of this spotlight sums it all in a nutshell, I think? This survival required full concentration since you have maintain focus on two variables at the same time. The game play concept is so basic, yet I have not seen many levels that use it. It's a straightforward and ambitious move using the left Analog Stick to control the movement of one ball and the right Analog Stick to control the other. On my end, I used a controller that had a weak left Analog stick and that didn't even ruin the fun and enjoyment I had playing this level! I could even see the possibility of one person using a control stick and another user using the other stick which could easily spark cooperative game play which will make it more of an experience. Though that might be cheating, it's a challenge that is harder to master other than playing on your own. Speaking of challenges, you can top it all off by attacking the high scores which is the biggest --and most determined-- task while playing this level. I can foresee myself replaying this over and over again, and that is what I love about survivals.

    hypedude95

    That spike mohawked sack is back and this time with a coordination challenging adventure that will have both thumbs earning a six pack, if thumbs could get six packs. Simply saying if you can work both sides of your brain then you will surely dominate the top spot in this score driven mini-game, but only for a short time, cause I have a feeling this level is definitely a top play for score busting folk who love top spot. Also as an added bonus I swear I saw Just Tom post something in the nature of a free heart for a score of 2000 something, well I guess it's not free, cause you really have to work for it .

    L-I-M-I


     
    Doodle War 2
    by  Yoghurtmannen2k
    You might have thought there was no more milk left in the "Doodle War" cow. But we can, with 4 new towers, very improved gameplay and a brand new squiggle, tell you that "Doodle War 2" is going to rock your TD world. "Doodle War 2" offers a more flexible and fast paced TD experience and comes with 5 difficulties; "Beginner", "Easy", "Medium", "Hard" and if you're looking for a true challenge there's "Expert". Have a blast playing. 1P recommended.

    Yet another spectacular example of what LBP2 is capable of! One of my family members was in the same room as me looking at me playing this level and he couldn't keep his eyes off it. This fantastic doodle and scribble themed tower defense game, based on the Iphone app, can have me playing for hours! At times I was so deep into the experience and I ended up screaming to myself saying "No don't get through!" to the enemies and then my last tower blew them up easing the suspense - it was overall too exciting! Upgrading is a great strategy to battle out those incoming waves of enemies and definitely adds to the challenge component of this experience. A great variety of towers, difficulties, enemies and small --yet greatly effective-- implemented features will have you come back for more doodle-ly awesomeness everytime! I will give anyone an imaginary cookie for those who can master "Expert" mode!

    hypedude95

    I love the look of "scribble" or "doodle" type levels. They just looks so fun and they always remind me of the doodles I used to make in school. I began my time here on "easy" mode and after a while was feeling pretty good about myself. "Look at all these points I have! I'm awesome baby! I'm the king of Doodle War!" I was felling pretty cocky so I decided that since I was so good, surly I must be some sort of expert and decided to move on to the "Expert" mode of the level. Wow. A whole new world. Talk about being taken down a peg or two...or ten. No. I did not master Expert mode and quickly tucked my tail and ran back to easy street. This was a lot of fun! The multitude of upgrades for this level is just phenomenal and then there are the tons of different forces coming in to attack you, small ones, big ones, slow ones, fast ones, ones that shoot... I mean..It's just crazy! Go play it!

    biorogue

    I can't count how many hours I have played Tower Defense games on the PC, constantly looking for great one's here in LBP to toil my time away to go as far as I possibly can. These may just be doodles, but yoghurt has packed them full of all the typical towers that we have all grown to love. I must say I was very skeptical of this one coming in, cause it didn't have dragon, castle, army, etc in the title. These doodles will build up and punch you in the gullet if you don't strategically place your "doodles". A must play for some great strategy based tower building. So go now, go build your own Doodle army that all the great Nations will envy and for you to reign supreme.

    L-I-M-I


     
    It's Not Delivery, It's Sacklissimo (1 PLAYER)
    by  BigBadBrosef
    Some areas in this level may be a bit tough to you. However, that doesn't mean you should get all fussy and throw your cat through the wall. Remember to post your scores! I want to see how bad you do. *evil laugh* Thank you Mnniska, themonkeyblade and megaextremist for helping to create this level. Everybody else, you know who you are. Thanks to Giant_Robot77 for the fantastical music. 1 PLAYER ONLY. (The max time on the timer is 10 minutes. New record by MonkeyBlade is 2:52. Beat that and I'll heart ya).

    Up for a really bouncy challenge? Mix that ambitious gameplay element along with a hungry elephant and you'll get something amazing! Ye ol' skilled bouncing technique is put to the test with a cheerful themed design that is definitely rewarding once the adventure is completed! My determination to complete this level was very solid and I got some great practice learning how to master that jump technique a lot better as well. Along with it's sweet gameplay elements, the main goal is always in mind - The elephant must be fed!

    hypedude95

    The name of the game here is bounce. You'll be doing a lot of it. A. Lot. Hmm, on second thought, the name of the game is "timing", because it's going to take...wait, maybe the name should be "arduous," because there are some areas that are just downright challenging. Well, whatever the name is, it's just plain fun, except maybe that one area that made me so mad that I disregarded the level warning and did indeed throw my cat through the wall. So now I have two things, a cat shaped hole in my wall and a dead cat. Being that it was my kids' favorite cat, I had to replace it, and quick. I drove over to a buddy's house, he has a ton of barn cats, and chose one that most closely resembled Felix. There were subtle differences, but with some scissors and some strategic spray painting, I think he looks like the real thing. We'll find out when my kids get home from school if the masquerade is a success or not. Wish me luck! Oh, play this level, just make sure your cat is outside first.

    biorogue

    There was a line from Wallace and Gromit running through my head the whole time I was playing this level. It’s the one with the window cleaning where Gromit is dangling upside down in a resigned fashion outside the shop window and Wallace says “Aye, I'd better see to him. The bounce has gone from his bungee”. The bounce kept going from my bungee. I’d leap down, confidently expecting to soar gracefully upwards, only to find my bounce swiftly petering away to nothing and I’d have to start over. As bio says, it’s all in the timing and mine was…well, let’s just say hit and miss! All this bouncy (or not so bouncy…) gameplay comes packaged with a comical but very moral *cough* story about feeding elephants pizza and some great music. It’s fun, colourful and different and I’m sure your cats would put thoughts of their own personal safety to one side and agree that this is one level you should definitely play!

    shropshirelass


     
    Operation: Steamjunk (Part 2)
    by  shookie_monster
    [Platformer/One Player Recommended] Continue your investigation of the Dark Three United as you venture through their space frigate Steamjunk. Use various power-ups along the way including the Gravinator, Headlamp, and the Jet Pack. Music by @RickRock_777 and @Buddydestruction.

    I was so happy when I saw that Shookie was returning us to the D.T.U. story line. That's the Dark Three United for those of you not in the know. These vile, villainous villains have plagued Craftworld for long enough! We have tracked down the nefarious D.T.U. to their space frigate, the Steamjunk, and investigating as to how they plan on taking over the world this time. The interior of the ship is fraught with peril and there are a couple of challenging areas that will have you gritting your teeth. Like the time I jumped up and thought I had it clear and then WHOOSH! a fireball singed my behind and screwed up my score! (I'm coming for you Lass! I've made charts and FAQs and even contacted the shipyard that built the frigate and through bribery and debauchery have, in my hands, the diagrams for the ship. I know where all the tunnels and fireballs and stuff is so that score will be mine!) Where was I? Yes, play this level. It's awesome. Go on, play it, you'll love it.

    biorogue

    I won't go on as much as Bio did, I will try to keep this review more compact, cause Bio took all the words right out of my mouth except the whole Lass deal, I know I can't compete with them two. So here I go, Shookie, shookie,.... shookie, how do you keep making stellar level after stellar level for us to enjoy and boy did I enjoy this one. Steamjunk frigate is full of hard to reach bubbles, outstanding contraptions, and a jump boosting gameplay mechanic that really takes a moment, a long moment of pondering to understand exactly, How did you do this Man!! and why haven't I already thought of this. Dang you make me jelly as a creator. This level has all the bells and whistles I come to look forward in a level. Great tempo, great gameplay, great scenery, and a score!!.

    L-I-M-I

    *Decides to rise gracefully above the whole high score thing…which conveniently allows her to ignore the fact that bio has been as good as his word and knocked her off top spot* This has to be one of my all-time favourite levels by Shookie. There’s just so much diversity in the gameplay. From the gravity defying jumping at the start, to the groping in the dark with a torch and then the jetpack gameplay at the end, this level has it all. And I haven’t even mentioned the boss fight yet or the awesome décor and steampunk robots. It’s all brilliantly designed with great pacing and a nice dollop of challenge. So get out there and play it. It’s a great level...and I’m offering a reward to anyone who can top bio’s score…please?

    shropshirelass


     
    Elasticity (25 stages | 1-2 players)
    by  Khodex
    Music : "Isomorph" by @Festerd_Jester. In this game, you have to beat all of the 25 stages to finish the level. You win 1000 points each time you beat a stage. Activate the "Time attack" mode to increase your score.

    This week has been a ball'in week as another two balls have been dropped as the stars of the level. The objective is coherent, get the two balls to their designated spots. The twist? They are connected together and can only travel a certain length apart from one another. The first couple levels are simple which get you into the groove. Then, it takes it to a whole another level as you get closer to the final 25th level. Kudos if you make it through all of the puzzles which introduce more and more game play elements until the end. What's even more spectacular is that the level comes in handy with multiplayer support (where one player controls one ball and another player controls the other) and a Time Attack mode!

    hypedude95

    Khodex you have officially made my brain sweat. 25 finger lickin puzzle levels for everyone to wrap their cotton filled sack brain around. I felt like I was playing a game of chess vs myself. But in this case I can actually kinda look a few moves ahead and it not affect the outcome in a negative way. I guarantee by the time you get to level 6 you will be pushing your little string to the limit and testing how far it will stretch. If I could just push it one more millimeter I could get around this corner or wait if I simply just move over here it will create some extra slack in the line, facepalm directed to myself. This original idea of double handed play with the ability to handle multiplayer definitely makes this a guaranteed bonified level to play!

    L-I-M-I


     
    [TearawayCompetitionEU] Valley Folds
    by  Jedi_1993
    Find your way through this Tearaway inspired level. Several prizes are scattered throughout this fun jaunt in a paper world for you to enjoy. : 1 to 4 players.

    In a nutshell (ha, squirrel reference ftw!) this level just oozes charm. It’s packed with bright, colourful graphics and engaging gameplay mechanics. There’s a moment involving a perfect-in-pink cut-out pig that I’m dying to tell you about but won’t spoil for you. It had me smiling from ear to ear though! Having been knocked out by the charm of that moment, you’re then presented with a creatinator turned hooter. Loud blasts on this make startled giraffes (no, I’m sure they’re not giraffes but, anyway, creatures very well endowed in the neck department!) fling up their arms and cover their ears, causing them to raise platforms or head butt lifesavers to help you along (yes, I know that makes no sense on the page but it’s true, trust me!). Moments like this are pure gold and give this level an appeal which I can only hope Tearaway will match.

    shropshirelass

    I had a ton of fun in this level! The moment I popped in, I knew it was something special. It brought back some of that LittleBigPlanet 1 charm that I so loved. It's just brimming with cuteness all over, from the characters to the layout of the land to the bright colors found throughout. The gameplay got me. I was grinning like a mule eating briers the whole time! The level has very clever gameplay too, like the creatinator that emits a party blower sound. Blow the noise at certain creatures and they'll cover their ears, which causes a platform to lower or other things to happen. This is fun level and you'd be doing yourself an injustice to let it pass you by, so, go play it!

    biorogue

    Well how in the heck am I to leave a review after these two, who are nearly as good at reviewing as this level was playing. So here we are in this vividly colored papercraft world full of evil baddies that have a very bouncy nogen, a colorful giraffe thingy that apparently dislikes the hooting of a party popper, and pigs with backs that just yell, ride me. Come one, that pig, o how I loved it so much, such moments like this that make you grin from ear to ear. This level is packed so full of charm it makes me so gitty to play it again. I can't wait for tearaway to come out, cause if it packs half the charm of this level, then it would be a sure fire pick up from the local game store. Fantastic level filled to the brim of happiness.

    L-I-M-I


    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] Get ready for a mind trip as you explore this dreamlike world of Opera Mirante. by angel-punishment
    • [LBP2] It's like playing the Vita levels..but on your PS3! Platform your way across the lands while riding on and in some cases, avoiding the trains that make up Extreme Rollercoaster Platformer by Hanfi1311
    • [LBP2] In this unique challenge, you must first build your "fort" before the impending doom arrives in the many forms of LittleBigSurvival: The Ultimate Survival Challenge! by Five-Ate-Five
    • [LBP2] Classic platforming elements will have you smiling as you run, jump and swing your way through Breezy Barn by dolphins-R-lame
    • [LBP2] Unique apparatuses are all over the place here. You won't know where you are...and you won't care because it's that dang cool to hang out in The Room(s) ™ by OmieR
    • [LBP2] Want a new avatar? Want a lot of options for said avatar? Look no further than Avatar Maker 2 by I6v6I
    • [LBP2] A level experience of cheerful level design and challenging game play components is introduced in Crystal Deth by megaextremist
    • [LBP2] Another beautiful and enjoyable tribute to the PSN game Journey within Journey Rebirth 2 by LBPHart3
    • [LBP2] The classic LittleBigPlanet intro is re-created by dedicated creators along with new added bits in The Introduction by Bonna1997
    • [LBP2] Step right into the flashy lights and cameras to test your wheel spinning skills with 3 other players (or sackbots) to compete for the winning glory in Wheel Of Fortunes 2 by Townzee
    • [LBP2] From passing clouds to grapple hook action, this dream-styled atmosphere will not want one to wake up in Sweet Dreams by one-mad-bunny
    • [LBP2]Immerse upon an adventurous journey with a character that can train multiple stats in Teniccio 2 (RPG) [1 Player] by Robo_Ranger
    • [LBP2] This is one very slick and fun survival challenge that will have you on the edge of your seat as you dodge those deadly platforms! Steamed (Minigame) by cyclist67


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    Comments 4 Comments
    1. OmieR's Avatar
      OmieR -
      Thank you so much LBPC for the honorable mention! Also congrats to every sack fellow for the spotlight and mentions. Keep creating your awesome work in the future community And for LBPC, keep doing your awesome work for picking levels for community to play. Much appriciated!

      Regards: OmieR
    1. BrosefJenkins's Avatar
      BrosefJenkins -
      Thanks for the spotlight!
    1. shookie99's Avatar
      shookie99 -
      Thanks for the spotlight and the great reviews. Congrats to the others as well. Thanks to the crew for all their hard work.
    1. Khodex's Avatar
      Khodex -
      Thank you very much for this fifth spotlight on my earth !