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  • Community Spotlight Episode 126


    Roll up, roll up for the magical mystery tour, step right this way.
    Roll up GOT EVERYTHING YOU NEED,
    Roll up SATISFACTION GUARANTEED! OK, I’ll stop now…welcome everyone to the latest Episode of the Community Spotlight featuring levels from the Showcases over the past fortnight. It’s true though, we do have everything for your playing needs. Epic platforming, awesome music, thrills and spills of all kinds and spotlights from both the Vita and Karting communities. The magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away…




     
    FJ's Music Gallery Vol. 8
    by  Festerd_Jester
    My 8th set of music tracks! Now 22 of them for your use! In levels or simply to listen to in create :) Dedicated to all my friends and followers, without whom - I would be lost. ---Extra special thanks to Links_r_us for the amazing and unerring dedication to this project - And to Missi_Cat for the ceasless support and creative input every step of the way --- Much love to each and all of you :) P.S. R2 x10 :P (UPDATED 2nd DEC)

    What a wonderful early Christmas present! Festered comes back with another set of his amazing songs! But what does a gallery offer instead of different music? Well the design and presentation it offers to us is! After you dive in, you see really cool 3d animation (like a white light bouncing inside out) and a lot of fascinating design as you select and listen to the soundtrack. Fester's latest gallery consist of 22 well-composed music tracks are also shar-able so you can use them in your own levels! Most Importantly, a big shout out to his friends who assisted Fester with support and dedication. I hope you all and Fester are proud of this gallery, because this one keeps me waiting for the next one!

    hypedude53

    If we had had an "Ear Candy" contest, this surely would have won it. Dang. Festerd is...dang, I can't even bring forth words to describe this. Simply amazing. What we have here is twenty-two musical tracks that are all awesome and then you throw in some cool sorta psychedelic visuals as well and bam! Ear-Splosion here I come. Play it.

    biorogue


     
    I Love My Companion Bomb (Jetpack Edition)
    by  shookie_monster
    WARNING: EXTREMELY DIFFICULT! This level is designed for players seeking a challenge and those who plan on repeat plays. Rage quitting may ensue! Not responsible for broken controllers. It's time to carry your favorite bomb again...while flying around on your jetpack. Don't let it hit anything or else it's game over! One minute to reach each checkpoint. Bubbles should be collected by other players. Intro is skipable by hitting L1. Music by @Festerd_Jester.

    &$%)#@!! Is what you'll be screaming at your TV as you hit "replay level" for the twenty-fifth time. Dang, Shookie has done it to us this time. The previous "carry the bomb" levels were just training grounds for this diabolical plot to have us destroy our controllers by hurling them to the ground. But I love it! Here's why. The level is hard, dang hard, but it's different than the other "Extremely Hard" levels you will find because this is actually fun! The design of the level is really cool and though the plethora of obstacles you will encounter are very challenging, you'll keep coming back for more and more and more. Thanks Shookie, for once again getting me addicted to one of your levels.

    biorogue

    A simple task, in this case navigate precisely through a series of slowly spinning, moving and shifting walls carrying a bomb, with the slightest touch resulting in a game over. Add to that that you have to move quickly or it's… you guessed it game over... Oh man I hate these levels… I mean, I like to play them but after the 50th death and me saying ‘Just one more go’ I start to question if I’m any good at playing computer games. I may then nonchalantly throw a chair through a closed window to try and feel slightly better about myself.

    Mr_Fusion


     
    Castle Defender: Crusaders [1-4P]
    by  Shaggy40000
    Hundrets of years ago, ten thousands of european knights - Crusaders - invaded the western Orient. Take control of a hand full of Archers to stop the western war machinery right infront of the walls of your castle. Use special abilities like Fire Arrows or Catapults to defend your fortress! // CREDITS: Music: Buddydestruction

    Who those who have a knack of tower and castle defending type of games, then this level is definitely one you should play - and the same for the rest of you! You start off with a castle to defend with controllable cross bows that are on the top of your fort. There are a bunch off enemies coming you way and multiple days to fight through, each proving to be harder than the other.Along with the crossbows, you also get special attacks to use such as double ammo and arrows that are on fire. It comes with a cost of points, however. More and more enemies come along to deplete your health to 0 and the Caterpult special will help you a lot in those tight situations. Give it a go and see if you survive all the way through!

    hypedude53

    I went into this thinking it was going to be something completely different, boy was I glad I was wrong. Whoa! Well, as the title suggests, you have to defend a castle. Now this would not be as easy as you may think. The enemy is quite crafty and are pretty relentless in their efforts. The level is divided into days and for each day that you defend your castle, you'll be awarded a bonus in the end. You have several weapons at your disposal, mainly the archer and you can buy upgrades such as flaming arrows. Be warned, they only last for a short period so don't waste them. The visuals are very neat, I just loved those trebuchets in the background. Awesome!

    biorogue


     
    Celeritas
    by  Lakera-13
    Time is ticking. You can't stop it but you can try enjoying the time you have. Welcome to the world of Celeritas where your only objective is to move as fast as a lightning and to get all bubbles you can. ----- NORMAL-HARD difficulty. 1-2 player recommended because of the speed but nothing will break with more players. Music by nk827.

    I always dig these face paced levels. They always keep me on my toes and test out my reflexes as well and I get better with the more practice I put into levels of this genre. Celeritas it a really well designed and fun fast pace platformer collecting score bubbles and avoiding the fire. This is the first time that I used the fire hazard as a gameplay element as well, I hope that it isn't just me, but I really enjoyed hopping on a burn hazard obstacle so then i can get burned with another hop opportunity. Once you finish through, you check out how long it took you to complete the level and there is no reason that you should not got back and try to reach the top score!

    hypedude53

    Celeritas is one of those fast paced platformers that you just can't seem to get enough of. With a wicked cool design and fast gameplay that will throw you hither and dither, this level is sure to please. I began my romp through here with one goal in mind, top the scoreboard. I began easy enough, grabbing when I needed to and dodging obstacles that sneak up on you in a hurry, but alas, my skills just were not up to par. Not for a lack of trying though as I must've played this a dozen times. Surely you can do better?

    biorogue

    I love this level; it’s just so fun and addictive. The name tells you all you need to know really – it’s all about being swift and accurate as you dash through the level collecting bubbles and building combos against the ticking clock. Your path is littered with fire hazards which you need either to carefully avoid or make clever use of to boost your jumps…and woe betide you if you get it the wrong way round *cough* The design is slick and, as is critical with a level like this, it all flows beautifully without a jarring note. The theme is unusual and pulls off the trick of being both striking and yet understated. It’s one of those levels you find yourself playing again and again, even if you’re not very good at it – the pull of “just one more go”! What more can I say? If this hasn’t sold it to you already, then you do not have platforming in your soul.

    shropshirelass


     
    ADRIFT: Home (Hard)
    by  JellyBellyScout
    LONG LOAD :( *Started July 2nd 2013, Finished November 16th 2013* (Welcome to the world of ADRIFT: Set in 2217, a government agency tried to colonize the planet mars, they conducted many experiments when on the planet but something went wrong! for the past 27 years they have sent people to the base Ragnorok to recover the intel from the test, but they never survive!) This is where you begin to unlock the ADRIFT levels. !PLEASE! Try story FIRST! completing the tutorial makes multiplayer & survival more fun!

    Every time I see a level with the notation '(Hard)' in the title I get a little nervous. You see; I’m not the best player of LBP out there I get distracted by the environment, wonder what would happen if I jumped off an edge, and will check how dangerous an enemy design is. Adrift is, I guess, hard but not like a level where you need split second reflexes to jump onto a ledge the thickness of a pin. It is actually more of a slow burn type of difficult. There is a lot to remember, but luckily there is a tutorial, you have limited resources and will quickly find yourself out of power if you don’t plan ahead, oh and there are some land mines to avoid. The reason I bring them up is try to my nature the first one I saw I intentionally jumped on it to see how I died and where I re-spawned. But I guess that was my fault. The second time I died was because I was looking at the background designs and my torch went flat, and I stepped on a mine in the dark. My fault again… the third time was… well I guess you are seeing a pattern here...

    Mr_Fusion

    The incredibly detailed scenery and absorbing story will draw you inexorably into the world of Adrift. Launched on your mission through the facility, you’ll be faced with danger on all sides. There are land mines to be avoided (guess who couldn’t resist jumping on the first big shiny red button…), crazed fellow astronauts and nooks and crannies galore to get lost in. Fortunately, you have your MkI spacesuit equipped with...well, I won’t spoil things too much but let’s just say the MKII suit can’t come fast enough…and double-jump powers to help you along the way. I really enjoyed the whole story driven puzzle style of this series. The time and effort out into it just shine through. Now you’ll have to excuse me as I only got to Chapter 4 and I’m stuck in those mines and the seekers are after me *gulp* [Note: I wrote this before seeing Mr F’s review – made me laugh that we both couldn’t resist the lure of the red button! It’s our inquiring minds…obviously…]

    shropshirelass


     
    Princess Chardonnay in Bomb Kingdom
    by  Dobbed
    A little puzzle platformer where you play as Princess Chardonnay, and you must save Bomb Kingdom by using the power of explosives to collect Cake. Not sure how that really helps but... oh well! --- CONTROLS --- Use the Left Stick to Move. Use R1 to Push Bombs. Press Down of the Left Stick To Light Fuses While on top of bombs. Use X to Jump.--- 1Player is preferrable, but it fully supports spectators. Advanced logic by labarcak and AmazingKittyCat. Level Design help from megaboy93 and tb123456, & Whoacoder.

    This has got to be turned to a full out game for a console or something. This is a really awesome puzzler where you play in a pixel-ish styled world trying to get to a certain aera but moving and igniting bombs. The sprites are amazingly done, Princess Chardonnay (epic name) is a wonderful, original-like character and playing as her throughout the puzzler reminded me of mario, but with more explosions! Move around, push bombs, and ignite bombs as you go off to save Bomb Kingdom to collect cake (which could be a lie, or is it. . . )!

    hypedude95

    This level is impressive. aaaand review done. Wait. I should probably say a little more. A very clean and precise theme greet you and you are presented with a simple premise to try and push your way through some nicely thought out puzzles. This is indeed a level of high quality and is almost (I hope) a short demo of things to come!

    Mr_Fusion


     
    STAR WARS: Cloudy With a Chance of Carbon Freezing: Pt 3: Etc!
    by  julesyjules
    Final part of the Cloud City trilogy. Time to take on the Dark Side! Big thanks to Just_Crusader for logic help and Chucky789 for his Cloud City theme...1P

    Oh. My. Whoa. I've said it before and by golly I'll say it again, these are THE best Star Wars levels you'll find in LittleBigPlanet heck, maybe even of all time. Ok, maybe not of ALL time because I do love me some SW:KOTR and even Return of the Jedi for Super Nintendo. But you have to admit, these would be strong contenders. I wonder what Mr. Lucas would say about them, oh wait, I guess Disney owns them now. Don't get me started there. Anyway, this level here is more of a collection of mini-games with some platforming, leading up to a super boss fight with the man in black himself...Lord Vader. Trust me on this, you'll love it.

    biorogue

    More epic Star Wars action from julesyjules, as you go head to head with Darth Vader. Returning to the slightly lighter style of earlier episodes what could have been a deadly serious tussle instead becomes a series of encounters that leave you both grinning and fighting for your life at the same time. Darth Vader’s first appearance is heralded by some suitably ominous music but the menace is punctured somewhat when he challenges you to a minigame! He then pursues you through the level throwing challenge after challenge at you in a hammy villain kind of way. Don’t get me wrong, the trials he puts you through will test your skills. There are some very fine bits of platforming and puzzles to try you, but you won’t be able to help giggling at his antics. It all culminates in an intense and beautifully orchestrated boss fight. This too is on tricky side, but in the end I worked out a slow but sure method of getting through it relatively unscathed…though I did notice Vader sneaking a few surreptitious glances at his watch as he wondered just how long this was all going to take… That this remains one of the best series in LBP is testament to the inventiveness of the gameplay, the fantastic visuals and the humour with which it is all garnished.

    shropshirelass

    Every one has their own review style; biorogue likes to throw in a few ‘whoas’, and shropshirelass is always so eloquent in describing the emotion of a level… me? Well, my own rules are always try to keep it short, focus on the design and the thought put into how it flows. If I can manage, I’ll drop a random reference to something preferably from the 80’s.I always try to never gush about the creator or even use a creator’s name. But for this level… well I have to give up on that style, because as soon as I saw another Starwars level by julesyjules I straight away said ‘whoa! Are you freaking kidding me?!’ because he is indeed one of my favourite creators. julesyjules is actually part of the star wars universe and far more entertaining than another double ‘J’ character in that universe (curse you Jar-Jar!). His levels always leave me floored with how the known narrative, iconic set pieces and scenes of the movies are seemingly effortlessly woven into creative and downright fun platforming sections that fit perfectly within the world. Note: I had to remove the word ‘seemingly' because I have had the pleasure of seeing julesyjules working in create mode, moving and adjusting sections until they flowed perfectly, and the speed at which it was tested and build was amazing… errr… so talking about this level, um… well I already used ‘flow’ and discussed the thought and design that goes into all of the levels, and its an 80’s movie, and I randomly mention Jar-Jar Binks; so I guess this counts as a Mr. F style review - with some bio and shrop thrown in.

    Mr_Fusion




    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] Ball up and score the shots in a guaranteed enjoyable experience in 3D Basketball V2 by Hanfi1311
    • [LBP2] An exciting race where only teamwork can help you along, as you battle your friends to get to the finish first Co-op Team Death Race (4 Online players) by pj15
    • [LBP2] Under the sea, under the sea, platform underwater in an adventure so wonderful under the sea! Deep Blue (Platformer) by Sandro8708
    • [LBP2] Just because winter is coming closer and Fall will soon be another 365 days away, doesn't mean the awesome feel of Fall will fade and you can see it in all its glory in See you next Fall! by Brian5524
    • [LBP2] Hop into the charming world of Vincent the frog and help him to find his eggs in A Frogs Tale by TmkA_bro
    • [LBP2] A fast-placed platformer with jumping, grabbing, and timed performance! It doesn't get speedier than speedy way (fast platform ) by QTR8684
    • [LBP2] It is that time of the year again, warm up those drinks, get all cozy, and plunge into Love Flavored Frozen Hot Choco-colade by Epic_Purple_Lion


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    1. Sandro8708's Avatar
      Sandro8708 -
      Thanks for the spotlight episode.
    1. Qtr8684's Avatar
      Qtr8684 -
      Thanks for selecting my level
    1. Townzee's Avatar
      Townzee -
      Congratz guys, great choices!