Swap Box Reloaded
There is a cooperation game experiment named Swap Box Turbo whose concept is simple yet funny. Both players control a little square that can jump across platforms. The level is scrolling and the squares die when they fall or when they touch each other. It's nothing more than a two-player scrolling platformer except from that very detail : every two seconds, both players controls are swapped. The result is a game of concentration, rhythm and cooperation with lot of fun. Who the hell has touched the other and caused the death of both players is the eternal question. Here is a link to Nifflas website, the creator of the game.
One day, I played this game with a friend and we both enjoyed it. But the game is very short and we were not completely satisfied. Because, yes, when you have spent a whole hour to complete a 90 seconds level which doesn't have a proper ending, you feel frustrated.
Here are some characteristics of the game :
- The game is playable in browser (Chrome or Firefox are recommended), with one keyboard for both player.
- The music along with some visual hints help the players to feel the swap tempo.
- All levels are potentially infinite. They are generated automatically according to a seed, and can be re-generated identically from the seed.
- The variety of levels is easily expandable because we use a concept of biome (as in Minecraft) to generate the levels.