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Scarygirl’s Transformation From Graphic Novel to Game

Scarygirl is a project by Australian artist Nathan Jurevicius. Ambitious and haunting, the graphic novel follows the charming but strange orphaned girl raised by a giant octopus. The graphic novel is full of colorful, trippy illustrations – everything is very dreamlike yet whimsical. One of the most beautiful things about Scarygirl is the complete lack of any dialog whatsoever – speech bubbles have images, and thoughts and feelings are expressed through facial expressions and body language (as much as this can be done in a graphic novel). But everything about it just works – which is sadly not true for the video game adaptation recently released on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. (more…)

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Mortal Kombat, Duke Nukem Forever, Scarygirl added to PS Store

A little girl with an eyepatch, ninja warriors battling it out for the fate of the world, and a steroid-riddled ladies man highlight this week’s PlayStation Store update.

Square Enix’s Scarygirl features the little girl with an eyepatch. Using her tentacle arm as a whip, Scarygirl platforms her way into our hearts as she tries to figure out who’s haunting her dreams.

The ninja warriors (who looks so dapper in their bright colors) belong to the Mortal Kombat universe, which is available to download from the PlayStation Store for the first time. But with its $49.99 pricetag, you’d be better off sticking with the disc version or waiting for the feature-rich Komplete Edition instead.

Finally, Duke Nukem Forever (and his steroid-enhanced muscles) makes his way to the PlayStation Store at a much more wallet-friendly $19.99.

For more on these games (and a full list of this week’s new game add-ons), head on over to the PlayStation Blog.

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Scarygirl Review: Be Afraid, Be Wary & Afraid

The undead have become a very popular go-to target in media lately, and it seems like every game, movie, and kids’ birthday party has at least one. Luckily, creative minds sometimes venture outside the box, or at least open the box and take a peek out. That’s sort of the theme of the graphic novel that Tik Games has shaped into their latest platformer, Scarygirl. This game blends a pseudo-2D/3D platformer feel with a bit of a hack and slash vibe to stitch together a copy of Frankenstein’s monster that is not unlike a mix between the older Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle arcade games and LittleBigPlanet. (more…)

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XBLA Today: Haunt, Scarygirl

It’s “things that go bump in the night” day on Xbox Live Arcade today with the release of Scarygirl (priced at 1200 Microsoft Points/$15) and Haunt (priced at 800 Microsoft Points/$10).

Scarygirl, based on the graphic novel of the same name, is a side-scrolling platformer where a one-eyed girl with tentacle arms has to save the Tree of Knowledge:

Scarygirl is a wondrous adventure through a beautifully-bizarre world based on the Scarygirl graphic novel created by acclaimed artist Nathan Jurevicius. Scarygirl, an abandoned girl, dressed like a pirate, with a tentacle arm, is sent on a quest to discover what happened to the Tree of Knowledge. Along the way, she’ll be aided by a giant octopus, a mystical kung-fu rabbit, and vendors who sell new attacks. She can also enter a shadowy version of the world to unleash truly wicked attacks.

And Haunt is a Kinect-powered, first-person, haunted house sim:

Welcome to Benjy’s Mansion – a spooky haunted house where you are the first visitor for a generation! Haunt leverages the power of Kinect to enable you to freely explore the house using just your body as the controller – you’ll need to stay on your toes in order to outsmart the mansion’s host of fiendish ghosts and unravel the sinister secrets that shroud the mansion in mystery!

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Scarygirl coming to PC, PSN, XBLA courtesy of Square Enix

Square Enix announced today that they’re bringing Nathan Jurevicius’ graphic novel, Scarygirl, to the PC, PSN, and XBLA. The game, developed by TikGames, is an action platformer, and will be available January 18 for the XBLA, January 24 for the PSN, and “early 2012” for the PC.

Scarygirl, which won the 2009 Aurealis Award for Best Illustrated Book/Graphic novel, features a tough girl who dresses like a pirate and has a tentacle for an arm. A strange man haunts her dreams, and Scarygirl sets out on a journey to find him. Blister the giant octopus and Bunniguru the mystical, kung-fu rabbit help her on her quest against dangerous monsters.

I don’t know about you, but this sounds like one of the most ridiculously adorable games I have ever heard of. Ever.

Want to see how adorable it can be? Check out the trailer after the break. (more…)

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