[EDIT: here is the list so far]
I’ll call this the Simple Series Sampler. So far we have:
SSS01: Ace of Seafood
SSS02: Pull Stay (pending release)
SSS03: Fishing Spirits
SSS04: Karate Master 2 Knock Down Blow
SSS05: Brief Karate Foolish
SSS06: Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae
SSS07: Iron Brigade
SSS08: Rock of Ages
I’d been thinking for a few years about what a modern Simple Series lineup would look like. Back in the early aughts I was telling D3 Publisher, when they had a bigger US presence, that they should just release all their Simple Series games on Steam for wacky views. I still think that would’ve been the right call! And they would’ve been forced to create a commercial PS2 emulator, which would have been good for the world in general.
But lately, now that it’s probably too late to do all that, I’ve been thinking about what modern Simple Series games would look like. Last night I found this one, which 100% has what it takes.
So this game, Pull Stay (which isn’t even out yet) is my first entry into the series.
Also submitting Ace of Seafood, which I first saw when I was judging the Sense of Wonder Night for Tokyo Game Show (they have not invited me back since I said they stopped focusing on games with a sense of wonder lol):
Anyway I think those two really fit the bill, so here are the “RULES” so you can add more.
a “big” idea
a relatively narrow focus aimed broadly (like, be any fish and shoot lasers, but they’re not actually that different)
a “rushed” appearance, either in UI, frame rate, or general execution
It’s tough to find the line between “lolwtf” games like Goat Simulator, and something like Pull Stay. Would I put Goat Simulator in this list? I could argue for it. But something feels off about it, I’m not sure! That said, I want to emphasize that a game need not be Japanese to make the list. Farm Simulator 2020 can’t be on here because it’s too polished. But a rushed knockoff of it that focuses only on hay baling for some reason, that’d make the cut.
Some less modern titles as honorable mentions:
Kung Fu Rider
Well, what have you got!?