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Uncommon Classic: flOw

20. December 2009

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Originally released as a Flash game in early 2006, flOw was written by Jenova Chen and Nicholas Clark as a part of Chen's thesis research at the USC Interactive Media Division. In the game, the player controls a simple aquatic microorganism whose goal is to consume other creatures and descend to deeper and more difficult levels of an oceanic environment.

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Uncommon Classic: the Surrealism of Samorost

14. September 2009

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In anticipation of Czech developer Amanita's forthcoming Machinarium in October 2009, and as the first in the Uncommon Classic series (the beautiful and oddball games of times past), I present the Samorost series of games. Samorost and Samorost 2 are simple, Flash-based point and click adventure games that were released from 2003 to 2005. Samorost has gained somewhat of a cult classic status over the years, even after winning both a Webby Award, and Excellence in Visual Art award at IGF 2007. The art and programming for the game was completed almost entirely by Jakub Dvorsky.

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