Spectral Sneer

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Spectral Sneer is a neat early preview, where you can control either a Wizard or a Warrior in a sideways scrolling platformer, where you can go underground or above ground, fighting with various enemies.

It’s fairly dinky, but pretty neat and has a good budget game feel to it. Once you get to the end of the map, that seems to be it, but its a preview with a bit of substance.

Who was behind this preview? We’re not sure, but we hope to find out soon, so that we can quiz them about this cool preview.

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4 Responses to Spectral Sneer

  1. Thanks Frank, I was thinking that there might still be link to Grant Harrison given that he also made V which isn’t split screen but also works on the two level basis and has a large status panel. Probably nothing but just throwing it out there.

    • It’s always worth checking these things, as often there is shared code/styles between projects which can lead to credits. If you spot anything else in a similar way, then please do suggest 🙂

      The big thing i’ve spotted is that the sprite movement and scrolling seems really poor on Spectral Sneer, about a year or so after developments like V: The Game. Panel doesn’t quite line up either. Just doesn’t seem quite as refined as what Grant has done previously.

  2. A bit of a long shot, possibly, but this game has a passing resemblance to the Firebird game, Dynamic Duo, both in appearance and gameplay.

    • It’s a good suggestion, so I took a closer look. The code style seems to be quite different, there’s a lack of split screen (from what I can see) and the score panel doesn’t quite match up with the visible area.

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