Expanding the Egglikes

trueandhonestdev's picture
Thu, May 04 2017 07:15 AM
05/04/2017 - 07:15
07/04/2017 - 07:15

Some of you known I have a bit of a soft spot for weird and/or trashy games. I doubt it's a surprise to hear I fell in love with the concept of the Egglike almost right away.

The term Egglike was coined by Vinny of the streamer group Vinesauce in 2012 to describe an "ironically shitty' game called The Fantastic Game, which combined Unity's basic FPS controller, assets taken from other games (specifically Super Mario 64), memes, collectathon gameplay (the 'dolla') and word salad dialogue. The result was literally fantastic.

Since this game was pretty quotable it spawned a series of copycats of varying degrees of competency (such as Sanic R, Supa Mayro Krat, Shadow of Shrek all the way up to games that weren't intended to be trash, and instead invoked LSD Dream Emulator, such as Crypt Worlds).

The genre officially "died out" when Fantabuloso decided to parody it while making a competent game, which he called Le Fantabulous Game; LFG expanded on the walking simulator formula with the addition of actual combat and Mario/Banjo style minibosses. The dolla became the 'sausage wiener' and a race of creatures called the Shamrock became the enemy.

These days, Egglikes are polarising, with half of Vinesauce's fanbase writing them off as oversaturated and unfunny, and the other half begging Vinny to play more (and he is notoriously unwilling after the original flood of barely playable trash). Scrib's Adventure is the newest Egglike, taking the previous games as more than just a major influence and building its own universe around the Golden Eggs and the Spoops. Why are they still popular? Probably the unpredictability and the energy behind them. It takes a lot to come up with weird sights and balance them with gameplay.

The problem is, there's not many of them. Not intentional Egglikes, anyway.

I want to see what people with experience in experimental game dev can make using the Egglike aesthetic. The rules are simple: it has to be made on Unity, the gameplay has to include the collection of some sort of item (the more random the better), combat isn't mandatory, and there must be a heavy appropriation of classic video games (music especially), inside jokes and memes. Everything else is entirely up to you.

Popular subjects of meme include Mayro/Mario, Sanic, Danny Devito and Shrek, and while Fantastic and SA are great examples and probably enough to work with, you can check out other confirmed Egglikes here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYdTRyEqo_YxE7PfXjNK8Lee4tyT7D7ab

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sergiocornaga's picture

Possible alternatives for people who won't get Unity

I've still never tried this tool (despite meaning to) but I'd quite like to see an egglike made with 3D RAD, the hottest free 3d game maker available! You can try some trainwrecks made in 3D Rad here.

joobworld's picture

u can count on me....

u can count on me....

clyde's picture

The possibility that I may

The possibility that I may fail to make an egglike when trying to do so is kinda motivating for me.

clyde's picture

Yup. About 2 hours in and it

Yup. About 2 hours in and it feels like I've already diverged from the egglike. I'll still submit, I have some neat ideas. Not sure I'll be proud of this one though.