Murasaki Baby

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Murasaki Baby
Developer(s) Ovosonico
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Director(s) Massimo Guarini
Designer(s) Massimo Guarini
Programmer(s) Massimiliano Pagani
Composer(s) Gianni Ricciardi
Akira Yamaoka[1]
Platform(s) PlayStation Vita
Release date(s)
  • NA September 16, 2014
  • EU September 17, 2014
  • JP September 25, 2014
Genre(s) Puzzle

Murasaki Baby is a side-scrolling puzzle-platformer video game developed by Italian video game company Ovosonico for the PlayStation Vita.[2] The game was designed by Massimo Guarini[3] who previously worked on the games Killer7, No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned.

Gameplay[edit]

The game's art direction follows the style of Edward Gorey. The titular character, known only as "Baby", is a twisted, malformed young girl who has dark, baggy eyes, a pink bowtie, short, curly hair, a mouth of cracked, misshaped teeth on her forehead, and stick figure limbs. She carries a purple heart-shaped balloon as well as many other enemies in the game.

The game world is a world populated by children's fantasies and fears. Using the Vita touch screen, the player must guide Baby through the world by "holding" her hand and guiding her throughout the game.[4] By using the touch pad, the player can change the atmosphere of the world.

Reception[edit]

Metacritic, a review aggregator, rated the game 69/100 based on 48 reviews.[5] GameRankings rated it 69.91%.[6] Hardcore Gamer rated it 4.5/5 and wrote, "Every Vita owner needs to experience Murasaki Baby. By creating a personal and engaging story, all while wrapping it in a hypnotically original art design, Ovosonico have gone where most other developers fear to tread."[7] Eurogamer rated it 8/10 and wrote, "Yes, the touch controls sometimes work against it and, like Baby, the game occasionally stumbles over its own feet, but for the most part it walks the fine line between the weird and the wonderful with aplomb."[8] IGN rated it 7.5/10 and wrote, "Filled with interesting ideas, Murasaki Baby's dazzling animation and unique approach to platforming are enticing. Moving Baby around with the spotty touch controls can be frustrating, but this short confection is sweet enough while it lasts."[9] GameSpot rated it 7/10 and wrote, "Controlling Murasaki Baby can be tiresome, and your hands are too often covering the dazzling, shadowy vistas that provide such a distinctive personality. Still, this often-touching adventure is too great an audio-visual treat to discount."[10] Game Informer rated it 6/10 and wrote, "Murasaki Baby is a weird little game about a weird little girl lost in a weird-looking world. Once you get past its Hot Topic aesthetic, it’s a breezy puzzle game that’s challenging in all the wrong ways."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Murasaki Baby trailer, and Akira Yamaoka collaboration detailed". European PlayStation Blog. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/08/20/gamescom-2013-murasaki-baby-revealed
  3. ^ http://www.polygon.com/2013/8/20/4641886/murasaki-baby-coming-to-ps-vita-in-2014
  4. ^ http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2013/08/20/murasaki-baby-unveiled-for-ps-vita/
  5. ^ "Murasaki Baby". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Murasaki Baby". GameRankings. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  7. ^ Carlson, Alex (2014-09-16). "Review: Murasaki Baby". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  8. ^ Harman, Stace (2014-09-16). "Murasaki Baby review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  9. ^ Reparaz, Mikel (2014-09-16). "A Morbid Curiosity". IGN. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  10. ^ Renaudin, Josiah (2014-09-16). "Beauty obstructed.". GameSpot. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  11. ^ Cork, Jeff (2014-09-30). "Murasaki Baby". Game Informer. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 

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