Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

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Unearthed Update: August 26th (Some of the Last Sprites)

I’m finally getting close to completing all of the sprites for Unearthed! I never planned to do this many myself, but I hit a pretty good roll and ended up making dozens and dozens of ’em. From bats to behemoths, I’ve made a bit of everything. First up this week is a mock-up of the Primordial Ooze. I’m not sure whether I’m going to use this sprite, an equally good...

Unearthed Update: August 12th (This Game is Weird)

It has been pointed out to me that a lot of the enemies in Unearthed are really weird. Floating frogs, animated toasters, gelatinous cubes… it is quite the menagerie. I wish I could say that things are going to be a bit more grounded and realistic this week, but we’re going completely in the other direction. First up is the 100% complete Radioactive Shambler. He’s a big boy...

Unearthed Update: August 5th (Walking TVs and Other Oddities)

Work continues on with enemy sprites, and I’m happy to show off two-and-a-half new critters for Unearthed! First up is the Idiot Box, a rather peppy (yet violent) television set. He’s encountered much later on in the game, and assails the player with electrical based attacks. Second, we have the Forgotten Fossil. He’s essentially a re-edit of the Zombie Dog from the original...

Unearthed Update: July 29th (More Overworld Sprites)

After polishing up the Spore Machine and Ancient Colossus, I decided to shift back to some normal enemies. Well, as normal as enemies get in Unearthed. I’m working through some of the later areas of the game which seem to contain robots and mutated monstrosities. First up is the Steam Man, a rendition of the classic Starman from EarthBound. He’s bit more steampunky then his...

Unearthed Update: July 22nd (A Couple Of Bosses)

Last week I made a point to polish up two very important sprites for Unearthed. They are both very important bosses for the Stompin’ Grounds area, and were a bit complicated from a technical perspective. I’m quite happy to have them complete (except for perhaps a bit of colouring), and even happier to show them all off to you. You may remember the Spore Machine from last week! I...

Knights of Pen and Paper Review

Greed can ruin a Dungeons and Dragons adventure. Wizened adventurers of the pen-and-paper era all have stories to tell about how they lost a favourite character by delving too deep into a dungeon, springing a trapped treasure chest, or grabbing a golden idol on a conspicuous pedestal. Greed can also ruin a video game. Knights of Pen and Paper is a title with a marvellous premise and great...

Unearthed Update: July 15th (Spore Machine)

I’m back on the sprite-making wagon, and I have a neat bit of work in progress for you this week. Messianic was kind enough to put together an excellent boss sprite for the Spore Machine, one of the two possible bosses of the Stompin’ Grounds. It’s big, menacing, and quite a good fit for the area. I’m currently working on an overworld version of the above sprite, and I...

Unearthed Update: June 24th (Messianic’s Battle Sprites II)

Hey everybody! I’m in full-on vacation mode this week, so instead of posting my own work I’ll be showcasing some sprites made by the talented Messianic. He’s been working diligently on Unearthed whenever he has a free moment, and has pumped out some really great battle sprites for the game. First up this week, we have a battle sprite for one of the Mycori (mushroom people)...

Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer