Icarus is one of the many tragic stories in Greek mythology. Daedalus built wings from feathers and wax so that he and his son Icarus could escape from Crete and return the the Greek mainland. But Icarus flew too close to the sun. His wings melted and he fell to his death.
In Dude Icarus, you play as Icarus, only instead of trying to keep away from the sun, you are trying to climb up towards the sun. You are trying to climb up various obstacles towards the sun to hang out with Apollo. The art and music are light and even a bit whimsical, it’s a bit more comedy than tragedy.
The game manages to be a little bit platformer and a little bit puzzle game. You’re trying to fly between platforms while finding more feathers, which let you fly even higher to other platforms. Managing to find platforms that are just the right height can be a bit of a puzzle at times, but fortunately you can catch a ride on passing clouds or birds to get your bearings. As you fly further up, the screen zooms out to give you a better view of the world. There is a roving sunbeam that will send all your hard work crashing down and force you to the ground. Fortunately, Dude Icarus avoids his namesake’s fate and suffers the sunbeam as a slight annoyance before trying again.
Dude Icarus was created for the Indie City Game Jam by our very own Switchbreak, and was featured in the Onion A.V. Club. So it’s only a matter of time before some sort of internet limo whisks him off to internet stardom. Then he will probably get caught doing internet cocaine off internet strippers and be right back here slumming with us again. Such is the life of internet fame.
Why You Should Check This Out: Dude Icarus takes the platformer formula and tweaks it just a bit, as you try to puzzle out how to proceed upward around a giant sphere. The graphics are a great way to lighten the mood, and the sound effects really keep the game from getting too frustrating. It’s just too silly to get really angry at. Tight controls keep the game fun, even when it gets a little tough. Plus, it was made by a goodjer!