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The Life of D. Duck II

From shitty website ‘Best of Bjørnar B.’

This website of scribbled art purports to have sprung from the mind of a teenage Norwegian, however I’m not buying it. It appears that this site was covered somewhat closely by Something Awful years ago - and was perhaps originally hosted there. The site mostly contains drawings and games featuring a character called D. Duck who has to deal with an unruly Uncle Jubalon and fears losing his girlfriend Dasy to his cousin Anton. (YouTube vids here, if you’re rightfully wary of downloading.)

I have not dug deeply here - the game mostly seemed to be fat jokes and funny mispellings - but I think the game is a bit more impressive work than the reviews say - and there are only like three one-star reviews out there. The animation and visual style is quite unique - there’s no doubt that some decent work was poured into this. I love hand-drawn games - this Homeward Bound game and this Hanging Gardens game come to mind as other scribbly designs that look unlike anything else. But D. Duck is so scribbly that you almost can’t make out the characters’ appearances - their bent heads and distorted bodies are almost Cubist. The soundtrack also seems too good for a teenager. Who knows tho!

In an age where so much design has become bland and smooth, or simply striving toward realism, I think we could use a lot more mess and distortion. I feel like Charlie McAlister would have made a game like this.

  1. That sort of hand-drawn look reminds me of "Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass": https://housekeepinggames.itch.io/jimmy-and-the-pulsating-mass

    It's not scribbly just to be ugly, but it's whimsically hand-drawn pixel art that doesn't much care about realism. Such a sense of humor, too.
  2. Reply: Ladybug Wardrobes

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    That sort of hand-drawn look reminds me of Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass. It’s not scribbly just to be ugly, but it’s whimsically hand-drawn pixel art that doesn’t much care about realism. Such a sense of humor, too.

    I really didn’t see the aesthetic match here - “Jimmy” seems to have a lot of really solid art - the flamingo with piano key wings and necktie is fantastic, what a character! But I do see a match with the writing and dialogue I think.

    Whatever the case, I am grateful for this link - I’ve not seen it before. Thanks for hanging out, Anon. Would be interested to hear what other obscure games you’ve dug up.

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