Little Big Planet

This post is for those of you who (a) have or plan to buy a Play Station 3, and (b) appreciate handmade animation in movies like Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox. I love those movies because the characters, scenery, and all the little details are all made by hand.

While this video game is computer animated, the aesthetic is handmade, and thats not something you stumble upon in video game land all that often. But its SO CUTE. And, about my video game playing speed.

Your character in the game is sack man. He starts out as a little crochet dude as seen below (think hackey sack), but as you go you can collect fabric patterns, accessories, and costumes to dress him (or her) up.

The goal of the game is to travel around the Planet (created in layers of felt) and explore different worlds and collect stickers and prizes.

Each level is a sort of hand constructed Rube-Goldberg-esque exercise is exploring. The stickers you collect can be taped to cardboard cutouts of the same shape. Each level has a beginning and end point (which i appreciate, sometimes I feel like i am just wandering around aimlessly). I’m going back to visit Erik this weekend so we get to play again which I’m excited about. Its actually pretty cute because there are some tasks that they tell you in the level take 2 people to complete, so he can’t get all the prizes without me 😉

Sure, this game is probably geared toward 12 year olds. But its fun, still challenging, and you don’t have to blow anyones brains out. And it supports handmade (if only via the computer screen). If you want to learn more, go to LittleBigWorkshop

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