If you like Sonic games, take note
As part of GDC, Electronic Arts was showing “Fancy Pants Adventures“, due for release on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network later this year. Following in the footsteps games like 2006’s Line Rider, Fancy Pants Adventures got its start as a free-to-play flash game. In it, the player controls the “Fancy Pants Man” as he flips and spins his way around Squiggleville to avoid Spiders, kick golf balls, and run circles around everything. Fancy Pants Man is greatly effected by momentum, and the curvy, loop-de-loop-friendly levels are extremely reminiscent of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Fancy Pants Adventures is developed by Brad Borne of Borne Games. The original Fancy Pants Adventures game saw release in 2006, with a follow-up “World 2” sequel in 2008. Later that same year, Electronic Arts and Borne Games collaborated on Mirror’s Edge 2D, a side-scrolling adaptation of the first person shooter of the same name. Mirror’s Edge 2D ran on a modified version of the Fancy Pants Adventure technology, and gave birth to a more full-featured release in 2009 with time trial leaderboards and more. Though promises were made for additional Mirror’s Edge 2D level packs, none ever materialized, and Borne went on to work on Fancy Pants Adventures World 3, which in time evolved to become the Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network release due in Spring 2011. Brad Borne maintains that World 3 will still be coming to the PC, presumably at no cost, but that…
FPA on console is going to be the best way to adventure as Fancy Pants Man – Full screen on your TV, played with a controller – that’s the old school way to play platformers!
Like I said, there’s going to be a ton of content in the console game that won’t make it back into Flash. Right now we’re designing with the console in mind, which has very few limitations compared to Flash.