Well this game actually been hiding in my humble bundle cache for a bit but decided to installed it after falling in love with the electronica-retro style soundtrack, and the very unique take on Greek mythology.
Next Penelope is a very futuristic take on the Iliad and Odyssey by Homer with Penelope being charged/threaten by the alien Poseidon to find Odysseus across the galaxy for the sake of her people. Nope Penelope is not sulking at home...she;s taking a spaceship and racing across the galaxy Imagine ancient Greek columns and architecture fitted in a very techno-colour retro-futuristic spacey setting...this is where the art style very much shines. Retro-future mythology hmm? The music is carries out the retro-futuristic style....with some synth mixed and a touch of progressive, You wouldn't even know the game is ancient Greek culture motif-ed.
Now I admit, I haven't played a true racing game in a very long time so I had problems trying to get used to the racing controls...most of it bumping into walls and mis-jumping off a cliff. Gameplay is played top down with Penelope's ship automatically accelerating and you have control of turning/avoiding walls and obstacles that will slow you down and chop away at your ship's energy (eventually you get more weapons)....while a giant alien thing from Poseidon is chasing you as you are racing towards the check point...hurry up!
Well a professional artist friend encourage to doodle every day if possible so I did and during all that doodling I experimented with sketching with one continuous ink line when sketching the plants around me. In this case Ethereal is "remixing" herself using both of her tails to create an art piece of herself....2 continues inky lines were drawn.,,absolutely no breaks in the lines. The background is actually a picture of jelly fish at the Vancouver highly altered to monochrome.
Well this was made along side the other "hand" demon so because I felt Envy and Pride are similar in that "grab" things for similar reasons. "Fisher" is "siblings" with Invidia of the previous panel....plus all the same mysterious species as Scourage and Lucid. Why the underwater motifs for envy? Tow = Undertow. Yep,traveling in the clubbing and artistic world, I had many encounters with envious stuff. The background was taken by me at the mini aquarium located int he international departure lounge....then highly altered with filters to make it look monochrome green.
Well for me atleast, listening to my favorite tracks recharges my mood during stressful times like a long day's work or traveling in another palce or country. It reminds me of who I am, my world and happy moods/feelings to recharge the senses. Klap is just plugged in for the night recharging at his very big station...hehe. The weird-surreal, futuristic background of his room is actually a picture of a bunch of mirrors I took at a visiting circus. The picture was sevrely altered after to make it look mono-chrome colour weird,
I wanted to make a slight poke at the pride culture that happens in the music industry,it's grabby nature and slight stab against talented young people being exploited in this industry, by grabby hands. Drawing abit on personal experience on "grabby hands" making attempts on my artistic talent. For the monster, Invidia....its based an old drawing I did of a monster in a nightmare shaped like a hand. Just like the old drawing, I used my own hand and its shadow to rotoscope body. The overall look is meant to be "prideful" with regal shades of purple ad gold. The background is the side of the post office in Steveston.
One of my favorite part of the expo...browsing the videogame flea market/slash artisan market.Wow its a whole,entire random treasure trove of video game stuff from every era with their systems included sometimes.Highly advise people to do a walk around/scouting mission first and make a wish list before. Well I had a modest shopping but I was able to make stretch to two cheap 3DS games, artisan buttons and a used-good condition Keldeo plush.
My other highlight....playing the original Lemmings in how long on an Amiga. I have never seen,let alone touched an Amiga before but I have played the original Lemmings on the PC, a long time ago. Apparently I still got it by instinctively leading the green haired, lemmings to safety. Yep I didn't forget. Amazing the old systems set up for demo are still operating. Well that was one fun expo.