Vamped Games, an independent studio made up of students at DePaul University, has released a demo on PC and Mac for their most recent project, Funk Unplugged. The developers describe Funk Unplugged as “a love letter to the golden age of N64 platforming games.” The game is described as having “bright, colorful worlds to discover, challenging platforming puzzles, a bumpin’ soundtrack, and oodles of collectibles (obviously).”
The main character, Ampy, is an amp that has been left behind by its former bandmates. Ampy has been brought to life by Feedbac, a quirky, ethereal being who investigates intergalactic sound transmissions. The antagonist, Evil Records, has established a presence on the planet and are trying to spread bad vibes with their newest, worst band yet: The G-Men. Feedbac fuses with Ampy, bringing the formerly-defunct amplifier back to life and bestowing strange, wonderful, alien powers to combat the nefarious influence of the G-Men and their garbage music.
The demo can be downloaded here, and a video featuring gameplay footage can be found below. Additionally, Vamped Games will be launching a Kickstarter next week.
The full game will feature 25 playable levels, six unique worlds, seven boss battles, collectibles and secrets, abilities and power-ups, and a full soundtrack.
Disclaimer: The author of this post knows some of the members of Vamped Games.
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Crystal is a graduate student in psychology. She started playing video games on Atari 2600, PC, and Super Nintendo and moved on to own a Playstation 2, Wii, DS, 3DS, and XBox 360 among others. Her favorite franchises are The Legend of Zelda, Team Fortress, Metroid, Ace Attorney, Left 4 Dead, Final Fantasy and Pokemon, though she likes to branch out into anything can hold her interest. She spends most of her time reading, doing research, exercising and playing video games.