It's aliiiiiiiiiiiive!!! After over a year of nonstop work and burning the midnight oil with my pals Jacob and Pox, I'm extremely happy to announce that our new action-platformer game Bionic Chainsaw Pogo Gorilla is finally available for everybody to play on Adult Swim Games!
It's hard to describe just how much time and work went into this, but once you've all had a chance to play through the entire game, I think it'll become very clear. There are six lengthy stages to this game; each stage is broken up into three parts and concludes with a huge boss battle. Each stage also has loads of mutant enemies hellbent on killing you, so I'm sure you'll find that those chainsaws come in quite handy. Not only can you use them in standard melee attacks, but with our gorilla being bionic 'n all, he can actually rip his chainsaw arms out of his sockets and throw them at his enemies while his stretchy tendons reel them back in. The more enemies you kill, the more you'll level up your character, which in turn increases both your overall power and the distance you can throw your extendo-arms.
We set out to make a truly different kind of platform game here, and I honestly believe we accomplished that by introducing the unique gameplay mechanic where the protagonist can't walk or run... he simply has to hop and jump everywhere he goes. It's a nice learning curve that I think you'll get used to quickly, all while enjoying the physics of throwing your arms around the screen and making a big mess everywhere you go. And don't worry, you have unlimited continues and your progress is automatically saved every time you play. Whenever you come back to play the game, you can hit "Continue" on the title screen or proceed to the "Stage Select" section if you want to replay an area in search of additional costumes & items.
On top of that, we added in boatloads of costume elements to the game so you can customize the hell out of your character. Sure, you start out as a Bionic Chainsaw Pogo Gorilla, but you can actually become any number of combinations by replacing your arms, chest, legs, and head. Did you know you can become a Bionic Ghost Taco Unicycle Narwhal? No seriously, that's a thing you can actually become in the game. We originally started out with just 25 costume elements or so, but now there are roughly 130 you can collect by defeating enemies and bosses throughout the game. So yeah, the more messes you make by splattering all who oppose you, the more elements you'll collect to try out in our patented Costume Select-O-Tron. After all, who wouldn't want to see what it's like to kill enemies in a video game with a keytar, a plush teddy bear, or a dolphin? (note: some costumes can also be found in hidden areas, so be on the lookout for 'em.)
As you play through each stage, you'll also encounter a variety of special power-ups to collect. Some of these will give you more health, some will make you invincible, and others might attach gargantuan circular saws to your body that take up the entire screen. Yep. It's just a typical day in the life of our Bionic Chainsaw Pogo Gorilla. Of course, not every item you collect is helpful. Some items are actually power-downs that can do all kinds of bad things to you, such as shrink you to down to a nearly microscopic scale or summon a giant rainbow razor blade breathing dragon. Ouch. That sounds painful. Other features in the game you'll want to know about include a combo-meter, achievement medals, special unlockable full costume sets that you do not want to miss, player stats, a stage select option, control customization, and much more.
I'm really proud of what we accomplished with BCPG, and I honestly can't think of any other game that plays quite like it. Considering this was by far the largest project he's ever worked on, Jacob did a phenomenal job programming it. There are virtually no major bugs in this thing, and for a game of this size, that's seriously impressive. Pox's artwork is beautiful and he really captured the spirit of what I wanted to see on all the stages and in the mutant creatures throughout the game. I honestly think it's his best artwork to date. As for myself, I had a blast designing the game, coming up with fun levels and memorable boss battles. Man, do I love those big boss battles... and I'm sure you will too. You're not gonna believe what we pulled off for the final boss of the game - I really can't wait for you to see it. I also hope you enjoy the music while you're playing through BCPG, because this is the most original music I've ever written for a game. It was a long process creating all the tunes, but I learned a lot along the way and I'm really happy with how the music turned out to match the atmosphere of each stage.
Huge thanks to Jacob and Pox for working on this massive project with me for so long - they did absolutely incredible work and this game wouldn't have been possible without them. I want to everybody at Adult Swim for giving us this awesome opportunity to spend over a year creating a completely original game, and for providing excellent feedback and support throughout the entire process. And lastly, I have to thank all of our families, friends, and Internet pals - without your encouragement during a huge undertaking like this, I doubt BCPG would've ever even seen the light of day. So yeah, thanks everyone!
Alright, I've blabbed long enough about the game... now it's your turn to PLAY IT. Please drop a comment below once you've had a chance to really play through the game as I'm excited to hear what you all think of it. Thanks for playing and I hope you enjoy it!
Joel3K on 02/05/2014 12:30 am
I have been playing the game for the last eight hours, with the most minimum breaks demanded by basic real life necessities like "eating" and "shaving", which really says it all.
It really is everything we were all hoping for in an all-original Abobo follow-up for the last two years. (Truly, truly above and beyond the call of duty to be doing both the game and all the great full-scale Halloween season coverage last year.) And it's a nice bonus to see the spirit of some of the smaller-scale previous games too, from the platforming combat of Santa Fu to the pixelated graphics (and opening SCREEEEEEAAAM!!! that I was hoping would become a video game industry standard) of Frozen Pixel Hunt.
The combination of chaotic visuals and precise controls is just as it should be. It's also particularly satisfying to be able to make steady progress with costume elements, leveling up and medals while replaying levels that are already fun to replay for the visual overload alone. (It seems like the progress is saved separately in different browsers, even when logged in, is that so?)
So in one bionic chainsaw pogo word: YEEEEEEEAAAAH!
FireballDragon (Guest) on 02/05/2014 5:54 pm
It's out now? Shit, I'll have to play it when I've got the time! BTW, I know you've probably gotten this question a lot, but what's the status on the Pickleman game?
ColdFusion (Guest) on 02/05/2014 10:05 pm
this game is pretty boss. it's unique to control but not HARD to control.
I must question some of the parts choices though. Book arms? Hopefully there will be pickle arms later..
Adam Coate (Guest) on 02/07/2014 5:05 am
This game is awesome, so glad it's finally out. Are you guys planning on doing a standalone Steam release like they've done for some of the other Adult Swim games? It's really a shame there's no full screen option... that's really my only complaint. I've tried downloading the .swf and playing the game in the Flash Standalone Player as I have with some other games, but it never works on Adult Swim. I guess there games are just protected somehow. Anyway, hope you hook us up with a way to play this game properly, fullscreen and with controller support!
woah (Guest) on 02/07/2014 4:16 pm
my life is now complete
thank you based roger
woah (Guest) on 02/07/2014 4:16 pm
oh yeah pogo
that is all thank you for your time
Shadowdancer21b on 02/08/2014 5:09 pm
I love this game. It's almost perfect!
Shane Skekel (Guest) on 02/09/2014 11:48 am
Mockery on 02/09/2014 5:00 pm
Thanks for the compliments, everyone! Glad you're all enjoying all the chaos of it so far.
Joel3K - Eight hours straight? Wow, that's some serious dedication! You must be close to having everything unlocked by now? And yes, the game does automatically save your progress, so you can always pick up from wherever you left off.
FireballDragon - We did create a lot of art for the PickleMan game back in the day, but the game itself just never materialized. Never say never though... and speaking of that game, if you look closely while playing through Bionic Chainsaw Pogo Gorilla on Stage 4, you just might see PickleMan somewhere in the background.
ColdFusion - The more you play (and kill), the more costumes you'll unlock. The book arms were made specifically for anybody who took time to read through the tutorial section. See? It all makes perfect sense... just like everything else in the game. ;)
Adam Coate - We're currently discussing the possibility of porting a suped-up version of the game to Steam, as that was always one of our goals when we first started the project. And yes, if we do port it to steam, it WILL have fullscreen & controller support. In the meantime, you can certainly try to use Joy2Key to play the game with a controller just as people did with Abobo's Big Adventure (especially since you can customize the keys in BCPG's options section).
woah - No problemo! Enjoy!
Shadowdancer21b - Keen! Also, thanks a lot for posting about it in your blog, I really appreciate it!
Jonny#5 on 02/14/2014 4:36 pm
Gotta say RoG, you did it again. I can add this gem to the magnificant library of games you've helped create. This is definitely up there with Domo-kun's Angry Smash and Abobo's Big Adventure as one of the best games around, not just online games but all video games made since 1971!
Don Carlson (Guest) on 02/27/2014 10:01 am
This is hysterical! My favorite part was when the in-game voice tells you that you don't have any arms, and then you can't do anything but bounce around and die creatively.
ColdFusion (Guest) on 03/02/2014 5:44 pm
Anyone else finding a lot fewer torso parts than other parts?
Jimboy (Guest) on 03/05/2014 12:29 pm
I'm on minimum wage!
Adam Patrick Harrington (Guest) on 03/16/2014 5:59 am
If you use pinnacle game profiler you can program this to work with a controller. I have an NES remake I use.
Pedge (Guest) on 03/19/2014 7:45 pm
Is there a downloadable version I can find somewhere? You never know how long sites keep things alive.
-RoG- on 03/22/2014 12:13 am
ColdFusion - The more you play, the more parts you'll find. :) There are 129 total costume pieces to be found in the game currently.
Adam - Yep, I definitely recommend playing BCPG with a controller if possible.
Pedge - This version is an Adult Swim exclusive, so you can only play it on their site. However, we may eventually port the game to other platforms if we have the opportunity, and then you'd certainly be able to get it. That said, this game will be on Adult Swim's site as long as it exists, so you don't have to worry about it vanishing any time.
Thanks again for playing everyone!
ColdFusion (Guest) on 03/24/2014 2:26 pm
Aha, I went back and played older levels, and I started getting tons of torsos. I guess it was just the way I was playing, I was earning everything but torsos. Good motivation to use the helpful level select feature!
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