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Welcome to Eggplant: The Secret Lives of Games!
Candid conversations with game creators that dive deep into the art, craft, and process of making games.

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Sep 25, 2020

A Short Hike creator Adam Robinson-Yu chills with us to chat about his cozy exploration game, from its Humble origins and inspirations, to balancing feature density with scope.

Show notes:

A Short Hike

Adam Robinson-Yu

Pitfall Planet

Adam's Itch.io page

Fund: Futures

Crafting a Tiny Open World: A Short Hike...


Sep 18, 2020

In the first installment of our deep-dive Spelunky 2 miniseries, we have a - spoiler-free! - discussion of the first world of the game, design changes big and small and their implications, and what this sequel does to recapture the essence of what make the series so special.

Show notes:

Spelunky 2

Noita

Surviving...


Sep 11, 2020

Lucy Morris (Starcolt) joins us to talk about her recently-released dating/pet care sim Best Friend Forever! We discuss running a studio in a small community, building three dimensional characters, and the emotional travails of launching a game.

Show notes: 

Lucy Morris

Lovegames podcast

bffgame.dog

Launch Day: the...


Aug 28, 2020

We kick off a new era with a fully rebranded show! After navel-gazing about the changes, we talk to our own Zach Gage about making a Sudoku game that loves you.

Show notes:

eggplant.show

Good Sudoku

doseone

Richard Hogg

Northway Games

Sportsfriends

Osmos

The Worst Idea of All Time

Hot Tub Time Machine

Arcane...


Aug 14, 2020

We close out this chapter of the podcast with some (spoiler-free!) impressions of the near-final Spelunky 2, with creators Derek Yu and Eirik Suhrke to guide us through their design process and answer your burning questions. The walls are shifting...

Some things we discussed:

Derek Yu

Eirik Suhrke

Spelunky 2 release...