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Old 2008-12-30, 21:06
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MBN year's review 2008

Fréd Back in the Game Business
Soul Bubbles released

Soul Bubbles is the latest game where LBA's creator, Fréd Raynal, helped with the production. He offered "spiritual and game design guidance" to the game's creators. The game was released on June 13th this year for the Nintendo DS. It's a "sidescroller where you blow bubbles". It was critically acclaimed by IGN, who gave it a 8.4 and said:
Originally Posted by IGN UK
More than anything, Soul Bubbles is just great fun to play with – blowing a bubble around has never been more fun. There is surprising depth to its puzzles, and it’s great to see the DS host such a great and intuitive idea again after months of copycat shelf-filler. More of this please, everyone – it’s been a while since we had something this addictive to play on the plane.
It's also on Fréd's site.
Wii owners in Europe can still download a free demo of the game to their Nintendo DS in the Nintendo Channel. The full game is available for half the original price (so 20€) at amazon.

But there's more. Fréd is already working again, this time at Ubisoft, on a "secret project". Stay tuned in 2009.

There have been a couple of interviews with LBA's creators over the past twelve months. LBA 3 is still not in developement, but apparently the rights to the project are "no longer a problem".

Fan Games
"Twinsen" finally released

Two years after the initial demo was released, the production of the Twinsen platformer fan-game by .TakaM has stopped. The full version is available for download. Though the game itself remains unfinished, it is still a great game to play for lovers of platformer games. It is the first LBA fan game where a full version was released.

LBA Remake
While the project was halted this year, the LBA Remake by Jasiek made it to the Dutch press! You can read the article and the translation here.

Other Projects:

LBA Modifications

Inventor's Mods
While the big projects who are creating an entire storyline, such as the LBA Prequel, LBA: The Great Rebellion and LID have not been finished this year, the first LBA modifications which each only contain one scene have been created by Inventor. They are the first mods of the game being finished. There are three projects you can play when you have the original Little Big Adventure installed on your computer (LBA doesn't work for you? Check our troubleshooting guide!). The modification was made possible by the new LBArchitect and LBA Story Coder fusion into a single program to enable creating scenes, and all the other LBA modification tools by our members.

Vindish's Mod

After Inventor's success, member Vindish released his own little modification of LBA 1. It can be downloaded in this thread.

Other LBA Mod news
I could go on with the usual blah blah about "the LBA spirit being kept alive" and so on. But the truth is, there's a lot of new spirit surrounding our 11 and 14 year old games. A new game by Fréd released and LBA fan games and modifications finally getting released, 2008 was a very active year for our forums. LBA 3 will be coming, guys! Happy new year.
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