On now to the 5th instalment of our list of developers we’d love to see on Panic’s Playdate. So far we’ve put together quite the line-up, including Lucas Pope, SWERY 65, and even Platinum Games. This time around, we’ve got one sensible pick and another, well, not so sensible one.
Ojiro "Moppin" Fumoto
Ojiro "Moppin" Fumoto, developer of 2015’s gunshoe-blasting Downwell, could certainly bring some rapid-fire platforming goodness to the Playdate. Fumoto’s striking visuals would translate well to the black and white display, and I’d love to see how he’d make use of that crank.
Following up Downwell would be no easy task, but a similarly fast-paced, straightforward and moreish game would work perfectly on the platform.
Twinbeard Studios, the minds behind the Frog Fractions series, is the developer to get if the Playdate wants to create a sense of mystery around its weekly game releases. The sheer gonzo inventiveness of Frog Fractions 2’s multiple ARG campaigns would be tricky to top, though I’d love nothing more than to see the team give it a try.
Perhaps the only way they could outdo 2’s pre-release madness would be if the Playdate console itself, including all its games, was somehow a giant shell product designed to gradually release Frog Fractions 3. That’s not going to be the case, of course, but I wouldn’t put a similar stunt past them.