is a 2D
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developed by Alex Austin, Edmund McMillen
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and Josiah Pisciotta and distributed by Chronic Logic
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and other distributors. A sequel was announced, but subsequently canceled in late 2009 when Edmund left Cryptic Sea.
The game was featured in The Humble Indie Bundle
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. Following the success of the promotion, Cryptic Sea pledged to go open source with the game which eventually happened on May 29, 2010. On 3 June 2010 Gish was ported to AmigaOS 4. A hack for the game was created soon after the open-sourcing that allowed Gish to grow larger and smaller.
Gish is a ball of tar who lives happily with his human girlfriend Brea, until one day a mysterious dark creature kidnaps her. Gish fights through several levels of enemies in the sewers of Dross until the final boss appears: Hera, Gish's former classmate who has an unrequited affection towards Gish. Gish rejects her, and Hera threatens to drop Brea into a pool of lava. After Gish defeats Hera, he must rescue Brea. If the player succeeds, Brea and Gish escape and become famous entomologists, as well as the world's first legal inter-species marriage. If the player fails, Brea burns to death in the lava pit and Gish goes on to live a life of celibacy
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, "volunteering most of his time to charity organizations that specialize in bringing lava awareness to the mainstream." In the latter case, Brea's picture is crossed out from the final group photo of the game.
, the player maneuvers the eponymous character, a 12-pound
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ball of tar
Tar is modified pitch produced primarily from the wood and roots of pine by destructive distillation under pyrolysis. Production and trade in tar was a major contributor in the economies of Northern Europe and Colonial America. Its main use was in preserving wooden vessels against rot. The largest...
. Besides movement Gish has four abilities: becoming sticky, slick, heavy, and jumping/expanding. When sticky he can climb up walls, stick to ceilings, and plant himself firmly to a solid object. Becoming slick makes Gish slippery and frictionless, letting him slide down pipes and squeeze out of being crushed. Using heavy turns Gish's body into a rigid weight, allowing him to fall faster, squash enemies, smash breakable platforms, sink in water, and resist being crushed. To jump, Gish must first compress his body, then expand to launch himself into the air.
Gish's abilities can be combined for use in certain situations - for instance, while both sticky and slick he can climb walls without grabbing loose objects, and while slick and heavy he can slide downhill at high speed.
All of the music and sound effects were created by Tim Smolens
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and Jeff Attridge of Game Audio Magic. The game features songs by Smolens' band Estradasphere
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, including Feed Your Mama's Meter
from the album Buck Fever
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. Edmund McMillen frequently uses music by Estradasphere in flash games created for Diverge Creations.
- 2005 IGF
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Grand Prize (Seumus McNally Award)
- 2005 IGF Innovation in Game Design
- Game Tunnel's 2004 Indie Game of the Year
- Game Tunnel's 2004 Adventure Game of the Year
The Gish character appears briefly in the PC game Dumbo & Cool
in one of the game's later levels. When he is found by the player, a brief segment of music from the Gish
game plays and the words "You found Gish" appear on screen.
In addition, Gish is an unlockable playable character in two of McMillen's flash games, "Meat Boy" and "Spewer" , as well as an unlockable boss in "The Binding of Isaac". All games can be found on Newgrounds, the latter being only a demo. Gish also appears in the Xbox Live Arcade
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version of Super Meat Boy
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as an unlockable character. He also makes an appearance in "Clubby the Seal", another game on Newgrounds.
Minimum system requirements:
Recommended system requirements:
- Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Linux 2.4+ or Mac OS X 10.1+
- AMD, Intel or G3 1000+ MHz processor
- Video card supporting OpenGL with 32 MiB
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- 256 MiB of memory
- AMD, Intel, or G4 1500+ MHz processor
- Video card supporting OpenGL with 64+ MiB of memory
- 256 MiB of memory
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, a similarly themed game from 1992.