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Putty Squad Preview - The Return of a Lost Classic
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In the late eighties to early nineties, British developer and publisher System 3 was on an incredible run of form, with a string of hugely revered titles to its name. 

Games like International Karate, Myth, Last Ninja 2 and Impossible Mission ensured that System 3 was one of the big players in the Amiga era.

So in 1994, when the company finished Putty Squad, its follow-up to the critical and commercial hit platformer Putty, you could forgive a certain amount of optimism, especially once the first reviews of the Amiga version started rolling in, earning the game 90+ scores across the board.

Brit games mag Amiga Power said, “Putty Squad has restored my faith in the future of video games." It was going to be big.

But Putty Squad was never released on the Amiga. It was canned and only a SNES version made it onto shelves, arguably missing its target market. It has since become one of the most sought-after Amiga titles in history, with collectors attempting to hunt down copies of the classic that never was.

Fast forward 16 years to 2010 and System 3 announced that work on a HD version of the game was underway for PS3. But aside from another announcement in 2011 revealing that Putty Squad was also being ported to the PS Vita, all has been quiet. Until now.

As part of a move that will see many of the company’s classics polished up and released in HD - including California Games, James Pond and Constructor - Putty Squad is heading to XBLA and PSN with new graphics and a bunch of modern bells and whistles. This isn't just a rehash.

The basics remain the same. You control the titular blue blob as it traverses a number of enclosed levels in an attempt to free its fellow putties. To do so it can jump, punch, stretch, flatten, inflate, float - and a whole load more. There’s a bunch of systems at play.

Not just a straight-up run right jumper, Putty Squad is more of a puzzle platformer, with each level offering up hard-to-reach areas accessible only by a mastery of Putty’s particular skills. Those raised on endless mobile runners may have a shock. This game has depth.

Making your task a little easier is the addition of a tutorial mode introducing the basics of the game. It’s just one element of a revamp that also includes a new Challenge Mode, which allows players to revisit levels for improved times.

This all feeds into the new Sticker Book feature. If you hit the targetted times you’ll earn stickers for your book. Fill an entire page with stickers you’ll unlock even more levels to play, all of which are brand new to the game, created just for this new version.

Indeed, System 3 is promising that at least one level will be released every two weeks for free, alongside new characters and enemies.

Basically, System 3 has taken the core game that wowed reviewers in the 90’s and dragged it into this century. Throw in a glistening HD make-over that’ll melt your eyeballs with its bright, cartoony stylings - while also getting your nostalgia gland twitching with its retro art style - and you’ve got a hugely intriguing prospect.

This year marks the 22nd birthday of Putty Squad and the game already has quite a story. After two decades in the darkness and another two years being updated for current systems, it’s well overdue a happy ending. The only question that remains is whether it will get one.

Putty Squad is targetting an XBLA release later this year.

Footage taken from the unreleased Amiga version of Putty Squad.




 
 

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Comment #1 by Wicelow
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 06:57:31 PM
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After Flashback, another Amiga-era game coming back to life.
Awesome :-]


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Comment #2 by ATOMICKILA3000
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 07:12:44 PM
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Never played this game, but it sounds really cool. Can't wait for it!


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Comment #3 by XX HEH8ME XX
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 07:22:36 PM
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when it said putty squad I was thinking power rangers


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Comment #4 by Ginormous76
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 07:58:06 PM
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What's an Amiga?


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Comment #5 by DrLove42
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 01:23:12 AM
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I remember this from when i was a kid. Was a blast! Got to pick this up


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Comment #6 by xxdiamondxxinfernoxx
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 01:40:50 AM
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@3 me too kinda thought it was the power rangers game for sega. That game was amazing


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Comment #7 by tastefulmrship
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 01:53:00 AM
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"Tough guy, eh?"


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Comment #8 by ChArG1nMaLAZ0R
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 03:37:18 AM
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@4 If you dont know what an amiga is you do not have a complete gaming soul and are probably on your way to gaming hell XD


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Comment #9 by DecadentBeaver
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 03:51:11 AM
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@4. I had an Amiga 1200. Which when released was the daddy of them all. Like,a basic a basic PC I suppose. Google and image for one. Floppy disc drive for the games. Was a pain playing Beneath a Steel Sky as it came on 15 discs! But I had the time of my life gaming on that machine. Sensible Soccer was my favourite game ever back then.

Putty was amazing, I really can't wait for the xbla version. Or any of the other games mentioned.


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Comment #10 by Nickismee
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 06:41:50 AM
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I spent hours of my childhood playing this game. Can't wait to play it again :-) My biggest wish would be Dizzy being brought back to life for the Xbox, playing it on a little screen on a phone/tablet and no joypad/stick doesn't feel right..


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Comment #11 by Motorexskygtr32
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 08:06:51 AM
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#8 Many of us never heard of Amiga especially for me until in my 20's. Amiga was specific designed as multi-media home computer. It wasnt never designed alone for gaming or even competition against 8-bit video games until later on.

When it released, it was ahead of its time and FYI, it wasnt popular in North America but huge popular in Europe.

You, buddy need to settle down. You should have give him a bit educated of Amiga's history than insulted him.


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Comment #12 by SimonJK
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 08:18:31 AM
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Wow, I remember Putty kept me entertained during my first son's sleepless nights. I had it on the Amiga and it only cost me £1.50 when a local game store was having it's closing down sale during the time they were all changing their name to Electronic Boutique. Them were the days, now a days I hate platformers and retro ( I played most when they came out) but I will probably buy this when it hits the marketplace:)


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Comment #13 by Hurricane Of 87
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 09:34:47 AM
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This was definitely a SNES game that caught my eye back in the day. I might have rented it and had a bad time, but hopefully I can do it right now that I'm ALL GROWED UP.

Spelling.


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Comment #14 by lonesquiff
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 10:11:12 AM
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*gasp* My jaw dropped when I saw Amiga in the headline. That brings back memories.

I've not played either of the Putty games but am familiar with James Pond and Impossible Mission. Be great to see those again.


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Comment #15 by F Swan
Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 08:14:53 AM
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Putty for its time had pretty good graphics. Was definitely original, even now nothing really came out like it.
Me and a friend used to play Aquatic Games so much with James Pond in it lol.


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Comment #16 by h4mm32
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 09:51:39 AM
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Where in the hell is boogerman when you want a remake


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