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8-bit levels in LittleBigPlanet

OK, so it's debatable whether or not the original Space Invaders could actually be called “8-bit.” Whatever. It’s one of the most iconic and instantly recognizable games ever made, and once we started thinking about how it could be done in LBP, we knew we had to create it.

So here we have the original:

And our re-interpretation of the classic:

It’s pretty simple – just grab one of the three tanks and try to rack up a high score by aiming its cannon into the rows of squidlike invaders, which will be firing back with log-looking things that can instantly dissolve your tank or chunks of your four bunkers. All in all, it’s thematically identical to the original…

Except that in the original, you can’t do this:

To watch an embarrassingly short match, hit up the video below:



Our final stage, while not quite as complicated as Parapa Palace, was one of the most fun to build despite taking a huge amount of work to get right. It’s also one of the most important levels in the entire series: the Cutman stage, which for many gamers was the first one they ever tackled.

Here’s a shot of the starting point in the NES original:

And here’s the first thing you’ll see when you load up our version:


Above: Note the lifts in place of the ladders – there are a lot of those spread throughout the stage

Hey, remember these things? They were a huge pain in the ass, weren't they?

We're confident that our versions are twice as huge and just as painful.

Look out, Mega Man! It's Big Eye!

Luckily for you, that one’s a lot more dangerous than our borderline-braindead version, which just wants to jump on you and/or fall over (but mostly fall over).


Above: DURRRRRRRRRRRRRR

In the original game, these guys were great for getting in the way:

We left them mostly intact, although we had to de-lethalize them, as they presented impassable obstacles when they were on fire or electrified.

Finally, there’s good old Cutman himself:

Turns out he's a lot more mobile (and a lot less egomaniacal) than our version, who can nonetheless mess you up with those cutters he’s tossing out.

For a full run-through of the Cutman stage – including comparisons with the NES original – check out the video below:

Oct 23, 2008

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47 comments

  • FSJ1 - May 11, 2010 10:56 p.m.

    I can't wait to see what they pull off with LittleBigPlanet 2.
  • pdiddy0819 - November 6, 2008 8:45 p.m.

    this game looks awesome...and i will be able to get if for free just for filling out surveys at-http://www.rewards1.com/index.php?referrer_id=448414
  • Cernunnos - October 27, 2008 4:59 p.m.

    chrisat928 said: "Those that doubt the epic-ness of LBP are poor, pathetic, jealous fanboys." those that call others pathetic for disagreeing on such things are poor, pathetic fanboys. even though these levels were astounding (simply due to nostalgia) i really dont get the hype about LBP... a 2d platformer? come on... arent we past that stage yet? platformers never appealed to me, crash bandicoot, jak, ratchet & clank. i found them all rather crappy. when the hardest part of a game is to jump from this platform to the next because the enemies are single-celled organisms with complete lack of ai, something is wrong. and like ravenbom said: there will probably be problems with genital-stickers being slapped into the game. one of the main reasons i quit CSS.
  • crazyqazqaz - October 27, 2008 9 a.m.

    UNbeleavable! I've been going on the site for a year and a half now (GamesRadar rocks!) and I haven't seen you guys ever put so much effort and dedication into an article! Simply stunning, I realise what a time consuming task this must of been just to let us see videos of your created levels. I can't praise this enough!! Brilliant guys and thanks for keeping my faith in you!
  • Blinder - October 27, 2008 8:13 a.m.

    Here I am going thru the tutorials for Blender and you guys did this on the PS3. ARRG!
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - October 26, 2008 8:10 p.m.

    Mikel you amaze me.
  • FancyRat - October 25, 2008 7:24 p.m.

    Jesus fucking Christ, that Zelda one is epic. Great job, man.
  • QuickSticks45 - October 25, 2008 11:48 a.m.

    That was awesome I wish I had a ps3 just for little big planet I hope that there is a rereales for the PC or Xbox360
  • KHfan - October 25, 2008 11:15 a.m.

    the zelda and donkey kong ones blew me away nice work
  • ELpork - October 25, 2008 9:13 a.m.

    Yay, I'm sure you're wifes happy there done.
  • Samael - October 25, 2008 5:42 a.m.

    Incredible. Please tell me you got a raise Mikel.
  • Howetzer - October 25, 2008 12:09 a.m.

    Wow. Great job!! This game is gunna be great!
  • Prospero - October 24, 2008 8:07 p.m.

    I gotta say im speechless... Thats amazing work Mikel. Did you find some way to get back all your save information after loosing it? Because if you didnt.. its all the more amazing that you had to start all over from scratch.
  • muffchild - October 24, 2008 6:01 p.m.

    alright, so the DK recreate looked good, I'll give you that. But it didn't look very fun to play much. I'll have to try it out though.
  • GamesRadarLizzieCuevas - October 24, 2008 5:14 p.m.

    Ravenborn said: "How long before every PS3 owner gets horrified by all the people taking pictures of their wieners and making stickers out of them for their levels?" God, that's a good point. I never thought of that.
  • Ravenbom - October 24, 2008 4:43 p.m.

    Nicely done Mikel. That seriously must have taken a lot of work. I would have suggested Ninja Gaiden's first level, since that *seems* to be a fairly straightforward build. I would never have imagined that you (I mean not you specifically, but anyone) could or would make Cut Man's level and Parapa Palace! Clever, clever use of the PS Eye. How long before every PS3 owner gets horrified by all the people taking pictures of their wieners and making stickers out of them for their levels?
  • Whit - October 24, 2008 2:27 p.m.

    I still don't get it... I paid $500 for the PS3 to recreate retro-games? You guys at GR should check out MAME. ;)
  • Nintendophile - October 24, 2008 2:17 p.m.

    Very well done! The effort you put into these really shows through. Great job!
  • georgeguy - October 24, 2008 12:14 p.m.

    god i want this game good videos GR
  • Tomsta666 - October 24, 2008 11:08 a.m.

    Excellent!! Really well done. I'm especially loving the megaman one.

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