Kudos to illustrator Diego Sanches for these pixel art visions of super scientists with superpowers, playable soon via Superinteressante.
Science Kombat features pixel art masterpieces from Diego Sanches, an illustrator and designer from SãoPaulo, Brazil.
While he now works as a full-time freelancer from his own studio, Sanches has a background in game design and is also the co-creator of Quad Comics, an annual series of sci-fi comics set in a post-apocalyptic universe.
His 8-bit imaginings of science luminaries such as Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton and Marie Curie, however, were created for a new game called Science Kombat for Superinteressante magazine.
There are seven playable scientists in all (sadly, only one woman, but we can place some of the blame on history books for that one), and each character has been devised with six basic attacks and two special attacks.
Naturally, these special powers are derived from the discoveries and inventions of each scientist, so Curie takes opponents down with radioactive substances while Nikola Tesla zaps them with a Tesla Coil and Pythagoras uses the hypotenuse to bring the smackdown.
The ‘final boss’ to be defeated in the game appears to be a mish-mash of deities with god-like powers.
Some additional characters and moves were suggested by users on Imgur, where I first stumbled across these images. Trifone48 claimed: “Schrödinger has a special move too. Or he doesn’t,” while CoinsareBinaryDice suggested: “Heisenberg has one. Uncertain how it works though,” and MeetwoodFlak chimed: “Pavlov rings a bell, causing his enemies to drown in their own saliva.”
The best news is that Sanches was commissioned to create these animations for a Science Kombat video game from Superinteressante, a Brazilian science and culture magazine published monthly by Editora Abril.
You’ll have to register for news of the game’s release, but it promises to be a tribute to old-school gaming and the greatest scientists of history, while also allowing players to “kick some ass with your brain”.
Superinteressante is also behind the combat game Filosofighters, where you can play as Plato, Karl Marx, Simone de Beauvoir and many more. Have a go to get a taste of what you can expect from Science Kombat – it’s immensely fun.
Copyright of all animations: Superinteressante magazine, Editora Abril
Science Kombat credits:
Original idea, texts and executive production: Fred Di Giacomo and
Game design, art and animations: Diego Sanches
Programming: Cheny Schmeling, Murillo Lopes and André Cabral
Art Direction: Abraão Corazza
Interface: Daniel Ito and Juliana Moreira
Soundtrack and Sound FX: Juliana Moreira
Text Edition: Karin Hueck
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