Horse Power Games and Scott Ullenberg
So every now and then I like to play some really obscure games. For no real reason other than the concept amuses me or the game play seems to be interesting. So when I got a message from Scott Ullenberg of Horse Power Games I figured I could give his games a look. Now I can’t lie and say I played all of them, but I did give Dungeon Rescue, Sumoo Warriors and Lazy Quest a try. He also volunteered for some interview questions, which I will add to the end of this.
As a whole the games are all reminiscent of old school NES period RPG games. The graphics are pixel art and the controls have your basic RPG feel. The stories are different but entertaining and as a whole I would say they are worth playing if you are looking for something to spend some down time on.
Scott’s games can be found at https://scott7610.itch.io/
Tawny: How did you come up with these crazy game ideas?
Scott: I’d like to say that I do a lot of work on these ideas, but I get them based on several things. It comes from making a game that I would like to play. The idea for Sumoo Warrior came from wanting to make a role playing game like Pokémon, but with a twist and Cows just seemed funny. Okay, the ideas are sometimes funny or wanting to make a unique game.
Tawny: What do you do other than create these games?
Scott: My full-time job is driving a semi. I know that doesn’t make sense, a truck driver who makes games. The job allows me time to work on them and it keeps me busy.
Tawny: Which of your published games is your favorite?
Scott: Like any parent, I don’t really have a favorite, but there are games that are special. Lazy Quest comes to mind. It is part RPG quest game and part Sims. It takes place in your grandparent’s house and you not only have to do things for them, you have to take care of yourself.
Tawny: Do you have more in the future?
Scott: I have several more that I’m working on. One is an isometric version of Spy Hunter. I have a horror game too.
Tawny: Your games are pretty niche, entertaining though, do you plan to expand at all?
Scott: I’ve made notes for a sequel to Sumoo Warrior and Duck Wars will eventually be an online multi-player. I will also be expanding the ‘one room-one hundred level ‘ series. Bumper Betty and Galaxy Pop are part of that. What that means is, when you finish all 100 levels, you get a code to send me and I’ll send back a Certificate of Achievement.