Holocene Juveniliax

Creator: Derf

Average Rating
9.3 / 10
Average Difficulty
71.0 / 100
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Adventure (1) Needle (1) Avoidance (2) Boss (1) Dotkid (1) Game_Pack (1)


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TheNewDerf [Creator]
This is a collection of my work from around 2014-2015. A few of these have been released before, but the majority of them have not. (I have starred the best games in this collection, in my opinion).


Small Man 4: This was one of a few hoax games I released. The gimmick is a quadruple jump and a reduced resolution size. I still enjoy this game--I think the level design is pretty interesting and the gameboy aesthetic works (even if it can be a bit hard to see sometimes). That said, I'm not sure how well it has aged.

* XIFT: This is probably the best game that I've made and released. I really shot myself in the foot by: a). keeping it a secret; and b). only releasing it in this collection. As a result I think a lot of people missed this the first time around--though I believe it holds up 2 years on. It's a 50 floor needle game set inside an hallucination. It's the prequel to the unfinished adventure game PSIFT that features some unique graphics and interesting jumps. If you try anything from this collection, I would highly recommend this.

* Rendez-vous: I did a pretty poor job of explaining the concept of this game, and as a result the few people who did play it were left, rightly, confused. This is a ten room needle game, and each room corresponds to a 10th of the difficulty scale on here (room 3 is 30/100, room 9 is 90/100, etc). At the beginning you set how far you think you can go, and that is how long the game is. If you are confident only at level 60, you select the 6th difficulty setting and the game will be beaten after stage 6. I like this game, and I think the graphics are still really nice even for some simple draw effects in Gamemaker 8.0. My major gripe is that the later level design begins to become obnoxious, especially at the point where I was making levels above my skill level.

Peanuts: This is another one of my hoax games, and probably the most popular. It's not a great game in honesty--the appeal was more in the hoax, which has now sadly passed. Instead of playing this, I recommend catching videos on youtube/twitch of people playing it and freaking out. UltrJMan's on youtube is funny, and if it's still available so was Paragus' reaction.

Might my Mighty Might Wanna be the Guy?: This is another entirely unreleased game and is a dotkid game which experiments with how you can clip through thin walls due to Gamemaker 8.0's poor collision detection. It's fairly short, there are 10 stages and then an unfinished parody of the piano avoidance. Honestly, this is one of the weaker games in the collection and the gimmick doesn't justify the length of the game. I included it in the collection because it was an homage to PatrickGH3, one of the community's finest souls. I'm not sure if I got his style down, but I gave it a good shot.

I Wanna Get Through Hyades: Hyades has been floating about for a while--a few streamers played it. It's a sort of avoidance-style Gradius shmup set on a pretend Commodore 64 cartridge. . . it's hard to explain. It's another game, like Peanuts, that I don't think is worth playing for its gameplay, which is not great. I do believe it's worth looking a for the spectacle. Like a lot of my favourite games it does some very strange things and stretches the boundaries of what can be done in a fangame.

* I Wanna Drive On Toward Death Through the Cooling Twilight: An HD remaster of I Wanna be a Brute of a Man, that has been nerfed in areas to make it both possible and enjoyable. I think this one holds up too, and is still worth playing today. I did a good job updating the graphics whilst ensuring they are still faithful to the original.

There are a few other things in there as well, but they're not worth touching.


Releasing these all as a collection was probably a mistake, since I know this whole thing was written off by people who might have enjoyed some of the singular entries here (such as XIFT). I've debated releasing the better ones as standalones, but I do not wish to clog up the wiki/del-fruit.

Regardless, if you never got to play the starred games here, I'd recommend them (biased opinion, I know).

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Jun 28, 2017

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An amazing collection of games by resident auteur Derf. The games contained in here are guaranteed to bring shock, awe, and fun to anybody who enjoys needle and aesthetic.

The first game in the collection is Small Man 4, which is a fun "hoax game" as Derf calls it. It makes use of an interesting gimmick and has fun level design. It also has a great aesthetic that reminds me of playing on a game boy color, and a trippy final boss. This is one of the easier games in the collection coming in at about a 50/100.

Next up is XIFT, which is a strange and bizarre needle game with precise original jumps, and many many saves. You will need as many as you can have though, as Derf was able to cook up jumps that you will likely never see anywhere else. This game is around the difficulty of the other games in this collection, at about a 75/100

Rendez-vous is a game I didn't expect to enjoy as much as I did, but I loved it. In it, you have 10 screens of needle, each one increasing in difficulty by 10. So the first room is a 10/100 the second room a 20/100 and so on. Once again, the game has a strange aesthetic, nice music, and strange jumps. I was only able to make it to floor 8 (that means my difficulty skill is 80/100) but the point of this game is to set it to your own difficulty, so I am not going to give it a rating.

Peanuts: This is a game I actually played when it came out, I loved it than, and love it now. Needle Enthusiasts may hate it because the screen is zoomed in, leading to the occasional cheap death, and I think the physics are slightly different (not sure on this), but the aesthetic and such is worth playing it for. (Its about a 45/100)

"Might my Mighty Might Wanna be the Guy" is quite a title, but is a rather simple game. It is a dotkid game that focuses on exploring the many collision detection issues of gamemaker 8.0 by using dotkid to jump through walls in certain areas, and cutting spikes. It ends with an unfinished avoidance. The game is probably a 70/100

I Wanna Get Through Hyades is a Commodore 64 esque shooter. I have not made it very far in this game yet, but from what I saw, it looked like it was worth your time

I Wanna Drive On Toward Death Through the Cooling Twilight is what Derf refers to as, "...An HD remaster of I Wanna be a Brute of a Man..." He has made the graphics and music much better, and nerfed the game to make it both possible, and enjoyable. I have not beaten this one yet, but am still attempting to finish it. So far this is the hardest game in the collection (Probably an 83/100, not counting Rendez-vous.)

Derf also included some small extra games, such as a game pretending to be his engine, which is a shitty nearly uncontrollable single room and boss.

Another small game included is "Kinder-Wareten Test" which seems like a beta of a parody edutainment game. This is a game I wish was finished. This game is accessible even to new players with a difficulty of 30/100.

He also included .gmk files for most of the games and some .gmk files that seem to be for unreleased games that I have been meaning to look at, but haven't found the time. Overall, you can't go wrong with this collection. While experts are the ones that will get the most out of this, beginners also have several games that they can finish. I would suggest downloading this collection and giving these games a try!

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Rating: 10.0 100       Difficulty: N/A
May 8, 2018
This rating is based solely on XIFT.

XIFT is probably one of my favourite needle games of all time after just beating it. The style is trippy, but its unique and doesn't just throw messy shades of colours at you. The needle is some of the most unique I have seen and was generally the most fun I have had playing needle in a long time. I would of given it a perfect 10 but some jumps and screens were just really annoying so I couldn't get myself to do it. Overall if you want a very unique needle experience, this is the game to play.

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Rating: 9.6 96       Difficulty: 70 70
Jul 8, 2017
A large collection of different needle games, many of which have pretty kicking graphics. One of my favoritse, XIFT, has a great graphic style and effect as well. It's pretty freaking hard, so I recommend to good grinders/needle players.

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Rating: 8.4 84       Difficulty: 73 73
Aug 17, 2016
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