Little Big Planet developer Media Molecule has announced via Twitter that six million user generated levels have now been created for its Playstation exclusive video game series.
LittleBigPlanet was a revelation among console games when the first instalment launched in 2008. Giving PS3 owners the tools to create and share their own levels, LBP had the potential to create a large, resilient community from the start. While some gamers may have found the creation aspect of the game a little daunting, others have revelled in it, and the number of levels currently sat on the Little Big Planet servers is certainly impressive.
Media Molecule announced last year that it is stepping away from Little Big Planet. Development of the Vita edition of the game, due to launch in 2012, has instead been entrusted to Tarsier Studios and Double Eleven.
Media Molecule’s recent financial report explained that its main business risks were “largely as a result of the company’s heavy reliance on the one LittleBigPlanet brand.” The company spent about £4.1M ($6.29M) on research and development in the twelve months to March 2011, saying, “it is vital for Media Molecule to focus a high proportion of its resources on R&D to allow it to maintain its world leading position as a developer of innovative games.”
Whatever is next on the cards for Media Molecule, this six million level milestone provides a great opportunity to look at some of the most interesting content that has been created by the LBP community. Not all of these videos are of playable game levels, but they all showcase the creative potential of the LittleBigPlanet series, and its users.
Little Big Computer
One of the earliest LBP creations, dating back to Oct 2008, this is a working ‘electronic’ calculator. The calculator can perform decimal to binary conversions, and can add and subtract. It has been built from an incredible 610 magnetic switches, 500 wires, 430 pistons and 70 emitters, amongst other parts.
The Most Useless Machine Ever
In direct contrast to the calculator, this LittleBigPlanet creation certainly lives up to its title. Switch it on and…..well, just take a look.
Plants vs Little Big Zombies
The release of LittleBigPlanet 2 brought with it more powerful creation tools, that enabled users to create their own original games in a variety of genres. Or just remake games that already exist. The zombie Sackboys on display here are surely deserving of their own plush toy range.
Daft Punk Concert
This level sadly remains unfinished, but the quality of work is incredible. With a full laser show, and Sackboy reigning supreme, to the tune of ‘Around the World’, it is a visual and audio treat. The complex logic behind this level only becomes apparent when watching the backstage tour, which starts at 3:20 minutes. Amazing stuff.
Back To The Future Recreated
As well as level creation, LBP 2 enabled users to create video cut-scenes, using the in game tools. This one is one of the best on offer, being a recreation of Doc and Marty McFly’s efforts to get Back the The Future, in the famous time-travelling DeLorean.
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Another early LittleBigPlanet creation, this one has a particularly happy ending. Created as a playable marriage proposal, YouTube user Jed05’s girlfriend luckily said yes, after he went to the trouble of building a playable LBP level in order to pop the big question.
Retro Arcade – Donkey Kong
Recreation of classic gaming experiences is a popular theme on LBP, and this is one the best. Stepping into a neon-lit arcade and taking a seat at a free cabinet, allows the player to roll back the years with a faithful recreation of Donkey Kong. Very retro, very cool.
Anti-Color Paint Race
This is an innovative level, that uses a minimalist art style to help convey its theme of removing color to make progress. While retaining the LittleBigPlanet feel, the look of the level is something else entirely.
STEM Cell Sackboy
Educational games tend to get a pretty hard time, but this LBP level somehow manages to convey facts about STEM cell research with engaging presentation and platforming goodness. Created by David Dino, the level won Best in Class: Artistic at the Digital Media and Learning Competition 4.
Sackboy Inception Trailer
Another great example of the creative use of LBP2’s video editing tools, this is the Inception movie trailer, remade with Sackboys. You’ll never look at Leonardo DiCaprio in the same way again.