Old School Gamer Magazine chats with ‘Super Blood Hockey’ creator Loren Lemcke, who lets us know why the tribute to NHL ’94, Ice Hockey and Mutant League Hockey, may be the best current arcade hockey game on Steam. With an Xbox One version on the way as well, the game’s legacy is just beginning to take shape.
OSGM: How was this game born?
Loren Lemcke: My friends and I enjoy getting together to drink some beers and play retro hockey games, but we desired a new take on the retro formula with modern features (plus our NES controllers were thoroughly worn out from aggressive button mashing). So we went looking for just such a game, and after a quick search on Steam revealed essentially nothing fitting the bill, I realized that it was an opportunity to fill that gap in the market myself. So I set off to make my own violent, arcade-style hockey game that had been brewing since my childhood.
OSGM: What has development been like so far?
Lemcke: Development has been nice and smooth so far. I tend to be rather picky and self critical about the stuff I make, so a portion of the content I have made for the game has either been cut or redone several times over (I had an entire story-mode in the game, but decided to cut it, because I ended up just not really liking it). I am under little pressure to pump out titles, so I tend to focus on making sure things end up exactly the way I want them to. “Game feel” is very important to me, so a lot of development time goes into make sure everything feels nice and crispy.