Late last year we told you about an eBook called Game Design Companion: A Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4, which aims to take a thorough, academic approach to assess the popular Game Boy Advance title.

It's stated aim is to step beyond the normal boundaries of games criticism and to drill down into significant detail.

Author Daniel Johnson, in a radical departure from contemporary videogames discussion, examines Wario Land 4 in its totality—including mechanics, psychology, education, level design, and game feel—calling on evidence-based analysis to understand the player’s subjective reactions to videogames.

It's been available at a discount price of $4.99, a promotion originally due to expire at the end of the month for an updated price of $7.99. Daniel Johnson has been in touch to confirm that the eBook is now available on the Amazon Kindle store, and announced that it will now remain at $4.99 until 14th February. A purchase from the Amazon platform includes just the Kindle copy, but purchases through Stolen Projects are the same price and include the PDF and epub formats, as well as the Kindle (mobi) file. Unlike the Amazon purchases, those from the Stolen Projects link are also DRM (digital rights management) free.

We're planning to tackle this book and share some thoughts on it in the next couple of weeks; are you tempted to give it a try?

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