Doodle, Particulars, Narrative, Literature Addiction
Btw ran into a game called Particulars today a kind of magic realist physicist in arcade that might be warping the nature of quantum mechanics type of thing. The game is in paid alpha and available from here. it,s similar to old school NES games Solar Jetman, gravity and acceleration are big things, but it shows a sense of design much more in keeping with modern games. Like Rayman Origins it has tons of ideas and like an IPad game it is set up in small easily digestible challenges which introduce you to new mechanics.
The game is made in Unity and the physics of it’s flings are unique as is the idea of attraction, certain particles repel and attract your quark making navigation and survival imperative yet slippery. Unlike Asteroids it is not an infinite free for all rather the game requires considerable skill to play. The narrative is a treat to, the same studio did Flatland: Fallen Angles a noir thriller in a 2d landscape which is available for free from there site.
The narrative is well done and reminds of similar enthralled and perilously peculiar British games like Thomas Was Alone or The Stanley Parable. It ducks in and out of comprehensibility while it’s particles cohere into observable patterns. Like Thomas was Alone it is a graphically simple game, not much happens on screen that wows you, but the story is told in the same hypnotic fable like tones used in the afore mentioned games that lead you on. The narrator is clearly in love with the story, but the game is in love with itself. Game play is tight, this is an alpha so expect some really hard challenges, but the story and the adrenaline boosts of the game play become a formula, one Thomas was Alone used to great effect, both games understand that literature is addictive, and man craves stories. It just happens to be both are great games too.
Try flatland for free, the alpha is 5 usd via PayPal if you so choose. Greenlight campaign is up and everything is at that link. This games makes me wish I used Desura more. So many gems out there 🙂