For the February meetup of Austin’s indie game collective JUEGOS RANCHEROS, local developers Tiger Style took to the stage to give the city the first look behind the curtain at their upcoming game Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon.
The game — a sequel to the 2009 iPhone original Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor — is set to expand on the first with an even larger and richer world, which again layers super approachable web-slinging and insect-eating mechanics over the deeper, unspoken mysteries of the locations in which it takes place, left for the player to delve into and uncover of their own accord.
To help give everyone everywhere equal opportunity to prepare to piece together those mysteries, we present here full video of the night’s proceedings. Above you’ll find a complete walkthrough of some early levels that introduces many of the mechanics you will remember from the first, as well as a number of new features, including one that changes the content of the game based on the time & weather around you in the real world.
And, at top, Tiger Style co-founder Randy Smith gives some background on the locations, magic & secret societies which inspired the fiction of the game, which will be followed by some additional new material appearing on Tiger Style’s own blog soon… along with more information on the game itself, which you can find right here.
[This post is re-blogged from Venus Patrol sister-organization JUEGOS RANCHEROS, our local Austin indie game collective.]
The original was one of the first best games released on the App Store, and now we’re giving Austin the first look at its return: join us next Thursday, February 6th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents an evening with local indie studio Tiger Style, as they pull back the curtain on their forthcoming game Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon.
Probably not coincidentally timed with this new Gamasutra feature from the studio, or the imminent PC/Mac/Linux debut of their sophomore effort Waking Mars, Austin indies Tiger Style have just announced that their iPhone and iPad debut Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor will be going free for both platforms through November 8th.
The game was one of my final major recommendations in the twilight of Offworld back in 2009, where I called it one of the iPhone’s first “unmissable experiences”. Happily, the game’s lost none of its vitality in the past three years — it’s still one of the device’s best, for its expert mix of casual arcade-like approachability laid over a thoughtful intriguing story that’s only there for those who choose to look for it.
If you haven’t already, grab the iPhone version here, or the iPad version here (which includes an exclusive same-screen multiplayer mode), and, if you like what you play, I’m sure all involved would appreciate an upvote on their Greenlight campaign to bring Waking Mars to Steam.