Every month, as part of the regular monthly meetings of the Austin, TX independent game community JUEGOS RANCHEROS, we do a very casual & chatty rundown of the ten or so games from the previous month for the audience, to give people — especially those curious onlookers from outside the indie community itself — a look at what they may have missed. The featured games are both local and global, and both indie and, on occasion, a bit-bigger-budget — what binds them together is simply that they’re all amazing.
In keeping with the tongue-in-tobacco-packed-cheek tone, we call these run-downs A Fistful of Indies, which are presented here on Venus Patrol for your reference, each fully-annotated, -linked, and off-the-cuff blurbed, in addition to their home on the JUEGOS RANCHEROS site.
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Simogo have also used the trailer to give a bit more background to the game itself, explaining that the game is a “different kind of first person adventure that blurs the line between two and three dimensions as well as reality and the supernatural.”
Venture out into the dark woods where strange creatures roam, in a vision quest set in 19th century Sweden. Control and interact with the world, objects and creatures in every way you can think of in your search to bend the rules of the universe and open the rift that separates our world and what lies beyond it.
Mysteries and clues awaits everywhere in Year Walk, but to fully understand the events that took place on that cold New Year’s Eve, players will have to delve deeper than the adventure and lose themselves between fact and fiction.
The whole felt family of characters assembled from Simogo‘s hat-trick of iPhone game excellence — including all the stars of Kosmo Spin, Bumpy Road, and Beat Sneak Bandit — by stitch-wizard & superfan Emma Lindberg.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d love to see these offered up for sale, though it remains to be seen whether any of the lineup from Simogo’s upcoming fairy tale horror Year Walk would be as adorable & displayable or better suited for stuffing out of sight/mind beneath the bed. [via Simogo]
How do you follow up three of the most heart-achingly adorable iPhone games of the past few years? If you’re Simogo (creators of the universally excellent Kosmo Spin, Bumpy Road and Beat Sneak Bandit), you do the obvious: go full on horror with a twist of Swedish folklore.
After relentless teasing fans with a series of ever more complex opaque riddles (follow along with the best clues here), Simogo’s finally revealed the above video for Year Walk, calling it “a little bit of interactive art, a little bit of intuitive touch navigation, a little bit of a picture book, a little bit of an adventure game, a little bit of mystery and horror, a little bit of occult and supernatural phenomena, and a lot of folklore.”
We’d add that it’s a little bit Jon Klassen, which more videogames could definitely stand to be.