Is a train with no tracks still a train? A House of Many Doors triple-funded on KS

A House of Many Doors [Kickstarter Page] has just successfully concluded its campaign, garnering more than triple its asking price – do you know what that means? We’ll find out the answer to the century-old question “What sound do legged trains make?”[1]. It’s an exploration, narrative-driven game inspired by Failbetter’s own entries into the genre, Fallen London and Sunless Sea. Continue reading “Is a train with no tracks still a train? A House of Many Doors triple-funded on KS”

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A preview of 80 days, on Steam on the 29th

As a child I was fascinated by the works of Jules Verne, especially Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. It brought to words a vivid image of 19th century America, but with a twist of its own: Captain Nemo’s Nautilus was several decades ahead of its time, a capable submarine that would go on to view undersea wonders such as wrecks from naval battles and the fictional submerged land of Atlantis. The exploration motif that is prevalent throughout Twenty Thousand would be further explored in Around the World in Eighty Days, although the previous’ science fiction elements were amiss. Inkle Studios said bollocks to that and introduced these elements and much more in its upcoming (on Steam) game, 80 days. Continue reading “A preview of 80 days, on Steam on the 29th”

Parasite dimension being kickstarted

Fortunately we’re talking about a parasite dimension inside a game, and the only thing it’ll probably leech from you is your time. A House of Many Doors is a 2D exploration game inspired by the likes of Sunless Sea, FTL, Planescape: Torment and Lovecraft – regardless of how the game turns out, at least the developer is tapping into the correct sources of inspiration. Continue reading “Parasite dimension being kickstarted”

80 days travelling from mobile to PC

Winner of the IGF award for Excellence in Narrative and towing four BAFTA nominations behind it, inkle studios’ 80 days is scheduled to release on PC and Mac on the 29th of September, with copies being sold on Steam, GOG and the Humble Store at the modest sum of 9.99 American shillings. Continue reading “80 days travelling from mobile to PC”

Review: Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)

The first documentary released on film was Robert Flahnook’s Nanook of the North, an ethnography filmed more than ninety years ago that shows the struggles of an Inuit family in the Canadian Arctic. It is an odd, but pleasant coincidence that the first video game documentary you get to play through revisits this region, telling a short tale that has its roots in the Alaskan Iñupiat people. Continue reading “Review: Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)”