One to Watch #23 - Interference
by Abdul Rob
I was recently linked to this games fundraiser and wish I was aware of it earlier. Having tried out the pre-alpha demo as of writing this post I can safely say this is one of the slickest looking, and to a great degree, feeling, cyberpunk puzzle platformer I’ve laid my eyes on.
Visually, the game is stunning with its heavy use of amazing art assets as well as darkness that sets an appropriately dark tone to the setting and narrative, whilst keeping it all feel very stylized, sci-fi and slick. The soundtrack - which is very Kavinsky-esque - is synth based, electro mood music, equally great as the visuals and add’s greatly to the atmosphere in game.
The plot seem’s to involve the tech-noir environment of Arachnopolis City, where totalitarianism and oppression reigns. Your character bumps into the Interferes by chance, as they black out a neighborhood, as enforcers arrive and label you to be in collusion with the shady group, you have no choice but to join them to survive.
The game play, from what I tired at least, requires you to use your brain, stealth and platforming skills as well as glitching ability (allows you to rearrange certain sections of the level) to get through the levels. This is while levels are plentiful with deathly laser or electricity traps, enforcers who can shoot you dead and throw grenades as well as mines - and that’s just from the demo preview.
It’s very Metroidvaniaesque but unlike your enemies, you don’t seem to have any weapons at you’re disposal.
It’s just over a week until the IndieGoGo fundraiser ends, which with the Fixed Funding model the project is using, and the majority of funds remaining to be raised, could result in it being cancelled or delayed indefinitely.
This would be a real shame in my opinion and hopefully Anthony Beyer - the one man team behind the project (excluding the music production), will consider Kickstarter if it doesn’t work out. There is still time to donate however, as the current fundraiser still has a chance to meet it’s goals.
Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world… Hiro used to feel this way, too, but then he ran into Raven. In a way, this was liberating. He no longer has to worry about being the baddest motherfucker in the world. The position is taken.