With titles like Child of Light, Never Alone, and Ori and the Blind Forest, beautiful side scrolling games are becoming a well-established genre in the indie universe. The movement of a side scroller is subversively nostalgic with old school games beneath as a distant but powerful memory. And the trend of this classic genre is alive and kicking with another new and innovative title on the horizon.
Gamesoft, a studio from Sydney, is debuting with Clockwork, a time manipulation game with a fresh looking hand-painted aesthetic. In the game players will control a boy named Atto who can duplicate himself because of his companion Milli. The setting for the game is a mechanical city named Watchtower, and a plague has forced inhabitants to take shelter behind metal walls of the city and even metal bodies. There is a social juxtaposition in the game as a clear divide between the towering gleaming buildings and gritty industrial slums below tell their own story. The ability to do two things at once opens up the environment for puzzles and unique obstacles as players move through a, “time-bending puzzle-platforming adventure story”.
Why is this exciting?
The more saturated the market gets with solid and good looking indie titles, the better the game economy will become. When players have options, and especially very affordable ones, it will inevitably increase the value and quality of the games released into the market. The more AAA titles fail to live up to the hype, and the more indie titles start filling the void, the greater space there will be for smaller companies to make a name for themselves. If you’re a fan of gaming you should be a fan of indie games because they are carving out a larger chunk with each new release.
Clockwork is coming to Xbox One, PS4, PC and even mobile devices later this year, so check out the trailer below.
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