Photography games are very in proper now, haven’t you heard? Lifting off earlier this week, Cellular Harvest is a splendidly stress-free quick game about exploring vivid lo-fi wildernesses, capturing alien fauna on digital camera, and reporting again to HQ so your company overlords can flip all these creatures into bug juice. Shooting with cameras, not weapons, doesn’t make you any much less complacent in extinction it appears.
Making a fleeting look in Screenshot Saturday Sundays a number of months again, Cellular Harvest is a beautiful little images journey. Between the calming alien noises and chill beats, it’s straightforward to neglect you’re condemning a world along with your digital camera.
You are an Auditor, arriving with camera-in-hand to catalogue a world seeded by firms untold years in the past. It’s time to get a return in your funding, see, and your bosses wish to see how a lot of the alien world’s numerous, great ecosystem might be extracted into chilly onerous money. At occasions, Cellular Harvest looks like enjoying Pokemon Snap throughout Half-Life’s Xen ranges – an totally alien low-poly panorama the place, fortunately, not one of the creatures are attempting to kill you.
Those beasties are the star of the present, too. Pulsating amoeba floating lazily by the air, goldfish with a devouring maw rather than a head, a rock-skinned tortoise with snakes bursting out of its shell. Each comes with slightly little bit of flavour textual content as soon as snapped, together with the extremely-relatable: “sharp and anxious and defies companionship”.
Wow, Nulltalon, similar.
Cellular Harvest is out now on Itch.io for $6.99, as a part of a two-part bundle containing Purple and Green. I collect they’re largely the identical game, going down at totally different occasions of day. It’s a bizarre workaround, however one Xalavier’s used earlier than to collaborate with of us with out having to discovered studios or creat joint Itch accounts.
Releasing games is fairly bizarre, y’all.
Disclosure: He who has one way or the other labored on each game ever made, Xalavier Nelson Jr, has clearly written for us a bunch on the location. He was additionally the author on Can Androids Pray, a tragic robotic game he, composer Priscilla snow and I launched final yr.