Their personal output is perhaps spottier than a ladybird farm, however Double Fine most definitely have an eye fixed for a fantastic idea, each of their self-made video games and the choose few they publish. Gang Beasts, Mountain, Everything, Thoth and the upcoming Ooblets and Knights and Bikes all got here up by the Double Fine Presents programme, and becoming a member of that quantity is the cute-but-haunting Kids. It’s an especially putting recreation about manipulating enormous crowds of faceless individuals. Including chucking ’em all down a bloody nice gap.
Kids is developed by Swiss outfit Playables, beforehand liable for the similarly-styled, surreal Plug & Play. If you’ve heard of Kids earlier than, it’ll probably be as a result of it was nominated for the Nuvo prize at this year’s Independent Games Festival awards. Which, you’ll be right to intuit, signifies that it’s removed from typical. It’s fairly spectacular to behold, nonetheless:
Double Fine describe it as “experimental” and an “interactive animation”, which means they’re not planning to remix Kids into one thing extra pedestrian. You can get some sense of the way it’s going to shake out within the above video, however official blurb stops brief at “Kids allows you to move with and against crowds until everyone is gone.” I think about there could also be a metaphor or two in right here, eh?
Kids the sport is a part of a multi-media triumvurate, additionally together with a movie and a Zurich-based artwork exhibition, which you’ll be able to see a few of right here:
The recreation’s due out later this 12 months, and a session with it’ll apparently final between 15 and 30 minutes. I don’t absolutely perceive what it entails but, however all these marching, colliding and plummeting our bodies look danged spectacular for those who ask me. It’s acquired itself a Steam page, if you wish to try this complete wishlisting factor.