Oikospiel Book I is a game about fevered landscapes, traditional literature, working programs, opera and the necessity for dog-based unions to face towards merciless labour practices. It is a collection of unusual and fantastic issues, from David Kanaga, the chap who made the unusual and fantastic music within the likes of Proteus and Panoramical. Upon its launch two years in the past, Alice O deemed it “one of the most surprising and delightful games I’ve played in yonks.”
It is exactly due to that two-year anniversary that Oikospiel is now free, free, free till the top of March.
Oikospiel defies straightforward clarification, which isn’t as a result of it’s wilfully unapproachable, however as a result of it’s so many various and wildly creative issues all of sudden. This is why it was a deserved winner of the Nuovo prize on the 2107 IGF awards. Here’s a trailer, to shed no gentle in any way on the matter.
This problem in description probably offered many obstacles to persuading folks to strive it again in 2017, however right here’s one excellent, inarguable purpose: it now received’t price you a penny. It’s free, till the top of this month, from the Oikospiel Itch web page proper here – although you’ll be able to pay a sum of your selecting do you have to want to.
If you might be not sure how a lot you must pay, rejoice, for there’s a marvellous device here which helps you calculate, together with the choice to generate wind-based energy for dog-based use by frantically waggling your cursor round. Can’t say fairer than that.
Any proceeds that are made throughout this time might be donated to the nascent Game Workers Unite union initiative – very aptly so, for Oikospiel partly issues the doubtful apply of ‘crunch’ excessive extra time in games improvement. If this sounds too allegorical for you, it additionally options playable characters together with a canine, a fox, a snake, a spider, a rabbit, and a ghost.