Mike Bithell (initially of Thomas Is Alone fame) clearly likes his shock launches. His earlier recreation, the short-but-sweet sci-fi thriller journey Subsurface Circular launched onto Steam with zero fanfare or warning, however racked up no scarcity of reward and awards. Today, its successor – Quarantine Circular – quietly launched onto Steam, and it seems to be equally nice. It’s not fairly a sequel, although, extra a non secular successor sharing lots of the mechanics and themes of the unique, however telling its personal, solely new sci-fi story.
Wheras Subsurface Circular had you descending underground to interview robots on a transit line to resolve a thriller, Quarantine Circular appears a story on a smaller, extra private scale however with a lot increased stakes. Humanity is dying of an all-consuming plague. You’re a part of a scientific workforce attempting to avoid wasting the species, however issues take a sophisticated flip when a hulking nice armoured alien turns up, and says that they’ve been watching humanity for a while. Guess who drew the quick straw as mankind’s first interspecies diplomat?
The ‘circular’ a part of the title stays for a extra literal purpose. The alien is being restrained with a shock collar, stopping him from leaving a helipad on the floor of your ocean analysis base. It’s attention-grabbing to see the weather taken so actually, and marvel if Bithell & co have any extra equally associated quick tales deliberate for the long run. I may undoubtedly stand to see a whole season’s price of those delivered in episodic format. I’ve not watched almost sufficient TV previously few years, and I kinda miss one-shot sci-fi reveals. These video games may be the subsequent neatest thing.
Quarantine Circular is out now on Steam for £4.79/$6, minus a beneficiant 20% for its first week on sale, and if its predecessor is any indication, it ought to be only a couple hours lengthy.