A couple of indie games that have been in development for some time are nearing completion. I’m jealous. I’ve also really been looking forward to both, so I’m also very happy.
I’ll talk about one of them later, but one I’d like to mention now is The Path, a game by Tale of Tales. I’ve discussed this title briefly in the past, but I’ve been following it for quite a while. These are the folks that made The Graveyard, the art title about an old woman in a cemetery that generated a lot of discussion on the tubes about games as art, and challenged people’s assumptions about what technically constitutes a “game.”
From what I’ve seen so far it appears likely that The Path will again stimulate conversations about games as an artistic and storytelling medium. See for yourself.
The Path, Grandmother’s House teaser 1 – the hall from Tale of Tales.
The Path has a unique and stunning visual style that comes across as more of an artistic rather than a technical accomplishment; a style that flaunts the creative talents of the designers more than the advanced computational abilities of the graphics engine.
The Path, Grandmother’s House teaser 2 – the kitchen from Tale of Tales.
The game is a short horror game based on the old Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale, although set in modern times. Will it again challenge assumptions of what qualifies as a game? Possibly so. As they describe it, The Path emphasizes “exploration, discovery and introspection through a unique form of gameplay,” where “every interaction in the game expresses an aspect of the narrative.” It is a slow game, giving players the freedom to explore as they wish. I’m intrigued by the possibilities.
The Path, Grandmother’s House teaser 3 – the stairs from Tale of Tales.
Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn, the main duo behind Tale of Tales and The Path, recently announced that the game is at last out of beta and the plan is to release it on March 18th. It looks like it will be Windows-only (rats, not sure if there are any plans on a Mac release) and available for download from their site, as well as from Steam and Direct2Drive.
The Path, Grandmother’s House teaser 4 – the library from Tale of Tales.
They also recently started up a new web site for the game, at http://grandmothers-house.net/, where you can check out more screenshots, movie clips, and eventually more material. I really like the style of that site. It reminds me of a few others I’ve seen in the past, and it has a quiet creepiness that appears to fit the game genre well.
If you can’t tell, I’m really looking forward to this release. I hope it does well for them.
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