Reign Woe Island
Kitfox Games braces itself for a coming storm
Kitfox braces itself for a coming storm with The Shrouded Isle
The Shrouded Isle, developer Kitfox Games explains, is a ‘cult village management simulator’. If nothing else, Kitfox should be applauded for making the management sim genre sound ominous, but there’s an intriguing game lying behind its grimy, monochromatic lime visuals. You must ensure the prosperity of the five families, each one vying for power, which reside in your village – and decree regular (and nonvoluntary) sacrifices along the way in order to appease a cruelly dispassionate god.
“In The Shrouded Isle, there is no hope of salvation,” says writer and producer Tanya
X Short. “The gods are not here to help and love you – the only god your people know of is to be feared, because it’s apathetic at best.”
Every season you must assign tasks to each of the five houses – Cadwell, Efferson, Blackborn, Kegnni and Iosefka – ensuring that you provide enough food and shelter to your constituents, while being careful not to break their spirit with all that ritual murder.
“The striking visual style helps cement the idea that you are struggling to survive in an uncaring cosmos,” Short continues. “The original [Ludum Dare] prototype lovingly digested fragments of Lovecraft, The Wicker Man and Darkest Dungeon, and as the game continues to develop, I hope players will see more elements of Slavic pre-Christian beliefs seeping in as well.”
The sacrifices commence when The Shrouded Isle releases on PC in February.