#3 Rain World
Cloudy with a chance of pain
You’ve heard of Burmese, Maine Coon, and even Munchkin (aww, those ’ickle legs) but the hero of this 16-bit side scroller might just surprise you. You’re a slugcat and that means exploring an apocalyptic world as a furry and slightly gloopy protagonist. No, don’t run away! He’s still cute and he needs you to help him find his family in a hideous abandoned industrial environment where rain that will crush your bones keeps animals in hiding. See? Now you’re interested. It might look like a simple side-scrolling platformer, but Rain World is hiding an open-world narrative that lets you explore in any direction you like. More than 1000 procedurally generated rooms appear with every playthrough, and this is a truly deadly environment. Incredibly, every enemy exists here with its own autonomy. While the majority of the animals in this rain soaked nightmare understandably want to kill you, it’s only because they’re hungry and want to survive. The bizarre creatures across the world – hello, giant skeleton bird – will also remember your actions. Act violently towards a peaceful animal and not only will he remember but his entire tribe won’t let you forget when you find a whole room of them. So remember to mind your manners.
And it won’t just be finished in one go. There are 12 different main narrative endings available dependent on how you stay alive. Shelter is key and an umbrella in this wet world doesn’t seem to be an option. For the unique movement of the slugcat – think a somehow nimble obese kitty – designer Joar Jakobsson has mixed code with traditional animation to create a fascinating blend of physics. Add in four player competitive gameplay with deathmatches, endurance, and custom challenges, and Rain World is an intriguing offering that has us wondering if slugcats would make good pets. We’d like it meow please.
The game was first revealed in 2012, when it was called Maze Runner. It was funded on Kickstarter in 2014, but the tiny team of two is finally almost finished.
Format PS4, PC Dev Videocult ETA Spring 2017 Web http://bit.ly/gmrainworld