Monday, August 13, 2012

Local St. Pete game developers hit on the (mono) cellular level

A local game developer is using Kickstarter to crowd-source their latest mobile game.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Making a video game isn't a simple task. Hell, even making a simple video game isn't a simple task. Plus, it's always been something that's happened in far-off magical places like Orlando or Raleigh. So, when I get a press release about a "local game" coming out, I'm interested.

Amoeba, produced by Solvent Studios is that game and it seems they've started a Kickstarter campaign to get the necessary funding.

I'll let them tell you about it:

It's tough to talk about a game that's still in production. Which is one of the difficulties in the crowd-sourced pre-funding of any product, especially a game. See, physical products on Kickstarter will show you a virtual, digital mock up of the product to try to pre-sell it. Games are inherently "virtual, digital mock-ups" themselves, and the developers have to resort to showing you something earlier in the process, which usually ends up being a rough video of the alpha build or some sketches.

We'll start with the description: "Gooey is an amoeba in a research lab who has been marked for destruction. He manages to break out of his dish, and must escape the lab before the AI, which runs it, can track him down and destroy him. Along the way, he meets other trapped Amoeba and frees them, absorbing their powers. Using the absorbed powers, he overcomes obstacles and faces challenging enemies while racing toward freedom."

So in this description we've already hit two things that have piqued my interest:
1. The amoeba's name is "Gooey" (not a GUI joke, I wondered)
2. The plot sounds like a mash-up of the game Portal and the movie "Nightmare on Elm Street 4" and that is pop-culture "Reese's Peanut Butter Cup" waiting to happen.

The game-play seems pretty straightforward. They've pulled in all their favorite parts of other famous side scrollers. It looks like it's going to be about two parts Mega Man one part Crash Bandicoot and one part Sonic. (with some DK Country-esque music thrown in for good measure)

They know their coding.
They seem to be drawing on the best parts of gaming history.
They're local.

So support them. Encourage this kind of enterprise to thrive in this area. We would all benefit from it. Besides, when has a large increase in the geek population ever negatively effected a town? (That show "Eureka" is just a buch of sensationalist garbage ... we won't blow the place up. I promise!)

Available for release on Android, Facebook, and Google+ Games in September.

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