Hello all people! I’m Hernan Lopez from Epic Llama Games and I’m pleased to share the nice information concerning the launch of our new journey sport Unusual Findings with you and all followers of the Nineteen Eighties! Looking again in any respect the work achieved, I wish to offer you some perception into the sport’s background.
Making Unusual Findings took a whole lot of effort. I imply lots! The sport script alone is humongous and it is stuffed with scripted stuff and distinctive occasions. Yet it was a lot enjoyable to make it!
In case you haven’t any thought what the plot of the sport is all about, I’ll sum it up for you. It’s Christmas Eve in a relaxed little city, the place three children are desperately making an attempt to observe a pay per view grownup TV-channel utilizing an unlawful sign decoder. In a sudden flip of occasions, that they had stumbled upon a killer alien from outer house. So, they needed to catch him, clearly! Rest assured nothing will go in response to anybody’s plan… issues are going to get wild and stakes are going to soar!
You see the majority of our group was born within the mid-Nineteen Eighties, so we grew up surrounded by that vibe. Although we have been too younger to “truly” expertise the 80s since we barely lived in that point, we grew up consuming the 80s popular culture. When we have been children/youngsters, we have been obsessive about the favored TV exhibits like Viaje a lo inesperado, Cine de trasnoche disco, El mundo del espectáculo. I’m positive you haven’t any thought what I’m speaking about right here, as these have been extraordinarily native TV exhibits (We are from Cordoba, Argentina). For all that I’m additionally fairly sure, that you just grew up (in case you are over 30 years outdated) watching fairly comparable stuff. Those exhibits was like this: a bunch talks a bit concerning the film that was about to come back subsequent, after which… the film! It might be a horror or it might be an motion (relying on time of the day), however often it was some film of 80s. Sometimes they confirmed a giant blockbuster like The Goonies or Aliens, however you may additionally see extra obscure ones like: Krull, Batteries Not Included’ or Explorers.
In Unusual Findings we needed the gamers to really feel like they’re in a kind of films. Even greater than that! Immerse them right into a quintessential 80s film that has the most effective components of the narrative of that decade in it. Let them discover, go to, re-visit, mess around, discuss with fascinating characters, experiment with stuff and attempt to resolve the thriller behind the Unusual Findings. So to realize this we needed to do a whole lot of homework. In addition to all of the 80s popular culture that we’ve got already consumed again then, we made ourselves watch at the least one 80s film or TV present episode per day through the GDD (sport design doc) and script improvement part!
Unusual Findings is just not all concerning the 80s although. Of course, one of many most important themes right here is nostalgia, and I’m not speaking solely about nostalgia for 80s. For occasion, one in every of our most important characters, Vinny, is a large fan of the Nineteen Forties and black and white films of that period.
Other massive themes of Unusual Findings arefriendship andfacing the unknown. That is precisely what consistently occurs through the sport in very alternative ways. I’m not going to spoil that for you, anyway.
To emphasize the “facing the unknown” level we had so as to add some uncommon findings, I imply options, to the same old level and click on sport loop. So as a substitute of getting only one most important character strolling round and investigating every thing, we got here up with a bunch of three associates… strolling round and investigating every thing! While the participant continues to be in command of only one character, Vinny, Nick and Tony tag him alongside, share their opinions or assist Vinny straight if they will. It performs approach higher, since now the principle character is just not “monologuing” round, however is quite having an natural discuss with the remainder of the group.
We needed Vinny, Nick and Tony to be actual teen associates supporting one another throughout their journey. They are consistently making jokes and generally arguing with one another.
As the participant chooses between completely different dialogue choices, the trio reacts accordingly. It isn’t just a pleasant narrative function, but additionally a sport gimmick, for the reason that participant really influences how the issues unfold, and a whole lot of puzzles change within the course of, generally in radical methods! To offer you an thought, the final chapter is actually three completely different chapters which don’t share a single location or merchandise (all of the puzzles and dialogues are distinctive). So, this function boosts the replayability considerably, although the sport is kind of lengthy anyway.
Location-wise these three associates are going to go to some locations iconic for horror films (woods within the night time, the lovers’ lane, a junkyard, a secret lab, sewers) and a few locations filled with nostalgia like an amusement arcade, a VHS retailer or a treehouse.
Another function we’re extraordinarily pleased with is the sport artwork. Not solely of the pixel artwork with particles, smokes and fashionable enhancements, but additionally of the music! We are so extraordinarily pleased with the sound within the sport: we have been capable of get the #1 hit You Spin Me Round (like a file) from Dead or Alive – the true kings of synth pop! You wouldn’t imagine how a lot effort is required for a small studio like ours to get them into the OST! Not to say how a lot it means for us to have an actual piece of the 80s within the sport, however aside from that thoughts blowing truth, we even have music from some new retro wave stars like Robert Parker and Midnight Fighters. The cherry on high of all that is our unique OST composed by LATAM Grammy nominee Tomas Ferrero!
Unusual Findings pays tribute to all these iconic films we watched, to all these toys we performed with, to all that fantastic synthesizer oozing music we nonetheless hearken to and, on the entire, to that fantastic period that formed us… I hope gamers will benefit from the sport as a lot as we loved making it for them!
It’s the 80s and the Christmas is coming, Vinny, Nick and Tony are younger and their new cable sign descrambler simply arrived. That identical night time whereas making an attempt to decrypt a pay per view grownup channel, they choose up the misery sign of an alien spaceship crash-landing within the woods close to their city… Things solely get weirder as they notice that the towering alien is killing very particular members of their neighborhood!
Explore the world oozing with nostalgia, verify the Video Buster Store for clues, problem different children on the Laser Llamas Arcades, go be taught a brand new trick at The Emerald Sword comedian retailer, attempt to get together with the punk wanting Lost Guys at their hideout and even dare to ask THE BULL, the quintessential 80s Action hero, for some assist!
Follow the story that pays tribute to 80s classics like The Goonies, The Explorers, Monster Squad, The Lost Boys, They Live, Terminator, and Aliens amongst others and a gameplay that mixes mechanics of Point and Click masterpieces like Full Throttle with its personal distinctive twist and extra.
Your choices do matter, and the best way you make these three associates work together with one another more and more impacts their friendship and the entire story, altering the best way they resolve the sport puzzles, the areas they go to, the solutions they discover, the story, every thing.
Uncover the reality hidden behind the alien invasion… effectively type of. Why right here? Why is it killing locals? How can the boys cease it? Will they tune within the grownup channel in any case? The solutions to those and different questions… in Unusual Findings.