Screenshot Weekly – Bionic Sheep Puppeteers Lurking in the Night
Welcome back to Screenshot Weekly! Every Tuesday, IGM brings you exclusive looks at upcoming games in various stages of development. The featured image introducing each game will always be original, and made especially for IGM, so you’ll see them for the first time right here (make sure to click the pics to see them in their full screen glory)! Without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s screenshots:
BIONIC PUNC- er… sheep? Bionic sheep? Okay then. Bionock Army developer Marko is in the process of creating a trilogy beginning with Bionick.S, a game starring an unusual hero. The game “features S, a bionick sheep, who infiltrates a secret enemy facility. He steals important data, but gets caught by a cyborg while leaving. After he can free himself, he needs to retrieve the data… In part two you’ll play C, a bionic chicken, who helps out S to beat the cyborg, and in the final part of the trilogy you will play G, a bionic goat.” In terms of gameplay features Bionick.S is a sidescrolling game which Marko also described as “a Line Runner clone with nice 3d graphics.” (He said it, not me!) The game also features intro and outro comics, one of which can be seen as our exclusive image for today’s segment. The game is actually available now for iOS, Android, and the Windows Store, but it was unreleased for most platforms when it was submitted, so I’ve grandfathered it in to the segment. More info can be found on the game’s website.
This next game comes from solo developer Peter Pau, and there is a bit of a language barrier between us, but I think I have the general gist of the project. Night MooD is about an entity named LunA, who once ruled over the moons of the galaxy. After being swallowed by a growing black hole that’s consuming all light in the galaxy, LunA somehow traveled through space and time into a new dimension. Now, she must use her unique morphing ability to transform into different geometric shapes and combat the black holes. Night Mood is actually three styles of gameplay in one, as you’ll notice in the screenshots, but one overarching game that must be completed on a timer called Lunar Time. To increase your Lunar Time, you must collect Lunar during the game, with each Lunar representing one second, until time further distorts during gameplay. Night MooD will be an iOS 8 exclusive running at 60fps with “advanced particle physics.” More information can soon be found at the official website, which is still under construction, as well as YouTube and Facebook.
Have you ever wanted to manipulate the forces of light and darkness? Well, you should probably see a therapist before you start twirling mustaches or shaking your fist at the sky and shouting “There is only Doom!” But before that, you should check out Shadow Puppeteer, currently in development at Sarepta Studio. According to the team, “Shadow Puppeteer combines platforming with puzzle-solving in a play of light and shadow. Having a truly Nordic yet original art style, the game tells the story of a boy and his shadow.” Before you get all, “Peter Pan alert, I call shenanigans!”, the team explained that “the boy is one of the many people that have been separated from their shadows by the mischievous Shadow Puppeteer. Luckily, his shadow managed to elude capture, and together they chase the villain to free the stolen shadows.” The game includes shared screen co-op as well. If you’d like to know more about this forthcoming PC and Wii U title, you can follow the team on Twitter and check out their website.
That’s it for this week’s Screenshot Weekly. Be sure to come back next week to see more exclusive looks of the latest indie games in development! Let us know in the comments section what upcoming indie games you’d like to see featured in a future installment. As for any indie developers who would like to see their screenshots featured in an upcoming segment, feel free to send an email to IGM at [email protected] with the Subject Line: “Screenshot Weekly”. Or, if you’d like to be part of our Magazine’s Screenshot Monthly segment, include that in the email as well!