Take an equal part Metroid, Castlevania, Boy and His Blob and add a liberal dose of Tetris to make an RPG puzzler platformer. Sounds like a hilarious mixture that someone couldn’t possible be serious about, right? Wrong! The folks over at NextGen Pants are looking to make a game that does just this.
I’m talking about the game project called Tetropolis. With a story that reminds me a little bit of Boy and His Blob where you utilize particular tetromino that allow you to go back and play over previously explored areas to open up/obtain different tetromino, the dystopian geometric universe you are exploring has something that I feel is quite innovative; the ability to obtain map pieces that you can manipulate along with other pieces on the map to open up more areas and access secrets. Of course, for a world like Tetropolis it seems only fitting that you’re manipulating geometric patterns on a micro and macro level.
While there’s a dozen individual tiers set up, the one for most value before you start getting into the real extras I feel is the $40 which is mid-range with their rewards. You’re able to obtain access to the forums, digital copy of the game along with beta access to give valuable feedback and then a copy of the soundtrack. Pretty much everything a KS backer generally would want.
The soundtrack by Jeffrey DeMelo is top-notch, including synthesized epic ballads and catchy chip tunes that no doubt ties into the four unique zones and environments you’re exploring and I absolutely love it. Joseph Petrick is truly a fantastic artist that brings that dystopian feel where you’re racing to obtain geometric perfection and avoid disassembly. And Bob Webb as lead programmer has enough experience that he can tackle such a great challenge of bringing a mixture of great games into Tetropolis. I have a lot of faith that this group of indies can create Tetropolis.
Tetropolis is planned for release on Ouya, PC, Mac and Linux. While I’m not a fan of Ouya as I feel it’s a platform that is already outdated and is significantly limited in terms of revenue and players as well as not able to live up to the hype it has given developers, the game I feel could be Greenlit on Steam which would in my opinion bring it to a far greater player base.
There is a publicly available demo here which allows you to enjoy a proof of concept build. I would encourage NextGen to be more proactive in terms of interacting with their backers as well as potential backers (there are only two updates).
The funding goal of $50,000 by September 15th means they have only 25 days to go as of writing this, but they’re already over 10% of their goal. Unfortunately, unless there is some pickup across the industry news to raise awareness for such an interesting project it looks as though funding will fall short of $20,000 based on projections. Of course, that could completely change depending on how interactive NextGen Pants are and the ability of their backers in driving interest towards this project.
Overall, I like the project. The music is exactly the type I enjoy, the gameplay looks compelling along with the innovations around mechanics.
The Kickstarter project can be found here. You can support the Greenlight here.