It’s Saturday, and that means it’s time for another Screenshot Survey. Every week, we take a look at a few cool new games in the works by game developers tweeting with #ScreenshotSaturday. For even more games you might be interested in, check out this hashtag on Twitter.
This week, we have a random assortment of cool games to look at, but all of them definitely excel in their visuals. Check 'em out!
Whenever I see hand-drawn art in games, I'm immediately "drawn" to it. Games like Cuphead really pop visually, and the resulting animations make for some, well, beautiful games. Existensis seems to be another ambitious and very artistic title using hand-drawn art to bring a world to life. As the tweet states, all of the game's assets are drawn on paper. I can't even imagine the time and effort that requires, but it looks like the result is paying off quite nicely.
Existensis is an upcoming exploration-based platformer. The player's character, called The Mayor, is on a pilgrimage, exploring a world filled with gorgeous environments and branching paths. Existensis will supposedly have multiple endings and many more areas, but you can try out a demo to see what developer Librarium Studios has so far.
I hope you're not afraid of heights, because this looks like an adrenaline-fueled drop that isn't for the faint of heart. Asher's Descent looks like a pretty game in its own right. The visuals on the rocks are detailed, and the effect of our character sliding down the face of this strange formation is a great little touch. At the end of this clip, you can see that the little jumper makes it to the end of the rope. I hope that they made it out alright, because that's one scary situation.
Asher's Descent is a bit short on gameplay details. It's developed by Sigma Fox Studio, and it looks like a simple, but fun game. Hopefully we can find out more as it progresses in development, but for now, you can follow the game by signing up for its email list on Asher's Descent's website.
In Divinheim, you can put different weapons on different sides of your ship to suit your own playstyle.— Divinheim | Heartstep Studios (@Divinheim) November 21, 2020
Feeling traditional? Use cannons.
Want to get 'em from a long-range? Put bolt launcher on the bow.
Feeling angry? Flamethrowers all around! #indiedev #screenshotsaturday pic.twitter.com/KGu0DHwIxM
The atmosphere of this clip is positively spooky. I can't think of many things scarier than spelunking in a dark cave filled with water. Who knows what horrors lurk in the depths? The glowing rocks add an aura of mystery and there's even houses in this cave. What a frightful place to live. The ominous music doesn't help alleviate the nerves, but I'll tell you what does make things a bit better: this ship being armed to the teeth with all kinds of weapons.
Divinheim is developed by Heartstep Studios. Originally called Shadows of Solomon, this game tasks players with exploring a Lovecraftian-inspired setting. Players will explore the waters of a sea called Divinheim, and there you'll face other ships and, of course, things much spookier than that. I'm talking about monsters. It all looks like some pretty exciting stuff, so be on the lookout for more Divinheim updates in the future.
Been a while since I showed you all the new progress on the revised cockpit boot-up sequence. I animated a few extras I forgot to show! #pixelart #gamedev #screenshotsaturday #videogames #WESTGUNNE pic.twitter.com/QLugQXKGsM— Jason Koohi (@zanrai_int) November 21, 2020
This one has been making rounds in the Screenshot Saturday sphere today, and it's no wonder. This flashy, exciting, super over-the-top cockpit sequence is incredible. The stunning detail and the flashing lights are perfect for the anime aesthetic of the protagonist here. Every time you boot up to take on some bad guys, I reckon you'll be met with this little cutscene. And if that's the case, it's sure to get you pumped up and ready to roll.
Westgunne is an upcoming sidescrolling SHUMP title where players take control of a badass mechanized suit equipped with a bunch of flashy, awesome weapons. The game is certainly a work in progress as there doesn't seem to be a release window yet. Still, one GIF was enough to sell me on Westgunne, so I'm looking forward to seeing more.