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 the Screenshot Saturday hashtag on Twitter.
This week's Screenshot Survey has the most buff grandparent you've ever seen, but before that, we look at a gritty detective adventure, an upcoming RTS, and an alien with a long tongue.
let bions be bygones
Let's set the mood with this gloomy, noir adventure called let bions be bygones. The contrast between the realistic lighting, pixelized sprite of the detective character and the three dimensional background work well to set a somber mood. The old-time color scheme really does scream "detective" to me. The subtle details of the smoke trail as the character works is also a very nice touch.
let bions be bygones is very early on in development from the looks of the developer's Twitter feed, but that shouldn't discourage anyone from taking interest in this "point-click detective game set in a dystopian future-noir world." I don't know about you, but this sounds like a tried and true formula, and I am excited to see what kind of mysterious players must unravel when let bions be bygones releases in the future.
I will be the first to admit that I'm utter trash at real-time strategy games, but I also adore them so much. I guess you could say the same about Thystle. This is in part due to the outstanding quality of pixel graphics, but also that it's inspired by Warcraft 2 and Age of Empires, according to the solo developer's website. Those are massive titles in the RTS world, but if Thystle looks as good as this Screenshot Saturday submission indicates, I don't have any problem believing it can live up to its inspirations.
Thystle is an upcoming RTS title developed by daokyln. Development started late last year, so it's not a stretch to say that Thystle will need more time in the oven. According to its website, the plot involves a world tree called the eponymous Thystle, which houses the realms of many different fantasy races. The story will take place within this world and its warring factions. Daokyln plans to run a Kickstarter campaign to aid in the development, so this is just the beginning for the makings of a good RTS.
Ah, Soulslike games are just great. You never know what's going to pop out and scare the living crap out of you with every twist and turn. It seems like Hellpoint sticks to that philosophy. I mean, look at this thing—it's like it came straight out of the movie Alien, especially with that tongue. Three weeks from now, players will get to experience the terror of alien tongues too, since the launch of Hellpoint is on the horizon.
Hellpoint is, as you might have already guessed, an upcoming Soulslike set in a sci-fi world. Hellpoint takes place on the space station Irid Novo, which is filled to the brim with monsters waiting to kill any unsuspecting soul willing to venture into its dark depths. The most interest part of Hellpoint to me is that as Irid Novo orbits around a dark hole, it causes various "dynamic events" as you explore. You never know what you're going to get with Hellpoint, so it'll be sure to keep players on their toes when it launches on April 16, 2020.
We've come to the grand finale (pun intended). Behold, the most buff grandma you've ever seen. As far as video game protagonists go, this is a wonderful idea and definitely original. I can't think of any game where you take the role of an elderly beefcake. Armed with a sword and two guns—not the shooty kind—I wonder what kind of trouble this grandma stirs up. With a vibrant art style and cute design, I hope that GrandAdventure doesn't take itself too seriously and goes all in with the theme.
GranAdventure doesn't have much information out there right now. It's developed by Fly Home Studio, which is based in Portugal. It seems like development is still very early on and started around mid-2019, but I love following a developer's journey to completing a game. Fly Home Studio has a great idea, and now we just need to see it come to fruition.
Interested in any of these games? What's your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!