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 time, we look at several games that really caught my attention in previous Screenshot Survey articles. We have a tumor-growing puzzler, an awesome steampunk platformer, a grim title that meshes the 2D and 3D together, and a game set within a cute carpet-like world. Can you tell which ones I'm talking about?
This was one of the first games I've looked at, and Misshapen has come a long way since. The ability to create morbidly awesome tumors on NPCs is still the main feature of Misshapen, and now it seems that this is a means to solve puzzles. I'm sure that there are a lot of different ways to solve clever puzzles by using tumors, since there seems to be no limit on much of these pustules you can create. That's a sentence I never expected to write.
Misshapen is an upcoming title, as the game's Steam page describes it, "story-driven body-horror simulator," which has to be an industry first as far as genres go. Last time I highlighted this game all the way back in June 2019, there wasn't a Steam page. We now have a bit more information on the story and there are some extra details on Misshapen's gameplay. Misshapen takes place within a military base located in and around a volcano, and there's been some funky experiments happening there. Sounds like a recipe for a scientific disaster, so that must explain the tumors. Look out for Misshapen at some point in the future.
Gestalt: Steam & Cinder
"So we're down here, slurping down rat gristle, and you... you're telling me they've got *gilded goddamn horses?*"— Gestalt: Steam & Cinder (@GestaltGame) May 9, 2020
"And trees, Val. *Real ones.* You... you even remember what those look like?"
"Meropis..."#screenshotsaturday #pixelart #ドット絵 #IndieGameDev #gamedev pic.twitter.com/HFeR6ULFnn
This tweet has made rounds today, and it's no wonder why. It has humor, amazing art, and a golden horse running on steam, for goodness sake! Moreover, the architectural style that blends the old with a unique steampunk aesthetic is absolutely superb. Gestalt's art is crafted by Cyangmou, who is an excellent Austria-based pixel artist who has a love for history. If you follow his Twitter, you'll find lots of medieval sprites. I think that his foray into the steampunk genre can't be beat.
I looked at Gestalt: Steam & Cinder early last month, and I couldn't help but revisit this beautiful title. It has all the stuff I like: steampunk, pixel art, and it's a Metroidvania platformer as well. Gestalt: Steam & Cinder is published by Metamorphosis Games and published by Sold Out. In it, you take the role of a badass gunslinger named Aletheia who has a wide range of abilities to fight an automata threat. It's supposed to release some time this year, so keep a look out!
Zealot is a game that combines 2D and 3D. The atmosphere is grim, dark, and spooky—one might even call it grimdark. In this particular tweet, we see all those factors come into play to create a fantastic look for this upcoming title. The creepy mausoleum, I'm sure, is filled with something horrifying to jump out and try to kill the player. Yet, I'm definitely down to explore it.
Like Misshapen above, I took a look at Zealot in June. Seeing as this was nearly a year ago, and considering how much I loved the look of this game, I needed to take a look back at how far its come. Last time, the style was similar to this low-poly mesh between 2D and 3D, but a year is a long time, so it seems that the development has largely focused on create more awesome assets and sprites like the graveyard above. I can't wait to get my hands on Zealot, but good things come to those who wait. So, wait I shall.
Luce has found himself in quite a predicament 💦🦎 Luckily he can take a few hits.— Weaving Tides - Now LIVE on Kickstarter! (@FollowFeathers) May 9, 2020
Now on #Kickstarter ➡️ https://t.co/leMAAqENsE#screenshotsaturday #NintendoSwitch #steam #unity3d #gamedev #indiedev #indiegame #adventure pic.twitter.com/PoR9vyN2eX
Back in August, I found Weaving Tides to be quite adorable, and that's because of the carpet dragon. Ever heard of a carpet dragon? It's a flying, velvety creature that resembles a dragon, but has special abilities to survive in a world made of thread. As you can see, this carpet dragon and its rider are fully able to handle the dangers of this cute but deadly world. Thanks to a special tail, these foes are no problem at all.
I took a look at Weaving Tides in August last year, and now, exciting developments have been made. Weaving Tides is now on Kickstarter, and with 20 days left to go, it's off to a fantastic start as it has almost reached three quarters of its funding goal. There's some more details on the game within the Kickstarter campaign. We know there will be three different dragons to ride - they are called Weavers. In addition to this, you can unlock more abilities, explore "Zelda-like" dungeons as described by the developer, and more. There's a demo you can play on the Kickstarter page as well, which is a nice bonus. Weaving Tides is expected to release in November of this year.