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.
It's not often you have Halloween fall on a Screenshot Saturday, so what better way to celebrate than to look at some spooky games for this Screenshot Survey?
The Outbound Ghost
👻Happy Halloween👻— Conradical Games☢️ (@ConradicalGames) October 31, 2020
Added partners to The Outbound ghost!
If it interests you, give the Steam page a wishlist: https://t.co/1re0GUVb2i! Very Paper Mario-inspired :)#screenshotsaturday #indiedev #madewithunity #Halloween2020 pic.twitter.com/wG8u7f0Mm0
I'm thinking a good place to start with this Halloween's Screenshot Survey is with a classic monster: ghosts. Normally, ghosts are quite frightful—especially if you believe in the real thing. For The Outbound Ghost, though, you just can't look away at the adorable style of these paper-like specters. I love the ghosts' expressions and hats. Developer Conradical Games notes the Paper Mario-inspired style, which is definitely a bonus since it adds to the charm of these characters.
According to The Outbound Ghost's Steam page, this game "is an adventure game about a ghost figuring out the cause of their own death, and helping others come to terms with the afterlife." The topic seems a little sad, but the game looks like some good, casual fun. The 3D environments clash with the 2D paper-thin characters, but creates a distinct and very appealing look. There are puzzles to solve and a narrative to unravel in The Outbound Ghost, but you'll have to wait almost exactly a year. The Outbound Ghost is slated for Halloween 2021, but at least you know what to do on this spooky day next year.
The Abnormal Place
Happy Halloween! Here are three of the monsters you'll encounter in The Abnormal Place.— The Abnormal Place (@abnormal_place) October 30, 2020
Flotsam on the right, Morphous in the middle and introducing Ariette! #indiegame #gamedev #indiedev #indievideogames #indiegames #videogames #halloween #madewithunity #screenshotsaturday pic.twitter.com/VLCYklarTF
If The Outbound Ghost was cute and "spoopy," then The Abnormal Place might just be the opposite. From the tweet above, you can see that this game looks a little disturbing. Still, I can't look away. The graphics give off a Tim Burton-esque look. Furthermore, the artist for The Abnormal Place did fantastic work to capture the title perfectly. These monsters are truly abnormal, and I dig it, even if they're creepy as hell.
The Abnormal Place is an upcoming game developed by Glenn Wauchop and published by Berserker Interactive. The premise of this title seems lighthearted compared to its frightful appearance. Your character is stuck at a "resort and hotel" filled with the creatures you see in the tweet. Your goal is to escape (I don't blame our protagonist one bit) by aiding these monsters in various tasks. The last time I was stuck in a spooky hotel, it was in Luigi's Mansion. I also happen to have a soft spot for Hotel Transylvania, so I'm already a fan of monster-inhabited hotels. If you're like me and that sounds like your kind of thing, keep an eye out for The Abnormal Place and join its mailing list.
Happy #Halloween, everyone!— Potion Permit (@PotionPermit) October 31, 2020
Let's have a visit to the famous graveyard site in town.
It definitely spooky, but the graveyard keeper will guide your path.
🎃Wishlist us: https://t.co/EvqtiiurLk#potionpermit #pixelart #aseprite #gamedev #indiedev #indiegame #IndieGameDev pic.twitter.com/IzVnCwH5Pj
If some creepy dude in a top hat tells you to check out his graveyard tonight, I suggest you go the opposite direction. Look at this fellow! He looks a little aggressive, with one hand clenched and another hand near his mouth as if to whisper to you, to beckon the player forward. Or perhaps it's in a karate chop position. Well, at least the protagonist in this tweet has their trusty companion, who will surely stick by their side if anything goes awry.
There's something about potions and Halloween that go so well together. Perhaps it's because these concoctions are normally associated with witches. Whatever the case may be, Potion Permit looks to be a good fit for this Halloween's Screenshot Survey. Developed by MassHive Media and published by PQube Limited, players take the role of a Chemist who acts as a potion brewer, doctor, and adventurer in one. You'll get to meet a myriad of characters and cure them of all manner of maladies when Potion Permit releases next year.
Dark Quest: Board Game
While this isn't technically a Halloween-centered post, what fits Halloween just as well as ghosts? Why, skeletons, of course. In this case, we have a skeleton dragon, which makes its scariness factor off the charts. Dragons are already difficult enough to kill, but what do you do when it's already dead? I guess there's nothing you can do but stand there and fight!
Dark Quest: Board Game is an upcoming board game developed and published by Brain Seal Ltd. Well, I say board game, and it's not false; truly, this is a board game. But it's played on the computer, which, weirdly enough, has my attention. In Dark Quest: Board Game, there's over a dozen heroes and plenty more monsters, procedural generation, and plenty of quests to play with friends. Dark Quest: Board Game looks interesting because it breaks the large barrier of needing to meet up with other individuals to play a board game, but seems to have just as much immersion and fun. It's a cool concept that I hope pays off. In 2021, you'll get to try this one out for yourself.