Trash Planet: Deponia Teaser

By John Walker on January 11th, 2012 at 11:43 am.

Pretty, but wacky?

Daedalic, the German adventure developers who gave us the almost great The Whispered World, have another title in development. Deponia is a comedy adventure, inspired by the likes of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. There’s a teaser for it below.

Daedalic’s very traditional point and click adventures have been a little hit and miss for me, but they’re unquestionably one of the most interesting developers in the genre at the moment. If they continue to improve with each game, we’ll be lucky players. It’s too early to see which way Deponia is going, but the art is unquestionably gorgeous. I’m always fearful of “wacky” comedy, especially when it’s been translated from another language. So much rests on the quality of the translation. (The half-finished translation of their just-launched ‘English’ website doesn’t really bode well.)

Publishers Lace Mamba describe the game as being,

“a fast-paced comedy of errors and one of the most unusual love stories in gaming history. The twist-filled story takes its off-beat characters all over trash planet Deponia, a unique game world in the style of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Matt Groening. From Kuvaq, an improvised village built inside a giant trash heap, to the swimming black market and the dark corners of the elevated planetary railways.

Rufus, one of the playable main characters, is not a pleasant guy. Ill-tempered and entirely too convinced of his own greatness, he lives at the edge of a small settlement somewhere in the most remote sector of the garbage-covered planet Deponia. He dreams of a better life in the floating cities of wealth and beauty high above the planet surface. When the angelic Goal falls from these privileged spheres down into a neighbouring trash heap, Rufus sees his chance. He decides to bring the unconscious beauty back to her home. Only a vague hope of making it off Deponia at first, he soon formulates an unscrupulous plan, as he learns that he is a dead ringer for Goal’s upper-class husband. The planned handover is only the beginning of a wild chase across Deponia full of twists, turns and mystifying mix-ups…”

Here’s the tease:

They’re aiming to get the game out in the Spring.

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  1. Khemm says:

    Waited for this game for YEARS, I thought it’s vaporware at this point.
    Please be awesome, I’m a huge fan of Edna&Harvey, A New Beginning and The Whispered World.

  2. WJonathan says:

    If the comedy doesn’t work we can blame it on their “German sense of humor.” (humour)

    • ulix says:

      South Park taught us that us Germans are the nation with the least humor in the world.

      I would almost agree.

    • HisMastersVoice says:

      Quick, someone make a wurst joke.

    • Vexing Vision says:

      Sauerkraut! Sauerkraut! Was soll das ganze Sauerkraut!

    • Battlehenkie says:

      Ich bin ein Wienerschnitzel, wo sind meine Gemuse!?

    • FFabian says:

      In contrast I’m quite impressed by this fine example of sophisticated british humor.

    • Jahkaivah says:

      @ulix

      Which ironically was one of the least funny South Park episodes I have seen.

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      Rublore says:

      Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer? Ja! … Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput.

    • pertusaria says:

      Steh’n zwei Pilze im Wald, sagt der eine “Na und?”

      What are you talking about, (some) Germans have a great sense of humour.

    • His Dudeness says:

      Hassu Tollwut oder saberst Du nur?

    • ulix says:

      Gehn zwei junge Kerle den Gehweg entlang. Sagt der eine zum anderen:
      “Ey, jetzt lass mich auch mal in die Mitte!”

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  4. ulix says:

    Let’s not forget the OTHER adventure they are developing: “The Dark Eye – Satinav’s Chains”

    (“The Dark Eye” is the same setting that the two Drakensang games and the old Realms of Arcania games were set in).

    Its more on the “realistic” side (if you can call a fantasy world realistic) and looks very promising:

    http://www.satinavs-ketten.de/en

    • ulix says:

      After 5 The Dark Eye PC games (this being the sixth, Demonicon the seventh) I’m really craving for one that is set in the southern half of Aventuria. How awesome that would be.

    • Khemm says:

      Yep, it looks amazing, hope it lives up to the promises.

    • pilouuuu says:

      Wow! These games look simply fantastic! I love their art style.

  5. HisMastersVoice says:

    I’m in love with that screenshot. Do you think I should add it on Facebook?

  6. Risingson says:

    Each time I read “Deponia” I can’t help singing to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKJFl9Cs8u4

    “Deponia, da da da Deponia…”

  7. BenLeng says:

    I played “The whispered World” with my daugther and was pleasantly suprised. The Art Direction is superb and the writing sometimes is really funny (i played it in german so ymmv).

  8. jill says:

    thats cute makes me want to fire up m e t a l co m b a t for some serious junkyard junkyard junkyard . wheres that torrent link?

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    matte_k says:

    Is it me or is the main character dressed suspiciously like Mal Reynolds from Firefly in that screenshot?

  10. Navagon says:

    Colour me interested.