Altering Beasts: Exeunt

By Alec Meer on January 31st, 2012 at 1:45 pm.

What do you call a deer with no eyes? Answer: Barry

‘Dodge-em-up’ Exeunt, from a chap who’s previously worked with Introversion and Beatnik, looks to be doing something fairly expansive with the autorunning genre. It claims to be promoting reflection upon what humanity is doing to its beleaguered planet, but that’s not really why it made my slightly sticky-out ears prick up. Not because I don’t care about the environment – listen, some of my best friends are environments – but because the central mechanic is that much more scintillating to an animal nerd such as I. While you’re doing your jumpy-dodgy thing through a collapsing and reforming industrial horrorscape, you must switch rapidly from beast to beast to better manouvre around the deadly environment. I can make out rhino, big cat and deer forms so far, while the screenshots reveal a naked man’s in the mix too. I’m holding out for an Iron Man mode in which you can only play as a hamster.

Take a look below; it’s still early doors for Exeunt so don’t expect too much shiny-shiny, but it gets across the appealing concept.

I didn’t know pumas could walljump, I’ll admit. Also, not sure how the deer’s abilities differ from the cat: but all will no doubt be revealed.

In theory, Exeunt is due in the third quarter of this year. Unless the Earth really has collapsed into a post-industrial ecopocalypse before the Summer, at least.

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38 Comments »

  1. Alexander Norris says:

    Disappointed no one’s made a maths joke around “what does it take to differentiate yourself” yet.

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      RaveTurned says:

      “In a math produced world…”

    • Skabooga says:

      Would you say changing forms is integral to the experience?

    • Hoaxfish says:

      These kinds of jokes only appeal to the lowest common denominator

    • Wreckdum says:

      God dammit I love this website because of the comment section.

    • Craig Stern says:

      Not me: it’s too derivative.

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      Andy_Panthro says:

      The multiplication of puns on RPS has become a big factor of the comments threads. How to stop it? I know I don’t have the solution.

    • Syra says:

      I wonder if this game will be equal to the sum of its parts or if all the different recurring fractals will get tedious.

    • BAshment says:

      These puns are average at best.

    • firetail says:

      These puns are less than or equal to what I have come to expect from this site.

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      maninahat says:

      I see people are divided over some irrational maths references.

    • Wunce says:

      This game seems like more than a standard deviation away from other platformers.

      I wonder if it will be released in the 5th month? May tricks appear to be a trend coming from indie devs.

  2. Unaco says:

    I’ve no idea why the answer to the alt-text is what it is.

    Looks like a nice concept, but execution seems somewhat off… It all seems to be moving too fast, the camera angle makes it difficult to see what you’re approaching, looks like it would all be a bit confusing. Wait and see though, I guess.

    • noom says:

      What do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs? Still Barry.

    • jonfitt says:

      Oh, there’s a name for that tilt on subverted humour and I can’t remember what it’s called.
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      You see you take the (supposedly) well known joke: “What do you call a deer with no eyes? No idea.” and subvert the expected response for humorous effect.
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      Please someone remind me what that’s called. I have no hope of googling a concept like that.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      subverted expectation?

    • Unaco says:

      I’ve read all that, and I still have NO EYE DEER why you’d name the Deer Barry. Is Barry the only NO EYE DEER in the whole world?

    • Lizard Dude says:

      Paraprosdokian

  3. magnus says:

    Why play as a Hamster why not a Naked Mole-Rat?

  4. Jams O'Donnell says:

    It’s Canabalt! From behind!

  5. Thany says:

    oh snap. and here I thought we’re getting an abstract remake of altered beast.

  6. fitzroy_doll says:

    I’ll buy any game that you can play as a hamster

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    Man Raised by Puffins says:

    Looks very ZOO RACE!, except not hilariously broken and with 100% less pigs in tophats.

    • Dervish says:

      I was just about to post this. Racing starts at 4:15, people, but the intro should really not be skipped.

  8. NomadKing says:

    What about an Iron Man mode where you play as Ironman? :o

  9. Brendy_C says:

    Looking forward to the expansion pack. “Exeunt: Pursued By A Bear”

  10. Network Crayon says:

    Reminds me of Port Talbot.

  11. Steven says:

    Looks like a dream I used to have as a kid…. that alone makes me want to play.

  12. MD says:

    Awesome. No-eye-deer if it’ll work, but they’ve certainly grabbed my interest. And pleasepleaseplease don’t decide to slow it down before release. Half of the reason I’m interested is because fast-paced games are a novelty these days.

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  14. Nice Save says:

    The deer’s special ability is to block oncoming cars.

  15. haowan says:

    Reminds me a lot of the old BBC game Imogen.