A Collage Of Dreams: Middens

By Adam Smith on September 28th, 2012 at 4:00 pm.

Oh look, some brief descriptions of games. The Mass Effect trilogy is a space opera RPG about a crew of aliens attempting to stop a great evil and occasionally having sex. The Secret of Monkey Island is a comedic point and click adventure with insult swordfighting and a piratical theme. Ho hum. Aha, this one is new. “Middens is an exploration game using collage and original pixel art in tandem that takes the perspective of a drifter traversing a veritable x-zone. Roving its interminable wastes the nomad chances upon a sentient revolver beside an ominous pile of remains.” And it’s free! My interest isn’t the only thing that’s piqued.

Look, here’s how this is going to work – you have the description up there, I’m going to put a trailer just down there and there’s a download link back there. Here’s another one in case you missed it. If you don’t feel compelled to try this out (for free!) then nobody will judge you, except for me and I will totally judge you. I’ll bang a gavel and wear a wig and everything.

It’s like Harlan Ellison driving a Yellow Submarine into a dying sun.

There are some marvellous games that fit neatly into genres and which could be described in ways that make them sound as dull as a 300 page legal document that’s fallen into a puddle of particularly non-descript ditchwater just outside Grimsby on a Tuesday. Something as wilfully different as Middens deserves to be seen though. There are rare voices in every medium and, from the little I’ve seen of this, it comes from a rare voice indeed. They’re often the ones we should all be listening to.

Despite having what can best be described as a banquet of delicious, big budget games laid out in front of me, I’m going to save some attention for Middens in the next couple of weeks and I might well have more to say later.

I mean, how could I not?

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26 Comments »

  1. zebramatt says:

    What the fuck?

    • TechnicalBen says:

      Actually looks like a normal day to me (that is the time spent asleep reaming. Darn those dreams).

  2. DyvimTvar says:

    ‘So, what kind of game is it?’ I’d ask, hoping for a genre or mixture of genres as response, but you hint that it can’t be classified that easily.

    • Adam Smith says:

      It’s sort of an exploration based SNES style RPG but then it really isn’t that. Zebramatt, above, may have identified the true genre.

      • brulleks says:

        In a similar way that Anachronox was sort of an exploration based SNES style RPG then?

        • DyvimTvar says:

          Not at all.
          This is a RPGmaker RPG, but completely abstract.
          If there is a story, I don’t think it’s made to be understood.

  3. TheFlameBeneath says:

    My eyes hurt just by opening the official site

  4. Tinus says:

    Yes! Finally something strange! There’s too little strange. More strange, please.

    The music in the trailer really did it for me, downloading now.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      And some weird too, please. Odd and off-kilter welcome as well.

    • Hunchback says:

      Keep an eye on Little Inferno then, if you are looking for strange and weird.
      Also, Salad Fingers!

  5. Shooop says:

    Never before have I ever felt the “LOL WUT” pear would not only be an appropriate reaction, but also fit perfectly into the subject I’m reacting to.

    EDIT:

    The FAQ answer to what the name means actually helps it make sense.

  6. Dave says:

    This might have been the end result if Salvador Dali would’ve made the Secret of Monkey Island.

    I will always try something strange-looking with a spooky OST, much like The Dream Machine.

  7. lordcooper says:

    Downloading it now. Thadam :)

    • Zorn says:

      I wonder if you should have lunch before trying it out. Just in case my mind goes on a journey, forgetting that my body still there waiting, maybe lying on the floor, again. Or just sitting, staring.

  8. noom says:

    Marvelous. See, this is where gaming was supposed to go; we just lost the path back in about 1993.

  9. cptgone says:

    sounds fascinating and looks lovely. will play ASAP. thank you very much, devs!

  10. SkittleDiddler says:

    Kinda looks similar to the art style in Fantastic Planet.

  11. Tatourmi says:

    Yes, it is rather beautiful and original, but does it play rather beautifuly? Creating that kind of art style is “rather easy” (Meaning, commonly done), what I want to see is a gameplay fitting the art style.

    • Jackablade says:

      I’m noticing some ugly early Final Fantasy style UI elements popping up in a few of the screenshots, so I’m suspecting maybe not. Could still be an interesting ride though.

  12. E_FD says:

    To be honest, this looked great at first, but after fifteen minutes or so, I was kinda hoping some sort of point or complication or gameplay would emerge beyond “Look at all the weird stuff”, and it didn’t, and I just felt bored.

  13. Yojimbo says:

    This game is full of surprises.

  14. SuperNashwanPower says:

    Judge not, lest ye be eaten by a pack of delinquent flesh eating squirrels

  15. AlwaysRight says:

    Midden Palettes!