Pithy Headline: The Curious Expedition

By Adam Smith on June 11th, 2013 at 8:00 am.

The Curious Expedition has all the marks of a particularly fine undertaking. It’s a procedurally generated sort of thing, with overland exploration of varied biomes, and battles against mystical creatures, dinosaurs, cannibals and other such unpleasantries. Inspired by the works of Verne, Darwin and Livingstone, the game is set in the 19th Century and is a ‘roguelike-strategy-puzzler’. No word on a precise release date but builds are doing the rounds at indie meet-ups and the team have been toiling away for over a year, in between working full time at their day jobs. You should almost certainly watch the videos in this link. They are in the form of animated gifs and yet they do not contain cats.

Games about historical exploration, whether with the fantastic aspect or not, are the latest trend. That’s what I say. Meriwether, Conquistador and now this. Surely there are more?

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17 Comments »

  1. Geewhizbatman says:

    Super excited to see what Levi Herzfeld’s special powers/bonuses/abilities are. They’re sure to be highly amazing. Or offensive. Or, preferably, a bit of both!

  2. LionsPhil says:

    Now this looks interesting.

    (Animated GIFs are hiding on TIGsource forum, not directly on the site’s barren page.)

  3. Alien426 says:

    I remember seeing a screenshot on Screenshot Saturday some months ago. I had hoped for gameplay like what is described in the article. WHOOO-eee!

  4. Malawi Frontier Guard says:

    You can’t post a 30% TIGsource devlog. That will take another 5 years to come out!

  5. frightlever says:

    Sounds intriguing. The fantasy of Verne, the science of Darwin and the newt-bothering Marxist politics of Ken Livingstone. I’m on board!

  6. Aaax says:

    At first I thought the image is actual in-game screenshot and was happy imagining some Another World-like rouguelike. Then I looked at the gifs… oh well.

    • hench says:

      We have same’s!

      Though, it still looks more interesting than anything I’ve seen from E3 so far.

      • Aaax says:

        Well if C&C had some strategic depth and you payed for cosmetic items only… oh nevermind, I was just daydreaming.

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    RedViv says:

    Control Tesla? Good. Control Tesla with SCIENCE!!!-tastic weaponry? Better. Fighting dinosaurs with it? Heart-stopping grand.

  8. Koozer says:

    Dino Run 2?

  9. Caiman says:

    This looks fascinating, interesting concept and I love the pixels. But yeah, seems like it could be Quite Some Time (TM) before it’s finished.

  10. JFS says:

    Everything is roguelike nowadays. How curious.

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      Wisq says:

      Given that most AAA games refuse to ever let the player lose these days, the recent prevalence of retro games that make dying frequent and permanent isn’t a huge surprise.

  11. cjlr says:

    Pithy. Heh.

    Dear God, that one was painful when I got it.

  12. makute says:

    I get a strong The Lost Tribe vibe from this, specially from the hex-grided main map. If it ends being half as fun and silly as the former it will be awesome.