Isometric Espionage: 40 Mins Of Black Annex

By Craig Pearson on July 2nd, 2013 at 2:00 pm.


All of a sudden, espionage is cool again. I’d suggest it has something to do with WikiLeaks, but the last time I typed a nice thing about WikiLeaks my PC started making funny noises and a flower delivery truck spent three days outside my house. And I hadn’t ordered any flowers, sheeple. Anyway, I blew that van up and then the police came. Coincidence? I think not. So now I’m writing about Black Annex from the front room of the Cuban embassy: Developer Lance E. McDonald streamed it as part of the Greenlight SuperShow, showing off his incredibly silly strategy action game. I think it looks rather lovely.

Jim already mentioned the Greenlight Supershow, but I’m keen to draw a little bit of focus on Black Annex (named after he ran ‘Hostile Takeover’ through a thesaurus). The lovely combination of Habbo Hotel‘s aesthetics and book-balancing office cracking is its own thing. Why shouldn’t corporate spies use rocks to sneak past office security systems? And it makes a perverse sort of sense that it doesn’t allow you to carry on to the next mission until you’ve earned the transport costs to cover it. He’s putting business back into corporate espionage, complete with accounting and Gatling guns.

Greenlight link time!

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12 Comments »

  1. Bhazor says:

    @20:00 in the video
    When you use the phrases “You end up needing to do tedious work” and ” you have to replay missions you’ve already done” to describe your own game it’s time to go back to the drawing board.

    Apart from that I really think this was tragically timed. A Syndicate remake just a week after Satellite Reign launched? Whooops.

  2. staberas says:

    Oh Craig , you fool he was just wardriving !…

    As for the game i would say “meh?” (I know eh thats some constructive criticism :P )

  3. kwyjibo says:

    This is QBasic.

  4. Bfox says:

    You collected $60 but all my guys died – MISSION SUCCESSFUL

    Wha?

    The mission to mission objectives seem really odd

  5. N'Al says:

    WikiLeaks? That’s sooo last week.

    It’s all about the Prism and Tempora, now.

  6. LanceMcDonald says:

    Hi everyone! :D That’s for the awesome response to my little stream so far!

  7. Caiman says:

    This looks great, it reminds me of D-Generation graphics-wise, for some reason, but the gameplay has real promise. Will keep an eye on it, already voted yes on Greenlight. Also, is Man Fight Dragon and Abducted by Sharks having a fight for best artist name, or what?

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