The Best Game Idea You’ll See Today: Roundabout

By John Walker on October 17th, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

The year 1977 was a pretty important one. It was, for instance, the year I was spawned. And that’s it. Those are the reasons it’s so important. It was also, claim developers No Goblin, the year the revolving chauffeur-driven limo was introduced. And so it is the setting for Roundabout, a game in which you must navigate a spinning limousine through an open world. Oh goodness, yes.

Georgio Manos is the driver of the world’s first revolving limousine. How can you not love this game already? The task is to transport people around this large, twisty-streeted city, while endlessly spinning on your axles. It is, without question, Kuru Kuru Kururin meets Crazy Taxi. And I’m so pleased I got to just type that sentence.

No Goblin is headed up by Dan Teasdale, a designer on Destroy All Humans and Rock Band, and recently with Twisted Pixel Games. They’re looking at a 2014 release, and are inevitably on Greenlight.

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25 Comments »

  1. Tiax says:

    I hope for this game that it adds something that Kuru Kuru Kururin didn’t have.

  2. DickSocrates says:

    Looks fun. I especially like 0:16, smoothly skirting around an entire building and 0:27 where it glides around the carpark without hitting a single car.

  3. almostDead says:

    The Best Game Idea You’ll See Today:

    Those are some fighting words John Walker. Go……

    Jar-Jar Binks Detective Stories

    • DrScuttles says:

      Forget it Jar Jar, it’s Gunga City.

    • Kollega says:

      First-Person Zero-Gravity Gourmet Cooking Simulator. An FPS where you play as a sucky unnamed redshirt and your main objective is to survive. An urban fantasy RPG where a KGB agent must defeat Koschei The Deathless.

      I can probably do a few more of these.

    • Shadowcat says:

      “Stop Worrying”, a game where you play Major T. J. Kong riding a nuke down to earth, guiding it through and fending off a gauntlet of obstacles — enemy paratroopers, avian bomb defusers, etc, who will grab hold and frantically work to disable the device — ultimately trying to fall as far as possible before you are overwhelmed and forced to detonate.

    • mineshaft says:

      Super Turkey Plucker – obviously touchscreen required

      Chicken Sexer – with Oculus and force feedback support

      Midair Emergency Panic – Airplane The Movie The Game

      Bounce Academy – Dating sim at a school for things that want to learn to bounce good

      Virtual Gardener – Dig, water, and prune fully modeled plants and watch them grow.

  4. Wounder says:

    That’s the best trailer I’ve seen in a very long time. I have no idea if I’d enjoy the game, but I’m willing to watch the promo a few times…

  5. Lobotomist says:

    Hmmm….no

  6. TT says:

    Got dizzie just from watching! the trailer! Witch is unfortunate as its a very well done trailer

  7. Banana_Republic says:

    Umm, Star Wars was released in 1977. That pretty much trumps anything else.

    • Ross Angus says:

      Yes, but look what Star Wars grew into. John, meanwhile, is magnificent.

      • Shadowcat says:

        I liked the original John, but then his younger evil twin turned up in ’99 and ruined everything.

  8. Stupoider says:

    There hasn’t been a trailer this good since Stalin vs. Martians.

  9. thekelvingreen says:

    Grand Theft Katamari

    • Aardvarkk says:

      That music gave me strong Katamari Damacy flashbacks. Now my hands are itching to roll up a giant katamari with the King of the Cosmos judging me.

  10. Zoomacroom says:

    Needs first person Oculus Rift support.

  11. SillyWizard says:

    This from the guy who’s too cool for nerd stuff. Boycott!

  12. racccoon says:

    After five minutes you’ll be sick of it and hitting escape. Best go get some beers with the nine bucks! go find a park or use your lawn to lie on, look up at the clouds above and watch them go by, it’ll be far more enjoyable and worth the money along with a better than normal head spin.

  13. frightlever says:

    Is the developer name a Goblin Teasmade pun? It is, isn’t it?