Oh Goodness, Please Look At Rain World

By Nathan Grayson on January 14th, 2014 at 12:00 pm.

Cara caught Rain World on her journalism parasol back before she became gaming’s foremost Adventure Journalist, and she declared herself “deeply in love with” its physics-based art style. Now, all these months later, with the game newly on Kickstarter, I believe that Rain World’s little love bug slugcat ghost creature has bitten me as well. Clearly, Cara and I will have to fight tooth and nail for its affections. I’ve got deceptively strong nails, but Cara’s teeth may well prove their kryptonite. Perhaps if I use my nails as a sort of projectile… hmmm. Alas, I might be doomed. But no matter what, at least my darling Rain World will go on, wriggling and worming stealthily as it does. Check out a gorgeously moody video below.

Doesn’t that look delightful? I think so. Of course, there’s a risk that it could turn out to be a rather standard platformer dressed up in snazzy physics-based duds, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. For now, here’s what the game’s developers claim you’re funding:

“Rain World is set in an abandoned industrial environment scourged by a shattered eco-system. Bone-crushing intense rain pounds the surface regularly, making life as we know it almost impossible. The creatures in this world hibernate most of the time, but in the few brief dry periods they go out searching for food. You are a lonely nomadic slugcat, both predator and prey in this land. You must hunt enough food to survive another cycle of hibernation. Other – bigger – creatures have the same plan.”

“Inspired by the aesthetics and simplicity of 16-bit classics, the gameplay consists of platforming and fast paced sneaking; both sneaking on your prey and sneaking in order to avoid larger creatures. A large focus of the development has been on enemy AI: they are cunning, vicious and they are always hunting you.”

Apparently Rain World will be quite challenging, with threats stemming not only from other creatures and rain, but also from your own limited stock of resources. Slug(cat) life, yo. It ain’t easy. Four-player co-op will surely help, though, as will resisting the urge to stare at mesmerizing backgrounds and suckle detail from them like a starving babe. There’s also a gif of slimy little slugcat pups over on the Kickstarter, and they’re just not even playing fair anymore, you guys. They’re not even playing fair.

Rain World is currently seeking $25,000 on Kickstarter, which is a fairly modest sum in the grand scheme of crowdfunding, but a decent-ish number for an itsy bitsy passion project. It looks and sounds rather wonderful, though, and its unassuming looks hide grand ambitions. Are you gonna throw these mewling slugcats a bone? Like a weird, gelatinous one? Because I seriously don’t know what they use over there.

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44 Comments »

  1. Chaz says:

    Moving pictures! What new form of devilry is this?

    • bstard says:

      When ghost cats arrive you never know what might happen. Or are they the boring cat ghosts?

  2. d_chandler says:

    Do too many games get kickstarted / mega publicity based on not much except pretty, shiny animations?

    • huxi says:

      Do too many AAA games get mega publicity based on not much except pretty, shiny animations?

    • Bronxsta says:

      I’ve been following the game on TIGForums for years and it’s more than just shiny animations. There’s a Metroidvania-esque open world to explore, intelligent AI that can work together, in packs, or alone, to hunt you down, ambush you, even fight among each other, there are stealth elements and you can work together in co-op to turn the tables on predators and ambush them.

  3. LionsPhil says:

    It’s like Another World and Intrusion 2 both got drunk and somehow had kids with a Squirmle.

  4. Cinek says:

    Backed. Looks awesome, description seems very intriguing.

  5. Hodge says:

    And there’s my first crowdfunder backing of 2014.

    (Sigh. Took all of 15 days for that particular dam wall to give way.)

  6. Ross Angus says:

    “Cara caught Rain World on her journalism parasol…” Cara is the Mary Poppins of Game Journalism. Discuss.

    • lowprices says:

      Well thanks to Patreon Cara will be hopping from place to place, so it just depends whether or not ‘embedded journalism’ turns out to be a euphemism for ‘encouraging good behaviour and women’s suffrage via showtunes’.

  7. somnolentsurfer says:

    Did an indie dev just create a super cute gif for their Kickstarter page that, by coincidence, just happens to be exactly the same proportions that RPS use for the front page? Marketing genius.

  8. Jackablade says:

    I would have said it was a brush-tailed possum. It’d explain the fuzziness, climbingness and insatiable desire for murder.

  9. Artist says:

    Hail to cutiness!

  10. Monkeh says:

    *drool* Utterly amazing what they’ve managed to do here. Making the animations physic-and-code based really makes the movements look fantastic. Music, art and of course the gameplay itself look great to me as well, so obviously backed.

  11. araczynski says:

    code monkey magickery aside, can’t say i’m into the art style or gameplay, so i guess i’ll pass.

  12. Gargenville says:

    All my life I’ve felt like there must be something more, something I was missing. Now I know that thing was SLUGCAT.

  13. bunyoka says:

    Mark of the Ninja… uhm CAT

  14. jonahcutter says:

    It’s not so damn cute if you’re a bat.

  15. grimdanfango says:

    I used to be a cat-hater. Between Night In The Woods, and now this… I think the internet is starting to get to me!

    A man in his 30s, and I get the feeling it’s only a matter of time before I own a Slugcat plushie… some might call it “worrying”.

  16. mwoody says:

    Since there’s co-op, they really need a tier with an extra copy included. The curently-somewhat-light-to-be-2.5x-the-cost $25 tier is perfect for that. I recommended as much in the comments section; we’ll see if anything comes of it.

  17. gwathdring says:

    Awwwww! This looks super cute.

  18. Tei says:

    This thing is on my looking forward too. Its exquisite, creepy and cute en equal proportions. I would have never imagined that a thing with these attribute could have existed. Instant classic.

  19. Lim-Dul says:

    As an albino ferret owner I have to definitely say that these are ferrets, not any kind of slug-cats.

    • gwathdring says:

      But they’re CALLED slug-cats. On the Kickstarter page.

      • Lim-Dul says:

        I know. To quote Adam Savage from the Mythbusters:

        I reject your reality and substitute my own.

  20. Ninja Dodo says:

    Been following this on TIGSource. Continues to look amazing.

  21. Josh W says:

    Tokyo Jungle! With more legible chronological structure! That’d be nice anyway.

  22. Caradog says:

    That soundtrack is phenomenal – it sounds like very like Moderat.

  23. Wurstwaffel says:

    There is something very satisfying about seeing somebody (or something) climb from a static point of view. Maybe it’s the fluid animation, or just the immediate sense of accomplishment.
    Reminds me of that part in half-life 2 where alix climbs a building front.