The Breakout Might Be Interesting, But They Forget To Say

By John Walker on April 8th, 2014 at 9:00 am.

This is concept art, rather than a screenshot.

Each new interesting Kickstarter seems to feel obliged to make at least one enormous mistake. The Breakout‘s – a point and click adventure from Pixel Trip Studios – is to not explain the game in its pitch video. Face and Palm, sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G.

However, scroll a few screens down their Kickstarter’s front page and you’ll find, buried there, what should have been at the top – in-game footage, and some gorgeous screenshots. This is a 90s-style (and hand-painted pixel designed) adventure, set in a WW2 prison camp, from which you’re trying to escape. I’m belatedly interested.

The game is about an Air Force soldier and former thief called Guy Kassel. He’s stuck in a maximum security POW camp, and he’s determined to escape. In the game, you’ll be able to solve puzzles based on creating escape equipment and attempting to use them, until eventually things start to get a little bit… spooky. None of which you’d know from watching the rather extraordinarily brief pitch video:

I agree that demoing a pnc adventure isn’t exactly glamorous stuff. Actually playing such a game is mostly about wandering and looking at things, so it doesn’t make for enigmatic content. And looking at the in-game stuff they’ve chosen, it’s a perfect example of such things at their dullest:

It’s a bloke wandering in some trees. The two combined – short bursts of the above, and other locations, mixed with voice-over and music – would have made for a far more compelling time. Not forgetting the team saying, with conviction, what they want to make and why. All that would have given people far more of an incentive to throw in the £8 or £10 a finished copy would get you. See! Only £10! It’s tempting, once you do all the work for them.

And just take a look at the absolutely lovely animation:

Do enough digging and there’s a lot to like here. But sadly that’s not how the busy crowded world of Kickstarter tends to work. I strongly implore Pixel Trip to junk and redo their pitch video, and this time remember to pitch. No stupid accents and tinny webcam mics – show the game, and say why we should care that you be able to make it.

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17 Comments »

  1. ran93r says:

    In an ideal world it would be a modern day take on the 8bit “The Great Escape”.
    I would buy that…
    twice.

    The 2003 one is dead to me.

  2. MaXimillion says:

    Of all the recent remakes, this seems to be the least faithful to the original. I don’t see a single brick breaking in that gameplay video.

  3. Danda says:

    This seems to be a quirky but conventional adventure game. The pitch made me think that it would be really cool if somebody remade that old unplayable classic, The Great Escape, taking the great design but giving it a manageable interface.

    http://www.ysrnry.co.uk/articles/greatescape.htm

    • TT says:

      Never did escape myself arrgg. It seems everybody thought of the same game while watching this, I certainly did. yet no mention on the Ks. Probably for the best.

  4. Scurra says:

    Mr Pedant writes: Not $10, £10. There is a difference between the two. It’s still probably good value though.

  5. yhancik says:

    Missed opportunity to title it The Breakout: Outbreak

  6. HiFiHair says:

    That is some lovely animation.

  7. jasonisme84 says:

    Looks pretty. As far as my imagination is concerned the entire second world war happened in black and white, so nice to see plenty of colour.

  8. Raiyan 1.0 says:

    “Become an inmate”

    In a Soviet gulag? Deal!

  9. gav082 says:

    Reminds me of Escape from colditz on the Amiga
    Which was one of my favourite games as a kid, wish somebody would remake that

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