By Alice O'Connor on August 1st, 2014 at 8:00 pm.
I’ve been lost in dreamy games lately. I’m daydreaming about games like Ruah and Into This Wylde Abyss, then nightplaying Proteus, Purgateus, Heartwood, and Error City Tourist. These dreamy summer nights where I want to wander and drive. Glitchhikers covers that last point.
Glitchhikers is a drive through a strange night, chatting with odd hitch-hikers you pick up from the roadside. It is a late-night possibly-a-bit-tipsy favourite of mine. We’ve talked about it before but never devoted a whole post to saying that it’s wonderful. So here: it’s wonderful. And now it’s on sale until the wee small hours of Sunday morning, giving most of the money to charity.
Technically Glitchhikers is usually free, but developers Silverstring Media sell a ‘Deluxe Edition’ which includes the soundtrack and a few extra songs. I gave them money for this because it is a good game and the music is good. My sluggish, too-warm, winding-down-for-the-night head hugely enjoys drifting across roads winding through low-polygon hills, mountains and forest while the eerie radio plays, chasing tail lights I’ll never catch up to, and getting a bit existential with alien hitch-hikers. It has more people to pick up and dialogue branches than you’ll ever see in one drive too. Some parts can feel a bit heavy-handed during daylight hours, but in the right state of mind, oh my!
The Deluxe Edition usually costs $9.99 Canadian (about £5.50), but the sale on IndieGameStand gives you it for beating the average price, which is currently £1.20-ish. 80% of the proceeds will be donated to Dames Make Games, a Toronto charity supporting women who work in games.