The Eyes Have It: ’60s Sci-Fi Shoot-o-Puzzle Albedo

By Alice O'Connor on August 8th, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

I think you're feeding this snail to the monster?

Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space is a weird-looking game and not just because it’s inspired by ’60s sci-fi movies, aliens bulging with giant eyeballs, and the name sounds like something I might have seen on Mystery Science Theatre 3000. It somehow combines FPS monster-shooting with adventure game puzzling. And I think at one point in the trailer the chap feeds a giant snail to one of the monsters. And then there’s a safety helmet which appears to sprout tentacles. See for yourself.

An “escape the room FPS hybrid” is how publisher Merge describe Z4GO’s game, which stars a night watchman caught up in an alien invasion. Yep, he seems to have a double-barrel shotgun to blow away big goofy monsters with squishy eyeballs in their bellies, that’s a monster movie all right.

But then he’s unscrewing panels and bodging together a replacement power supply with a battery and a spring, picking locks, and watching an ocean sunfish swim through the air. And I have no idea why he dangles a spider from a strand of its silk. I can’t quite imagine how this will play, which makes me curious at the very least.

It’s coming to Steam Early Access on September 26. Look, moving pictures:

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25 Comments »

  1. SanguineAngel says:

    This looks…. like something new and interesting perhaps! I like the concept and could probably be persuaded very easily into giving it a go.

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    LTK says:

    Looks interesting. I’ll be keeping my eye on this…

  3. Freud says:

    I’ll keep an eye on this.

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    MeatMan says:

    I’ll keep my outer space eyes on this.

  5. elevown says:

    Looks very good- its wierd that we havnt got any/many 50s scifi set games (done in the style of 50s B movies).

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      Vandelay says:

      There was that zombie one (Stubbs?) and I guess there was the third person XCom game, although not sure if that had a b-movie aesthetic. Besides that, I can’t think of any.

    • Zenicetus says:

      Well, there’s a lot of 50′s B movie sci-fi references in the Fallout series. The Old World Blues DLC for New Vegas, especially.

      Anyway, I like the setting for this. Not so sure about those high-contrast graphics. Looks like it might be hard to see what you’re shooting at, or running from.

  6. Koozer says:

    I’ll keep my- oh.

  7. Turkey says:

    I’ll naught switch my gaze from this video lark.

  8. a-b says:

    this looks like it was made for Ocular

  9. Velthaertirden says:

    This looks like my kind of brand

  10. Nevard says:

    Multiplayer games, fine.
    Games designed to be endlessly replayable, if you must.
    Why on earth is what is presumably a linear singleplayer FPS being released to early access though?

  11. MacTheGeek says:

    Dammit, now I want an MST3K game.

    Something like a Sims-style interface, where you have to move your avatar (let’s call him Joike) around the Satellite of Love. You can break down parts of the nonessential equipment, and use them to build robots; but you can’t control the journey, or even the air supply (or the christopher cross or the fleetwood mac, for that matter). Your goal is to survive the horrible mind-melting experiments foisted upon you by your Evil Mad Scientist captors, and somehow make your way back to earth, where a nice hot bowl of EEXXXXXXTTTRRREEEEMMMMEEE rice awaits you.

    What do you think, sirs?

    • Bart Stewart says:

      THANK you!

      Assuming it were possible to get the rights to all the shows from both eras, you might be able to splice together enough of the riffs to fit whatever gameplay events occurred.

      Just tell me that Timmy will make a return appearance.

  12. captain nemo says:

    Fingers crossed for an equipable pipe

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    Jackablade says:

    I’d love to see a game that uses a more literal interpretation of the cheap crappy sci-fi style, so enemies look like guys in bad rubber suits, approaching spaceships have obvious strings, environments look they’ve been cobbled together from household refuse and duct tape and the boom mike drifts in and out of screen during cutscenes.

  14. Billy Idol says:

    I’m all out of hope
    One more bad dream could bring a fall
    When I’m far from home
    Don’t call me on the phone
    To tell me you’re alone
    It’s easy to deceive
    It’s easy to tease
    But hard to get release

    Les yeux de l’espace eyes from outer space
    Les yeux de l’espace eyes from outer space
    Les yeux de l’espace eyes from outer space
    Got no human grace your eyes from outer space.

    I spend so much time
    Believing all the lies
    To keep the dream alive
    Now it makes me sad
    It makes me mad at truth
    For loving what was you

    Les yeux de l’espace eyes from outer space
    Les yeux de l’espace eyes from outer space
    Les yeux de l’espace eyes from outer space
    Got no human grace your eyes from outer space.

    When you hear the music you make a dip
    Into someone else’s pocket then make a slip.
    Steal a car and go to Las Vegas oh, the gigolo pool.

    Hanging out by the state line,
    Turning holy water into wine
    Drinkin’ it down, oh
    I’m on a bus on a psychedelic trip
    Reading murder books tryin’ to stay hip.
    I’m thinkin’ of you you’re out there so
    Say your prayers.
    Say your prayers.
    Say your prayers.

    Now I close my eyes
    And I wonder why
    I don’t despise
    Now all I can do
    Is love what was once
    So alive and new
    But it’s gone from your eyes
    I’d better realise

    Les yeux de l’espace eyes from outer space
    Les yeux de l’espace eyes from outer space
    Les yeux de l’espace eyes from outer space
    Got no human grace your eyes from outer space.
    Such a human waste your eyes from outer space
    And now it’s getting worse.

  15. Tei says:

    so it mix two genres, FPS and Escape a Room ?
    could be interesting.

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