Posts Tagged ‘The Curious Expedition’

Hands On: The Curious Expedition

By Adam Smith on November 28th, 2014.

The Curious Expedition is a breezy, bright and endearing game about small groups of explorers who head into the unknown to seek golden pyramids and other wonders, natural and man-made. There have been comparisons to FTL, which are understandable but not entirely appropriate. While many of the same elements are included – a journey, a ‘crew’, permadeath, limited resources, randomisation, emergent narrative from minimalist components – but the machine for which those elements are fuel is quite different. Happily, one area in which a direct comparison can be made is quality.

I’ve been playing the alpha and having a splendid time.

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Marie Curie Won’t Eat Her Meat: The Curious Expedition

By Laura Kate Dale on November 17th, 2014.

My first few moments with The Curious Expedition were almost misleadingly delightful. Set in the 19th century, I was told to pick from a selection of charming pixel renderings of historical figures and dropped into the world, with the only stated goal of exploring the strange new randomly generated land I had found myself in. It was welcoming, colourful, and hiding a whole host of things that wanted to kill me.

After almost two years of development, The Curious Expedition is entering paid alpha on November 27th at $12 (£7.50). Developers Maschinen-Mensch gave me a little early look, so I’m going to tell you how I felt about my first trek through the jungle as Marie Curie.

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Expedite This: The Curious Expedition Teaser Trailer

By Graham Smith on October 17th, 2014.

One of my favourite books is Atlas of Remote Islands, Judith Schalansky’s study of “fifty islands I have not visited and never will.” Each spread has a clean hand-drawn map on one page and a story about the island opposite. Some of the stories tell local myths, some are factual, but all are treated with the same significance. The result is a book filled with beautiful, often haunting stories of mutinies and shipwrecks, Soviet listening stations, unknown diseases, and dangerous expeditions to the edges of the world.

The Curious Expedition seems considerably lighter in tone, less filled with sehnsucht for lives not lived, but it does spark in this brief trailer below some similar sense of adventure, of visiting far away lands, of probably unintentionally destroying those far away lands. I am looking forward to this videogame – a “roguelike expedition simulation set in the 19th century.”

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DevLog Watch: Space Death, Curious Expedition, Firewatch

By Graham Smith on June 2nd, 2014.

Patch notes

DevLog Watch v0.0.09
– Fixed recurring bank holiday Monday freeze bug.
– Added games from places other than the TIGSource forum.
– Added game from the TIGSource forum.
– Double-checked games for juvenile hate speech.
– Temporarily cut ‘archive’ section.
– BUG: Intro text gimmicks still need work.

Spaceships! Procedural butterflies! And have you heard about the Firewatch sasquatch?

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DevLog Watch: Curious Expedition, Lift, Office Management

By Graham Smith on April 1st, 2014.

Tesla! Flight! Offices.

The problem with turning this into a regular column is that I have to write it regularly. I have clearly failed this week, but that shouldn’t stop you enjoying day-late development blogs and GIFs from around the web.

Includes: dinosaurs, Nikola Tesla, flight sandboxes, conference tables, ‘game jams’.

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Pithy Headline: The Curious Expedition

By Adam Smith on June 11th, 2013.

The Curious Expedition has all the marks of a particularly fine undertaking. It’s a procedurally generated sort of thing, with overland exploration of varied biomes, and battles against mystical creatures, dinosaurs, cannibals and other such unpleasantries. Inspired by the works of Verne, Darwin and Livingstone, the game is set in the 19th Century and is a ‘roguelike-strategy-puzzler’. No word on a precise release date but builds are doing the rounds at indie meet-ups and the team have been toiling away for over a year, in between working full time at their day jobs. You should almost certainly watch the videos in this link. They are in the form of animated gifs and yet they do not contain cats.

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