Posts Tagged ‘Twisted Tree Games’

Forest of Sleep Looks Like No Other Game

When the first images and GIFs of Forest of Sleep [official site] tumbled out last week, all we knew was that it was “an experimental storytelling/adventure game inspired by Russian fairytales.” That plus its development being led by Proteus‘s creator Ed Key was quite enough to catch our interest, though the new details and GIFs I’ll outline below do much to solidify it.

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Proteus Creator’s New Game Explores Russian Fairytales

I credit Proteus as a huge influence on many of the playful walking simulators I do so adore (the chattiness of some comes from Dear Esther, I reckon), so I’ve been keen to see what creator Ed Key was up to next. “An experimental russian-fairytale storytelling game” named The Forest of Sleep is the answer. That’s about all we know for now, though that little is splendid. He’s making it with folks including Nicolai Troshinsky, whose charming art can be seen in a little animation below.

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A Dark New Dream: Proteus Modded Into Purgateus

It's in the trees.

If Proteus is the warm yet anxious dreams one has after a Tuesday night with a bottle of fizzy wine and a Princess Mononoke DVD, then Purgateus may be what happens after a Friday night of listening to witch house while scrolling through Tumblr blogs, you know, that sort with lots of triangles and pale ladies draped in black. The mod turns Ed Key’s walking simulator into a new dream, still bound by the same rules but with a new look, a new sound, and certainly a new tone.

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Ambient Works: Proteus EP

Proteus EP is a musical exploration game from Twisted Tree Games. It’s an EP as opposed to an LP – there are plans for a larger experience to follow – and as an EP will be a brief exploration experience that blends a pastoral 3D pixel-art world with “reactively mixed” music. Ed Key from Twisted Tree explained: “It’s more of an ambient piece than a game, although there is some challenge in finding the location that allows you to progress, and in finding the other couple of locations on the island that have interesting effects.”

I’ve been wandering around a preview version of it for the last twenty minutes, and I can report that it’s charming, and mildly mesmerising – an experience not unlike that bit in a movie where a child wanders into some weird wonderland and ends up gazing about in slack-jawed delight. (That was me.) No release date yet, but the team are planning to release for around $5, and there’s some footage below.
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