Funderbolts & Lightning: Storm Announced

All hail video games.

Eko Software have announced Storm, a physics puzzle game where you play a force of nature guiding a seed towards fertile ground. Which sounds a bit like how I spent my university days. The game will see players using lightning, rain, wind, tornados and so on to guide the seed through each of the game’s single-screen levels, which sounds nice enough, but seeing as it’s coming out this Summer it’ll almost certainly have to duel with Confetti Carnival for my affections, the poor thing. Debut trailer after the jump.

Ah, it looks lovely. Screw blue skies in gaming, more stormy weather in gaming, that’s what I want. There’s a lovely bit of rain in The Witcher 2. What are your favourite storms in games, readers?


  1. Tusque D'Ivoire says:

    very very frightening!

  2. piphil says:

    The storms in Oblivion with the Natural Weather mod are pretty atmospheric. Shame that the weather system was only so complex that it would allow different weather in different areas. If you climbed a mountain in heavy rain, you’d often reach the top to see bright sunshine and blue skies as far as the eye could see, which was a little jarring.

  3. Theoban says:

    The most memorable ones for me are the big thunderstorm from the beginning of the Wheel of Time game. KRAK-KRAK-BOOM

    Also the teleport storms from Ultima VII: Serpent Isle. I used to wander about for ages near Monitor hoping a rock would turn into gold bars.

    • Quintin Smith says:

      Ah yes. As much as I like it when games which do night right (meaning, being unable to see anything at all), I’ll take a game that does thunder right over it anytime.


    • QuantaCat says:

      Thats what I didnt like about Oblivion, the weather was too.. meh. Morrowind did that a lot better.

  4. MerseyMal says:

    Left 4 Dead 2’s Hard Rain campaign. As if fighting off zombies wasn’t hard enough, you had to cope with bad weather!

  5. tomeoftom says:

    I’m going to be really obvious and say Stalker’s melancholy-inducing beauty-machines. Then, the dust storms of Morrowind.

    • phlebas says:

      Yes. Approaching Ald’ruhn for the first time, through an ash storm. Amazing stuff.

    • Vexing Vision says:

      I remember my awe when I could see the individual corns of sand, when that kind of thing was new and modern!

  6. westyfield says:

    The second sentence made me snort and chuckle. Well played, Smith, well played.

    As for favourite storms, the ones in STALKER Complete are quite pretty, as are the radiation storms in Call of Pripyat.

    • Grape says:

      Not until university? Late bloomer, Smith?

    • G_Man_007 says:

      I was going to say; am I the only one who chuckled heartily at that? Wittily well done.

  7. Mashakosha says:

    It would be a crime if nobody mentioned Stalker’s storms. Even in Shadow of Chernobyl they were bloody amazing. And the later games improved on them.

    Edit: ninja’d

  8. Robin says:

    Mafia had a nice bit of stormy action in one of the missions, driving through the countryside at night.

    Resident Evil 4 is another good one.

  9. scoopsy says:

    Best storm is definitely the level “Blustery Day” from World of Goo. No contest, sorry other game devs.

    • RagingLion says:

      Ooh you’re right, that one is rather good. World of Goo really is an amazing game for successfully conveying tone.

  10. Darkelp says:

    The storms in STALKER, all three, with or without complete mods. Seeing a flash of lighting and a shadow of a figure up ahead added so much atmosphere/fear to my play time.

    Edit: Man was I beaten to the post….

  11. matthias_zarzecki says:

    The Tornado in Nolf was pretty cool. The thunderstorm from Left 4 dead 2 made you fear water.

    • djbriandamage says:

      That trailer park tornado ninja boss fight in NOLF2 was so brilliant! Basically an interactive version of the opening to Portal 2.

    • pipkins says:

      Agreed, NOLF 2 tornado is wonderful. Also, Max Payne 2 – the storm going on outside the hospital. Love game storms when I can shelter from them..

  12. TheDark12 says:

    Minecraft storms are great. I love the sound effect you get when you have a roof over you as it rains.

  13. djbriandamage says:

    My vote for best storm probably goes to L4D2’s Hard Rain campaign, but kudos to the game adaptation of The Thing for its blizzards.

  14. Mr Tom says:

    The storms in NFS: Hot Pursuit can be beautiful.

  15. Nallen says:

    The start of Metal Gear Solid 2, on the tanker!
    Or…Modern Warfare, on the…tanker..!

    Stormy tankers, where all the cool special forces hang out.

  16. Leelad says:

    The RPS Twitter asks “What are you favourite storms in games?”

    Answer is simple:


    A clear winner.

  17. BurningPet says:

    And still no mention of Space pirates and zombies??

    is it an ego thing? because that game really deserve to be mentioned.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      They’ll cover it if and when they want to. Drop it.

    • Vinraith says:

      SPAZ fans are going to generate a backlash if they’re not careful. I agree that the game deserves coverage, but acting indignant and accusatory isn’t going to expedite it.

  18. CMaster says:

    For the sun.

    For the wind.

    For the rain.

    For the thunder!

    For the STORM!

  19. JohnnyMaverik says:

    Minecraft’s thunderstorms are a sight to behold.

  20. Legionary says:

    “Eko Software have announced Storm, a physics puzzle game where you play a force of nature guiding a seed towards fertile ground. Which sounds a bit like how I spent my university days.”

    That’s the kind of writing I come to RPS for.

    • Temple to Tei says:

      Disappointed no tag to go with Quin as a force of nature.
      I feel we should hold a competition to pick the best wording for Quin’s Uni days.

    • Fumarole says:

      Iron Man.

  21. Teddy Leach says:

    No love for Cold Fear’s storm?

  22. TheTourist314 says:

    I 3rd the Left 4 Dead 2 rain in the Hard Rain campaign; it was frighteningly realistic and made everything quite stressful and hectic, quite an excellent touch!

  23. Veracity says:

    I’m fed up with physics. Henceforth I shall play only physicsless games.

  24. Tatourmi says:

    Well, for me it is the sandstorm protecting the tree of something in Final Fantasy 9. There was a point where you could see it from the inside and that was… Wow.

  25. Vinraith says:

    Let’s not neglect the “thunderstorm” magick in Magicka, which has to be one of the (if not the) most dangerous storms in the history of gaming.

  26. RagingLion says:

    Far Cry 2 when stealthing it up in a jungle or a savannah and the Hard Rain campaign in Left 4 Dead 2.

  27. D3xter says:

    Is this another BulletStorm DLC?

  28. razgon says:

    Red Dead Redemption has incredible thunderstorms – It even makes the ground wet – Whats up with that?!

    • MrWeed says:

      I second that! Red Dead Redemption thunderstorms are by far the best! Especially in the Undead Nightmare campaign, it really makes me feel frightened.

      And while we are talking about non-PC games, I think Alan Wake should be mentioned, too.
      Those dark presence storms are really, really cool!

  29. BobsLawnService says:

    I loved the effect in the original Stalker where the trees and grass would start blowing in the wind for a while as the skies darkened before a storm. Incredibly atmospheric.