Roundabout Is Out And About A Revolving Limousine

Roundabout is out! It– No, it’s not a game based on the Ballard novel Concrete Island, though yes that would make a lovely setting for a walking simulator. It’s– No! It’s not an homage to early-’60s kids cartoon The Magic Roundabout replete with less-than-subtle drug references. Shut up a moment and I’ll tell you what it is.

It’s an open world puzzle game in which you drive a revolving limousine around a colourful pastiche of ’70s B-movies, complete with live action cutscenes which tell the story of Georgio Manos, “arguably the world’s most famous revolving chauffeur.” Yes yes, this would have been your third guess. It came out last night and there’s a launch trailer below.

I like the look of the spinning challenges, where you have to sneak your twisting vehicle around certain obstacles and score points for hitting certain other obstacles. I like the sound of the speedrun mode, which encourages efficiency and rewards those mad enough to invest huge amounts of time in the game. But really it’s those full motion cutscenes that are going to make me spend my weekend playing it.

You can get Roundabout on Steam for £11/$15 (20% off for the first week) or via Humble at the game’s site. There’s also a special edition that includes prototypes, an artbook and some other goods. I will return next week with some thoughts.

13 Comments

  1. robby5566 says:

    Alternate title:
    Roundabout is Kuru Kuru Kururin

    • KDR_11k says:

      Well, it looks much messier in play style, especially the camera looks like a potential issue.

      • SominiTheCommenter says:

        Indeed, top-down was really perfect for this kind of thing.

  2. Shieldmaiden says:

    I’m disappointed that it’s not about the Yes song.

    • chronoshag says:

      As was I, given the 70s vibe of the whole thing. ARGH

      The game still looks quite fun, admittedly. BUT CMON

  3. Faxmachinen says:

    That trailer is pretty epic.

  4. Vegard Pompey says:

    I’ll be trying this out just because it’s developed by the brother of my favorite LPer, Beaglerush.

    • Paul.Power says:

      The game is pretty much LP Central, given it features voice acting from medibot, Psychedic Eyeball and Geop, among others.

      Incidentally, Beaglerush edited the FMVs.

  5. dingdongfootball says:

    Dave Lang’s Turnabout is looking good.

  6. Shadowcat says:

    Georgio Manos: The Hands and Steering Wheel of Fate?

    I’d thought this game looked kinda funny from the previous trailers, but the revealing of the classy ’70s B-movie FMV story was like a curveball landing in the back seat.

    I wasn’t expecting to get it before. Now I kinda want to.

  7. Shadowcat says:

    Oh wow. The deluxe version includes a first-person Georgio Cam option.

  8. Shadowcat says:

    Ah, it’s Steam-only. Oh well, never mind.

  9. brat-sampson says:

    If I played/loved Kuru Kuru Kururin, will I love this, or will I just think it’s trying to replace the elegance of the puzzle/level design with a few fake mustaches?