Packing, Refuelling, And Shopping In Another Hac Gifbomb

Whenever I see Hac [dev blog], I want to fiddle. The solo developer of MinskWorks is filling his first-person road trip game with so many delightful little interactions, so many little objects you can pick up, fill up, use, buy, or pack away in case you might need them later.

Last time I dropped a Hac gifbomb on you, we cooed over things like packing your car’s boot or giving it a good scrub with a mop and bucket after driving through muddy puddles. This time, ooh come look at its shopping (warning: many megabytes of animated gifs).

Everything you pick up is carried in your hands:

Though seeing your guy try to carry a tyre and a few bottles makes me wish for shopping baskets using Hac’s lovely storage-packing logic:

Sure, this is probably how checkouts work:

Money’s a physical thing you carry too, rather than an abstract inventory number. Creator Greg Pryjmachuk is trying to have as few non-diegetic interface bits as he can get away with.

Pryjmachuk explained in another blog post that yes, you can also steal if you can figure out a way past a closing gate. “The result of doing so won’t likely be gameplay related, but rather narrative based,” he says.

To quickly explain again, Hac’s a game about taking a driving pilgrimage with your uncle, crossing ’90s Europe on procedurally-generated roads and getting into interesting situations, if you fancy poking around.

And look, here’s some more car inventory management:

And ooh, road signs which let Hac leave out objective markers:

And aah, refuelling your car:

It’s all just so delightful. With the game still early in development, yes, I will probably continue to do this for some time, even if you do all follow its dev blog.

20 Comments

  1. Doc Revelator says:

    Looks great.

    In other news, RPS needs a full-time proofreader. It’s getting pretty slack of late.

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    Harlander says:

    Fascinating.

    Also, I’d never seen a car with the fuel filler cap on the engine like that before…

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    Bluerps says:

    Huh. Dresden, Leipzig, Liter, Mark, and the car looks like a Trabbi – are we going to drive through the DDR in this game?

    • Dorga says:

      Just like in that DDR museum by the Spree, lovely!!

    • All is Well says:

      Well the top image is of a border crossing into/out of the ČSFR which existed concurrently with the DDR (only for like 7 months or something, though). So there’s definitely a chance! It would be really nice if that is the plan, to set it in that brief window of the summer of 1990.

      • Terragot says:

        Exactly this, though I failed to notice I’d not only put the flags in the wrong countries, but also they’re upside down.

  4. Spacewalk says:

    That’s a real nice loop on that one where he puts the fuel can in the boot.

    • Ross Angus says:

      I suspect this game is really an elaborate wrapper for the long-awaited “Tetris 2”.

    • dontnormally says:

      What is “boot”, in American? (serious question)

      I assume it is a box? We use “boot” to refer to the thing parking wardens put on your car tire to prevent the car from moving (if you have too many tickets, etc).

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        Harlander says:

        I believe the corresponding American term is ‘trunk’

      • Chaz says:

        You call it the trunk. We here in the UK call it the boot.

      • Chaz says:

        Oh and what you call the hood, we call the bonnet.

      • Koozer says:

        We call that a wheel clamp. The windshield is the windscreen, the fender is the bumper, the tailgate is just the boot door/hatch, gasoline is petrol…

        Now I come to think of it, why are there so many bloody differences terminology?

        • Axess Denyd says:

          Well now I’m confused because I don’t know what the UK calls a bumper if you call a fender a bumper.

          • mike2R says:

            I’ve spent my entire life thinking Americans call the bumper the fender, but I just checked now after reading that, and it seems you don’t. You call the bumper the bumper. The fender is something that covers the wheels or something that I don’t think even has a name here.

            Weird.

          • Llewyn says:

            It does, it’s a wing (or sometimes a mudguard on vintage or vintage-style cars with narrower bodywork, eg Caterham 7).

          • mike2R says:

            Update: in a sample size of 3 mid-30s Brits, 100% thought the fender was the bumper. We also feel the term “fender bender” to be unnecessarily misleading :)

          • Spacewalk says:

            A fender bender is what you end up with if you lack the strength to break one fully over your amp.

  5. Pantalaimon says:

    Wow this game looks lovely!

  6. Borodin says:

    Ooh! Non-diegetic! Get you!