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Cuteness overwhelming in Ooblets trailer

Every now and then, in this vast hall of GIFs we call the internet, I see the mini-monsters and dancing townsfolk of Ooblets [official site] and it makes me feel good about life. It’s an as-yet-unreleased game of farming, raising creatures, and living among the townsfolk of ‘Hubton’. “It’s sort of like Harvest Moon meets Pokémon meets Animal Crossing meets the weird awkward people we are,” say the creators at Glumberland. Now they’ve been picked up by publisher Double Fine and have released a new trailer to celebrate that fact. Good stuff.

“We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” they said in the announcement, “but we now have a lot more support from people who know what they’re doing, so we’ll hopefully be avoiding a lot of dumb mistakes we were otherwise planning on making.”

It was previously known as ‘Moblets’ but they had to change the name for boring trademarking reasons. But that’s okay. Ooblets still sounds cute. Here’s a run-down of what you’ll be up to if all goes to plan.

Plant, water, and harvest crops, manage and expand your farm, collect all sorts of junk, make friends, and also make littler friends (ooblets).

Use the crops you grow to befriend, upgrade, and heal ooblets. Buy a little shop and sell your excess crops and junk to the townspeople.

While the wee monsters are obviously the focus of much of the game, it’s the human character models I find most likeable. They dance…

They make exaggerated gestures…

They run with tiny, adorable steps…

They’re just boss. Anyway, the team is aiming for a 2018 release and it’s coming to Xbox as well as PC, if you prefer the comfort of a couch to your creaky, half-rotting computer chair.

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