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Off-Peak

1 year ago

Tales From Off-Peak City will take us back to Cosmo D’s world

Even if the name weren't a giveaway, you'd know Tales From Off-Peak City is a Cosmo D game from the philosophical pizza order, the eclectic collections of oversized objects, a building morphed into a face, and his visual style that I've just realised reminds me of 90s multimedia CD-ROMs. The musician and developer recently announced his next game set in the world of Off-Peak, another…

3 years ago

The Joy of The Norwood Suite’s otherworldly hotel

Around an hour into The Norwood Suite, I was nestled so snugly into my comfort zone that it would have taken heavy machinery to shift me. That's despite the fact that this is a game that makes me suspect something sinister is lurking just out of view, that the edges of my vision aren't to be trusted. It's a very discomforting comfort zone.

The Norwood Suite is out now from Off-Peak creator

Pack your bags for a surreal stay in The Norwood Suite [official site], the new first-person adventure game from the fella who gave us an odd train station in Off-Peak. Cosmo D launched The Norwood Suite last night and it's pretty great. Sent in on a covert mission, we meet guests and staff, run errands, poke about, and explore this beautiful place. Music runs through…

4 years ago

Decoding: open world games and killing by default

Decoding is a regular column about the games we love, and the tricks and traditions that make them tick.“Oh shit, I pressed the wrong button and killed that guy.”It happens to the best of us. You could play Watch Dogs 2 [official site] for days without firing a gun, or causing a fatal traffic accident, or beating someone to death with a billiard ball. Lead…

5 years ago

The Norwood Suite: Off-Peak Dev’s Curious Hotel

If you haven't yet explored the strange 'curated' train station of Off-Peak yet, hey, go do that - it's free. Off-Peak has popped into my thoughts enough since it came out a year ago that I wish I'd mentioned it more beyond in that fun chat with Pip. Do play it - it's great, and then you'll be keen to see what creator Cosmo D…

6 years ago

Freeware Garden: Off-Peak

Off-Peak, the first game I know of that has been created by a cellist -- Archie Pelago's Cosmo D-- is much more than an audio-visual experiment with an appropriately excellent soundtrack. It is a wonderfully odd first person adventure game taking place in a cavernous train station with the kind of geometrically wrong architecture one could only find in Kubrick's version of The Shining.

Train Station Curation: Alice And Pip Explore Off-Peak

Alice and Pip have been playing Off-Peak [download], a free game by Cosmo D. It's quite nice.Alice: Pip, what's the best bit of the train station in Off-Peak? Is it the model blue whale suspended from the ceiling or the celestial fresco it seems to swim in?Pip: You mean the best bit of the decor or the people?Alice: Any of it. All of them. The…