Posts Tagged ‘Even The Ocean’

Even The Ocean shows us how good people let bad things happen

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Videogames aren’t much for quiet. They trend towards spectacle, to grandiose statements of scale, and the intense catharsis of violence. And sometimes that means we won’t hear a message unless its shouted at us, unless it roars above the noise ever present in this space. We prefer meaning to be blunt and dramatic.

So it’s easy to see how Even The Ocean, the second game from the creators of Anodyne, became lost at sea. The game’s core is in the subtle ways it reinforces its story with its puzzles, without a moment of combat in sight. But being free of combat doesn’t mean it’s free of violence. Here the violence is structural, rather than physical. It’s a story about who we harm on our climb up society’s ladder, and the ways we reinforce harmful structures to support ourselves. It’s a far cry from the cheeky surrealism of Anodyne, and a more measured story from a more mature team. Read the rest of this entry »

Even The Ocean Is Being Released Next Week

I mean the videogame with the title Even The Ocean [official site] is being released. I’m not just making a general statement about the whole sea being unleashed in a torrent of human-hating rage some time next Wednesday. Although that could also happen. As for the game, it’s from the creators of the mysterious Anodyne, a difficult-to-describe arcade RPG which left Adam swooning a few years ago. This time they’ve made an action platformer in which you have to balance your character’s energies to control the speed of both vertical and horizontal movement. But of course, there’s a detailed story bubbling underneath it all. You can see what it looks like in the trailer below.
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Parkour And Recreation: Even The Ocean

Sean Hogan recently released a demo for Even The Ocean, the game that he is developing with artist/writer Jon Kittaka following the release of the marvellous, mysterious and melancholy Anodyne. The fruits of a cursory glance suggest that the game is a lo-fi platformer with survival and crafting elements – a genre most of us are intimately familiar with, whether through exploring Terraria or bounding between the stars. That first glance doesn’t reveal Even The Ocean’s depths though – it’s actually two games in one, a narrative adventure and a parkour platformer with a central energy conservation mechanic. Take a look. Have a play.

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