The end of humanity is nigh but ah, there's always time for a few giggles. Unforeseen Incidents [official site] is an upcoming adventure game set just before the end of the world, with a deadly virus sweeping the globe and some strange conspiracy afoot. As most adventure games seem to be, it's inspired by lightheared '90s adventures. Unforeseen Incidents comes to my attention through its Steam Greenlight campaign but what's caught my eye is the pleasing sketchy art style. Go on, have a look - I'm especially fond of that petrol station sign and the ovoid pool balls.
So it's, er, a '90s-inspired adventure game, yeah? Walk around. Chat to people. Solve puzzles. Have a bit of a giggle. That sort of thing. Here's the setup:
"The world is threatened by a deadly virus, the majority of the human race has been wiped out. Amid this apocalyptic disaster, young Harper Pendrell receives a radio message, requesting him to warn Yelltown’s survivors since 'they are coming'. A journey full of mysteries, inexplicable questions, and terrifying revelations begins and before he knows it, Harper finds himself in the middle of an adventure that affects the future of the whole human race."
Could it be... aliums? Or maybe zombies? But hopefully aliums.
No idea if it's funny, mind. Unforeseen Incidents devs Backwoods Entertainment are German, which historically has lead to some weird tone-deaf localisation in adventure games, but that shouldn't be a problem here. Helping them as an adviser and English script editor is Alasdair Beckett-King, the chap who made Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet - a comedy adventure game which John really liked.
The game's slated to launch in "early 2017." Its announcement trailer isn't good for much so instead check out a peek at character animations. Oh fine, I'll bosh this in: