Red Little House Closes Studio, But Continues Development

Red Little House, a Spanish development team consisting of only seven people, shared some sad news in its latest monthly progress report.  Due to financial constraints, they have been forced to close the doors on their studio after working there for two and a half years.  However, they are still continuing development of their next game, Fleish & Cherry in Crazy Hotel, from their individual homes.  The title has had its share of financial woes since its failed Indiegogo campaign in 2013, only raising €6,693 of its €29,ooo goal, but the team has continued to press on.  At this point, they have completed the entire first act of the game as well as the general story and mechanics.

Fleish & Cherry in Crazy Hotel is an isometric adventure-puzzle game heavily inspired by 1930’s animation, complete with a fully monochromatic art style.  The story centers around Cherry (pictured right) on a quest to rescue her boyfriend Fleish (pictured left and named after the Fleischer Studios that created the Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons) from the villainous Mr. Mintz (possibly named after Charles Mintz who infamously held the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit instead of Walt Disney).  While exploring Hotel Hyperion, Cherry will take advantage of cartoon physics to solve puzzles.  She can inflate herself like a balloon to travel over gaps and be flattened with an anvil to enter tight spaces.

If you want to check out Fleish & Cherry in Crazy Hotel for yourself, you can find downloads for the free alpha demo here.  You can also check out Red Little House’s official website here.  The game has already been greenlit for release on Steam and the developers hope to have it completed before the end of this year.

Indivisible Crowdfunding Campaign Extended

If there’s one game developer that I’d say you can trust with a crowdfunding campaign, it would definitely be Lab Zero Games.  While major industry veterans like Tim Schafer, American Mcgee, and Keiji Inafune have each had their fair share of missteps with crowdfunding, the people at Lab Zero know the importance of transparency with their funders and detailing exactly how much money they need for their goals and what that money will be going towards.  Their DLC campaign for their first title, Skullgirls, remains one of the most well-executed crowdfunding campaigns for a video game that I’ve seen.  They’ve once again taken to Indiegogo to help fund their next game, Indivisible, which they describe as a combination of Super Metroid and Valkyrie Profile with elements of roleplaying, platforming, and even some fighting-game elements.  505 Games is willing to put $2 million towards development of the game, but only if Lab Zero is able to raise $1.5 million with their campaign.

Indivisible tells the story of a young girl named Ajna who possesses the strange ability to absorb other people and call upon them for aid as Incarnations.  These Incarnations act as your party members in combat and include such diverse characters as the Aztec-inspired athlete Tenoch, the reclusive shamaness Razmi, and the voodoo zombie Narssus.  There will also be a number of cross-over characters from other indie games appearing as playable Incarnations, including Juan from Guacamelee, Zackasaurus from Super Time Force Ultra, The Drifter from Hyper Light Drifter, Lea from Curses ‘N Chaos, Calibretto from Battle Chasers, the titular Shovel Knight from the massively popular Shovel Knight, and even Annie from Lab Zero’s own Skullgirls.  Each Incarnation will have their own storyline to explore throughout the game as sidequests.

Gameplay takes the form of an exploration-based platformer in the overworld  and a fast-paced RPG in combat.  Anja will acquire various weapons throughout her journey that can be used both in combat and to discover new paths.  In battle, your party acts more like a single fighter rather than individuals as each will be controlled with their own face button and each will have abilities operating on cool-downs.  This will allow you to chain abilities together into combos and deal serious damage to your opponents.

Initially, it didn’t look like Indivisible was going to reach its goal within its month-long campaign, but Indiegogo agreed to extend the campaign for an additional month.  The campaign is now sitting at $1,047,385 with 15 days to go.  The game is planned for release on Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and Linux.  You can check out the Indiegogo page for Indivisible here.  If you’re on the fence about the concept, you can try the game for yourself by downloading the free prototype that they have available.