A couple of months ago, I found out about a game called Obduction, a puzzle game that was Kickstarted by Rand Miller of Myst fame. The Kickstarter ran quite a while ago, and the project was recently publicly announced as having a June release date (since pushed back to July).
A few days ago, another Kickstarter game was pointed out to me, being run by Chuck Carter – who coincidentally also worked on the design for Myst and Riven, and also designed for some Command & Conquer games (Tiberian Sun, Red Alert 2, and Renegade, all of which I own), Emperor: Battle For Dune (by the same studio that did the Command & Conquer games, and I also own it), as well as design work for the TV shows Babylon 5 and Crusade (which I have watched all the way through).
This second game is called Zed, and the company’s site has a demo of the game on their Download page. The demo is intended more to showcase the art style of the game, so you can’t do as much running around as you will in the final version of the game, and there’s only a couple of basic push-a-button puzzles to give you an idea of the interactivity. I played through it this evening. It is possible to go off the prescribed path, but not by very much. Looks interesting, though.
The last Myst game, Myst V: End Of Ages, came out in 2005. In the decade since, we haven’t seen, as far as I know, the kind of free-roaming non-violent puzzle game that Myst and its sequels were famous for being, and I don’t think we’ve seen anything as conceptually out-of-the-box, either. So, I’m pretty interested in both of these games. Also, with their non-violent character, should be stuff the kids can be around.
Obduction made over a million on Kickstarter. It’s shown up as “Coming Soon” on Steam, with no price attached. I used my Amazon “Add to Wish List” button, which surprisingly revealed a price of $14.99. Might be able to scrape together some Steam credit for that.
Zed is over 50% funded a few days into its campaign, with 20 days left on the clock. I’m aiming to get in on it, just wondering whether I’m going to go for the tier where you just get the game, or if I can scrape together enough pennies to get the soundtrack as well.