Welcome to the first entry in my weekly column regarding Steam’s Greenlight initiative. My hope is to bring attention to games that look promising, but might not have much in the way of public awareness. This first entry will be entirely determined by my own interests, though I encourage you all to leave suggestions in the comments if you think there’s something people should know about. With that out of the way, let’s dig in.
Now, before you decry yet another space marine game, I would like to establish that Zero Point Software is going for something a bit different with this game. The biggest sign is their inspiration, which they claim includes Half Life, System Shock 2, and Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield. That right there should tell you that they’re interested in creating something more unique than another run-and-gun FPS. There’s a playable demo on their site that consists of basic training, which, while it doesn’t offer a great deal in the way of how the actual game will turn out, does offer a look at how it will play. My take away from it is that they have the potential to develop a strong atmosphere, and the controls are fluid enough to make navigation a non-issue.
Faceless (Previously Slender: Source):
“Faceless is based off of the legend of the Slenderman which is a mythical creature often depicted as a tall, thin figure wearing a black suit and a blank face. Players must work together to collect a certain amount of creepy dolls all while trying to avoid the abomination that is the Slenderman. The kick? No weapons.”
For the uninitiated, the legend of Slenderman is an internet phenomenon revolving around an unusually tall and slim individual dressed in a tuxedo who operates on the notion that he will only move when you’ve seen him and aren’t looking, and will kill you once he gets you. There was a game that came out recently, Slender, which has the player searching for scattered pages regarding the Slenderman in a dark forest, armed with only a flashlight. The threat that our tall friend poses increases as you pick up more pages, as your odds of accidentally looking at him increase with each page. When you finally do see him it becomes only a matter of time before he reaches you, unless you’re quick enough to outsmart him. If Faceless is anything like Slender, which it appears to be, it should make for a great horror game that relies more on suspense than jump scares. Throw in four player co-op, and you have the making of a true multiplayer horror experience.
It should be noted that while the core concept of the game is similar, the developer claims to have no affiliation with the original Slender game.
While tower defense games are plentiful on the PC, Kingdom Rush has shown that excellent execution can keep an already saturated genre fresh and interesting. Originally launched on mobile platforms and via flash on sites like Newgrounds and Armor Games, Kingdom Rush by Ironhide Game Studio was a superb entry in the tower defense genre. Slick graphics, a fleshed out upgrade system, and rewarding challenges really lets it stand out. From the looks of it, approval on Steam should allow them to make an even better product with the introduction of a great deal of new features.
I know I sound like I’m gushing, but I really loved this game when I first found it last year. Maxing out flash games generally isn’t an interest of mine, but I was just drawn into Kingdom Rush in a way that I can’t quite describe. I strongly encourage you to check it out.
That’s it for this week. Like I said at the start, if you have any suggestions, let me know. Greenlight is an excellent way for independent developers to get their name out, and your support would only help spur creativity in our wonderful medium.