I’m always on the lookout for the quirky, offbeat kinds of titles that seem to only be possible in a place like the App Store. When I caught wind of the trailer for the upcoming game Arranger from composer and new developer Arman Bohn, my quirkiness meter shot into the red.

Arranger is an adventure RPG in spirit, but without most of the usual tropes of the genre. Rather than rely on tired classes like mages, rogues, or warriors, you play as a musical arranger embarking on a journey to search out new instruments for your collection.

As it so happens, these instruments are also “instrumental” (yeah, I went there) in helping the good people who inhabit Musica, the game's world. In this particular adventure, you’re not saving the world with a sword, you’re saving it with a saxophone. I like where this is going.

Arranger is described as one part Legend of Zelda, one part Warioware, and one part old school Sierra adventure game. Combat takes a back seat to 25 different mini-games as you collect a total of 16 instruments across 9 different regions.

It certainly sounds intriguing, and I’m digging the ultra retro-inspired look and general wacky nature in the trailer for Arranger. Not to mention the tunes are awesome. I’ll be curious to see how it all comes together when Arranger launches sometime this summer.

  • http://twitter.com/chrismcarver Chris Carver

    This game looks really interesting. I'll be on the lookout for it.

  • mbourgon

    Can I request that people make more than just the "crappy/retro 8-bit graphics" icon sets?  Yes, there's an art to it.  But why can't a game offer two or three icon sets, with the obligatory 8-bit, JPRG, and something a bit more modern? [/oldcrankyguy]

  • Fabiano Morais

    hum, interesting...

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAVQRNUI7IBL4JO3N6663QFS2I James Kochalka

    mbourgon, that's a great idea.

    Of course if you're going to have three full sets of artwork for the game that's a lot more work for the developer and may not be possible for everyone.

  • http://twitter.com/muzboz Murray Lorden

    What a cracker, I love the sense of humour in this video.  :)  All the best!