I enjoy story-driven games, which is why I often enjoy Telltale's games quite a bit. So, I was intrigued when I heard about Where Cards Fall, an upcoming game by developers The Game Band, which include a Where's my Water and Skylanders designer, and Snowman, the developers of the beautiful Alto's Adventure [$3.99]. The game's primarily developed by The Game Band with Snowman helping refine aspects like the art, design, and marketing. The game will be a coming of age story about the "wistfulness of adolescence" told through the player constructing and deconstructing various structures made from playing cards. When I was young, I went through a phase where I was often making house of cards, so this theme immediately spoke to me.
The developers are trying to make the narrative an organic part of the gameplay; for instance, they won't include any cut scenes as a storytelling device but will let the player's interactions with the game tell the tale. The house of cards will become homes for characters, platforms to traverse, places to visit, and more. After building them, you can knock them down and build them again in a different way. Even though the game sounds ambitious in the world it's trying to mold, the basic mechanic of building houses of cards will always be at its core.
The game's visuals will share plenty with Alto's Adventure since they'll have a flat, minimalist look and will be both welcoming and melancholic. The developers are hoping the game will speak to a broad audience, just like Alto's Adventure did, even though Where Cards Fall won't have the same addictive gameplay as Alto's. The game is still in development, so no release date yet, but I'm quite curious to see how this one turns out.
[via The Verge]
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