During GDC 2018 this week we were able to sit down and check out two upcoming games that are being published by Arte France, and as it so happens these have been two of my very favorite games of the show. First up is Vandals which is being developed by Cosmografik, who you may remember as the developer of the clever platformer Type:Rider back in 2013. The easiest way to describe Vandals is that it’s turn-based stealth puzzling similar to Hitman GO but with awesome graffiti spray painting elements like something you’d see in Jet Set Radio. The touchscreen serves as a perfect input method for creating cool graffiti, and Vandals just oozes a gritty street style. Check it all out in action in the below hands-on preview and look for Vandals to launch next month.
Next up from Arte and being developed by Darjeeling is one of the neatest games I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s called Homo Machina and it’s based on the work of Fritz Kahn who was a physician that pioneered medical infographics during the first half of the twentieth century. You will instantly recognize his signature style of displaying the human body as a series of mechanical rooms run by tiny people. Homo Machina basically takes that and brings it to life, and has you running an entire human body by manipulating the various rooms and navigating the human through one of the most stressful days of his life as he prepares for a first date. It’s a really cute premise and looks gorgeous in motion, and if you enjoy the types of games where you’re encouraged to poke and prod at all the nooks and crannies just to see what might happen then Homo Machina will be right up your alley. Look for it to launch on mobile in May.