With the amount of new Kickstarter projects being created each day, sometimes it can be quite challenging to find a diamond in the rough. One such game that caught my eye while exploring its premise and media was upcoming "steampunk platformer" Spate. In development by Eric Provan and Temo Kokiashvili, Spate draws its inspiration from a wealth of popular and quirky sources including Arrested Development, Blade Runner, Clue, Ico, and Limbo to name a few.
The game's premise places players into the shoes of Private Detective Bluth on a mission to discover the whereabouts of a lone businessman that was lost while visiting the forbidden zone. In addition to the already mysterious premise, Detective Bluth has a couple secrets up his own sleeve in regards to the mission. The developers describe the focus behind Spate as creating a dark and atmospheric world, along with an intriguing and comedic murder mystery. It's hard not to get excited about a 2.5D platformer set in a steampunk world, with a murder mystery narrative.
The project has been in development for about a year and is being built on the Unity3D engine for Windows PC. The creator of Spate, Eric Provan, isn't new to design with experience in both the film and game industries. Provan describes the goal behind Spate's development as creating "...an emotional experience that is complemented by action."
If you're interested in learning more about Spate or donating funds to the project, visit Spate's Kickstarter project page or view some exclusive screenshots below that were graciously provided by Provan. As well, a trailer featuring gameplay and creepy narrative is attached below for your viewing enjoyment.