Maybe it’s old news, because Z4g0‘s/Ivan Venturi Productions’ Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space was released almost a week ago, but with Headup Games bringing a retail box with some goodies on the store shelves after Merge Games did it for the UK, it’s still time enough to give this game a quick preview.
The reason why Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space should deserve some more coverage and attention is that it’s an indie title made by just one man and inspired by 60s pulp sci-fi movies, telling the story of a night-watchman at a secret research facility he has to escape from. It does not only look great, but there’s some genuinely innovative gameplay in there as well, while the creature design and overall campy feel should also be taken note of.
Combining first-person adventure and FPS mechanics, this is certainly a game trying to stick out from the crowd of indie games. In how far this can compete with other survival horror titles or creepy first-person adventures remains to be seen, but at least doing something different is recommendable, and not treading that click-multiple-times-to-move-forward-backwards control scheme ground but opting for real-time movement is welcome.
Waiting to write this news also had the benefit to talk about Headup Games‘ upcoming retail box release. It will be in German stores on April 23, 2015 and include the soundtrack, screenshots, avatars, wallpapers, concept drawings, a 28-page digital developer’s diary, a walkthrough, two previous games of the developer (Longy2D and Longy3D), a sticker, and a poster. For just 19,99 EUR, this is a bargain if ever there was one.
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