The sweetness and creativity of Studio Ghibli in a Blade Runner alike setting, with the humor and game style of Monkey Island…
Those are the ingredients for ENCODYA, an indie point’n’click adventure game under development, set in a dystopian cyberpunk world.
The game is developed by Nicola Piovesan and Chaosmonger Studio. It’s the first big game project for what is usually an award winning film production company. Coming from the world of cinema and animation, however, is a quality statement for important elements that should identify a video game, such as the story line, visual aesthetic, acting, music and sound immersion.
The adventure is inspired by a short film made by the same company and director, the award winning “Robot Will Protect You”, the trailer of which you can see from this Youtube link.
ENCODYA has the same main characters and setting. It’s 2062. Tina – a 9 years old orphan – lives with SAM-53 – her big clumsy robot guardian – on a rooftop makeshift shelter in Neo-Berlin, a dark megalopolis controlled by corporations. The protagonist is an urban jungle kid, which has learnt to live alone, scavenging dumpsters of the dystopian city, eking out a living of scraps. Her funny robot always with her, programmed to protect the girl no matter what. One day the little girl discovers that her father left her a very important mission: to finish his plan and save the world from its grayness! The two then start an incredible adventure, jumping into different realities, full of bizarre robotic creatures and grotesque human beings. Through lot of puzzles and exciting dialogues, they’ll find out the true meaning of being alive.
A first game play video – still incomplete and without voice acting – is visible from this trailer here.
A free demo is planned to be released by end of May / early June 2019, while the full game is expected for late 2020.