Monday, February 17, 2014

ExtGame of the day : RoonSehv

Today I'm trying a different kind of article.

In ExtGames ("Extra Games" or "External Games", translate it as you wish), I present you other small indie games created by people like me, who try to work at home by passion, with no (or low) funds. These games are usually quite unknown of the public but may deserve a bit of attention. If you like the idea and heard of other games that deserve to appear in this category, contact me !

And to begin this new series of articles, what's best than starting with a true Myst-like project ?

ExtGame of the day : RoonSehv by Denis M.
Free amateur game: First Person Puzzle, Myst-like in the world of Myst. A Parallel story to the original story.

Devblog :

Next to D’ni, a place both brutal and dark, RoonSehv was a haven of peace. Far from politics, and from squabbling guilds, RoonSehv was a place of peace where scholars, thirsty for knowledge were always pushing the limit of what was possible.
With the sun so far away from this Age, it was a dark place but yet, somehow, its atmosphere felt incredibly light… D’ni at the surface? Could it be?
I got in touch with Denis, the creator of this game. The first thing I understood was his passion : not only he answered to my email with a lot of enthusiasm, he also talked directly to me of his influence, the games he likes and the software he uses. RoonSehv is a Myst-like in a parralel world to the one in Myst : it has a strong meaning and we can be sure that a lot of surprises will await us. Denis explains on his blog that it's not the first time he tries to make this game : he already worked on it in 2004 ! At this time, the game was a slideshow adventure like Myst, Riven or ASA. Since then, he gave up for a while before coming back recently with even more motivation. What has changed is that he discovered the Unreal engine. With the help of the UDK, that he learned on his own with online tutorials in his free time, Denis has already created something beautiful and playable. Just take a look at his screenshots : it describes well his ambition to make a beautiful and exotic game in realtime ! Maybe you're curious too now. Then you'll probably be happy to learn that Denis will give the final game for free. Why ? Because it's just an experiment for him. He wants to do much better, and he already confessed that he will make a second game after this one. All we can do is wish him good luck, and a good idea is probably to visit his blog from time to time !