Indie titles with kooky art styles are rather in vogue at the moment. Making a pretty game with a unique art style does not always guarantee a good overall game experience, but one title that's been grabbing critics attentions for all the right reasons is Jazzpunk, an indie comedy adventure from two-man Toronto-based studio Necrophone Games.
It's a simple concept. Take the concept behind over the top, camp spoof films like The Naked Gun and Airplane! popularised in the 1970s, and build a game around it. Despite being pre-release, it's already nominated for two awards at IGF, and this week received a release date and shiny new trailer to go along with that...
Here's what Jazzpunk's developers had to say in the game's blurb.
"Jazzpunk is a comedy adventure set in an alternate reality Cold War World, plagued with corporate espionage, CyberCrime, and sentient martinis. Gameplay is inspired by spoof comedy films and cartoons of yesteryear, with a focus on weird gadgets, exotic locales, and open-world style exploration."
It also has an amusing set of spoof "Key Features" listed on its Steam page, which includes the claim that the game features "Stereographic Polygony Soundeo™, NOW IN COLOURVISON" "5% of recommended daily intake of vitamin C++" and "A cast of over 360,000 polygons, working in concert."
This vein is continued in Jazzpunk's trailer "Jazzpunks are GO!". The direct tribute to the Thunderbirds franchise, and an amusing cast of characters that apparently includes American novelist and journalist Hunter S. Thompson, definitely set the game apart. You can check out the trailer below.
Jazzpunk will be released on Steam on 7th February, and is available for pre-order now for $15 from the game's website.
What do you think of the look of this title? Will you be picking it up when it launches in February?