Whilst browsing reddit last night before I quietly drifted off to the Land of Nod, I stumbled across a trailer over on /r/IndieGaming which caught my eye quicker than I usually catch the common cold. It was for a game called Abi, an adorable puzzle platformer from Grant&Bert Studios, and you NEED to check it out.
What immediately caught my eye with Abi was the game’s striking hand-drawn visuals. Each environment shown in the fairly brief trailer was as just as awe-inspiring as the last, pair that with the game’s main character, an adorable little yellow robot called Abi, and you’re on to a winner. At least for me.
The trailer, which you can see below, highlights some of the game’s backstory, though there’s very little information to go by. It seems players control the little yellow robot through a narrative driven game filled with puzzles.
Here’s the official blurb from the game’s website:
“ABI is a puzzle game driven by an in-depth storyline and well-developed characters. In ABI you will travel across a multitude of different environments, from industrial areas to empty desert sands, overcoming adversity and challenges along the way. Experience the moving trials and tribulations of the robots of ABI.”
Along the way players will find themselves meeting other robotic friends, from chefs, to a giant blue robot called “DD” who becomes Abi’s companion throughout the game. Abi was originally designed to be a domestic robot, with DD being used for more heavy industrial work, the developers tell me.
According to the developers they hope to have a Kickstarter campaign for the game live by the end of the year, with a proposed release window of “early 2017” though this is of course open to change.