Posted Thu Jun 4, 2015 at 09:00 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
First person roguelike set to warp and unwarp players.
'We Happy Few' is a game that puts a lot of pressure on players. As a resident of Wellington Wells, (in a very warped very of 1964 England), the player is required to take their special Joy pills, eat their special Joy laced food, and fit in with the rested of their "Happy" community.., Of course, should the player step out of line, they'll want to be discrete, and just act happy while others are watching, and then start planning their escape.
As a first-person, procedurally generated roguelike, players will face death at every turn. Should they be detected in their attempt to escape, they'll have to fight it out, and should they lose, then it will be time for a new game.
From Compulsion Games, We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who don’t take kindly to people who don’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.
Compulsion Games let people get hands on with a demo version 'We Happy Few' at PAX, and the results were quite trippy, as players had to thread the line between renegade and a happy citizen. That demo shows so much beyond what the trailer hints at, and the whole hiding in plain sight mechanic, makes for a fun pressure cooker. Ducking into houses for resources, silencing those suspicious, happy, coppers, and tapping into Joy when necessary- this makes the kind of roguelike that has the player coming back after each death.
With an incredibly promising prototype of the game already in hand, Compulsion Games has taken to Kickstarter to get the funds need to carry the project through. The Kickstarter starts today, and can be found here.
Source: Compulsion Games
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