Amidst a sea of indie games and seemingly unending lines, PAX EAST 2016 made it easy to get lost among the technological chaos. Indie games covering a multitude of platforms and genres stood out as we grazed the countless aisles of video game demos and exhibitors attempting to sell overpriced retro games. Despite the overwhelming distractions surrounding us, we were able to single out an indie game that managed to catch our eye – Haimrik.
Developed by independent game developer Below The Game, Haimrik is a unique and interactive puzzle adventure game that serves as a sequel to BTG’s first reading-based game, Story Warriors. The creative inspiration behind Story Warriors was to develop a way that integrated reading and adventure into an interactive game. Though the concept is unique, Story Warriors featured familiar fairy tale worlds such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella.
Similar to the first game, Haimrik also aims to encourage players to read as they adventure through this puzzle-oriented side scroller. The game encourages players to pay special attention to the words they are reading, as certain words can summon weapons and items of important use. Words can also serve as a player’s downfall, as some can hurt players while walking over them. Be weary of “fire,” quite literally.
Haimrik brings the art of storytelling to a whole new range of audiences, both young and mature. While the game’s environment is both kid-friendly and inviting, it contains many challenging puzzles that can keep adult audiences interested and invested for hours on end.
The artwork and music within the game are both whimsical and unique. The art visually looks like it came out of your favourite story book, while also having subtle elements of gothic styles and gore. The music is just as whimsical and captivating, with instrumentals that resemble anything composed for a Tim Burton film.
Though Haimrik is currently in development period, developers tell us the game is set to release for Steam and the PlayStation 4 sometime in February 2017. For more information on the puzzle-adventure game, head over to BTG’s Facebook, and website. This is one story you’re going to want to read. And remember, you can’t judge a game by its cover.