Tuesday Night Indie Spotlight #58: Rain World (PS4 Gameplay)
Thurs... I mean Tuesday night is indie night! This week marks our first episode of the Indie Spotlight in its new Tuesday night time slot. While we think Thursday is a great night to stream some of the under-the-radar titles we feature on the Indie Spotlight every week, we feel like Tuesday is going to be an even better night to do so. We want to get these games in front of your eyes and into your ears earlier in the week, and what better day than the day most of these games release. Many of you out there on the other side of the internet fence are really interested in the smaller titles we feature on this show week-in and week-out, and we want you to be able to make an even more informed purchasing decision regarding these titles when you're browsing the store update Tuesday or Wednesday. A lot of you want to dive into these games when they come out, but you're unsure if this or that game is going to be for you, and that's why we do the Indie Spotlight. We want to bring attention to some of the great independent and downloadable titles that don't get cast in the same limelight as some of its bigger AAA brethren. Featuring these games earlier in the week allows you to see for yourself first-hand how these titles play and perform, and determine if this is worth your time and attention during this very busy year for gaming. We appreciate all the support the Indie Spotlight has received over the last year on Thursday, and we hope you'll continue to join us as we migrate the show to its new Tuesday slot on our YouTube channel. Without further ado, let's get on with the show!
For our first ever Tuesday iteration of the Spotlight, I (@piccolo930) fired up developer Videocult and Adult Swim Games' gorgeous survival-platformer, RainWorld.
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. In my brief time spent with Rain World on the stream, my experience was marred by a lack of purpose. This game is incredibly obtuse. When the press kit accompanying the game tells you more about how to play the game than the game itself, there's probably a fundamental design flaw inherent in your title. Outside of a few button prompts early on, Rain World tells you literally nothing about its world, how it operates, or what your HUD means. I get that a big part of these survival games nowadays is the player figuring out how to navigate the game world and learn its rules of engagement -- and often why I have a big problem getting into these titles -- but when this interferes with the actual act of playing the game and progressing forward, it affects my ability to invest myself in the title. I don't know what the purpose of Rain World is, I don't know how to find hibernation areas with any kind of regularity (and this is vitally important as once it starts raining, if you're not in one of these hibernation chambers safe from the elements, you die), and I don't have any idea where I'm supposed to go or what I'm supposed to do. You have a small bug companion who's supposed to help direct you along the way, but even he is incomprehensible and doesn't convey any kind of useful information to the player. It's a shame the game is not more enjoyable early on, as Rain World is breathtakingly gorgeous. The grimy pixel art style used to depict its world is beautifully dark, intricately detailed, and well-realized. I love the animations in the game as well, particularly the way Slugcat and some of the predators slink and move around the environment. Hopefully the game becomes more enjoyable, and more understandable, as I continue to play more of it. Be sure to stay tuned to the site as I'll have a full review up for the title in the near future! If you've yet to check out Rain World for yourself, take a look at the video below and see what it's all about!
If you have played Rain World, let us know what you think about it in the comments below, and be sure to watch the now Tuesday Night Indie Spotlight live, every Tuesday at 10pm EST on our YouTube channel!
We'd like to send a special thanks out to Videocult and publisher Adult Swim Games for providing a code for us to stream Rain World on the Tuesday Night Indie Spotlight. We greatly appreciate it!