I rather liked the short demo of The Pedestrian, which I covered back when I was still opening my advent calendar and savouring a little dark chocolate treat each morning with my coffee. Ah, good times indeed! Well, the game’s now up on Kickstarter, with three-man team Skookum Arts looking to raise a relatively modest $21,000 in order to get it finished in time for a summer release on PC and Mac. There’s also a new trailer to support the campaign.
If you haven’t checked out the demo, The Pedestrian sees you guiding the male toilet symbol through a series of 3D urban environments via the medium of interconnected public signs. As they explain in the description:
The Pedestrian is a 2.5D side-scrolling puzzle platformer that takes puzzle platforming literally. The player moves from sign to sign, rearranging and reconnecting signs in order to solve puzzles. These solved puzzles connect and occupy space in the 3D surroundings. This allows the player the ability to explore and maneuver smoothly through the terrain.
As well as its satisfying and intuitive puzzles, there’s an enjoyable Micro Machines vibe to it. That sense of feeling tiny and surreptitiously peeking into other people’s lives as you pass through an assortment of familiar and dynamic locations as part of a developing narrative. I’m not entirely sure where its dialogue-free story is headed, but there’s something cheerfully upbeat and endearing about it.
Stretch goals such as adding in a female character and higher-end rewards include things like art books, beta testing, designing your own puzzle and having your likeness put into the game. The Pedestrian‘s Kickstarter campaign ends on 16th February.
This is a really interesting idea for a game, not many big companies would take a risk on the concept. Gatta love indies 🙂