Deep beneath the earth lies a science lab, wherein a terrible accident has occurred, leading a stout little creature by the only known name of EO-43, to become veritably unshackled. But this is no beastly rampage, however; for in Big Way Games‘ action-adventure indie platformer, One Dog Story (via. Indie Game Mag).
Inspired by such NES luminaries as Metroid and Cave Story, One Dog Story integrates exploration with puzzle-platforming elements, whilst chucking some RPG-esque side quests into the mix. Alone, beardy and not without his doe-eyed charm, players are to guide the determined EO-43 through labyrinthine hallways wrought with mutations, and take on daunting bosses in search of his true identity, and that of the sinister character behind the scientific catastrophe.
The indie studio have mentioned that the game will feature multiple endings with corresponding player choices. Players will run into numerous NPC’s on their travels who – whether friend or foe – each have their own individual story lines. “Careful, though” warns Big Way’s Kickstarter page, “some might not be as friendly as you think.”
Despite One Dog Story’s roots in retro greats, Big Way Games do want to “make the gameplay as varied as possible”. Jet-pack flights, hoverboarding and underwater diving are all possible for EO-43, and in addition to its pacey action-platforming, NPCs can open side-quests that hark back to the tropes of the RPG. If you decide to get your treasure-hunt on, furthermore, there’ll be many a hidden easter egg to reward “our most scrutinous players.”
Rest assured though; the exploits of EO-43 won’t be devoid of tenser encounters, with an alleged array of sinister challengers and “wicked bosses” often forming the barrier between EO-43, and uncovering the truth.
Furnished with upgradable weapons, intricate game maps and a deep story line, One Dog Story is on Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight presently. Big Way are currently aiming to release the game for Windows, Max and Linux, with plans to bring EO-43’s adventure to consoles with sufficient funding.