As if making games wasn’t difficult enough, the upcoming adventure game Harold Halibut features hand-crafted characters and sets. Harold’s retro-future space adventure is full of metal and textiles, as well as intricately carved clay figures. A new adventure game story trailer takes a closer look at all of the lovely handcrafting and delves into the story of humanity’s escape to space during the Cold War.
“It’s been 250 years since your home—an ark-like spaceship—fled an Earth on the verge of cold war to find a habitable planet on which to preserve the human race,” say the developers Slow Bros. “You are Harold, a young lab assistant for the ship’s lead scientist, Jeanne Mareaux. While most of the ship’s inhabitants have reconciled themselves to a life lived aboard the sunken ship, Mareaux still works tirelessly to find a way for the ship to leave the planet and find a new, dryer home.”
In this new story trailer, Harold and Mareaux delve even deeper into the mystery. It appears that the planet they crashed landed on has more to it than they first thought.
The trailer’s surroundings are all so well-kept and intricately designed. One thing is the control room up top, with its bright colors and tiny lights. The small details, such as the disco’s funky ceiling and the tiny paper lantern that lights Mareaux’s home, are equally cool.
Harold sounds like an intriguing adventure even if it didn’t have the impressive dedication of its handmade humans. I’m almost always game for some retro-futurism and a mystery involving human civilization stranded in space. When you add in the fully voiced characters and synthwave-y music, it’s clear that this is one to keep an eye on.
Harold Halibut does not yet have a release date, but you can keep an eye on it on Steam while you wait.