This Week In Indie: Middle Of Nowhere And Molyjam Deux Returns
This week has been an exceptional one for indie with all of the indie game announcements for PS4, showing where indie may be heading on next-gen console platforms. In this edition, we’ll be talking a look at a new horror game, still in the early alpha stage, called the Middle of Nowhere, as well as discuss the second indie game jam inspired the parody account of Peter Molyneux (@petermolydeux). This has been quite the interesting week.
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Molyjam Deux, which is the second 48 hour game jam inspired by tweets from @petermolydeux, will run from July 5th to the July 7th. The trailer above actively mocks E3 and argues that Molyjam Deux is the next stage of next-gen with highly thought provoking ideas, which are quite funny to be totally honest. You can host part of the jam from your own home, a specified location or wherever you have access to a workspace, wireless internet, parking or public transport access, nearby access to food establishments, large TV or projector and webcams. If you feel up to it you could also sponsor the game jam. Last year, on March 30th 2012, the jam was held in 32 cities worldwide and now the hope is to increase this number. The whole idea of the game jam is to develop a game in 48 hours based upon one of the ludicrous ideas spouted forth on the @petermolydeux parody account. If you are an interested developer, you can use this Google doc to indicate that you are interested, and from there can play your meetup for the game jam accordingly.
The Middle of Nowhere is a a new indie horror game currently in development by indie developer Aaron Wilde who is hoping to bring something fresh to the horror genre, whilst maintaining ties to horror influences such as classic era Silent Hill games and the like. The game will be immensely story-driven and will require puzzle solving along the way. This is what the game basically entails:
Middle of Nowhere is an exciting new, original first person survival/horror game which centers around waking up from a car crash in a place you don’t know and not being able to remember a thing. The game is mostly set in an open-area full of caves, shanty-like shacks and other things planned in future development. You have the option to explore while following the story as-well.
The story is well thought out, as you progress, you find out fragments about your past and why you are in the middle of nowhere. Use various items to remove blockades, heal yourself or top up your flashlight. Climb different levels of caves, solve puzzles. Encounter monsters, choose to stand and fight or run away.
The Middle of Nowhere will feature an all original soundtrack and sound design by Wilde. The game is currently still in the early phases of development, with Wilde seeking funding through Kickstarter. The game has many different features which are explained in-depth on the website linked above. The Middle of Nowhere looks highly intriguing and definitely has that mysterious factor that many horror games miss out on.
Well that’s it for this week, remember to check back next week for more indie news and updates.