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PSA: Download Strangethink’s procedural wonders while you still can

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Hey, you, do you have the procedurally-generated treasures of Strangethink Software safely downloaded and able to go? No? Then seize them now, as a result of they’re nice and Strangethink will quickly take away the downloads. They beforehand pulled their older video games, leaving solely Secret Habitat, Joy Exhibition, Mystery Tapes, and These Monsters left till these too fade. That’s one recreation the place you discover artwork galleries, one the place you paint your individual artwork utilizing bizarre sprayguns with unpredictable results, one the place VHS tapes change the world round you, and one exploring a monster museum. Lovely stuff. Don’t miss out.

I’m glad to listen to from Strangethink once more. They appeared to fade, taking many traces of their work with them. Okay positive the explanation they returned is to say much more of that may vanish, which is kinda dangerous information, however their reappearance renews my hope for extra new Strangethoughts. They introduced on Twitter this morning:

To clarify #2 a bit, the (optionally available) Itch consumer has an enormous ol’ “Install” button on pay-what-you-want video games that skips the step of asking if you wish to pay. Store pages contained in the app do still present the choice to call a worth, however you must search for that and the Install button is way extra distinguished. I’d be shocked if Itch don’t change that, given how a lot care they put into the shop for builders, nevertheless it’s presently a priority.

The enigmatic Strangethink has eliminated video games earlier than so do get in while you can. Some older Strangethink video games have been down for ages. In reality, I didn’t even know Secret Habitat had reappeared after being eliminated, so I’m delighted to nab it once more on my newest PC.

Secret Habitat is my favorite Strangethought. It’s a procedurally-generated island coated in procedurally-generated buildings with procedurally-generated wallpaper stuffed with exhibitions from procedurally-generated artists with procedurally-generated summary artwork bearing procedurally-generated names (with bonus procedurally-generated sound installations).

The island feels so very alien: neon water, blue fog, wibbly turquoise, timber, and too many stars within the sky. Then it’s coated in artwork galleries stuffed with artwork, algorithmic makes an attempt to seize… one thing. The framing looks like an unsettling alien experiment. Then I’m distracted from that as a result of I stumbled throughout an exhibition I actually, actually like, a room the place portray and title and music mix to make one thing actually particular or sudden. It’s a spot of nice serendipity.

I’ve talked in regards to the issues I like earlier than with an earlier model (the art-generating algorithms have been later refreshed, I feel):

Rewatching that now, I’m reminded that I as soon as fell down a gap of bizarre voices for movies. If you’d choose written phrases, the entire gang had a chat about Secret Habitat after we named it certainly one of our favorite video games of 2014.

I’m up for the potential “remastered variations” of those video games that Strangethink talked about. Even simply updating the procedural guts may make an enormous change. Returning to Secret Habitat in the present day, I obtained the sensation that its algorithms had been reworked since my final go to, with the music particularly having extra devices and warmer riffs than I bear in mind. I feel? I used to be thrilled by the recent jazzy double bass I heard in a single gallery. With procedural technology, it can be exhausting to inform precisely what’s new and what’s an unfamiliar permutation.

Head on over to Itch.io to obtain Secret Habitat, Mystery Tapes, Joy Exhibition, and These Monsters while you still can. They’re all pay-what-you-want with no minimal.

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