Holy crap. Okay, before you do anything, before you even finish reading this article, go over to Kickstarter and watch the promotional video for Bob’s Game. It’s a game about a game called Bob’s Game, made by a company called Bobsgame. I visited the official website after I watched the video on Kickstarter and I just have no idea whatsoever what to make of all this. The website itself is nothing less than a short novel detailing the development of the game and all the emotional hardships and defeats that the developer, Bob, when through. On the website, there’s even a video where Bob and a few of his friends roll on into the Nintendo World Store, hanging up flyers, harassing customers, and putting his game on the shelves.
The game boasts that it’s “the last great 16-bit RPG”, and it may just be that, but that’s for you to decide. Bob’s Game claims to alter reality for those who play it, but describes itself as a hybrid of Pokémon, Harvest Moon, Zelda, and Earthbound, with massively multiplayer elements and a puzzle-building mechanic that allows you to, you guessed it, make your own puzzle game using components from, and I quote, “all existing types” of puzzle game.
In all seriousness, the Kickstarter promo for this draws strained connections between Nintendo and the Illuminati. Reggie Fils-Aime has spiky teeth. I’m not, however, making fun of this. We wouldn’t have it here on Cliqist if it wasn’t genuinely interesting, and I encourage you to check it out. You can support Bob’s Game by visiting Kickstarter and making a donation, but there’s only one tier. If nothing else, visit this Kickstarter for the complete madness that it embodies, and if you like what you see, there are playable demos for both PC and Nintendo DS. Should Bob’s Game be released, it will be made available on PC, Mac, Linux, and Android platforms.
If you’re interested in learning more about the storied history of “Bob’s game” and its creator you can head over to this Wikipedia article.
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