The partnership between the player and his computer-controlled sidekick is a dynamic that has sadly been featured less and less over the years. Spyro had Sparks the Dragonfly. Jak had Daxter. The boy had his blob. This seems to be a dying theme, though, even though the addition of a constant partner is an extremely accessible way for developers to move a story forward. It also opens up countless possibilities for in-game abilities, allowing the player to access the powers of not one but two people, and it’s a shame that it’s being left behind. Well, with any luck, Boy and His Pup is the dynamic duo we’ve been waiting for, but this time, it won’t be a lighthearted adventure.
In the words of Boy and His Pup‘s Kickstarter, “Boy and His Pup tells a compelling story with real life lessons,” and it actually takes place pre-apocalypse if you still recognize that phrase after a decade of everything being “post-apocalyptic”. However, to keep things interesting, the setting is only a bit pre-apocalyptic, and there are monstrosities springing out of the ground like murderous, grotesque daisies. Persevering through all of this mayhem are the titular Boy and Dog, armed with a wrench, buildable artillery, and wit, and with those tools, you must defend your home from a vicious onslaught of nightmares from myths, legends, and folklore.
If you’re starting to get excited, why not check out the Kickstarter for Boy and His Pup? It’s full of great concept art, gameplay, and music from the game at its current stage of development, and if the Kickstarter goes well and development continues at its current rate, core gameplay and mechanics should be done by the end of 2014. After that, it’ll only be a few months to a release on Windows, Android, and iOS, but More Fire Games still needs to reach their current $10,000 goal to continue developing Boy and His Pup.
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