Simple games have always been able to draw me in. Most modern gamers love playing new games that have incredible graphics and an uncapped frame rate. When a retro game makes an appearance, people can be very quick to dismiss it. Embodied Productions’ new game Fan the Sea, is an interactive story, a relationship management game with a retro style.
Fan the Sea features pixel art graphics and a story that will differ for each player. The game will not have a combat system, as the developers want the storyline to be the main focus. You play as Isaac, a spy ordered to learn information about an intercepted war letter. However, the country you invade is aware that a foreign spy may be coming. Claire, Isaac’s partner, will be joining you as well. Although she won’t be collecting information, she possesses a ship to go back to the homeland and relay information.
In Fan the Sea, your strongest weapon is your mind. You must be able to get the information your country requires, but can’t raise suspicion. Should you lie to everyone you meet, or perhaps tell the truth and see what reactions you get? Whatever you decide to do, you must be very cautious. If an NPC catches Isaac lying to them, their suspicion level will begin to rise.
The Kickstarter campaign, though looking great, doesn’t actually have a gameplay trailer. Upon launch of the campaign, the only trailer was a mysterious dialogue between Isaac and Claire. Don’t worry, the developers have said that a video is coming shortly to give a small preview. Despite not having a footage, the game has a very solid foundation and a lot of potential. Whether people decide to support a retro game or not, Fan the Sea has definitely caught my attention.