My eye was caught this morning my Harold Halibut, an adventure game with a bit of a difference: everything in it is hand-made. The characters are detailed clay puppets, the sets have been created from wood, metal, fabric and paint, and even the props are all tiny, real models, made by hand.
This is what I might have imagined game development was like as a 6-year-old.
The making-of video above is quite amazing, showing how the models are made and then how they look in the virtual realm. The developer is a Cologne-based outfit called Slow Bros.
"Underwater atmosphere, self-reflective humor and contemporary adventure mechanics make up the foundation of this game created entirely out of craft supplies," writes the dev. "Harold Halibut started out as a dinner table conversation about the adventure games we played as children. We soon started building dollhouse sized sets and puppets in our bedrooms. The result works like a game but it looks like a stop motion film. Welded metal, carefully sewn textiles against tiny wooden floorboards and clay faces the size of walnuts pull the player into Harold's world."
You can read more about the game on its website.