I am not a big fan of puzzle games.
However I am a fan of sequential art, noir style, and imaginative game design, all of which show up in the tech demo for Framed, an upcoming game by Loveshack Entertainment.
The idea of the game is that you are presented with a series of panels. Your protagonist is shown running through them like a comicbook character brought to life, but something happens to him before he reaches the end. From the demo I’m guessing that this will usually be a horrible demise.
Then the player is given the opportunity to re-arrange the panels, so that when the protagonist runs through the page again he is able to turn the tables on his enemy or avoid whatever obstacle stopped him before.
I love the art style they’re using here. I’m a sucker for the shadow-puppet characters and the watercolor look of the backgrounds sets it off nicely. This game is just beautifully designed to take advantage of the iPad’s touch screen, but they’re not stopping there and the game will also be release for PC and Mac. Throw in a good soundtrack and this game will be a winner.
I love to see innovative designs like this and look forward to seeing more indie-gems turn up. Keep your eye on this one!