E3 2016 may be over for this year, but there are still plenty of games for us to look forward to. Especially on the indie games front, as quite a few impressive indie titles didn´t get the attention (and media focus) that they deserved. So I (we) try our very best to cover games of that sort, and a good example of that would-be Tanais Games upcoming 2D point-and-click psychological horror adventure game “Saint Kotar” (which is set for a release sometime next year for Windows, MAC and Linux).
So, what exactly is known about “Saint Kotar” up to this point? Well, this would be the exact description of the game so far:
“Saint Kotar is a 2D point and click adventure game. The game merges psychological horror narrative and classically inspired point ‘n click adventure mechanics with switchable characters. Digitally hand-painted with a distinctive 2D art style that fits the game’s mood, fully voiced and featuring an original eerie soundtrack, Saint Kotar draws inspiration from p&c classics like Broken Sword and Monkey Island, along with the works from horror fiction writers such as H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe”. – Tanais Games
And as for the plot of the game:
“Invited to attend an exhibition of rare medieval art, the protagonists travel to Saint Kotar at the end of October 2006. The welcoming is cold and atrocious, as they find themselves dragged abruptly in a macabre series of murders, allegedly related to Satanic worship and witchcraft. These dreadful acts compel the protagonists to follow the shadow of something deeply hidden behind the town’s dark past. Surrounded by a tenebrous aura of mystery, madness and fear, the protagonists to survive have to struggle not only against the unknown, but against themselves too, ultimately uncovering the vile truth of their own past”.
I don´t know about you, but, in my opinion. “Saint Kotar” sounds (and looks) like a mix of “Broken Sword”, “Monkey Island”, ” H.P. Lovecraft”, “Edgar Allan Poe”, “The Ninth Gate” and “Eyes Wide Shut”. And I sure like the sound of that, but wait, there is more! Because in Saint Kotar” you will be able to play as the following protagonists:
University professor teaching medieval history, always holding closely to his heart – the Bible, and fear.
Museum curator obsessed with ancient excavations and haunted by morphine addiction.
Investigative journalist persistently unraveling mysteries and threatening secrets, even those from beyond the grave.
And the setting of “Saint Kotar” made me think about the TV-series “Twin Peaks”:
“Saint Kotar, a lonely ancient place, isolated and hidden behind a vicious mountain peak. It dwells in the mountainous region of Croatia, forgotten and neglected by the time. At first, it deceives like a typical rural town with scenic views of the charming area, sparsely scattered houses, and the church bells tolling in the distance of the quiet valley. Only on a closer glance once a proud mining town shows its true nature, with many houses deserted and falling to ruin, dark foreboding forests and a ghastly scent of decay filling the air. Strange stories howling through the foggy streets haunt its furtive inhabitants, repeatedly coercing them to pray when the night is lit by a full moon”.
That sounds very promising indeed. However, there is no trailer for “Saint Kotar” at the moment. Well, at least not yet. Nevertheless, I still got a pretty good idea of what Tanais Games is trying to achieve with their game, simply by reading up on the game and watching all the available pictures (you will find more pictures via “Saint Kotar´s” homepage). Even so, I truly hope that there will be both a trailer and a playable demo of “Saint Kotar” as soon as possible.
As for here and now though, one can only hope that “Saint Kotar” will be able to deliver a really awesome psychological horror point-and-click adventure experience on release. Well, we will know for sure when the game launches sometime next year for Windows, MAC and Linux.
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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