Sunday, June 22, 2014

No Money, No Problem: SubRay

Title: SubRay
Developers: Team Atmos
Platforms: PC
If you've been following my blog, you know I have a lot of respect for the talented students over at Digipen. They have, and still do, make some of the most interesting unique indie games around; their pedigree includes the likes of Nitronic Rush and its spiritual successor Distance, Narbacular Drop (the game that inspired Portal), Perspective, The Fourth Wall, and many more. Now we can add SubRay to that list.
At a glance, SubRay might bring to mind the indie title Luminesca, another game set in the dark depths of the ocean, where you're guided by the illumination of your headlight. But while Luminesca leaned more towards puzzles along with exploration, SubRay is all about discovery and navigating the vibrant dangerous world beneath the surface. The game is just a wonderful visual experience filled with colorful life and encroaching darkness, a world that just feels alien and weird. But SubRay isn't just about exploration; you need to survive. As you explore the caverns and passages, you collect parts and pieces that give you new abilities, allowing you to fight off predators or even cloak yourself to avoid larger creatures. 
SubRay is still in development; currently there's no way to save the game (as far as I can tell) and the developers are looking for feedback on the game's current state. You can download SubRay here and learn more about how to contact the team on IndieDB.

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