Here's a combination of things we never knew we needed in our lives — Scrubs and Night in the Woods. But that's what publisher Assemble Entertainment has cited as the inspiration for BUNTSPECHT.GAMES' debut title, Fall of Porcupine, a lovely adventure game full of humour, emotion, and profound stories.
Choosing to focus on the difficulties healthcare workers face, such as difficulties with work/life balance, leadership issues, and more through an anthropomorphic animal lens, Fall of Porcupine aims to tug at your heartstrings with hilarious, heartfelt writing and adorable characters.
It all looks so cosy from the outside, but Assemble Entertainment promises that it's not all toasty, autumnal colours and cuddly characters. You'll be living through the first few weeks of Finley's internship at the town of Porcupine's hospital. Finley is also, quite possibly, the cutest pigeon we've ever seen. Just look at him in these screenshots!
While the teaser doesn't give away much, Assemble Entertainment has shared some features from the upcoming game. It's not just an adventure game where you have to talk to others and undertake tasks — you'll need to do some platforming to discover the town's secrets, and the game is designed to appeal to first-time gamers and genre fans alike.
We'll be getting more info on Fall Of Porcupine this Friday, 26th August, courtesy of IGN's Awesome Indies Show at Gamescom. In the meantime, here's what we do know:
Featuring fun mini-games, sleek platforming, and branching dialog choices, Fall of Porcupine delivers a heartfelt and spirited story of friendship, self-sacrifice, and self-love. Finley must run, jump, and glide through the town of Porcupine, while also diagnosing the townsfolks’ ailments and reporting to the head doctor, who’s far from kind or supportive. Explore the outskirts of town, hang out with friends, and unearth the secrets that keep Porcupine shrouded in mystery.
Key Features of Fall of Porcupine:
- You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Engage in funny, profound, and serious dialogues with townsfolk, where you can choose from branching dialogue trees. Choose wisely, as they influence character relationships.
- Journey of Self-Discovery: Though the cute and loveable characters and cozy world take center stage; Fall of Porcupine is not afraid to tackle serious topics to truly find out where it hurts, and why
- Secrets Beneath the Surface: At first glance, the small town is a warm, friendly place where everyone knows and greets each other. However, dark shadows lurk beyond this friendly facade. Discover the town’s secrets, and be on guard!
- Fondly Familiar Gameplay: Fall of Porcupine is a highly polished and unique story-adventure for those who love mystery RPGs and heartwarming stories. The simple but fun gameplay mechanics and creatively designed characters and world speak to mainstream-, indie-, and first time-gamers alike.
The game is due to launch on Switch sometime in 2023, however, BUNTSPECHT.GAMES is releasing a free prologue demo for the game on 30th August on the eShop. Though if you're eager to pop your doctor's robes on early, you can download the demo rn Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox today.
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