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Currently in development and now seeking some help on Kickstarter, The Cork will put your in the shoes of a real tiny hero named Salem Cairnwright whose home was devastated by a mysterious plague.

It's already confirmed to be releasing with Linux support, as stated clearly on the Steam store page and the currently ongoing Kickstarter campaign. Plus, it's being made with the fantastic free and open source Godot Engine so it shouldn't have much trouble at all. The Cork pulls in inspiration from classic Metroidvania platformers "with a heavy emphasis on vania" that will include very challenging combat.

Take a look at the trailer below:

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Why is the protagonist so tiny? The developer, Bradley Elliott, mentioned that it was originally made with the Pico-8 fantasy console so there were a lot of technical limitations. On the story side of the reasoning, it's more for dramatic effect is The Cork is somewhat supposed to act like a retelling of a legend so everything is supposed to be bigger than the player for that sense of scale. To give you a real David and Goliath type of thing.

Feature Highlight:

  • Beautifully animated pixel art that provides a sense of scale and breathes life into the kingdom beyond the wall.
  • A massive non-linear world to explore with new discoveries and challenges around every corner.
  • Fair and challenging combat that requires calculation as much as might.
  • Encounter allies along the way, accept side quests and be rewarded!
  • Upgrade your capabilities by equipping new weapons, armor and accessories.

The developer is looking to get $50K on Kickstarter, which they have until June 4 to hit. You can also follow it along on the Steam page.

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scaine May 11, 2020
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Ah, dammit! Look at how beautiful the animations are, but it's all just a pixely blur! No!

I can't play games like. Not since Teleglitch put me off them forever.
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