Released back in June, General Horse and the Package of Doom is a Full Motion Video game that might just be the dumbest FMV I've ever put time into. Note: key from the developer.
When some developers email in their games their attempts to cut through the noise can including lots of big marketing speak, flashy images, telling us how amazing we are so on. Studio spektar though? Hilariously brief and honest noting that it's "hours and hours of zero-budget films turned into a video game"—sold. Even their official website hilariously looks like something I put together in the early days of the internet.
Features according to the dev:
- Full Motion Video - The whole game is played alongside high quality video sequences
- Resource management - You must survive your travels through hostile space by trading, stealing and using resources and special items. Try not to starve or crash into a planet.
- Replay value - There is enough scenes and choices to play more than once and still see something new.
- Highly intelligent humor - Only the smartest people will get the subtle jokes in this dark and mystical space drama.
- Method acting - Many of our high quality actors were never even given their scripts. They were carefully guided to become their characters and then we just let the script happen.
If their aim with it was to put me into a loop of smiling, chuckling and cringing from embarrassment at the acting then they did well. Games don't need to be serious, we have enough of that everywhere else in life and General Horse and the Package of Doom certainly doesn't shy away from being completely ridiculous.
To put it into perspective it's like picking out a B-movie to watch, one you know is not going to win awards or be talked about for years to come. It's stupid but it's fun and that's the point. Grab a bottle of your favourite drink, a tasty snack and settle in for the ride.