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The background story of the upcoming science fiction point and click game Encodya is the Kickstarter campaign for the animation short movie Robot Will Protect You. Getting over 23.000€ from an initial target of 8.750€, it reached several stretch goals, the last one being "We'll start developing a game!". And so they did...

The game, named "ENCODYA", grabbed my attention in a Facebook group about point and click adventures. Drawn by the art, I asked if a Linux version would be possible. Indeed it was, and I was asked if I could test it. As it's using Unity, I expected it to a) fail on trying to play a video, b) show graphical problems or c) just run like the Windows version. First a) it was. But the author was eager to make the Linux version and a fix was attempted. After struggling with finding the right output options for the studio's intro video, we found that everything seems to be working just like on Windows. So Hooray for the game engines supporting the OS of our choice!

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So, what's Encodya about? The game, as in the short movie, features a little girl, Tina, and the robot S.A.M. 53 that was assigned to her at birth. Everybody gets a robot companion in Encodya's version of the future, it seems. She's an orphan and scavenges trash to survive.

The demo starts us on the streets with the need to make some money for a bus ticket. It features some puzzles and four secrets (two of them need some pixel hunting). There's lots of breaking of the fourth wall and reminiscences to pop and computer culture. The art style of Encodya was especially appealing to me. The maker, Nicola Piovesan, is a film director by main profession and his competence in arts really shows in the game.

Part of that fourth wall breaking is notes about an upcoming Kickstarter campaign to finance the full game. I'm hoping it will work out. If you're very eager to play the demo that should release tomorrow, you'll need to join the newsletter for Encodya, which will also give out news about the Kickstarter campaign soon. If you prefer to wait, the demo will be freely available on itch.io in some weeks.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Perkeleen_Vittupää 18 June 2019 at 11:36 am UTC
Newsletter subscribed and looking forward on this! Looks astounding with a remarkable atmosphere!

Thanks again Estonia!
Arehandoro 18 June 2019 at 12:16 pm UTC
Didn't have a clue about this game, or the short movie, but also subscribed and all my attention to it! Thanks to the developers for being friendly and keen to bring the game to Linux!
Dedale 18 June 2019 at 4:02 pm UTC
The video looks splendid !
anewson 19 June 2019 at 2:52 am UTC
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not sure about that voiceover, but he is correct about the art
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