Lee Perry, former designer on Epic Games blockbuster testosterone-filled franchise Gears of War, has shot off on his own to create a new iOS focused games outfit called BitMonster Games.
The first game from the new codeshop, while utilising the same tech that powers Epic Games eponymous franchise, couldn’t be any more different from bicep bulging, chainsaw happy delights of Gears of War if it tried.
Known as ‘Lili’, the game appears to be a much more wholesome and charmingly twee family affair. For starters Lili is an adventure game that doesn’t contain any combat at all, but casts the player as the titular protagonist in exploratory role; investigating the entirety of the tropical island of Geos and engaging in a wide selection of mini-games. Enemies, when they appear, are dealt with through use of ‘”conversational interactions” and “item-based interactions” – a far cry from emptying a case of hollow-points into somebody’s face to progress past them then.
Based on the video below, ‘Lili’ looks to be a welcome change of pace from the other more violent and banally gritty affairs that tend to take up the engine as their middleware of choice. The game appears to be vibrant, packed with detail and saturated with the sort of colour that you would expect to see in a title more heavily skewered toward a younger demographic. Naturally, it’s appeal to older folks such as myself will depend largely on just how well it plays, but based on what I’ve seen thus far, I am quite looking forward to it personally.
Take a glance at the debut teaser trailer below and see if you are too:
‘Lili’ is due to release on the iOS App Store sometime in the next few weeks for a price point yet to be determined.