I remember playing a space simulator on the Atari 2600 at the tender age of three or four. What was the name of the game? Who knows. What was the purpose of the game? Also who knows. From my very young perspective, I was taking off in a supernatural ship to unexplored skies. This seems to be the feeling Nauticrawl: 20,000 Atmospheres attempts to capture but for adults and not for confused-about-anything toddlers.
Developer Andrea Interguglielmi and publisher Armor Games Studios recently announced that their enigmatic adventure, Nauticrawl: 20,000 Atmospheres, will release on September 16th of this year. The premise is that you are trapped in a (hostile?) alien planet and your only out is a mysterious space ship with mystical knobs, levers, and buttons. You have no idea what these things do, and that’s the point.
Whether you ever actually disembark from your ship is uncertain. It doesn’t seem so, raising the concern about a lack of variety in the game. Your origins and the story behind the hostile aliens are also unknown.
The ship- a “Nauticrawl” – is a giant metal vehicle “designed only to be used by the ruling elites.” Players are expected to experiment and persevere in order to conquer the spacecraft. If you die or fail, you will start from the beginning, so it is that type of learn-more-as-you-go game.
Whether this is a success or not, no one can say that the game isn’t unique. On this note, Nauticrawl creator Andrea Interguglielmi said: “Nauticrawl was my playground as a kid, piloting made-up submarines and huge robots. It’s a mix of my teenage gaming years, spent in space combat simulators and text adventures. The outcome is an experience that talks straight to our curiosity, our desire to pull all the levers and explore worlds that can’t be seen, only imagined.”
Nauticrawl: 20,000 Atmospheres will release via Steam on the 16th of September 2019 priced at $14.99, with a launch discount of 10%.