A hand-drawn tribute to hilarious '90s adventure games (with none of the accompanying frustration). Play as Joey Claire, a puzzle-solving teen snatched out of her time (1994) and place (Earth) and stranded on a hostile alien planet on the brink of rebellion.
Monsters in the yard. Monsters in the house. Monsters in the hall, beating on your door. Your brother's trapped in his treehouse, so he’s not gonna be much help. You're going to have to get yourself out of this. But where did they come from? How are you supposed to deal with this? Well, certainly not by cowering in your room. That's for, uh, cowards.
First things first. You need to open the door.
A LOVE LETTER TO '90s ADVENTURE GAMES
...without the accompanying frustration. As fun and well-paced as you generously remember them being. No dream-logic solutions, no hearing the same “those items don’t work together” message over and over. HIVESWAP has unique responses for everything you can try. Spend hours trying everything on everything, if you want to -- but not because you have to. Learn about the characters by exploring their homes! But like, in a good way! No audio logs split up and scattered around -- GUARANTEED.
HAND-ANIMATED IN TWO DIMENSIONS
Strange homes to explore, every room brimming with secrets. The world of HIVESWAP is beautiful and alive, from its hyper-detailed environments to its gorgeous fully-rendered animations. Come take a look!
MUSIC TO MAKE YOU WEEP
An eclectic, ambitious, genre-spanning soundtrack, featuring contributions from Undertale’s
Toby Fox and, regrettably, at least one third-wave ska song. Also featuring at least one pseudo-revolutionary garage rock duo, with regrets of their own.
WORLDS TO SEE, TEENS TO BE
Play as JOEY CLAIRE, EXTRAORDINAIRE, a teen trapped in her room *and* in 1994. Play as JUDE HARLEY, BIZARRELY, her kid brother, trapped in his treehouse. Play as XEFROS TRITOH, ALIEN REBEL, wait. Aliens?
JUST GETTING STARTED
HIVESWAP: Act 1 is the first of a four-part series set in Andrew Hussie’s Homestuck
universe, with a companion series, Hauntswitch
, to follow. Continue your save from chapter to chapter, then from game to game, to carry your story, choices, friendships and frenemies across them all--then do it again! Once released, HIVESWAP and Hauntswitch
will be playable in either order. Haven’t read Homestuck
? That’s fine! This game is set in 1994! Homestuck
hasn’t even been invented yet!
Includes the HIVESWAP: Act 1 Original Soundtrack, containing the following tracks:1.
Definitely Safe Forever2.
Joey Claire, Extraordinaire4.
Relatively Visible Darkness6.
Bedroom for an Annoying Dog7.
That's How I Beat Snake8.
Jude Harley, Bizarrely9.
Table for Tooth10.
A More Defensible Position14.
Open the Door15.
Keep Your Head Down16.
Oh Whoa, What's This17.
Some Kind of Alien18.
Filthy Nuclear Bunker20.
SPORTS! Personally, I Love Them.21.
We Shall Go Together24.
Wish You Were Here25.
Intermission 1B-Side 1.
Old StepsB-Side 2.
How It Could Have GoneB-Side 3.
Alternate RecipeB-Side 4.
Heavy SnakingB-Side 5.
HIVESWAP is © What Pumpkin Games, Inc., and Homestuck is © Andrew Hussie