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Stranger than fiction.

Crossing Souls is coming soon, DRM-free to GOG.com.
Looks like the summer of 1986 is going to be quite the (bicycle) ride for these five intrepid friends! Thanks to the properties of the peculiar pink stone they discovered, each can now pull off unique action-adventure stunts, fight off monsters or secret government agents, and generally engage in totally tubular 80s high jinks that would make all future kids super-jealous!

Try the Demo to get a taste of what's in store.
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Breja: No thanks. Whoever you'd recommend obviously sucks at their job :D
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amok: umm... that made no sense what-so-ever... sorry.

I guess it was your equivalent of "I am rubber, you are glue".
Uhm, yes, it does make sense. Your optometrist sucks, because it's you who has problems with eyes. The games look almost exactly alike. Get it?

Seriously, to have to explain stuff like this.
Post edited February 06, 2018 by Breja
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amok: umm... that made no sense what-so-ever... sorry.

I guess it was your equivalent of "I am rubber, you are glue".
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Breja: Uhm, yes, it does make sense. You optometrist sucks, because it's you who has problems with his eyes. The games look almost exactly alike. Get it?

Seriously, to have to explain stuff like this.
ah.. I see... I have better eyesight then you, as I can see difference - the games don't actually look alike. therefore he sucks...

no.. I still don't see how it works... sorry
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Breja: Uhm, yes, it does make sense. You optometrist sucks, because it's you who has problems with his eyes. The games look almost exactly alike. Get it?

Seriously, to have to explain stuff like this.
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amok: ah.. I see... I have better eyesight then you, as I can see difference - the games don't actually look alike. therefore he sucks...

no.. I still don't see how it works... sorry
Here, have one.
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amok: ah.. I see... I have better eyesight then you, as I can see difference - the games don't actually look alike. therefore he sucks...

no.. I still don't see how it works... sorry
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Breja: Here, have one.
better yet, I will give you a day think, and you may come up with a reply that 1) works and 2) is maybe funny. How about that?
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amok: better yet, I will give you a day think, and you may come up with a reply that 1) works and 2) is maybe funny. How about that?
So that I can waste it on you again?
It's clearly the same visual style as Breja is saying. You can like it or not.

Anyway, if someone is looking for that Stranger Things feeling, I'd recommend Alan Wake. Just pretend Alan is Hopper.
Post edited February 06, 2018 by Dogmaus
Demos are greatly appreciated.

That said, I do wish the actual game looked more like the trailer animation. I'd love to see more games done in classic Saturday-morning-cartoon style. While I don't hate all pixel-art games, the perspective on this one seems "off" to me even for an isometric view (particularly noticeable in the screenshot inside a house).
Post edited February 06, 2018 by Luned
I have been waiting for this. I even wishlisted it on Steam ... but now I will buy this on GOG. Great to hear that it will arrive. Thank you, GOG :)
Well, I was hoping for Dark Souls X Animal Crossing and it appears to be neither nor the sum of both.
Post edited February 06, 2018 by Darvond
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Dogmaus: Anyway, if someone is looking for that Stranger Things feeling, I'd recommend Alan Wake. Just pretend Alan is Hopper.
That's because both are heavily influenced by Stephen King.
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fortune_p_dawg: is also awaiting breja. :D
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Breja: Oh don't you even start :P I was so happy when I started watching the trailer. I thought it looks awesome... and then BAM! PIXELS, BITCH! I'm so sick of this. I though this looks really unique, but no, it actually looks like every other pixel game. Seriously, just by looking at the screenshots I would not be able to tell if it's this game, or Party Hard, or Beat Cop or something else. It's all so dull. Such a waste of a great opportunity.
While your constant complaints about low-res graphics in games are mildly irritating, you actually have a point: This really does look like most other modern "pseudo-retro" games. I don't mind that it has that low-res look, since it suits the theme of the game, but I'd prefer if it actually looked like a game from the 80s or early 90s, rather than this modern Indie game look. We've had a few retro games here during the past few months which pull the classic 2D style off much better.

I'll probably pick up a copy anyhow, depending on the price point and first reviews, as the general concept seems fun.

Edit: Just wanted to add, the retro cartoon sequences are really cool and unique. Now if only the rest of the game was done in a similar style!
Post edited February 06, 2018 by CharlesGrey
Just finished the demo...and it was great! The writing is really good, is spite of being full of 80s-90s cinema clichès. The gameplay has an excellent potential too. with the 5 playable characters having quite different abilities: if they exploit this aspect well, the game can be something very special.
So... is Magic School Bus meets Secret of Mana?
This looks right up my alley, regardless.
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CharlesGrey: Edit: Just wanted to add, the retro cartoon sequences are really cool and unique. Now if only the rest of the game was done in a similar style!
My point exactly.
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CharlesGrey: Now if only the rest of the game was done in a similar style...
...it would probably still be under development, or the studio would have gone bankrupt. After all, they only raised about $50k with their Kickstarter from late 2014 (plus whatever financial support they received from Devolver Digital), and hand-made animation is pretty expensive. I agree that a game with that artstyle would be amazing, but don't know about you, I prefer it as it is rather than no game at all.


PS: Here's a comparison. Take Jenny LeClue: it's not really hand-made animation, but I bet its artstyle appeals more to you (and no doubt to Breja as well). It was also funded on Kickstarter a few months before Crossing Souls did, and it managed to raise twice as much (though, admittedly, they don't have a publisher). Well then, it's still being developed and their best estimation for a release date is ~2018.
Now don't get me wrong, I do believe they'll eventually release the game (they are showing progress in their KS monthly updates), but its development will take significantly longer than that of Crossing Souls and I've got the feeling it will feature less content and have a shorter playtime than CS as well.