Inspired by 1980s Apple Macintosh gaming, an animation created by its art director in 1993, and Lucas Pope’s The Return of the Obra Dinn, Utah-based Squishy Games is spearing the move to bring clear, high quality 1-bit games to the indie PC game market.
Their game, Rogue Invader, is made entirely (and only) by combinations of black and white pixels.
“No other game is doing this right now,” says art director and founder, Nathan Rees, a seven year veteran of the animation industry. “Obra Dinn is in production and we’re grateful to Pope for his courage in going the 1-bit route. No one has published a game like this–so the medium is entirely unproven. We’re hoping to find people who loved Macintosh gaming, and want to see a high-quality update of that color scheme combined with solid gameplay and an unexpected depth.”
Lead developer, Lee J Hinkle, was teaching Exploring Computer Science and Entrepreneurship at Hunter High School in Salt Lake City when Rees approached him to write the code for the game.
“I told Nate he was crazy,” says Hinkle. “There was no way I was going to leave a consistent job to do this. But I realized several things: this was an awesome chance, there were ways to mitigate risk, and, although I loved my students, I realized chasing this was something I needed to do.”
The two have been working full-time on Rogue Invader since late January. They released a public demo of the game in early June, and just submitted their game for Steam Greenlight approval from the world’s leading distributor of PC games, Steam.
“Submitting to [Steam’s] Greenlight is huge for us,” says Rees. “There are other distributors, but Steam approval means everything to us. We’ve been well received so far, but the process is long for first-time developers.”
The game’s trailer highlights many of its main features, including permadeath, persistent damage, and vast modification potential.
You can vote for Rogue Invader at http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=457197524 or by searching “Rogue Invader Steam” online and clicking on the first hit.