As if making games was not laborious enough, the upcoming adventure game Harold Halibut is made with characters and sets built by hand. Harold’s retro-future space adventure is full of metal and textiles and small clay people with intricate faces. A new story trailer for the adventure game gives a really long look at all the wonderful craftsmanship and dives into the story of humanity’s escape to space during the Cold War.
“It’s been 250 years since your home – a sheet-like spaceship – escaped from a land on the brink of the Cold War to find a habitable planet to preserve humanity,”
Harold and Mareaux dig even deeper into the mystery of this new story trailer. It seems that there is more on the planet they crashed on than they had originally known.
“Harold Halibut started life as a dinner conversation about our love of stop-motion and story games,” says Slow Bros. “It was not long after we started building sets and dolls in dollhouses in our bedrooms. The result is a cross between games and stop movies.”
All the surroundings in the trailer are so pretty and intricate. The control room up there with its bright colors and small lights is one thing. The small details are just as cool, like the funky ceiling in the disco or the small paper lantern that illuminates Mareaux’s home.
Even without the impressive dedication of his handmade people, Harold sounds like an exciting adventure. I’m almost always up for some retro-futurism and a mystery about human civilization stranded in space. Pile on the fully-tuned characters and synthwave-y music, and it certainly seems like it’s worth watching out for.
Harold Halibut does not have a release date yet, but you can keep an eye on it on Steam in the meantime.