What Pumpkin Studios has released the first in-game screenshots from Hiveswap, the point-and-click adventure game based on Andrew Hussie’s insanely popular webcomic Homestuck.
Developed with proceeds from a $2.4 million Kickstarter campaign, the game will debut this spring with the first of four episodes for PC, Mac and Linux. Attendees of the March 2-6 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco will get to see Hiveswap in action; public demos are planned for Emerald City Comicon, Denver Comic Con and other spring conventions.
In the game, a young girl named Joey is sucked through a portal to the planet Alternia, where she joins a band of troll rebels and sets off on a quest to save the world and discover a way home. The point-and-click adventure features 3D graphics, puzzle-solving gameplay, and a story spanning four acts that will be released throughout the year.
The developers point out that although Hiveswap is a spinoff of Homestuck, players don’t have to be familiar with the epic, 7,500-page webcomic to enjoy the game.
“Homestuck itself has always been sort of a mock adventure game, one the reader ‘plays’ by navigating the story, but what started relatively simply has developed into a huge world with its own lore and backstory,” Hussie said in a statement. “Bringing all this to an actual adventure game is a natural next step for the license — one we hope existing fans will love, but that should also appeal to anyone who enjoys the point-and-click style games I grew up playing, even if you’ve never heard of Homestuck.”
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