Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been seeing an increase in Malaysian-made video games to assist preserve issues attention-grabbing for us at residence, and it’s solely the start.
However one recreation that appears to have fallen underneath the radar of bigger titles is Twelve Flooring. It was launched in July 2021 by a bunch of native builders from the studio Station R Video games. The developer who kickstarted it’s Ray Low, a mechatronics engineering pupil who hails from Rawang.
Ray’s ardour for creating video games all started after he participated in a neighborhood hackathon. He noticed groups engaged on options that concerned gamification, which him in making a world of his personal.
Later, he began experimenting with Unity, a cross-platform recreation engine used to develop video video games for net plugins, desktop platforms, consoles, and cell units.
His first few creations have been cell video games, however he felt they weren’t as much as his requirements. So he tried one thing completely different and wrote a brief story to create a recreation out of. A number of months later, his brainchild, Twelve Flooring, was born.
Exploring a chunk of Ray’s thoughts
For Ray, Twelve Flooring is a recreation with private that means to him, as he shared that he lacked confidence and character for a few years, and at one level felt that his id was slipping away too.
He added, “Connecting and speaking with individuals has at all times been my weak point, however I hope it will flip into one in every of my strengths alongside this journey.” In a manner then, this recreation displays a part of Ray’s personal journey, although he didn’t explicitly state in what manner.
Upon studying his story and searching extra into the sport, I used to be intrigued by the horror-esque theme of Twelve Flooring and its design. I instantly made a purchase order, which price me US$3 or round RM12.70, which I discovered very affordable to assist a brand new recreation developer.
My first impression of the sport was so much like an anime I watched, Angels of Loss of life, the place the principle character wakes up in an unfamiliar place with little or no reminiscence of how she bought there and has to struggle her manner out. It was based mostly on an indie recreation of the identical identify.
To be truthful, this premise is kind of widespread in most horror video games. One factor that did catch me off-guard, nevertheless, was once I started the sport, entered a door subsequent to the elevator, and was instantly delivered to the sport credit.
I believed it was a glitch but it surely seems that different avid gamers went by means of the identical factor too, so it was doubtless a “gotcha!” gimmick from the builders, which added some character to the sport.
The whole theme of the sport is kind of darkish, and a few examples of disturbing scenes you’d come throughout embrace severed human heads hanging from ropes. When you’re squeamish about such scenes and like set off warnings earlier than making a purchase order, you may in all probability attain out to the workforce first.
Because of the artwork fashion, nevertheless, they weren’t too graphic, and I oddly discovered them cute. Maybe I’ve a morbid aspect to me.
For a recreation this simple-looking, it was a deal with to listen to that there was voice-acting, carried out by Malaysians, no much less. The character designs don’t fairly stand out, however the hand-drawn environments have been fairly superbly rendered.
Feeling misplaced and searching for solutions
Regardless of being a recreation with an emphasis on story, I needed to say that I felt fairly misplaced more often than not. To determine my very own story, I needed to work together with different youngsters whose relationships with me have been unclear. One factor all of them had in widespread was lifeless mother and father, together with my very own playable character, Curtis, at the least in accordance with the opposite characters.
After Curtis first wakes up, he’ll discover 4 tapes that he can’t watch but till he defeats the bosses within the recreation. You’ll be able to slash vials with sparkly liquid in them that grant you further lives.
The principle a part of the video games are these huge fights you’ll uncover on completely different flooring, like preventing a helicopter that drops bombs, preventing a bulldog, preventing even one in every of your mates, and what looks like a claw machine recreation the place it’s important to save frogs. When you’ve accomplished these 4 fundamental challenges, you’ll have the ability to play the thriller tapes.
In all honesty, these felt like a fever dream and I’ll admit that it was laborious for me to see the connection between these fights and the general huge image of the story, at the least throughout them. That being mentioned, they have been nonetheless thrilling to interact in as a result of I personally get pleasure from battles like these.
The massive reveal
I had an inkling that these tapes have been associated to the “lifeless mother and father” that the characters saved referring to within the recreation, and naturally, I used to be dying (no pun supposed) to know what had occurred to my dad, and what function I performed in it.
It was solely once I watched these tapes that I realised how all the things was tied collectively within the recreation, particularly relating to the principle battles that earlier felt like a fever dream. With out spoiling an excessive amount of, they represented key components of the battle every character had with their mother and father. Afterward, a serious plot twist involving Curtis’ personal expertise was additionally revealed.
General, I do suppose that it was a well-developed recreation when it comes to its graphics, storyline, interactivity, and so on. for the studio’s first recreation. The in-game world was additionally complicated sufficient with all of the completely different flooring that made it a thought-provoking problem.
The one hiccup I’d say I skilled all through was that generally, Curtis turns into motionless and I can solely transfer him utilizing the slash button, and I’d need to stop and re-enter the sport each time this hiccup happens.
Whereas the sport left me at a degree of suspense relating to Curtis and his father’s destiny, I nonetheless felt some form of closure for a lot of the questions I had whereas taking part in the sport, which I used to be completely satisfied about.
This brief and easy recreation is simply the beginning for Station R Video games, and I definitely see potential within the workforce’s future creations. Whereas complicated at first, all the things unfolded in a satisfying manner, and the workforce might leverage their story-telling abilities for different video games too.
In the meanwhile, Station R Video games is already engaged on a brand new recreation known as Evening on the Clownville which seems like one other horror recreation, although it’s taking a distinct flip from Twelve Ground’s design and mechanics. It’s a first-person shooter (FPS) survival recreation, so it’ll be attention-grabbing to see what it brings to the desk when it comes to story.
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