Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San is GB Heaven
A pacifist octopus granted land surviving ways in a land where humans are at war with octopuses, the world set to glorious Game Boy 4-color palette designed by French developer Christophe Galati. WHAT? This is incredibly charming and completely brings you back to the days of carrying AA batteries in your pocket. Something about the simple nature of that time period in gaming always reels me in, maybe it's the shading techniques or the way it sounds but I'm a sucker for it.
The premise for the game sounds bizarre enough to be fun and a great little escape from all this HDR and hyper-realistic brownness that finds itself into modern games. This is slated for digital Q4 2017 release and for Nintendo Switch and Steam, screens, trailer and more of the story behind the game below.
Set in a world where humans and octopi are at war with each other, Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San tells the tale of a pacifist octopus who rescues a human woman from drowning. An octopus fairy sees this act of kindness and grants Mr Tako (the game’s protagonist) the ability to survive on land, where he can learn more about the ways of humans and help to resolve conflicts between the two species.
Mr Tako navigates through the game’s environments by spitting ink at enemies, which turns them into platforms that he can jump on to reach even higher ground. He can also acquire and wear 50 different hats that give him special abilities, fight 19 deadly boss characters and explore 16 mysterious dungeons scattered throughout six huge worlds.
Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San was designed by French indie developer Christophe Galati as a heartfelt homage to the many games he loved to play on Nintendo’s original Game Boy® handheld console. The game’s color palettes are directly inspired by that hardware’s crude LCD display (allowing no more than four onscreen colors at a time), and the sizes of the character sprites are intentionally limited to 1989 standards. The game’s soundtrack also uses Game Boy-era instrumentation to complete the authentic retro vibe.
Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San is planned for a simultaneous release on Nintendo Switch and Steam in the fourth quarter of 2017. Pricing info and release date to be announced at a later time.