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Deponia: Free Public Demo Available Now
Daedalic Entertainment, known for their unique cell-shaded art-style and creative concepts, has found another landscape to try their hand at: a trash planet.
‘An unusual place to set a beautifully animated title in,’ you might say.
Nonetheless the studio’s impressive commitment to lush environments and uniquely designed character models holds true for the new title. Daedalic Entertainment, also known for the title ‘A New Beginning’, has clung to what they do best: animated works of art. The style that they have cultivated is reminiscent of role playing games such as Namco’s ‘Eternal Sonata’ which were milestones through their use of cell-shaded graphical design. Deponia improves on its predecessor’s lineage by presenting a title that truly captures the German studio’s artistic vision.
The free public demo includes about 700 MB of content which features scenes from the first chapter of the game . Players who seek out this download will experience between 30 and 45 minutes of gameplay in the incredible world that Daedalic Entertainment has forged.
The title’s story features a fast-paced comedy which includes humbly appealing love stories. The twist-filled tale takes its off-beat protaganists all over the planet of Deponia, a unique game world in the style of some of the most influential writers of our time. The scenes painted by Daedalic Entertainment will encourage gamers to reminisce the captivating worlds composed by Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Matt Groening alike. From an improvised village built inside a giant trash heap to the swimming black market and the dark corners of the elevated planetary railways players are fully encouraged by the title’s development team to immerse themselves within the beautiful universe that has been created.
One of the playable main characters, Rufus, can be described as being quite unpleasant in nature. He proves to be ill-tempered and entirely too convinced of his own greatness even while he resides at the edge of a small settlement in one of the most remote sectors of the trash-filled planet. Despite all of this, Rufus dreams of a better life in the floating cities of wealth and beauty high above the planet’s surface. When the angelic Goal falls from these privileged spheres down into a neighbouring trash heap, Rufus sees this as his opportunity to experience life anew. Taking an ode from some of the most popular works of fiction today, he decides to bring the unconscious beauty back to her home. However, in this rendition of a traveller’s tale, Rufus must contend with the whims of Goal’s contentious husband. Being the intelligent protagonist that he was made to be, he soon formulates a plan for this may be his only chance to leave the dank environs of Deponia. This sets the stage for a work of art not too keen on falling short of its impressive appeal.
Deponia received high praise in light of its initial release in Germany. The press ate up Daedalic Entertainment’s opus from the ground up, leaving no room for the title to become a wayward son of its humble parents. It is at this point that the first reviews for the English version are coming in – and the praise continues:
GamingLives, for example, rated the game 9 out of 10, stating:
“Daedalic have thumped it into the heart of their own genre, delivering a well-rounded, blissful kick of addictive lushness that now begs for a sequel. Offering a quirky, inventive setting, painted in rich detail in the developer’s typically beautiful hand-drawn cartoony art style, Deponia is a joy to look at as much as play.”
All this for a title that has only breached a fraction of its intended market.
Deponia is scheduled to arrive on retail shelves throughout the UK and Ireland on June 29th, 2012. The retail edition (recommended retail price: £29.99) includes the full game as well as a poster and the original soundtrack on CD.