As someone that grew watching Pingu and Chicken Run, stop motion animation surely holds a special place in my heart. And there’s nothing more enjoyable than seeing an indie studio exploring the hand-made art style in a new and creative way.
Harold Halibut is an adventure game that’s been developed by the folks at the German indie studio Slow Bros, the initial vision for the game started in 2021 while the team talked about their love for stop motion and story games. Shortly after that, they started building dollhouse sized sets and puppets in their bedrooms.
The concept of meshing a point-and-click game, that already has a film-like narrative, with the retro-future space clay journey, is quite intriguing. And it has drawn some attention from the industry since its fascinating trailer launched.
It’s been 250 years since your home – an ark-like spaceship – fled an Earth on the verge of cold war to find a habitable planet on which to preserve the human race. You are Harold, a young lab assistant for the ship’s lead scientist, Jeanne Mareaux. While most of the ship’s inhabitants have reconciled themselves to a life lived aboard the sunken ship, Mareaux still works tirelessly to find a way for the ship to leave the planet and find a new, dryer home.
The trailer makes it clear how much hard-ass work has been put into the creation of Harold Halibut. The environments are complex and deeply detailed, from the control room and its bright colors to the speckles of dirt that fly by the lights in the outer world field.
Even if your not as drawn to the impressive handmade art as I, Harold Halibut sounds like an absorbing adventure. And who isn’t up for a retro-futuristic mystery?
Sadly, Harold Halibut still doesn’t have a release date yet, and the only response the studio gives about the release window is ‘Soonish’. Video games, especially ones that incorporate stop motion animation, shouldn’t be rushed.