Adventure gamers are used to picking up everything they can get their hands on, but what if you had a candle for a hand? This is just one of the many challenges to overcome in Candle, a stylish new indie adventure now seeking crowdfunding through Kickstarter.
Candle casts players in the role of the "inexperienced and vulnerable Teku in his thrilling journey to save his friends and unravel the mysteries of his world." But Teku has one very special ability: "instead of a hand, he carries a candle that can be lit at certain spots, and he must do whatever he can to prevent it from being extinguished. The flame of the candle is key to solving many of the puzzles, as well as uncovering lots of secrets and clues."
As seen in the early screenshots and Kickstarter video, Candle is entirely hand-painted in watercolours and ink, and even the animations are drawn frame by frame. According to Spanish developer Teku Studios, the game "inherits the spirit of classic cinematic adventures like Out of This World or Flashback, and the gameplay mechanics of classic platformer adventures like Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus, or Heart of Darkness." But for those fearing a reflex-driven action game, worry not, as Candle promises to be "focused on calm puzzle resolution but with a modern and dynamic control over the character."
In order to finish the game for Windows, Mac, and Linux by next January, the developers are currently seeking $40,000 through Kickstarter by August 16th. Early birds can scoop a DRM-free copy of the game for as little as $10 for a limited time (after which it jumps to $15), with the usual array of both digital and physical rewards offered at upper tiers.
To learn more about Candle or to contribute to the campaign, visit the Kickstarter page for complete details. You can also vote for the game on Steam Greenlight.