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First trailers shine light on moody fantasy adventure Violett

Violett is the name of a young girl who follows a hole into a magical world of talking kettles, singing frogs and snails that can cook. But despite what you might be thinking, there are no white rabbits in sight in this protagonist's titular adventure.

Polish developer Forever Entertainment's upcoming point-and-click adventure owes more than a little to Alice in Wonderland, but theirs is an altogether darker and more modern take on the idea. Violett is your typical rebellious teen, furious at her parents for ripping her from her old life and friends and taking her to live in an old, spooky house situated (surprise, surprise!) in the middle of nowhere. Sitting grumpily on her bed, she catches a glint of light coming from a mouse-hole in the wall, reaches in and... Well, you probably don't need me to tell you where this is going.

Less dark than American McGee's Alice and more like Coraline, this is the world of a sullen, modern teen's imagination rather than an innocent Victorian child's; a "parallel reality" of magic and a gloomy sort of wonder. The beautiful 2.5D graphics and lilting score (a haunting take on childhood favourites) reinforce the feeling of mystery and uneasiness, though the early trailers (including this gameplay video) do not include any voice work or indeed any words at all, as communication is performed through  pictograms. The game promises riddles and puzzles that will require physics-bending paranormal powers (such as telekinesis) to solve, and you must "fight the evil Spider Queen who's trying to prevent you from ever coming back."

Violett is reportedly in the "final stages" of production for PC, Mac, and Linux, and the developers expect to release the game before the end of the year. If you'd like to see the game released on Steam, you can vote for it now on Greenlight.

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