Written by Jack Allin — November 21, 2015 at 15:11
Adventure gamers may be familiar with fighting like a cow, but we're far less used to actual dairy farming. But that's exactly what players will become in machineboy's upcoming Milkmaid of the Milky Way – at least at first.
The titular milkmaid is a young woman named Ruth, who lives alone on a "remote farm in a faraway fjord at the end of 1920s Norway." With her parents deceased, Ruth is left to milk the cows and make dairy products that her friend Erlend sells in the village. It's an isolated life in the "beautiful but lonely countryside", and the more you explore, the greater the sense that Ruth wants more out of life. There's also something not right around the farm, as tools and even cows have begun disappearing. Ruth soon gets more than she bargained for when she looks up and sees a strange craft in the sky above her.
As displayed in the early screenshots and teaser, Milkmaid of the Milky Way is a traditional point-and-click adventure with retro-inspired pixel art, promising a "focus on story, exploration and light puzzles." No further plot details have yet been revealed, but the Milky Way a great big galaxy, and Ruth's journey will take her "far, far away" from the confines of her rural Norse farmstead before all is said and done.
There are no firm launch plans yet for Milkmaid of the Milky Way, but machineboy is aiming for release sometime in 2016 for PC, Mac, and iOS devices. In the meantime, you can follow the game's progress through the developer's blog.