Any good detective has an active sixth sense, or intuition. But all the better to have actual "parapsychic" abilities in order to root out crime and reveal even deeper mysteries, as we'll soon discover in the upcoming release of Earthworms.
Earthworms casts players in the role of detective Daniel White, whose paranormal abilities include visions that enable him to solve particularly challenging crimes. The investigation into a missing teenaged girl from a small fishing village seems like just such a case, but the deeper he probes, the stranger the circumstances become, and it soon becomes clear that all the evidence leads to a massive consipiracy on a global scale.
While the premise sounds suited to dark and gritty artwork, Earthworms is actually presented in a soft, hand-painted style inspired by the works of Edward Hopper. Unlike the realism displayed in Hopper's paintings, however, the mysterious world presented here blends "pulp theme, surrealism and high-end science" together, inspired by titles like Donnie Darko, The X-Files, Stranger Things, and Twin Peaks and designed to elicit "a thrill of horror [mixed] with [a] dose of humor, beauty, ugliness and most often weirdness." There will also be plenty of obstacles to overcome, as the game promises "a lot of challenging logical puzzles [in] addition to classic inventory interactions."
There is not yet a firm release date for Earthworms, but the game is currently on track for completion on PC in November. In the meantime, you can follow its progress through the official website.