As the coldest, least populated continent on the planet, Antarctica is known more for its ice and penguins than for international intrigue. That might change soon enough when indie German developer Matze Klein releases his debut adventure, Echidna's Daughter.
The game stars a young man from Berlin named Zip, who "wakes up one morning without any memory of his former life." When Zip receives "a disturbing phone call from a stranger who warns him against a secret organization called 'Polaris,'" he has no idea who he can trust. In order to unravel the mystery, players must follow the clues that "take you around the world" on a journey where "all the hints you find point to the very same place: the cold and deadly wilderness of the 'white continent': Antarctica."
Echidna's Daughter is presented in a distinctive hand-drawn art style, as displayed in the early screenshots and trailer unveiled. It may not look like it, but the game is inspired by the LucasArts classics like Monkey Island and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, promising a globetrotting adventure with stops in Germany, France, Norway, Russia, Hong Kong and Sierra Leone. In this point-and-click thriller with Lynchian vibes and subtle comedic elements woven in, players can expect an adventure "full of weird characters, mysterious places and secret secrets" to go with a variety of puzzles to solve along the way. Some of the challenges will be "adjusted to the speed of the action" during important story moments, triggering increased escape room-style pressure to overcome.
Though development began back in 2016, production on Echidna's Daughter still has a way to go, with a target completion date for Windows and Mac not due until late 2020 or even 2021. In the meantime, however, you can follow the game's progress through the official website.