It's often hard to tell where an adventure game ends and a puzzle-platformer begins, and vice versa. But in Size Five Games' upcoming Lair of the Clockwork God, the former ends with one protagonist and the latter begins with the other, though the two must work together to succeed.
The stars of comic indie hits Ben There, Dan That and Time Gentlemen, Please! are back in an all-new "fast-paced point-and-click adventure for the modern era." The world as we know it is in danger, and saving it requires "switching between both characters and using their unique abilities together in a race-against-time effort to stop all the Apocalypses happening simultaneously by teaching an old computer about feelings."
Presented in heavily stylized pixel art, the side-scrolling Lair of the Clockwork God is not your traditional adventure game. More precisely, it's half of a traditional adventure, as Ben is "a die-hard, old-school LucasArts adventure fan. His feet never leave the floor, and he's happiest collecting any old junk he can lay his hands on, in the hopes of combining it all together to solve a satisfying puzzle." His pal Dan, on the other hand, has "decided there's no money to be made in adventure games anymore, so he’s going to be an indie darling platformer instead." Rather than setting aside their differences, Ben's inventory gathering and Dan's running, jumping and pushing abilities must be combined cooperatively in order to overcome the obstacles in their path.
We're not far off from the release of Lair of the Clockwork God, as the game is charging hard towards an August 30th launch on Steam for Windows PC.