Sci-fi nerds, rejoice! Retro-styled adventure game fans, too, as the forces of both are strong in indie developer Tibba Games' upcoming Stellar Mess.
It's 1991 Argentina, and the Stellar Battle film franchise is all the rage. A comic book store owner named Diego is head over heels for the movie's heroine, Princess Lanor, and fervently believes the online conspiracy theory floating around that events depicted on the big screen are not mere fiction but based in actual reality. No one takes him seriously, until one day "opportunity comes knocking" and now Diego has "the chance to save the Princess and help the rebellion [in its] battle against the evil Stellar Armada."
Heavily inspired by the early Lucasfilm SCUMM classics like Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, Stellar Mess fully embraces its nostalgic retro approach. Not only is the world littered with pop culture references from the period, ranging from Transformers to Star Wars to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the game is presented in 16-colour pixel art and controlled though a nine-verb interface. Along the way, players can expect a lighthearted storyline filled with items to collect (and look at, push, pull, open, close, etc.) and puzzles to solve in order to fulfill your intergalactic destiny.
There is currently no target release date for the full game, but a playable demo is already available for download on itch.io for Windows PC. To follow the progress of Stellar Mess in the coming months, be sure to drop by the official website for additional details.