Even everyday activities can be terrifying when presented in the right—or, in this case, wrong—way. This is the sort of approach creator Bubby Darkstar is taking to an upcoming horror game that’s equal parts cute, terrifying, and trippy. In it, a routine ride on a dark subway takes on a new tone as you traverse a hallway full of wandering eyes.
There are terrible subway rides and more Cool WI, Polygon’s weekly roundup of eye-catching clips and screenshots of work in progress. Each week, the Polygon staff scour the web for the most interesting games under construction to give you a sneak peek at the coolest upcoming projects.
This week we have a game that looks like a collage of plants and objects from a garden, a frog adventure, a fast-paced platformer game that reminds us of Portal, and a lively climbing game.
Your morning commute has never been so scary
The flickering neon world of Subway Midnight looks like a funky twist on your morning commute. A new trailer from Bubby Darkstar, described as a “cute” horror game, shows a character trudging down a corridor full of subway passengers with blank eyes. As players adventure, bubbly music befitting a relaxing island sojourn contrasts with the dark and twisted monsters players will encounter. According to the trailer, it’s coming to consoles “soon,” so keep your eyes peeled if you’re a horror nerd.
Link meets his climbing match
So many open world games now allow us to climb. I’m awed by these characters who seem to defy the laws of physics by scaling steep surfaces using just the edge of their fingernails. (See link in The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild.) Code Blue Games shows us a different kind of climbing animation, one inspired by the way the rest of the human body thrashes about while a Climbers only use their torso. The movement of his limbs and the avatar’s attention to the wall itself makes it appear as if you are watching a real human bouldering. The game is still in early development, but you can follow the team’s work on their Twitter account.
Small seed, big adventure
In this new game from Bardsley Creative, you’re going on a big adventure as a little seedling. How exactly does this work? Well, you’re at the mercy of the environment as you swing and hurl yourself from place to place. (Since seeds can’t walk, you know.) Games like this always take me back to the early days of Amanita Design, which created similarly fantastical worlds from the objects and textures of the natural world. According to its Steam page, Seedlings is scheduled for release in April 2022 and you can check out a demo of the game right now.
It’s time for frogs to get their own roleplay
I know I have an odd liking for frogs in this column, but they just seem to be extra trendy lately. The latest entry in the long list of indie games full of frogs is A Frog’s Tale, a “turn-based role-playing game” in which you go on adventures as a frog. Developers, Norman Company and Cathar Games, have posted a clip of a frog hopping to a chest and opening it to find a berry. If that sounds like your kind of romp, you can follow the team’s work on the game’s Twitter account.
Escape an office from hell
Here’s one good reason to keep working from home: Your office is literally filled with lava. Hell of an office – jump through portals to avoid rising lava. A clip shows the platform in action, and the way you fly through the portals looks very similar to the portal games. The game, which is being developed by 43 Studios, does not have a release date, but you can follow the progress on the game’s Twitter account.