Heya. Sorry we've not posted much stuff lately. Owen's been visiting home and desperately playing as many videogames as he can before he returns to outer space, and Andi is just useless. Also, I've been on holiday. Well, no. I'm in the process of moving house. But in the one free hour I've had between now and this time two weeks ago, I went on holiday. It was pretty cheap and I would thoroughly recommend it.
Proteus. It's one of those 'games' that will prompt a load of tedious discussions about whether it's a 'game' or not that will only end when a sensible person says 'Jesus Christ, who cares?'. It's a walking around and looking at things simulator. An interactive music video. A virtual holiday. Whatever. All I know is I explored an island with a smile on my face and wonder in my heart.
You'll hear music as you walk around. The music changes depending on your surroundings, but is always wonderful. Sometimes you find little creatures who make funny little noises and do funny little things. Sometimes the wind goes 'bwowwwwmmmm' and all the trees do a dance. The visuals are all blocky, and yet Proteus evokes the sensation of going for an actual walk in the countryside even better than Forest 1 in Phantasy Star Online. Which is quite a feat.
Sometimes it rains, but you don't really mind because it looks like this. The clouds remind me of the clouds in the intro to Yoshi's Island, or the cloud level in We Love Katamari. These are some of my favourite videogame clouds.
You can climb atop a mountain and sit there, watching the clouds roll past beneath you. It is a thing I would recommend doing.
You'll figure out pretty quickly that Proteus moves through the four seasons. Which is cool, because it means you're feeling all smug for having figured out when the game will end. But then you see how it ends, and... man. MAN.
In most games, nighttime is meant to be scary. In Proteus, it is a time where a magical thing happens. A magical thing done no justice at all by this screenshot.
The first time you explore Proteus, you'll think you've seen everything. And then you go back for another look, and you're like AHHHH WHAT THE HELL. THERE'S OWLS IN THIS GAME? FUCKIN' OWLS, MAN! YES!
Game's not even finished yet, but it's already got owls in it. Amazing.
You can buy Proteus here for $7.50 which is less than the cost of three bags of sausage rolls from Morrisons. Consider doing it if you like being happy and smiling.