Hoodwink: when big business rules the world… again.


A dystopia where one large business controls a company isn’t that far-fetched. 1930s Germany had the Krupp family, America had AT&T and Britain has… Tesco. We really need to get more ambitious, Brits. Hoodwink, on the other hand, looks forward to a future where there’s just one corporation left – and it’s running the whole world.

New developer E-One Studio are behind an adventure game exploring that world, and their base in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the metaphorical shadow of the Petronas Towers, must have inspired them. From the screens we’ve seen, it combines the Eastern open-world of Yakuza with the more glossy anime look ofFinal Fantasy.

In the game, you take control of Michael Bezzle (M. Bezzle? We can see where that joke is going), a street-smart but accident-prone rogue who’s attempting one last con. You control him in a film noir world, where every step just steeps him deeper in the morass of the government-corporation. It’s been a while since we’ve played an adventure game that makes any improvement to the basic elements of the genre – it would be nice to see if Hoodwink can manage it.
We’re hoping for more details soon but in the meantime you cancheck out http://hoodwinkgame.com/