It may be true that “nothing is too weird or too small” for the upcoming event W.A.S.D. Curios, though you’re undoubtedly now spoiled for choice when deciding which one of the new indie games to check out first. That’s why we’re picking a few out for you to eyeball when the show kicks off at London’s Tobacco Dock this week.
First, we have a virtual and mixed reality experience called 7100AD: Air. Developer Yambe Tam tells us that the team refutes the classic depiction of an apocalyptic Earth that withers in the absence of human beings in this one, even if the game is set after Earth’s sixth mass extinction. “Neither does it project an Edenic recovery of nature, as the effects of human civilisations will persist long after we are gone,” Tam explains. “Rather, it asks how life will evolve in response to the irrevocable changes made to the planet during the Anthropocene.”
Next up, we’ve got a 3D platformer called Schim that tasks you with hopping from shadow to shadow if you want to clear each level. Developer Ewoud van der Werf tells us that the upcoming PC game “is inspired by childlike playfulness, something I think many people can relate to – jumping on the tiles on the pavement, the lines at a crossing, or the shadows.”
Finally, we have a relaxing, meditative mosaic-making game called Zellige: The Tilemaker of Granada. Set in the medieval setting of al-Andalus, you explore an Andalusian palace, create intricate mosaics, and find ways to leave your mark on the world. You can check out a demo on Itch.io if that sounds like your cup of tea.
If you like what you can see, you can check out a talk from all three developers at the PCGamesN Theatre on April 7 (Thursday) at 1pm BST. You can find a link to the stream if you won’t be at the show.