YouTuber Dunkey’s indie publisher announces its first title, a horror game inspired by Zelda and Metroid

YouTuber videogamedunkey (Dunkey) indie studio Bigmode announced its first video game – Animal Well, a horror platformer title inspired by Zelda and Metroidvania. Animal Well features pixelated graphics and a desolate environment rendered in intricate audio and visual detail. Animal Well’s story is still mostly a mystery, but players take control of a ball character that gets stuck at the bottom of a strange well.

Animal Well is being developed by Billy Basso, a video game veteran who used to be a programmer at NetherReal Studios. Basso announced Animal Well in February 2022, but it was only just announced that Bigmode Games will be releasing the game as its first title. Bigmode doesn’t have a release date for the game on the official Bigmode website, but players can now add the title to their Steam wishlist. Animal Well will also launch on the PlayStation 5, but no other console or hardware is listed.

Bigmode Games is a video game publisher founded by Dunkey and his wife. Dunkey, real name Jason Yevgeniy Gastrow, is an internet personality best known for her comedic video essays and sketches on YouTube. With over 7 million subscribers, he is one of the most successful video game critics on YouTube. He launched Bigmode Games in September 2022 to “make good games succeed and help them continue to be successful in the future”.

Animal Well is about the bullet encountering strange animals including a large chameleon, a flock of blackbirds and a playful dog trying to bite at the bottom of the well. Players will solve puzzles and avoid animals to unravel the “Secrets of the Well”. The game uses a custom engine/renderer specifically designed for pixel art on modern hardware. The pixelated style has become a very popular aesthetic in standalone games as it’s a throwback to older titles from the NES and Super Nintendo era. Animal Well aims to evoke the style and presentation of the original Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Castlevania games. YouTuber Dunkey’s indie publisher announces its first title, a horror game inspired by Zelda and Metroid

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