A few years ago at PAX Prime several, of the LevelSave crew members sat on a couch and played game called Chasing Aurora. We sat there for far too long, passing Wii remotes and the Wii U Tablet to and fro, hooting with dread and joy. My main memory from that couch excursion was playing a modified version of tag with our bird characters. One player would have a lanturn in their talons while the other would try and hunt them down. The Wii Remote players would share a screen and be forced to work together while the Tablet holder could go and hide anywhere. People would dive bomb other characters, some would hide in waterfalls, and all of us were having a great time.
So what does that have to do with Secrets of Rætikon? Well it is made by the same developers, Broken Rules, who also made And Yet It Moves. It also has the exact same art style, which is a welcome respite against the glut of pixel-centric indie games today. The last relation is that it is also about birds and appears to have the same mechanics as Chasing Aurora, minus the multiplayer.
In the multiplayer’s place is a single player campaign. In said campaign you fly around the Alps, talking to animals, and just have fun being a bird. There is also some talk of puzzles and an ancient civilization but that is not important, because you are a bird. Why does it have to be about overcoming adversity, man, just have fun being a bird, man.
Freeloading hippie jokes aside, Secrets of Rætikon looks like a chill experience. Just flapping about, being a bird, sounds pretty great.
There is also a level editor mode where you can mix up current levels or create your own.
“We wanted to create a game with high replay value and thus the AI and physics are the pillars the gameplay rests upon. Every animal has a distinct behaviour and all of them react to each other. Every bush can be uprooted and every branch torn out. The game is a story-based sandbox in an open world. And there is in fact a hidden gravity gun.”
Secrets of Rætikon is currently available on Steam Early Access. It will see a final release on April 17th and will see a discount to $9 for a short time. It is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux. Stay tuned to LevelSave for more info