Beautiful Desolation, a game set in a post-apocalyptic Africa, is now on Kickstarter

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There aren’t enough games set in Africa, as its been years since I last played Far Cry 2 to the tune of gunfire and having random enemy NPCs rant “skiet die bliksem”. And that’s a pity because visually, Africa is an awesome setting for games. Which makes our local backyard down here in South double-awesome for locales and environments. We’re in a country that happens to have areas which are already one-half Mad Max: Fury Road, another half bustling metropolitan and one more math-dodgy half creepy when you accidentally drive into wherever it is that Matty stays.

Absolutely perfect settings then, for a video game. Which is happening. From local dudes The Brotherhood, who still owe me a new pair of brown pants after I had to sit through STASIS. Here’s a brief look and synopsis for Beautiful Desolation, their latest project which is currently up on Kickstarter:

BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION is an isometric post-apocalyptic adventure game. A tragic incident tears apart a brotherly bond but is also the catalyst for an epic adventure that spans from the 1980s and beyond.

Currently, the Super Bischoff Bros are looking for $120 000 worth of funding to get the gears rolling on Beautiful Desolation, having secured just over $34 000 of that cash at the time that this post was written. As for the gameplay? Point, click and adventure. Here’s the list of bullet points ripped straight from the Kickstarter:

  • Point-and-click adventure game
  • 80s retro technology look and feel
  • A story set in a post-apocalyptic future
  • 2D isometric, detailed rendered environments
  • African landscapes captured with photogrammetry
  • Extensive use of miniatures and scale model elements
  • Unique tribal punk aesthetic
  • Bizarre creatures and animals, and vibrant characters
  • From the creators of STASIS and CAYNE
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Sounds rather rad then. I’ve got faith in the guys to deliver on this, unlike the tons of other Kickstarters out there which slowly fade away into oblivion lately. With STASIS under their belts and the free CAYNE chapter now out in the digital wilds, they’ve proven that they can deliver on their promises. I still need that new pair of pants though guys.

Last Updated: January 25, 2017

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Already backed.

  • HvR

    In the gameplay vid Post apocalyptic Africa looks a lot like present day Parow

    Game/idea looks awesome

  • Admiral Chief

    “post-apocalyptic Africa”
    So, 2017 eh

    • Hammersteyn


    • MonsterCheddar

      Cape Province 2017 the way its going now

      • Admiral Chief

        You okes need to sort out the gangsters and shit there

        • MonsterCheddar

          Rain is a bigger problem.

    • Post-Nkaaaaaandla

  • Original Heretic

    Africa is very under-utilized in games. Especially in a post-apocalyptic genre.

    I’m actually running a pen ‘n paper game at the moment, set in Africa, in a “the apocalypse is busy happening” setting. It’s getting quite interesting!

    • Hammersteyn

      Maybe the post-apocalyptic genre is a bit close to home?

      • Original Heretic

        Considering that most makers of games of this genre are NOT African, one would think that they’d cast their eyes outward, but in most cases, the developers set the games in the locales that they are familiar with. Bethesda makes Fallout in America, ’cause they are American, etc.
        It’s easier to adapt something that you know very well.

        • Hammersteyn

          Like New York or LA where lots of movies and games are set

          • Original Heretic

            Precisely. When telling a story where world building is necessary, sticking to what you know is not only easier, but makes the end product all the more believable.

            One of the best quotes I’ve heard read is “The biggest difference between fact and fiction is that fiction has to be believable.”

    • Kensei Seraph – Terran Ghost

      I’m playing a pen & paper where the DM has created a world based on traditional African myths.

      • Original Heretic

        Also a very under-utilized genre.

        I’m keeping mine more real world. The players are actually playing themselves, not some made up character. There is little to nothing about magic. So when something like that does crop up, it’s a very WTF moment for the guys.

  • konfab

    I will be disappointed if there are no prawns

  • Point and click? Where is my MYST!?

  • Kensei Seraph – Terran Ghost

    Looks interesting.

    I’m just not a fan of point and click adventure games.

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