And it was made by one dev in just one year.
Leaf’s trailer immediately caught my attention for its quiet, ambient soundtrack and arresting Monument Valley-esque visuals. Developed by just one dev, Simondtd, over the course of a year, Leaf is an impressive feat to behold.
According to Leaf’s itch.io page, the game takes the form of an exploration-driven action adventure, where you play as a cloaked and mysterious magician. While everything looks to be in order, the glitches in the trailer give a hint to the chaos hiding in this world. As part of your exploration around these islands, the player is tasked with stablising the world’s two conflicting parallel universes.
From the trailer we can see some snippets of combat, which seems to boil down to swinging your big stick around, and the geometric environment you will traverse. The combat system doesn’t look overly complicated, but I have a feeling that this isn’t really the main draw here. Instead, exploring the blocky environment accompanied by that synthy-soundtrack looks to be a real delight.
The game was released onto Steam last week, and so far we’ve heard very little about it. Perhaps this is an indication that pretty visuals and a gorgeous trailer are this game’s only real features, but maybe this is a title that just missed the chance to market.
Either way, Leaf’s gorgeous world and atmospheric soundtrack are an achievement worth celebrating, especially having been produced in just a year. Leaf is currently available on both itch.io and Steam.
Kate has been gaming since she could control a mouse. In addition to having a penchant for indie games, Kate had a World of Warcraft account when she was far too young, and has a weakness for any game with ‘RPG’ in the description.