Out fox them.
Everyone has lost their mum in a supermarket at least once. Traipsing from aisle to aisle, navigating stands of colorful rubbish and the trolleys of stranger and their families. If you can remember that feeling of mild panic rising in your chest, you might have landed on the emotional hook for The Long Return, a 3D puzzler where one fox cub just wants to find his mum.
This little fox cub is retracing his steps, going back on the last journey it took with its mother. Along the way, it will encounter puzzles and obstacles, sometimes embedded within the world and other times popping out into new screens. This follows the kinds of mechanics we often seen in island-based puzzle games like The Witness and Rime, where the environment itself holds the key to progression.
Unlike The Witness, however, the puzzles here are aimed at a casual audience, with the idea being that this game will relax players rather than confuse and befuddle them. As you go through your journey, your cub will grow into an adult before you, progression in puzzles seemingly rewarded in real time. It’s a nice, simple, narrative concept which, combined with the very relaxing soundtrack, should create a calming game play experience.
The Long Return has been developed by solo-dev Max Nielsen, who has been documenting some of his journey on Steam, delays and all. With plenty of testers however, it seems like the game will be in good shape before release. This lovely little title is releasing tomorrow, go check it out on Steam to find out more.
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.