VA-11 HALL-A Cyberpunk Bartender Action
The other day I heard about this odd indie-game (through an IGN podcast, unusually for them they were talking about smaller indie titles and not just the big budget games).
It’s called “VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action“, which I assume you’re suppose to pronunce as Valhalla.
I guess this isn’t really a Japanese game (the developer is called Sukeban Games which although sounds Japanese, they’re based in Venezuela), but as it says on the games’ website :
Visuals inspired by old Japanese adventure games for the PC-98, with a modern touch for an other-wordly experience.
and it is obviously a Cyberpunk game which inherently has a Japanese aesthetic, and the visuals are very anime.
The game is “a booze em’up about waifus, technology, and post-dystopia life” apparently, and appears to revolve around you, a bartender, mixing drinks for your customers who come in and chat with you and the storyline develops from there – the drinks you prepare effect the way the story progresses which is an interesting idea.
The game is still in production – it was supposed to be released in December 2014 according to their website – and will be available for PC, Linux, Mac, iPad and PS Vita. A pretty impressive lineup for an indie-game, one that puts a lot of major publishers to shame (how many games come to Linux and Mac these days?).
I haven’t played the game yet (currently downloading the demo) but it looks intriguing and certainly original, so fingers crossed it’s a) good and b) works out for the company. It’s always good to support these smaller developers!