Since it first began, the video game industry has grown quite considerably; so much that it is worth $65 billion dollars as of July 2011. It should be no surprise then that game developers have been popping up around the world. Many of the video games we play are not only from the United States, but from other countries as well. You’d be surprised at how similar some of these games are.
The first game I’ll be showing you today is called Limbo; which was developed by the Danish game company Playdead. Limbo is a platform-puzle game about a boy in Limbo (hence the game’s title) who is searching for his missing sister. Players control the boy in the game’s dark environment; avoiding various hazards the game throws at them by solving puzzles and using machinery. If the player is unable to avoid the game’s hazard’s, the boy suffers from a gruesome death.
The second game I’ll be showing you today is called Toki Tori; which was developed by the Dutch game company Two Tribes B.V. Toki Tori is a puzzle game about a baby chick who goes on a a quest to save his brothers and sister, after they were blown out of their nest. The goal of the game is to gather up all the eggs throughout each level within a certain amount of time; using various tools given to you at the beginning of a level. These tools include a teleporter, freeze ray, ghost trap, and a bridge builder.
The last game I’ll be showing you is called Braid; which was made by the American game developer Jonathan Blow. Braid is a platform game about a man named Tim who searching for a princess that was kidnapped by a terrible monster. The game consists of many levels which the player must guide Tim through by maneuvering platforms, defeating enemies and solving puzzles. This is accomplished by utilizing Tim’s ability to control time; which allows the player to rewind, fast forward, and stop time in the game.
As you see, while these games are visibly different, they share many similarities as well. Limbo, Braid, and Toki Tori are all puzzle-platformers featuring protagonists that are searching for someone dear to them. Of course, there is also plenty of diversity among these games as well. We can expect to see more games like these from around the world as the video game industry continues to expand.