Weekly Kick Pick – “The Pedestrian”

The Pedestrian is a 2D puzzle platformer in which you unscramble your environment to traverse a dynamic, life-like 3D world.

 

Video Source – Skookum Arts

 

Set to release in mid 2017 on Mac and PC.

What’s it like inside the world of public restroom signs? Aside from the fact that the symbols are on the job 24/7, dutifully directing humans, is there more to their straight and narrow life? Can an icon of this nature have an adventure and discover solutions to obstacles outside of it’s boxed-in environment? Enter the world of The Pedestrian and find out!

The Pedestrian is a 2.5D side-scrolling puzzle platformer that takes puzzle platforming literally. The player moves from sign to sign, rearranging and reconnecting signs in order to solve puzzles. These solved puzzles connect and occupy space in the 3D surroundings. This allows the player the ability to explore and maneuver smoothly through the terrain.

 

Plan, build, adjust, succeed! The task is simple: get from point A to point B. But as the saying goes, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” Connect signs to create a path to the next leg of your journey. Not only are puzzle mechanics tied to the world, but also to the narrative. Use your imagination and puzzle-solving skills to avoid and overcome obstacles in the signs.

 

The world of The Pedestrian is a lively place. It’s home to such sights as: traffic cluttered streets, steaming pipes, music filled elevators, suspiciously abandoned subways, a dark stormy city skyline and more. The environments are meant to be entertaining, as well as a core part of the gameplay.

 

No more walls of text! All puzzle mechanics are taught using symbols and animation, while story elements are portrayed during gameplay. The real-world public sign system was created to give information without the use of text, eliminating the barrier of language. Thus, The Pedestrian uses simplistic sign-style symbols in order to convey needed information for gameplay.

 

The Pedestrian uses no words, so music is a critical component in telling the story. A well crafted, cohesive score speaks louder than words.

Classic jazz is The Pedestrian‘s base genre, with inspiration from John Williams, Danny Elfman, and Jerry Goldsmith, to evoke the feeling of a bright and bustling world.