What’s that? Up in the sky! Is it a bird? A plane? An alien from the planet Krypton? No, but it is an alien that’s popping up over in Dead Bug Creek, the new game from developer Ashley Pinnick.
In the game, players control an alien that is searching for the so-called “ultimate prize,” though we start with no idea of what that is. Soon enough though, the alien’s mission goes pear-shaped – or, more accurately, little girl-shaped. A run-in with what the developer calls a “rambunctious” little girl (and which rational individuals would call “horrifyingly shrill”) pulls the alien off its ultimate course, and instead launches the player on a lark about the town of Dead Bug Creek, the kind of town people point to when they want to explain the concept of “the middle of nowhere.”
The whole game is highly stylized, and calls to mind such games as Psychonauts, filled with weird, almost grotesque characters inhabiting a strange, redneck-populated world. Admittedly, there weren’t many rednecks in Psychonauts, but the point is, both worlds are weird.
Dead Bug Creek is being developed for the Oculus Rift, and an early Beta for the game is releasing on June 1 for Windows computers (a Rift is needed to play it, of course). Those interested in joining the Beta should keep an eye on the game’s website, which is also a great way to learn more about the game and future updates.