Everyone needs a shoulder to lean on or a friend to help out when things get too rough, and Jack Nimble is no different. The boredom bugs are attacking his home, and he must summon his friends to help him protect it. The bugs’ most scary weapon is Pure Boredom, and players must use their cunning and tower-defense knowledge to keep the bugs at bay.
Jack Nimble: Attack of the Boredom Bugs introduces a new genre of tower defense games, called “active tower defense,” where the towers will only be activated if the player is manually controlling them. The towers each have their own animals and abilities, and players have direct control over what they do. Jack can summon each of his friends by playing a musical instrument that is meant for that friend. Then, through a mini-game designed for each friend, players can eliminate as many of the Boredom Bugs as possible. The Armadillo can bounce on Boredom Bugs’ heads, while the Porcupine can bowl through them, and the Owl has a rhythm-based game in order to pummel them with fruit.
Jack Nimble: Attack of the Boredom Bugs has over sixty levels, three worlds, and multiple upgrades to keep the game changing through each playthough. Each friend requires players to take a different perspective on the playing field in order to eliminate as many of the bugs as possible.
Beau Kittredge, formerly a children’s book author, founded Snowsuit Studio after getting frustrated at the lack of player involvement in other tower defense games. He wanted to “incorporate view-shifting puzzles so that the player has to think spatially and plan accordingly” for what they wanted to achieve in the game. In Jack Nimble: Attack of the Boredom Bugs, players have to look ahead at the situation, work with the right towers, and then actively attack with the animals, rather than letting the game passively do all the work for them.
In conjunction with Binary Solo, Snowsuit Studio has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Jack Nimble. Backers will help define the scope of the project and allow the developers to avoid having to use a big publisher for the game. The campaign runs through November 26, 2015. There is a demo of the game available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Jack Nimble: Attack of the Boredom Bugs will initially be available for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems [links go to direct demo downloads], with Android, iOS, PS4, and Xbox One versions to follow. In addition to the Kickstarter, there is also a Steam Greenlight campaign for the game. For more information, “like” the Jack Nimble page on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter. More information is available about Binary Solo through their website or their Facebook and Twitter pages, and Snowsuit Studio has their own website.