During yesterday’s PC Gamer show at E3, the indie studio Glumberland showed off new footage of their cute indie game Ooblets. The new trailer showed off a brand new system that has been developed in secret for some time: dance battles between the titular creatures.
Shake it, cute mushroom!
Ooblets is an upcoming game that’s a combination of farming sim, town life, and creature collection game. Your character runs a farm, explores the world, and raises the titular creatures. The game’s developers are Rebecca Cordingley (programming and art) and Ben (game design and writing,) with Slime Girls as composer.
The newest trailer showed off gameplay footage of a dance off system that replaced the old battle system. An accompanying post in the dev diary explains some of the details. Ooblets can use a variety of moves to show off, hype their team, or fluster opponents. ‘Ego’ acts as health, and Ooblets that run out of it run home in SHAME.
Why we make them dance.
Rebecca explained why they changed from the classic battle system in the post:
Since we first started showing our trailers and GIFs, people have really latched on to all the dancing we’ve shown in the game. But we didn’t know where dancing could naturally fit in the gameplay. Now we do!
People can suspend their disbelief a bit and be okay with their creatures fighting, but the idea that you’re throwing your tiny friends into the equivalent of dogfights doesn’t really fit the tone of Ooblets where everything is cute and friendly.
For a while we’ve tried to limit the violent side of battles by replacing hitpoints with ego, fainting/death with running home, and making the attacks look kinda goofy, but at the end of the day, it was still a traditional creature battle. Like everything we try to do, we wanted to base our ideas off of things we like but infuse our own personality and goofiness into them. Dance offs were the perfect solution!
On top of all this, we’ve had a bunch of people asking for ways they could play the game without getting into any fights, so this might be a good compromise.
Ooblets will release sometime in 2018 on PC and Xbox One.