The Indie Café – Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony
Dig it, you crazy cats and kittens. You have entered the Indie Café, where the underground is given the floor. You know, sometimes we want to chill out with some games that give you something the Call of Duties and Battlefields of the world can’t deliver. So we got your art house games, your retro titles, and anything else made without the man’s oversight available for you to groove and sink in to. So pull up a chair and lend your ear for these cool characters from the down low.
All the world is a stage and this one is set in an alternate steam punk universe where the British have colonized Mars and both the Spanish and the indigenous Martians fight for ownership. You are Sir Walter Raleigh and you have just escaped execution. You must now fly through the colony on a quest to clear your name while blasting away those who block your path, in classic top down, vertical shoot ‘em up fashion. This is Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony.
Graphically, the gameplay, menus and cutscenes look like a SNES game but with the polish of a modern title. The steam punk aesthetic really comes alive in the details, such as people fighting Martians with muskets in the background. The music goes out of its way to give you the impression that you have set out on a bold adventure and much hangs in the balance. The grandiose soundtrack makes you believe that you are engaged in daring air battles and taking down gargantuan opponents, something most wouldn’t believe due to its retro look.
The game is comprised of five stages and five difficulty levels but some levels can only be completed on certain difficulty settings. This means you’ll find yourself going back to previous levels on harder difficulties because unless you are great at vertical shoot-em-ups, you’ll need to try out stages you know on higher difficulties for practice. What this means is although the game is technically very short, the difficulty curve is smooth. Add in achievements and numerous unlockables and Jamestown will keep you occupied for a long time.
Final Form Games, the game developer, created Jamestown in two years with only four people on staff and was published and developed with money out of the three founders’ pocket. Even with such little going into the game, it was also offered in both the Humble Indie Bundle 4 and 6. The team is currently working on their second game and Jamestown shows that we should keep an eye on what they do next. Jamestown is available on the PC via Steam or GamersGate.
Can you snap your fingers to celebrate the wonders of the little known game deserving of undercover fame? Step into the Indie Café every week to hear about the best of independently made video games. If you know about a groovy but little known title made by an independent studio, send me a tweet @Colorwind with the hash tag #IndieCafe and I’ll spread the wealth. Until next time, creep out like the shadow, cats and kittens.