Do you like to haiku? We like to haiku! Great news, then! Haiku Adventure is an ultra-violent FPS based on the world of delightfully introspective Japanese poetry. Except it’s not at all violent. It’s actually all rather serene and exquisite looking. Let’s take a look!
From the minds of Small Island Games – a London indie studio – this point and click adventure sees you guide an old soul across a dramatic landscape.
Your goal is to stop a volcano from erupting by engaging in haiku-type puzzles whilst you revel in the “magical realist narrative”.
Ceri Williams and James Morgan founded the studio in 2018. Their background is in architectural design and helping international charities with virtual reality and game design.
But now we have this rather fabulous looking, unique adventure that channels two of Nippon’s greatest cultural exports: haikus and ukiyo-e woodblock art.
There isn’t much other information available just yet, other than the one teaser trailer. But we do know it’ll be a cross-platform release and should be available later in 2019 – we’ll provide a review of it then.
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We’re really pleased to have been working with the William Morris Gallery to develop and install their first ever exhibition of videogames in the gallery’s Discovery Lounge. Haiku Adventure: The Craft of Games will be on show until 15 September 2019 and is free of charge to attend. The whole display has been designed, fabricated and installed by Small Island Games and so after a busy few weeks we’re excited to open the doors to visitors. The exhibition compares the production of videogames with the Japanese woodblock prints that have inspired the game. Original ukiyo-e prints on show include designs by Hokusai and Hiroshige. In addition to printed images and short videos, visitors can play an ‘exploration demo’ of Haiku Adventure. https://www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/haiku-adventure/ #gamedev #gameart #design #exhibition #ukiyo-e
Finally, if you’re out and about in London between now and 15th September, there’s a special treat available at the William Morris Gallery (of art, obviously). It’s in Lloyd Park in Walthamstow.
The exhibit documents the progress of Haiku Adventure as it sits alongside a bunch of rather excellent ukiyo-e masterpieces (check out Hokusai’s Great Wave Off Kanagawa).
Anyway, we’re really looking forward to this one as it looks like a poetic and artistic delight, non? Oui!