Fans of Ori and the Blind Forest, Oddworld, or Ico should keep on the lookout for Fossil Echo, releasing July 1 on Steam. Boasting challenging vertical platforming and hand drawn graphics, the game was announced for Steam Greenlight in 2014.
Developed by a core team of only two people — former short film maker Phil Crifo and coder Thierry Boura — the game follows a young boy scaling a perilous tower, interspersed with playable flashbacks that detail his backstory.
Fossil Echo intentionally eschews dialogue and text to create a mysterious and immersive experience, like the recent Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. The announcement trailer for the game highlights the hand drawn art style and beautiful music from John Robert MATZ, whose indie game cred includes the soundtrack to Gunpoint.
The trailer promises adventure through caves, a forest, and up the tower itself, and introduces several non-player characters. One group of gun-toting enemies will force the player to combine their platforming with stealth to avoid being spotted. Additionally, the game includes fully animated cutscenes, using the same hand drawn style as the gameplay.
For more information on Fossil Echo, head to the official website. As for more in the world of single player indie games, you’re in the right place at OnlySP.