In the course of the pandemic, we’ve been seeing a rise in Malaysian-made video games to assist hold issues attention-grabbing for us at house, and it’s solely the start.
However one recreation that appears to have fallen beneath the radar of bigger titles is Twelve Floors. It was launched in July 2021 by a gaggle of native builders from the studio Station R Games. The developer who kickstarted it’s Ray Low, a mechatronics engineering pupil who hails from Rawang.
Ray’s ardour for growing video games all started after he participated in an area hackathon. He noticed groups engaged on options that concerned gamification, which him in making a world of his personal.
Later, he began experimenting with Unity, a cross-platform recreation engine used to develop video video games for internet plugins, desktop platforms, consoles, and cell units.
His first few creations had been cell video games, however he felt they weren’t as much as his requirements. So he tried one thing completely different and wrote a brief story to create a recreation out of. A number of months later, his brainchild, Twelve Flooring, was born.
Exploring a bit of Ray’s thoughts
For Ray, Twelve Flooring is a recreation with private that means to him, as he shared that he lacked confidence and character for a few years, and at one level felt that his id was slipping away too.
He added, “Connecting and speaking with individuals has all the time been my weak point, however I hope it will flip into one in every of my strengths alongside this journey.” In a means then, this recreation displays a part of Ray’s personal journey, although he didn’t explicitly state in what means.
Upon studying his story and looking out extra into the sport, I used to be intrigued by the horror-esque theme of Twelve Flooring and its design. I instantly made a purchase order, which price me US$3 or round RM12.70, which I discovered very cheap to assist a brand new recreation developer.
My first impression of the sport was so much like an anime I watched, Angels of Dying, the place the principle character wakes up in an unfamiliar place with little or no reminiscence of how she acquired there and has to combat her means out. It was based mostly on an indie recreation of the identical title.
To be honest, this premise is kind of frequent in most horror video games. One factor that did catch me off-guard, nevertheless, was after I started the sport, entered a door subsequent to the elevator, and was instantly delivered to the sport credit.
I assumed it was a glitch but it surely seems that different players went via the identical factor too, so it was probably a “gotcha!” gimmick from the builders, which added some character to the sport.
Your entire theme of the sport is kind of darkish, and a few examples of disturbing scenes you’d come throughout embrace severed human heads hanging from ropes. If you happen to’re squeamish about such scenes and like set off warnings earlier than making a purchase order, you could possibly most likely attain out to the group first.
Because of the artwork type, nevertheless, they weren’t too graphic, and I oddly discovered them cute. Maybe I’ve a morbid facet to me.
For a recreation this simple-looking, it was a deal with to listen to that there was voice-acting, carried out by Malaysians, no much less. The character designs don’t fairly stand out, however the hand-drawn environments had been fairly superbly rendered.
Feeling misplaced and looking for solutions
Regardless of being a recreation with an emphasis on story, I needed to say that I felt fairly misplaced more often than not. To determine my very own story, I needed to work together with different kids whose relationships with me had been unclear. One factor all of them had in frequent was useless mother and father, together with my very own playable character, Curtis, at the least in accordance with the opposite characters.
After Curtis first wakes up, he’ll discover 4 tapes that he can’t watch but till he defeats the bosses within the recreation. You’ll be able to slash vials with sparkly liquid in them that grant you additional lives.
The primary a part of the video games are these huge fights you’ll uncover on completely different flooring, like combating a helicopter that drops bombs, combating a bulldog, combating even one in every of your mates, and what looks as if a claw machine recreation the place you must save frogs. When you’ve accomplished these 4 essential challenges, you’ll be capable of play the thriller tapes.
In all honesty, these felt like a fever dream and I’ll admit that it was onerous for me to see the connection between these fights and the general huge image of the story, at the least throughout them. That being stated, they had been nonetheless thrilling to interact in as a result of I personally get pleasure from battles like these.
The large reveal
I had an inkling that these tapes had been associated to the “useless mother and father” that the characters saved referring to within the recreation, and naturally, I used to be dying (no pun supposed) to know what had occurred to my dad, and what function I performed in it.
It was solely after I watched these tapes that I realised how the whole lot was tied collectively within the recreation, particularly concerning the principle battles that earlier felt like a fever dream. With out spoiling an excessive amount of, they represented key parts of the battle every character had with their mother and father. Afterward, a serious plot twist involving Curtis’ personal expertise was additionally revealed.
General, I do suppose that it was a well-developed recreation when it comes to its graphics, storyline, interactivity, and many others. for the studio’s first recreation. The in-game world was additionally complicated sufficient with all of the completely different flooring that made it a thought-provoking problem.
The one hiccup I’d say I skilled all through was that generally, Curtis turns into motionless and I can solely transfer him utilizing the slash button, and I’d should give up and re-enter the sport each time this hiccup happens.
Whereas the sport left me at a degree of suspense concerning Curtis and his father’s destiny, I nonetheless felt some type of closure for many of the questions I had whereas enjoying the sport, which I used to be blissful about.
This quick and easy recreation is simply the beginning for Station R Video games, and I definitely see potential within the group’s future creations. Whereas complicated at first, the whole lot unfolded in a satisfying means, and the group might leverage their story-telling expertise for different video games too.
In the meanwhile, Station R Video games is already engaged on a brand new recreation referred to as Night time on the Clownville which appears like one other horror recreation, although it’s taking a distinct flip from Twelve Ground’s design and mechanics. It’s a first-person shooter (FPS) survival recreation, so it’ll be attention-grabbing to see what it brings to the desk when it comes to story.