Secrets of Raetikon is a little bit special. With its vivid colour palette, vector-based art style, and exploratory nature, Broken Rules have created a game designed for you to sink into and muck about. Like the best games, Raetikon encourages you to meet it halfway, indeed the centreal underlying gameplay feature here is curiosity, and we rather like that. It's a game of ancient machinery, natural habitats and ecosystem, and the serenity of flight as you take on the mantle of a very handsome looking bird.
Broken Rules themselves describe the game like this:
“Secrets of Raetikon is a game where players fly like birds. They explore a beautiful rugged alpine landscape populated by wild animals. To progress through the game, players reactivate ancient machinery. It is a physical puzzle game as much as an exploration game. Secrets of Raetikon is a game for anyone who has ever dreamed of flying.”
The first moment I broke through the clouds and the sun-filled sky flooded itself with oranges and reds only to return smoothly to the sea-soaked blues of before was an accident. So I had to go back and do it again, and again. It's the reason people ask for window seats on planes.
We're going to do a little video series before we get to the review proper, and it should be noted that the game is still in its alpha stages. You can get involved now via Broken Rules' own site, but there's Steam Early Access just around the corner in a couple of days too on the 7th should you wish to add the game to your Steam library.
In the interim, we'll be dropping a few Let's Play vids onsite to give you an idea of what you can expect.
Oh, and I still need a name for my bird. Any suggestions?