Another week, another Belgian Kickstarter campaign. Congratulations are in order as The Man Came Around by progressive Brussels developer Pipette Inc. already managed to sneak past its € 10.000 goal. However, there’s still some time left to throw money at it. That art style art sure looks too lovely not to.
Billed as a thought provoking survival adventure, The Man Came Around sees you filling the shoes of five citizens trying to escape the oppressive regime of Occida. The only thing that stands in the way between them and redemption is the Northern Border, a heavily guarded fence lost in the middle of a freezing mountain pass.
Thematically inspired by Papers, Please and This War of Mine, but as you will notice from playing the demo mechanically the game has more in common with Gods Will Be Watching. Death looms around every snowflake of the frozen wasteland and you’ll have to make the most of your group’s talents and scarce resources in order to survive.
Chances are not everyone will make it and to that end there’s plenty of tough moral choices that will impact the story. Do you lose valuable time (and body warmth – it’s freezing out there!) by sneaking around a patrol, or do you send a random volunteer to try and bribe them, even though the answer might be a bullet in the face? Crucial decisions impact the story, which make for a lot of replayability.
If this sounds intriguing, there’s still time to secure a copy of the game. Among the more exotic backer rewards is a manifest authored by the fictional activist organisation The Many and a playable prototype of The Man Came Around board game. Let’s try and pull the game past the first stretch goal!