“Theropods” by Sarah Duffield-Harding, Matthew Frith, Zach Striefel & Kostas Skiftas.

“[A] point and click adventure game that combines puzzles with a cinematic story, colourful characters and a retro aesthetic. Oh, and lots of dinosaurs! […] Characters, dinosaurs and backgrounds come alive with handcrafted sprites and smooth animations, created frame by frame with love and care.”

Oh, stay calm, my dinosaur, pixel art and adventure game loving heart! “Theropods” released a demo of its upcoming full release about two and a half months ago; also it was successfully backed on Kickstarter. The reason why I am so happy about this? Well, on the one side, the new demo sure looks lovely and makes me really curious about the end product. But on the other side, the original jam version of “Theropods” was one of the first articles I wrote for this blog! Because back in the good old days, it was actually an entry for the Adventure Jam 2015. It’s always an incredible feeling for me to see that a jam game that I recommended evolves into something new and better.

But enough of the sentiments, as I am sure you would now like to read a bit more information about the game itself. You play as a cave woman on her hunt for fresh dinosaur meat. Of course, your desired prey doesn’t intend to get spiked by your pike, so you have to carefully arrange a trap with the help of two goofy cave men and the stuff you can find in the jungle. Of course, nobody of you can speak, so you have to give your partners gestural hints. Just as soon as the three of you manage to realize the master plan, something life-changing happens… And the demo ends. Oh, you hate cliffhangers, don’t you? Welcome to the club!

“Theropods” looks incredibly beautiful so far and the sound design also catches up the Stone Age vibes very well. Also, the puzzle design is neatly structured, though I personally appreciated the puzzles in the jam version a bit more. Nonetheless, I’m very excited to see the full game coming, as it will mix up the old premise quite a bit. If you scroll down the description page of the “Theropods” demo on, you will not just see images of pixelated prehistoric creatures and humans any longer, but also aliens! I mean… A dinosaur-science-fiction mashup adventure with a stunning audiovisual presentation, filled with puzzles and surprises?! I’m so on board with that.