Developer: What Pumpkin Games, Inc.
Release Date: September 14, 2017
Platforms: PC, Mac
Regular Price: $7.99
A hand-drawn tribute to hilarious '90s adventure games (with none of the accompanying frustration). Play as Joey Claire, a puzzle-solving teen snatched out of her time (1994) and place (Earth) and stranded on a hostile alien planet on the brink of rebellion. Featuring music contributions by Undertale's Toby Fox!
A LOVE LETTER TO '90s ADVENTURE GAMES
...without the accompanying frustration. As fun and well-paced as you generously remember them being. No dream-logic solutions, no hearing the same “those items don’t work together” message over and over. HIVESWAP has unique responses for everything you can try. Spend hours trying everything on everything, if you want to -- but not because you have to. Learn about the characters by exploring their homes! But like, in a good way! No audio logs split up and scattered around -- GUARANTEED.
HAND-ANIMATED IN TWO DIMENSIONS
Strange homes to explore, every room brimming with secrets. The world of HIVESWAP is beautiful and alive, from its hyper-detailed environments to its gorgeous, fully-rendered animations. Come take a look!
MUSIC TO MAKE YOU WEEP
An eclectic, ambitious, genre-spanning soundtrack, featuring contributions from Undertale’s Toby Fox and, regrettably, at least one third-wave ska song. Also featuring at least one pseudo-revolutionary garage rock duo, with regrets of their own.
WORLDS TO SEE, TEENS TO BE
Play as JOEY CLAIRE, EXTRAORDINAIRE, a teen trapped in her room *and* in 1994. Play as JUDE HARLEY, BIZARRELY, her kid brother, trapped in his treehouse. Play as XEFROS TRITOH, ALIEN REBEL, wait. Aliens?
JUST GETTING STARTED
HIVESWAP: Act 1 is the first of a four-part series set in Andrew Hussie’s Homestuck universe, with a companion series, Hauntswitch, to follow. Continue your save from chapter to chapter, then from game to game, to carry your story, choices, friendships, and frenemies across them all -- then do it again! Once released, HIVESWAP and Hauntswitch will be playable in either order. Haven’t read Homestuck? That’s fine! This game is set in 1994! Homestuck hasn’t even been invented yet!
About the Developer
Established in 2015 by What Pumpkin Studios to produce video games based on the wildly popular HOMESTUCK webcomic, What Pumpkin Games (WPG) is a game development studio committed to delivering engaging, immersive gaming experiences punctuated by immersive storylines and gorgeous artwork. Backed by a passionate, internationally diverse team, What Pumpkin Games is in the midst of development on its debut title HIVESWAP, an episodic, four-part point-and-click adventure game set in the same narrative universe as HOMESTUCK. Planned for release throughout 2017 and beyond, HIVESWAP is being designed with an eye toward attracting newcomers unfamiliar with the wider HOMESTUCK universe while also appealing to long-time fans. Guided by the principle that quality storytelling and art are of the utmost importance, What Pumpkin Games is laser-focused on leveraging the video game medium's unique qualities to bring the beloved world of HOMESTUCK to life in new, exciting ways never before seen.
Based on HOMESTUCK, created by Andrew Hussie
Directed by Cohen Edenfield
Written by Andrew Hussie and Cohen Edenfield
Scripting by Cohen Edenfield
Andrew Hussie and Cindy Dominguez
Senior Producer: John Hatchford
Associate Producer: Ash Paulsen
Animation Director: Angela Sham
Lead Animator: Adrienne Garcia
Environment Art Director: H. "Rah" Esdaile
Music and Sound Design: James Roach
...with additional music by: Toby Fox
Lead UI Designer: Tauhid Bondia