Sep 26, 2011

Time to enter A Valley Without Wind

Arcen Games, the creators of the amazing AI War, have never been afraid to try radical new ideas and wildly innovate while offering deep gameplay and unique visuals. Their latest offering though, the brilliantly named A Valley Without Wind, does indeed surpass anything they have dared to dream, and even more impressively actually create, so far. Now, the best way to describe AVWW would be as the spaced-out spawn of Midwinter, Terraria and Lords of Midnight after a chemically altered night everyone is trying to forget everything about, but I simply can't see how anyone besides me would be able to comprehend a description of this sort.

That's why I've wisely come up with an alternate description too: it is a procedurally generated, side-scrolling, 2D arcade adventure, with strong exploration, RPG and strategic elements, that is sort of infinite. Is this better? Does it make sense? Well, I sure hope so, for I have only entered the still-in-BETA world of AVWW for a couple of hours and am incredibly impressed. I'm also pretty certain that it's only by playing AVWW that one can properly understand and  fully appreciate the thing, but here's another try:


Did the picture help at all? Right. Better provide you with the developer's description then:
Environ has been shattered in the wake of an unknown cataclysm, with only small pockets of humanity left in its wake... What will you do in this strange new world? 
The creators of AI War bring you a procedurally-generated 2D side-scrolling adventure of limitless proportions. Survive and explore a vast persistent world filled with dangerous creatures, powerful magic, and ancient technology. Do so while helping other survivors establish settlements, gathering resources to craft, fending off evil invaders, and more.
Intrigued? Excellent. On to the news bits then, as you too can now have a taste of A Valley Without Wind via the just released and pretty fantastic AVWW demo. What's more and for a mere $10 (that's a hefty 50% discount on the launch price, that is) you can also pre-order the game and gain instant access to its current version, which, incidentally, is getting constant updates. As for me, well, I'll be playing said BETA and will soon let you know all about my slightly more coherent thoughts on AVWW. AVWW is available both for Mac and PC.

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24 comments:

  1. "spaced-out spawn of Midwinter, Terraria and Lords of Midnight after a chemically altered night everyone is trying to forget everything about" - that's a perfectly logical and easy to comprehend description, I don't see why you think no-one else would be able to understand this. (I've never played Terraria, only played Lords of Midnight on a Speccy emulator and though I loved Midwinter, I never actually managed to complete it, but I still know exactly what you mean. Well, I think I do...)

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  2. Well, I'm glad somebody does understand my description, but I'm afraid this isn't very good news for you poor dear. You too will have to be, uhm, restrained I'm afraid...

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  3. What makes you think I'm not already being restrained? I only comment when I can hijack the only computer in the Secure Unit with an internet connection... :-D

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  4. Ah, lovely, that's indeed brave and shows a dedication to the gaming cause :)

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  5. why don't we know more about the unknown cataclysm?... though nope forget that! on mature reflection that does lend this
    procedural..muttersssss..ortions an intrique sense of mystery...

    Midwinter you say...now there was a game..I remem...

    (falls through trap door....)

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  6. (and onto a fluffy bed fully equipped with: one not particularly dressed nurse, one Xbox controller, some dice, one big button, one 52" LED screen and a snail)

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  7. :) love the new Gnomeslair....

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  8. It did cost a bit more than expected, but it definitely was worth it...

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  9. You can say that again... falling through trap doors was never this much... .

    ..hey that tickles..

    fun :)

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  10. (grins)

    Yes, and the attention to detail has indeed been enormous. Only the cellar was left unchanged...

    :)

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  11. (a shiver ripples through elderly's brain....)

    ...the Cellar!!!

    8(

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  12. is okay, i've gotteb counselling...drugs..and i get to wear a straight jacket at night to stop me sleepwalking!!!

    :)

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  13. You lucky, free drugs grabbing person... And all you had to do was spent a few years in a dimensionally unstable cellar.

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  14. ..never thought of it like that!! you know this has really helped with my recovery, now why didn't my counsellor suggest that....

    I am lucky when I think about it, all the drugs I can handle, security during the nightime...

    ...I mean, I should be able to deal with 3 years of near total darkness, spiders, lethal traps and nothing but raw rat meat to eat...

    8( oh oh I don't feel well suddenly...

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  15. (orders a truckload of experimental/homebrew -and tasty!- drugs)

    Wait. I'll fix you up my friend.

    I once took a chemistry class; there's nothing to worry about.

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  16. 8) me worry?

    Drugs, I mean what could possibly go wrong?

    (elderly rises into the air....)

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  17. You now have the power of levitation!

    And we haven't even started yet...

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  18. (hovering in mid air, elderly looks a tad worried)

    ..neat, I'm not complaining or anything, but this levitaion thingy, how useful is it? and how do i turn it off...?

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  19. It shuts down automatically when the drugs wear off. Apparently no harm can be done. As for its uses, well, ever tried living without a ladder nearby? It's more difficult for gnomes...

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  20. (lays flat out agains the cushion of energy...)

    ..yah there's that, michelangelo could have done with this in the Cistine, would save a fortune in air fares, carbon footprints... and I must admit a very cosy recliner...

    ..how long before the drugs wear off?

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  21. Easily a minute...

    in which I'll intently think about the comforts Michelangelo could have had.

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  22. a minute... :(
    ;;
    ;;
    ..

    Thud! bounce ee e

    (elderly picks himself up, dust's himself up)

    probably just as well he didn't use it, the fall would have killed and where would we be now...

    (elderly starts to tremble...sweat..)

    anmore erm levitation pills?

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  23. Sure.

    But you'll have to pay this time.

    (smiles to reveal golden tooth)

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