Game News: Steampunk Undersea Puzzling? You Must See Fathom!
Another sickstarter project? That was the first thing I thought when I looked at Fathom- it seems that Kickstarter might as well open up its own little version of Steam for all the games that come through there. That said, upon further examination I realized that Fathom was a lot more awesome than I was giving it credit for. Disregarding my disdain for the glut of games seeking crowdfunding (not that there’s anything wrong with it, come to think of it), Fathom looks absolutely brilliant.
The game centers on Daniel, a well-to-do Londoner driven to build a bathysphere and explore the Bermuda Triangle after a shipwreck. Your enemies are mechanical in nature- where did they come from? ‘Tis a mystery. What is known is that Fathom, though very unfinished, already has amazing music, good level design and a great sense of atmosphere. I played an early alpha build, and though my (terrible) computer choked on it, I have to say that I enjoyed it. Aesthetically speaking, it’s like a bright version of the world in the original Bioshock. There’s something enchanting about the way the light filters through the waves and the bathysphere’s swift, smooth, gentle movement. It’s a game that’ll definitely grab (and retain) your attention.
The project’s Kickstarter has a couple days to go and I fear it’s not going to make its goal, a real pity since it’s so gorgeous. Frankly, it’s a pity that this game’s getting buried- this happens sometimes to awesome Kickstarter projects, regrettably. Still, maybe it’ll encounter a miracle? I can’t say for certain, but if you want this game to succeed, I recommend pledging a few bucks. It’s worth a shot!