Spate is a surreal experience set in a world that seeks to draw the player into its reality. Spate is a dark, brooding, and beautifully crafted emotional journey that is seen through the eyes of a struggling addict.
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15 de fevereiro

2 year anniversary, new game in the works!

Game is 1$ starting tomorrow. Feb 16, 2016.

It's hard to believe that it has been 2 years since I released Spate. Unfortunately, while the reviews for Spate were amazing, in the end, it was not the global sales hit that i'd hoped it would be. That's ok though. Spate was a 4 year passion project of mine that taught me many things. While not perfect by any stretch, I still believe it is a wonderful game, and one that I am very proud of. The goal for Spate now is to simply get it into as many peoples hands as I can. With that said, the game will be on sale soon for just a buck. Give it a try!

New game....
I am happy to say, that after a few years of developing new ideas, I finally have one that I am moving forward with. I don't have a great elevator pitch yet, but for those curious, it's a lot like a mix of Hohokum and The Unfinished Swan. I can't wait for you all to see where that is heading!

Sincerely,
-Eric Provan

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“Metacritic - "Spate is heavily focused on what it can best deliver: story and atmosphere.”
8/10 – Eurogamer

“Metacritic - "If you loved Limbo, Dear Esther or Gone Home, you will definitely love Spate."”
8.5/10 – SpazioGames

“The variety and uniqueness of the game’s world is truly a joy to encounter.”
5/5 – Gizorama

Sobre este jogo

Spate is a surreal experience set in a world that seeks to draw the player into its reality. Spate is a dark, brooding, and beautifully crafted emotional journey that is seen through the eyes of a struggling addict. Created by former Disney & Jim Henson artist Eric Provan, this artistic game is a story about one man's struggle and descent into madness. Fueled by absinthe hallucinations and haunting memories, Spate delivers a deliciously eerie adventure as the main character deals with the tragic loss and grim reality of the death of his daughter.

Requisitos de sistema

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Mínimos:
    • SO: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processador: 2.0 GHz CPU (Dual-core recommended)
    • Memória: 4 GB de RAM
    • Placa de vídeo: NVidia 7600, ATI X1600 or better. Preferably with Shader Model 3.0
    • Armazenamento: 2 GB de espaço disponível
    Recomendados:
    • SO: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processador: 2.5 GHz CPU (Quad-core recommended)
    • Memória: 6 GB de RAM
    • Placa de vídeo: Dedicated Video card with Shader model 3.0 support.
    • Armazenamento: 2 GB de espaço disponível
    Mínimos:
    • SO: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, or later.
    • Processador: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memória: 4 GB de RAM
    • Placa de vídeo: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Armazenamento: 2 GB de espaço disponível
    Mínimos:
    • SO: Ubuntu, Mint
    • Processador: 2.0 GHz CPU (Dual-core recommended)
    • Memória: 4 GB de RAM
    • Placa de vídeo: Dedicated Video card with Shader model 3.0 support.
    • Armazenamento: 2 GB de espaço disponível
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Razomir
( 3.6 horas registradas )
Publicada: 8 de maio
A beautiful descent into the madness of alcoholism. Short, atmospheric and emersive. Not so much a game as a short experience but definitely worth going through.
Nova Hyperion
( 4.1 horas registradas )
Publicada: 26 de abril
This is awesome! It's like a mix of Beetlejuice with BioShock with some twisted yet brilliant mind!
MaFFianCZ
( 1.5 horas registradas )
Publicada: 16 de abril
Don't waste your time.
[GB] I.Rapid
( 7.5 horas registradas )
Publicada: 9 de abril
If I had to describe what this game was about in 3 words I'd say Alcohol, Family, and Depression.

I got this game after seeing it on Steams store page and decided to buy it after being impressed with It's artwork, voice acting, and story in the trailers.

This game is DARK! The nature of the game, and the overall story is really surreal, and distorted. Spate is a side scrolling story telling game where you pretty much do nothing except scroll to the side and listen to the history of the character you play.
I was really impressed by Spate. The story is outstanding, the voice acting deserves an award, and the visuals altogether are brilliant.

Even though this game only lasted 2 hours I can honestly say this was an experience like no other. I was fascinated by this game. It's not usually a game I would buy, but this has made me consider buying more side scrolling story telling games.

Spate tells the story of an alcoholic detective who cannot get over the loss of his daughter, and collapse of his marriage. When he gets a contract to look for a missing business man on the same Island his daughter went missing the story begins to unravel...

This game leaves you with two endings. It leaves you with a choice. Which one will you decide?
TheDezPirate
( 0.3 horas registradas )
Publicada: 20 de março
The story seems interesting enough. I didn't make it very far because it feels a little choppy to me, and it got frustrating to play. Someone else suggested using a controller, so maybe that would have helped but I'm on my laptop.

In the beginning you come to a robot who says "press ACTION button to continue." I have no idea what that means. Which button is the action button? It ended up being the left ALT key on my laptop, but why? There are so many other keys on my laptop, why map it there?

ToXeN
( 1.5 horas registradas )
Publicada: 11 de março
Beutiful game, nice sounds, amazing narration, you had me at the first sentence. 85 minutes of gameplay, sometimes hard but it's totally worth it. Recommended.
individual865
( 1.7 horas registradas )
Publicada: 10 de março
Laughably poor writing, floaty and awful controls, not worth your time or money.
crisgrossi
( 2.7 horas registradas )
Publicada: 28 de fevereiro
Spate was a nice surprise. A beautiful 2D game experience with nice graphics, music and story so far.
Shakj
( 1.5 horas registradas )
Publicada: 28 de fevereiro
Quite difficult to enjoy your beer with. But a great journey to the right side... of the screen. *sigh*

At first i would not recommend it at all. But on the other hand... if you can get 3 or 5 "Ahhh" or "Mmmh"-moments for about 1 euro and 90 minutes of your lifetime. Why not. Plus: You can put it in the category "done".
Jamez
( 1.8 horas registradas )
Publicada: 26 de fevereiro
From the game's credits it looks like it was done by 2 guys. Considering that, the outcome is pretty amazing, but other than that, the game's little more than a walking simulator.

Pros:
+ Great plot
+ Narrator does a good job
+ Beautiful music
+ There were a couple of parts in the game that were really fun

Cons:
- Endless sequences where you just have to move forward.
- The saturated colours and oversized 3D objects don't necessarily make a dream-like world, they make a cheap trick.
- The textures of the main character don't blend with the rest of the game.
- 1,5 hours to finish the game.
Hyo
( 2.2 horas registradas )
Publicada: 25 de fevereiro
Spate is an Adventure 2.5D platformer game set up in dystopian Pearl Isles.

You are Bluth, a private detective that was hired to find the whereabouts of a missing business man, he was last seen around the X Zone, a forbidden place where a lot of people vanished years ago, why would a business man be there? You have no clue and frankly, you don't care, you've lost it all, your daughter, your wife, your sanity... The only thing you have left, is the drink.

Why then are you doing this job? What happened to the island back then? What can you do now? And finally, What is real and what not?

★★★★☆ | Liked it
Derk
( 1.4 horas registradas )
Publicada: 25 de fevereiro
Spate.....where do I start? It's kind of a odd contradiction in itself, theres a bit of good and a bit of bad. The narative is kind of fun to watch as it plays out alabiet it feels a bit flat. It's short but each level seems like it's drawn out longer. There are some interesting platforming sections, but some of the jumps outside of those sections feel like they're there to engage the player. In some sections it feels like there are some moments that are really able to draw you in, but others just kind of remind me that I'm playing a game. The main character feels resonably fleshed out, but it's as if there missing sections that I can't understand. There are creative monsters that give you a conversation, but never apear again. At the end of the day this is a fun game that is worth a look see because of the price. There seems like there could be multiple endings outside of a mere choice but I'll update if thats the case.
Harp
( 2.1 horas registradas )
Publicada: 24 de fevereiro
Such a beautiful game. It's a little bit short, but the story is so great that i cannot really complain about it. It's hard to find true scenarios like that one. Thanks.
liquid spray
( 0.6 horas registradas )
Publicada: 23 de fevereiro
10/10 this game is fun and trippy as ♥♥♥♥
Keksos Der Große
( 1.8 horas registradas )
Publicada: 23 de fevereiro
Spate a wonderful game with heavy emphasis on music, narrative and an overall style I can hardly describe. It is surreal, strangely enveloping and brings all the colors and illusions you always wanted to experience for yourself unless you can't get rid of them. Combine with slow-to-come platforming were, apparently, alcohol makes you faster and jump higher, you get truly awe-inducing game. Not to mention the art style and visuals - I often felt as if Machinarium had married The City of Lost Children along with bits from Fantastic Mr. Fox' 2.5D perspective.

Thus, I wholeheartedly recommend this game. It's perfect for those times when you feel like there's nothing in life but numbing away from your pain. And then it surprises you with something so otherwordly that you simply have to change your perspective.
BrokenEye the True False Prophet
( 2.2 horas registradas )
Publicada: 19 de fevereiro
I'm not sure whether to term this a 2D platformer with narrative walking simulator elements or a narrative walking simulator with 2D platformer elements. What I can tell you is this game is absolutely gorgeous. As a great lover (perhaps even connosuier) of surrealism in non-static media such as films and video games (and static media too, mind, but those already get all the attention), I think I know a thing or too about seeing surrealist video games well done, and Spate is defintately a surrealist game well done.

Spate is the story of an unflappable, self-loathing, absinth-addicted detective whose prone to blackouts and vivid hallucionations investigating a rich businessman who suddenly ran off without explanation into the surrealist, rain soaked, sunless wasteland of the Pearl Islands, known as the X-Zone (likely short for "Exclusion Zone") ever since everyone on them suddenly disappeared and the Islands turned into a surrealist, rain soaked, sunless wasteland. The style is a bit hard to put into words, so I recommend just checking the game out for yourself. You won't regret it.
McGern
( 1.5 horas registradas )
Publicada: 17 de fevereiro
There is a lot of holding down the right arrow without much else happening; lucky I had the tv on otherwise I might have lost the will - at one point I was running solidly for about 5 minutes without needing to look at the screen.

Not really a game at all. The main challenge is sticking it out to the end which luckily didn't take very long. Also the drinking gimick was pointless from what I could see.
teh_444
( 1.4 horas registradas )
Publicada: 22 de janeiro
Atmospheric game. Voice overs and music were eerie which matched the environment.
Gameplay was complete crap. For over 90% of the game, you just held the joystick right and kept walking or jumping right.
I would not recommend this game to other people apart from the atmosphere.
5/10 for lack of gameplay.
tcmcqueen2063
( 1.8 horas registradas )
Publicada: 14 de janeiro
First of all, I am a father myself and I like to drink absinthe, so I kind of understand the protagonists feelings.

The game is a story driven 2D-Sidescroller with great optics and even better music. The strings actually reminded me in their saddest moments of Urfaust, which is meant totally as a compliment. Sometimes the controls are foggy, but the short game nevertheless is worth the 5€, total recommendation here. 8/10
sloth speedskater
( 1.5 horas registradas )
Publicada: 7 de janeiro
Short (1.5h) experience that's half platformer, half walking simulator, set in a bizarre, dreary 2.5D world.
Controls are not the best, but they are suitable for the game, which is not very difficult. There are places where I died few times, but death only sets you back a little. There are two sections where you fly your airship, which is only controlled by one button similar to "copter.swf" which I played a lot in the early '00s. You also have a button that makes you drink absinth, which makes your screen swirl a little and makes you jump a lot higher. I'm not sure it's required to do so in any point of the game, but it can make your life easier... maybe that was the point of the story?

Narration is done by a guy who does sound like Christopher Walken, the few dialogues the game has are text-only.

Not all is good, though, I noticed few problems. Ingame options (subtitles specifically) are not saved when you exit the game. Sometimes you get stuck walking slowly like you're crouched even if you are not. There was a jump-pad that kept killing me instead of propelling me upwards? A swig of absinth got me out of there.

Sloth Academy rating: 5 silver sloths
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This is awesome! It's like a mix of Beetlejuice with BioShock with some twisted yet brilliant mind!
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Spate is an Adventure 2.5D platformer game set up in dystopian Pearl Isles.

You are Bluth, a private detective that was hired to find the whereabouts of a missing business man, he was last seen around the X Zone, a forbidden place where a lot of people vanished years ago, why would a business man be there? You have no clue and frankly, you don't care, you've lost it all, your daughter, your wife, your sanity... The only thing you have left, is the drink.

Why then are you doing this job? What happened to the island back then? What can you do now? And finally, What is real and what not?

★★★★☆ | Liked it
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Publicada: 11 de março
Beutiful game, nice sounds, amazing narration, you had me at the first sentence. 85 minutes of gameplay, sometimes hard but it's totally worth it. Recommended.
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Short (1.5h) experience that's half platformer, half walking simulator, set in a bizarre, dreary 2.5D world.
Controls are not the best, but they are suitable for the game, which is not very difficult. There are places where I died few times, but death only sets you back a little. There are two sections where you fly your airship, which is only controlled by one button similar to "copter.swf" which I played a lot in the early '00s. You also have a button that makes you drink absinth, which makes your screen swirl a little and makes you jump a lot higher. I'm not sure it's required to do so in any point of the game, but it can make your life easier... maybe that was the point of the story?

Narration is done by a guy who does sound like Christopher Walken, the few dialogues the game has are text-only.

Not all is good, though, I noticed few problems. Ingame options (subtitles specifically) are not saved when you exit the game. Sometimes you get stuck walking slowly like you're crouched even if you are not. There was a jump-pad that kept killing me instead of propelling me upwards? A swig of absinth got me out of there.

Sloth Academy rating: 5 silver sloths
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Publicada: 27 de dezembro de 2015
Very much a flawed gem, this isn't as strictly gameplay focused as some might hope for and because of the story focus with simple, even bland gameplay it's no wonder a lot of people expected more, but for me Spate was a short, visually strange and interesting journey that only suffered from a few minor annoyances and delivered a lightly moving story. Because of that I'd recommend it as a flawed but good, or at least interesting game worth an hour or two of your time.

Highlights

The balance of gameplay with the narrative/story was what stood out most for me in Spate. Thrown into a dark damp and rough visual art style, you feel slightly out of place and isolated when you first begin your journey, and that matches the point at which the story begins, which is a good example of the multiple instances of putting the narrative ahead of the gameplay, for better or worse. Throughout the stages you'll pass through relic and forgotten structures and visuals from the past, just as the character does. In many stages I felt as though the game was far too simple and I was simply being carried along, later realizing this was intentional and even emphasized during a long slow water stage. Everything tries to feed the story in much the same way Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons did, and while this game is in no way as well polished and designed as Brothers, it does have its own charm and some interesting design points.

The narrative and art style are also beautiful and solemn, the strange mix of rough low-res textures and gloomy but vivid lighting are different enough to stand out but not enough to take away from the story or feeling of the game.

Mistakes and Annoyances

There's plenty wrong with Spate and that mostly come down to lack of production value and polish. As a short simple platformer you'd expect the controls to be a priority, but they feel floaty, slow and frustratingly inaccurate. You could argue that this is intentional to help feel out the story, but it still feels cumbersome and when mixed with poor stage design where you might need to repeat a section a few times or repeat the same action 10+ times to proceed and faulty graphical artifacts and clipping, it really sucks away some of the immersion and takes away from the game as a whole.

The other concern is the length. At just an hour or two of gameplay Spate really needs to offer something well crafted and refined. I'm glad there're no false gimmicks like jaunty collectibles or multiple characters and I understand that every section of the game attempts to represent a part of the characters journey, but with the fairly simplistic design of the game and the one line story it needs something else in terms of gameplay to keep it going long enough or make it challenging enough to have an impact and they've missed a beat.

Recommendations

At just $4.99/£3.99/4.99€ Spate isn't overpriced, but due to the very short length and lack of technical care in design it's a game I'd actually recommend waiting for a sale on to keep you from feeling robbed out of a more traditional gameplay focused game. If all you want is a short interesting journey, this is very much worth a play, just don't expect a puzzle/platform title like LIMBO and be prepared to forgive some poor design and you'll enjoy what this has to offer.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/269810

* There are a number of hidden bunny's (Easter Bunny's = Easter Eggs) throughout the world which usually offer a line of dialogue, spoilers available here

Unedited review notes 27/12/2015 for Spate:

-Poor menu system, have to switch between mouse and keyboard multiple times and backtrack etc
-Really lacking in polish, multiple small jagged bugs from artifacts to timing, big problem for such a simple game
+Good narration and fairly good writing that match the art style
+Rough indie art style makes it feel more personal, like a student art movie
+Moves slowly and gameplay always seems to match narration in terms of pace, point in journey etc
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I'm not sure whether to term this a 2D platformer with narrative walking simulator elements or a narrative walking simulator with 2D platformer elements. What I can tell you is this game is absolutely gorgeous. As a great lover (perhaps even connosuier) of surrealism in non-static media such as films and video games (and static media too, mind, but those already get all the attention), I think I know a thing or too about seeing surrealist video games well done, and Spate is defintately a surrealist game well done.

Spate is the story of an unflappable, self-loathing, absinth-addicted detective whose prone to blackouts and vivid hallucionations investigating a rich businessman who suddenly ran off without explanation into the surrealist, rain soaked, sunless wasteland of the Pearl Islands, known as the X-Zone (likely short for "Exclusion Zone") ever since everyone on them suddenly disappeared and the Islands turned into a surrealist, rain soaked, sunless wasteland. The style is a bit hard to put into words, so I recommend just checking the game out for yourself. You won't regret it.
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Publicada: 14 de dezembro de 2015
If you like absinthe and cool games, this is the game for you.
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If this is on sale and you like a dark story, then this is well worth a couple bucks and a few hours of your time to complete the story line.

You will face almost no real challanges, but you will find yourself pleasently entertained by the story for a few hours and I think that was the primary goal for this game; not to let game mechanics distract from plot.
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Publicada: 9 de dezembro de 2015
Spate is a short yet enjoyable experience into the life of a wrecked man.
This was the intent, and the sensation is, for the most part, entirely felt through gameplay and art alone.
Beware, it's not the prettiest indie game out there in terms of polygonal richness, and sometimes the technic and narrative department fall flat (especially at the end). But everything else is more than okay, and for such a price, I can't really complain.
If you have 1 hour to spare and you want to feel immersed, you should check this out.

P.S. Sorry if I made any mistakes, English is not my main language
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Publicada: 24 de dezembro de 2015
Visually it's ok,music is nice as well but the game is repetitive and too short.Perfomance is horrible even for Unity standards.I m not really sure if i should recommend it or not
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Publicada: 29 de março de 2014
Um pequeno jogo bem atmosférico, malancólico e sombrio sobre um homem alcoólatra confrontando sua própria culpa pela morte da filha. Tem um quê de Limbo, de Dear Esther, de BioShock Infinite, mas passa longe do brilhantismo de todos esses jogos.

Eu recomendo mais pela arte e narrativa, que são notáveis. O jogo em si, enquanto desafios e mecânicas, é um pouco entediante e mal resolvido. Ele deixa evidente que se trata de um artista fazendo um jogo, e não um game designer.

Mas a experiência como um jogo é instigante, tocante até.
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Publicada: 22 de junho de 2014
O tempo que eu tenho de jogo foi o necessário para zerá-lo. Não que isso signifique que o jogo seja ruim por isso, o jogo é até interessante, com uma história intrigante de alguma maneira, belos cenários, boa música e boa dublagem.

Porque não recomendo? Basicamente você não faz nada no jogo além de segurar o botão para a direita, ver os cenários e ouvir a história. Não há nenhum desafio no jogo e nenhuma chance de se jogar novamente, não há motivos suficientes para tanto.

Eu peguei esse jogo num bundle "da vida" e não me arrependo, mas, definitivamente, não é um jogo no qual eu gastaria "20 mangos".

Sem contar que o jogo não é muito bem programado e contém alguns bugs, bem verdade que eles não atrapalham o jogo em geral, mas eles existem e são feios.
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Publicada: 11 de dezembro de 2014
Spate (jogo de plataforma 2.5D) é bem curto, dá pra zerar em uma hora e meia e o desafio é relativamente baixo. Mas a arte/atmosfera é muito boa, idem para a história, efeitos sonoros, gráficos e trilha sonora. E apesar de transitar por temas densos e melancólicos, o jogo causa mais deslumbramento que tristeza e, em certos momentos, chega a se parecer com um "Alice no país das maravilhas" sob efeito de absinto. A jogabilidade é muito boa e, tecnicamente falando, não tive nenhum problema no decorrer do jogo.
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Publicada: 27 de setembro de 2015
# [1-5] #
[ 5 ] Gráfico (Graphic)
[ 5 ] Som (Sound)
[ 5 ] História (History)
[ 4 ] SINGLE PLAYER
[ X ] MULTIPLAYER

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Um jogo de aventura onde você é um detetive que tenta superar a morte de sua filha e o vício em absinto, começa a investigar o desaparecimento de pessoas em um mundo surreal, uma luta para superar a perda da filha e o vício da bebida, mas a bebida ao mesmo tempo que leva ele pra baixo faz ele ver coisas para resolver sua investigação, uma batalha constante... os gráficos são uma obra de arte e o som acompanha muito bem, assim como a história também... o único ponto negativo é que não tem dublagem/legenda em português e nem em espanhol, mas é possível acompanhar a história porque são poucas falas e algumas partes a legenda em inglês é pausada... Um jogo bem diferente, muito bom!

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An adventure game where you are a detective who tries to overcome the death of his daughter and addiction to absinthe, begins investigating the disappearance of people in surreal world, a struggle to overcome the loss of his daughter and the vice of drinking, but drinking at the same time it takes him to low does he see things to solve their research, a constant battle ... the graphics are a work of art and the sound goes very well, and the story too ... the only downside is that it has dubbing/subtitles in portuguese nor spanish, but you can follow the story because few speeches and some parts of the caption in english pauses ... a very different game, very good!
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Publicada: 11 de julho de 2014
Graficos mto bons, cenarios com muitas cores, formas distintas, porem muito curto, terminei o game em 3 horas, realmente a narrativa e otima, as musicas tbm sao mto boas. Jogo bem melancolico, os desafios sao relativamente faceis. 7/10.
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Publicada: 25 de junho de 2014
Simples e objetivo. Excelente passatempo. Recemendadíssimo. Faltou ter conquistas pra ficar mais interessante.
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Publicada: 27 de março de 2014
A fantastic 2.5D jump and run game
Played in a black surreal world, somehow the visuals remind me of American McGee's Alice.
You will follow a story that the narrator, which is the player, will tell you while playing.
There are obstacles but no enemies, except for your faulty jumps and falls.
The music, the colors, the narrator, the rain, everything adds to the atmosphere.
It's not about achieving a big boss goal by fighting your way to this point through loads of enemies (no spoilers here), but about enjoying the story and the surroundings.
You will meet robots, strange creatures, talk to them, come to strange places and you will be seeing stuff that could have been drawn by Dali.
The game is far to fast over if you sit in there and are an avid jump and run player, but just to remind you, you will miss a lot if you just rush through.
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Publicada: 27 de março de 2014
Fun fact: absinthe doesn't actually cause hallucinations.

Spate is, despite it's erroneous science, immensely beautiful. The surrealistic backdrops and bright colors are truly wonderful. The constant storms, the overlay of winds that manipulate the lighting does add to the chaos of our assigned absinthe addicts mind. It adds to the madness. It's a 2D game in a 3D plane, which gives way to a plethora of amazing art-decisions. There are houses, cliffs, rubble, just floating around, sometimes in front of our screen - this can be incredibly annoying while doing some of the more precise platforming since it obfuscates our path, but it could be intentional to make an otherwise easy game a bit harder(bad way of doing that though). But the 3D and the more modern graphics - if you compare it to other indiegames - is a nice change in the way of storyfocused 2D platformers. Spate always give you something to look at, you will never be bored, visually.

The gameplay is bog standard, but for the most part it's well done, relatively fun and doesn't bring too much frustration to the overall beauteous atmosphere. Parts of the gameplay are not really enjoyable, and doesn't really partake in the physics that the game otherwise upholds. It didn't make sense and it felt contrived. I am mostly referring to the parts where you used a cannon. Especially when you use a cannon to shoot balls into a basket that at the same time moves up and down, it felt out of place and I also fps-dropped in these parts of the game, which made it even worse.These were however short enough to not ruin the experience, but annoying nonetheless. These stops in movement made the game stagnate a bit, it ruined the flow and atmosphere in a way, for me. It felt really gamey, it snapped you out of the game and into a world where you are playing a game, trying to time a frustrating, fps-dropping ball into a bowl which seemingly made nothing happen. It didn't really give you the feedback you needed either to understand that you progressed. Or maybe I was just not paying attention in my boredom. Otherwise the gameplay is okay, but perhaps not the main draw of the game.

The story was interesting. But in a way that reminded me of Contrast, it didn't get it across in the best way possible. The end seemed rushed, lackluster in a way, the death of his daughter didn't really seem to have been absolved. That could just be the ending I chose, the mindless optimist that I am. Which some people may enjoy being there, but it seemed out of character and trivialized the daughters death.
There was also some weird writing, where the robot calls attention to the protagonists alcohol problem and he answer in anger, just after he himself have admitted to it being a problem. It felt like it was forced to give way for a dialogue later on. A dialogue infected by cliché.
The narrator is this deep voiced guy: Jack Bair, sort of sounds like Morgan Freeman and he really makes the narration a joy to listen to. It's a third person telling of what you're doing in the way of Bastion, only it's the protagonist talking from his point of view. And apart from some trite observations, or "ruining" - perhaps confirming - the symbolism you yourself get from the background, the narrator does really add to the game. It's simply great.

So Spate has its moments. It can be hilarious at times, it can be depressing at others. It does illustrate the delirium of an absinthe drinker. It's worthwhile for everything that it is. And for everything that it tries to be. It's intelligent, quirky, surreal, humorous, pretty, colorful. It has spirit.Hehe
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Publicada: 17 de junho de 2014
If you played through Limbo and thought to yourself, "Boy, I could really do without the quality level design, evocative story, and intelligent puzzles", then Spate is the game for you. It's a 2D platformer that seems to try and emulate better games but only does so at a superficial level, leaving it completely devoid of any substance at all. The level design is bland, the platforming is unsatisfying, and the game offers little to no challenge at all. The gameplay itself is almost non-existent at times; one level in particular is pretty much a Flappy Bird clone, while another has you sliding down slippery slopes and jumping over gaps for about 2 minutes straight. There are instances where you're doing nothing but moving to the right while admiring the scenery and listening to the narrator go on about regret and how alcohol has consumed his life. It's just all too repetitive and boring.

On the positive side, the game is quite the treat visually and musically. I really enjoyed the art style, in particular the impressive backdrops of each level. The orchestral composition was probably the high-point of the experience. It did a great job of creating atmosphere and was one of the main reasons I continued playing for as long as I did.

All in all, Spate is a game that looks better than it plays. It builds up a strong ambiance, but unfortunately everything beneath that feels empty and shallow.
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Publicada: 20 de novembro de 2014
A short, mild/slow platformer with good graphics and a basic story. This game is mostly about visuals and atmosphere. I don't think there is enough or difficult enough platforming to recommend it to someone who is mainly looking for a platformer and I don't think there is enough of a story to recommend it to someone looking for something closer to a visual novel, RPG, or adventure game. Also, there are no puzzles or problem solving in Spate.

If you are looking for an atmospheric game with good visuals and a very basic story, then I would reccomend it.
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