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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Data di rilascio: 27 mar 2014

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15 febbraio

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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Recensioni

“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

Informazioni sul gioco

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.

Requisiti di sistema

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimi:
    • Sistema operativo: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processore: 2.0 GHz CPU (Dual-core recommended)
    • Memoria: 4 GB RAM
    • Scheda video: NVidia 7600, ATI X1600 or better. Preferably with Shader Model 3.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Consigliati:
    • Sistema operativo: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processore: 2.5 GHz CPU (Quad-core recommended)
    • Memoria: 6 GB RAM
    • Scheda video: Dedicated Video card with Shader model 3.0 support.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimi:
    • Sistema operativo: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, or later.
    • Processore: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memoria: 4 GB RAM
    • Scheda video: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimi:
    • Sistema operativo: Ubuntu, Mint
    • Processore: 2.0 GHz CPU (Dual-core recommended)
    • Memoria: 4 GB RAM
    • Scheda video: Dedicated Video card with Shader model 3.0 support.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
Recensioni utili
16 persone su 19 (84%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
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1.5 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 7 gennaio
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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10 persone su 11 (91%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.8 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 27 dicembre 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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6 persone su 6 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
2.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 25 febbraio
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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2 persone su 2 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
2.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 19 febbraio
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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2 persone su 2 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
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2.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 14 dicembre 2015
If you like absinthe and cool games, this is the game for you.
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