Been a while since I’ve done one of these. I still tend to see quite a few new indie games pretty much nobody talks about, with playable demos, but I guess I just haven’t had the time to try them out and write about them. This one has such a unique combination of art direction, setting, inspiration, and gameplay, along with an easily digestible public demo, that I was able to squeeze it in for this week.
I’m not sure if Umurangi Generation is actually being made by a Maori game developer, but it at least seems to pull from that heritage in its title and setting, in some kind of futuristic New Zealand that basically looks like Jet Set Radio. In fact, a lot of what I saw in the demo seemed inspired by the Dreamcast era: the graphics (low-poly but not all the way to the level of a PlayStation 1 game), art direction, rap music, even the arcade gameplay. Continue reading