Postcards #1 – A Quick Look at Discolored (2019)

There is something hauntingly familiar to this scene. You, standing in the middle of a road, a desert expanse stretching into a fuzzy grey abyss both in front of you and behind you. To your right: a phone booth, bright on the inside, whose door won’t open. To your left: a diner–its neon signage reaching up into the night sky. From the side of the building you can see a large picture window on the diner’s second floor. Inside, a ceiling fan rotates aimlessly. In the light of a bright, full moon, everything appears in shades of grey…until it quickly becomes apparent that whatever color there had been before has mysteriously disappeared.

Discolored is a first-person puzzle adventure game from Jason Godbey, creator of 2017’s The Search. I was excited to try out his new game after having reviewed The Search when it originally released, and was lucky enough to spend some time with Discolored’s demo in advance of its closed beta. The demo comprises the earliest part of this initial scene with the diner, solving a few monochrome puzzles, finding the first shade of color, and eventually using that color to find the second color, after which the demo concludes.

Jason–an immensely talented 3D environmental artist in his own right–is also a master of atmosphere. There is something deeply unsettling to Discolored’s world without color; its desert road that ends in a grey void; its still and abandoned diner, a television flickering on static upstairs. The dread is Twilight Zone-like in the way it creeps around the edges. Returning color to the world one hue at a time curiously turned the game from ominous to whimsical, aided in no small part by a few reality bending puzzles, including a moon-related one that was extremely satisfying to watch play out. It’s clear there is a lot under the surface here; even the diner itself, which seems small at the outset, has a surprising number of extra rooms, nooks, and crannies that make me excited to get my hands on the full game so I can explore them.

How much time you squeeze out of the demo depends on your attention to detail; I found myself stumped for a while due to not attempting the most basic solution to a puzzle, though astute puzzlers might find themselves able to cruise through in a half hour or so. Despite wanting to see and learn more, I found the demo ended right where it needed to, right when I was finally realizing all the places I could access by unlocking the second color. It’s a taste to be sure, but just enough of one to feel intrigued about the mystery at large and comfortable with Discolored’s main mechanics.

Jason is launching a special closed demo period at the end of January which is ONLY available to those that sign up! He’s looking for feedback from players, so it’s a great chance to be part of the development process and get an early sneak peek at something cool. You can find out more information and register for the demo here. You can also wishlist the game on Steam.

Greetings From 7: Ascending With Tetris

This week we discuss the games we played over the break, Awesome Games Done Quick (ADGQ), the 2019 Purposeful Gaming Challenge, the “Ellie” controversy, and we say goodbye to a very special segment.

Works Discussed

Salutations

  • No salutations this week!

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Greetings From 6: GOTY Episode 0 (Lost Episode)

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Summary

It’s 2017, right? Here is a podcast from the vaults about our 2017 games of the year! Spoilers abound, so if you haven’t played these 2017 games, be on the lookout.

Games Of The Year

Honorable Mentions

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Greetings From 5: The Posties!

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GOTY WINNERS 2018

Best Re-release

Best Art Direction

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  • Olivia: ?????????
  • Rebecca:?????????
  • Tyler:??????????

Best Performance

Best Dumpster

Best Indie

Honorable Mentions

  • Olivia: SpiderMan and Super Smash Brother Ultimate
  • Rebecca:Tetris Effect, Quarantine Circular, and Ashen
  • Tyler: Frostpunk, Moss. and Donut County

Best Ongoing Game

Most Replayable

Game Of The Year 2018

Best Score

Best Old Game

Best Narrative

Looking Forward to 2019

  • Olivia: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Animal Crossing. and Pokemon
  • Rebecca: Kingdom Hearts 3, Ooblets, Crackdown 3, and KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO: ACT V
  • Tyler: Anthem? Resident Evil; Sea of Solitude, The Sinking City
  • All of Us: Death Stranding
  • None of Us: Gears of War 5 and The Sonic Movie

Thanks for listening to us this year! We will see you again next year, 2019, with all the games releasing all at once.

Happy Holidays

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Greetings From 4: My 4 Dads (Lost Episode)

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Greetings From 3: The Mr. Mime Minit

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Greetings From 2: Return of the Amiibo Dinn

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  • Fallout: New California by Radian-Helix Media
  • Opus Magnum by Zachtronics
  • Return of the Obra Dinn by Lucas Pope
  • Dark Souls by FromSoftware

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Greetings From 1: Big Marston Energy

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Works Discussed:

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth
  • Red Dead: Redemption

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