Monday, November 12, 2007

The Endless Forest

I have no idea how could I overlook it for so long: The Endless Forestis a (non)game from Tale of Tales that is not only highly original (just check out their list of game verbs!), but also beatiful.

From their website:
"The Endless Forest is a multiplayer online game and social screensaver, a virtual place where you can play with your friends. When your computer goes to sleep you appear as a deer in this magical place. There are no goals to achieve or rules to follow. Just run through the forest and see what happens. (Emphasis mine)"

(What about my emphasis?)
When your computer... Endless Forest is a screensaver - which is a brilliant idea, I think.
There are no goals to achieve... See? It is a nongame, I was not pushing too far.

More from their website:
"You are a deer. So are the other players. You meet each other in an endless forest on the internet. The setting is idyllic, the atmosphere peaceful. You communicate with one another through sounds and body language."

This could be very interesting. And I wonder if it wouldn't work even better within a goal-driven context.

Well, for those who are interested, here's the download page.


Chris said...

Given the extent to which I plugged this on my blog, I'm shocked that you are only coming to it now. :) I must have failed in my duty to shill for my games industry friends! :-o

Tale of Tales are a client of my company; I hope to get the chance to work with them on another project soon.

Chico Queiroz said...

Well, maybe "overlook" was not the right word. "Postpone" would be a better choice. I've been aware of TEF and ToT for a long time, but just now remebered to post a note about them - something I always meant to.

I didn't know about their connection to IHobo, by the way. Although I remember reading something about them on your blog.


Anonymous said...

I met them at GDC this year and found them to be as delightful as their non-games. I cannot wait to get my hands on The Path.

Chico Queiroz said...

I'm curious about that too. Specially about its length (I believe I've read somewhere it is a short game?).

Take care!

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