Talk about surprises of the show! This is a little indie title which I did not see coming. Made by Jammed Up Studios, this game started the event with a bang. There are many titles out there which hope to star in some of the Rooster Teeth Let’s Plays, and to be played on stage first thing in the morning was fantastic.
Set in suburbia, Think of the Children has you doing just that. The world is full of dangers, from sharks to seagulls, from pools to sandpits, and it is a kids role in this world to fail to understand the danger that lurks behind every corner. As a responsible adult, it is your job to make sure that they don’t find that danger lurking around every corner.
You are challenged to watch over a small crowd of disobedient miscreants while you try to set up parties or other events at the same time. The kids will spend all their time playing anywhere that will get them killed. They will drown in that pool, play in that road, talk to strange adults with candy, and all that good stuff.
Nature does have a habit of taking its course in this game though. We considered it a successful game when only 50% of the children survived. As long as you start with low expectations, can it really get much worse?
Even with this high infant mortality rate, this is still a fun game. It is fast and furious as you try to juggle 20 things at once. You cannot stand still for a second and coping with creatures that have the attention span of a dog creates a perfect example of frantic fun at its best.
Originally fashioned as part of the Brisbane 48 hour game jam, Think of the Children has really blossomed. You can see the polish shining through and it is particularly spectacular considering it was only put together, in concept, in October, while only got development attention in December. It is currently expecting a May release (maybe sometime around May-Day or Mothers Day ;-))
You can learn more about this title on their website!