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Description

The Rabbit and the Owl is a single-player or two-player co-op puzzle-platformer which introduces a negative space landscape. The Rabbit and the Owl exist in opposite worlds of light and dark and are only able to progress by helping each other. The gameplay emphasizes solving puzzles which are composed of various mechanics that shift the environment and thus affects both characters in different ways.
 
The game is tentatively set to release in early 2017 on Steam for PC and Mac.

 

All images and videos are from in-progress development - subject to change and improvements!

 
 
Setting and Story

The game is set in an ethereal world where light and darkness prevail. Remnants of an ancient civilization litter the landscape. Two kindred spirits, for reasons unknown, have manifested themselves as the Rabbit and the Owl. They are driven eastward to find what the world has lost.

 
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As you progress, you will discover snippets of stories from its remnants such as myths, letters, and journal entries spanning over thousands of years. Piece them together to discover what happened to the people who once inhabited the land and why the Rabbit and the Owl are here now.

 

Trailer

 

Features

  • Control two characters in a monochromatic landscape - the white Rabbit occupies dark areas, and the black Owl occupies light areas

  • A combination of light platforming and deep puzzles

  • Puzzles require the Rabbit and Owl to help each other - create blocks, activate levers, ride wind columns, traverse portals, and more

  • Painterly artwork by artist Andrew Chen

  • Calming, original soundtrack composed by David Huff and Patrick Neff to enjoy while solving fun (i.e. difficult) puzzles

  • Each level is a unique combination of mechanics; hours of gameplay

  • Thought-provoking, interpretive story

  • Controller support

  • Game can be fully completed solo, but local co-op (2 controllers or Keyboard/Mouse + 1 controller) will be available if you wish to solve puzzles with a friend

Images

Check out a collection of images from the game here!

 

Platforms

The game will be available on Steam for Windows and Mac (we’ve been greenlit on Steam). It will also be available DRM-free.
 
We also plan to reach out to other common distributors (Humble, GOG, and more).

 

Formal Sheep

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Gary Chao - Founder, game developer, programmer

gary@formalsheep.com

Gary Chao graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He has loved video games ever since he played his first game, Commander Keen, as a child. Immediately out of college, he decided to follow his dream of creating video games. After over a year of trial and error going through many different ideas, Gary conceptualized The Rabbit and the Owl in April 2015 and decided to fully develop it. Gary founded Formal Sheep in March 2016 and is currently still working on the game.

 

Justin Olesen - Game developer
justin@formalsheep.com
Justin Olesen graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013 with a degree in Political Science. He is a lifelong gamer and loves games on PC and every console all the way back to his very first NES playing Super Mario Bros. and River City Ransom. The Rabbit and the Owl will be his first venture in the independent game development world. He likes it a lot.?
 

Connect online

Twitter: @formalsheep

Facebook: facebook.com/formalsheep

YouTube: youtube.com/formalsheep

IndieDB: indiedb.com/games/the-rabbit-and-the-owl

Website: formalsheep.com

Email: gary@formalsheep.com

 

Collaborators

These are the few but amazing people who have been helping to bring the game to life:


Artist

Andrew Chen

 

Music Composers

David Huff

Patrick Neff

 

Sound Designer

Topher Pirkl

 

My utmost gratitude to these people as the game would not be possible without any of them.

 

Development Progress

Follow the progress of the game and related news on the blog!

 

Thank You

Thanks for reading - we’ve put a lot of love into the game and hope that others get to experience it as well. Please support us by following us online (Twitter | Facebook | YouTubeand spreading the word! We plan on having a Kickstarter soon, so stay tuned.

 
Edited by garytchao

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Congrats on the Greenlight!  I love the game idea.  It reminds me of a very old game called "Goonies" based on the 80's movie.  This is not the Nintendo one, but an earlier one for old Atari computers, where there were two characters on each level, and they had to work together to solve the level's problems/puzzles.  I believe you can still download a free (updated) version of the Goonie's game somewhere if you're interested.

 

The next game like this that I remember was called "Lost Vikings" which came out for the Super NES.  In this there were 3 characters, who had different powers/abilities, and they had to work together to solve the level's puzzles too. 

 

Next came Trine, which I liked, and allowed for cooperative play, and three distinct characters, like Lost Vikings, but they dumbed it down, and did not really require the cooperation to solve the levels.  I'm sure I missed some other games that had a similar mechanic, but I don't remember any others.

 

The reason I am saying all these things is that, if you haven't already, you may want to check these games out to see the way they handled some of the problems involved in this kind of cooperative game.  I think the original Goonies was by far the most elegant of them, and it was really challenging and rewarding to play. 

 

I look forward to trying your game, and i will post my feedback here.  So far it looks very promising, and I'm a little jealous that you guys did it before me :)

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Congrats on the Greenlight!  I love the game idea.  It reminds me of a very old game called "Goonies" based on the 80's movie.  This is not the Nintendo one, but an earlier one for old Atari computers, where there were two characters on each level, and they had to work together to solve the level's problems/puzzles.  I believe you can still download a free (updated) version of the Goonie's game somewhere if you're interested.

 

The next game like this that I remember was called "Lost Vikings" which came out for the Super NES.  In this there were 3 characters, who had different powers/abilities, and they had to work together to solve the level's puzzles too. 

 

Next came Trine, which I liked, and allowed for cooperative play, and three distinct characters, like Lost Vikings, but they dumbed it down, and did not really require the cooperation to solve the levels.  I'm sure I missed some other games that had a similar mechanic, but I don't remember any others.

 

The reason I am saying all these things is that, if you haven't already, you may want to check these games out to see the way they handled some of the problems involved in this kind of cooperative game.  I think the original Goonies was by far the most elegant of them, and it was really challenging and rewarding to play. 

 

I look forward to trying your game, and i will post my feedback here.  So far it looks very promising, and I'm a little jealous that you guys did it before me :)

 

Thanks! So sorry I didn't respond to this until now. Yes we've looked at these games along with many others for inspiration and for do's/don't do's :) 

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