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What is Hiveswap about?
Monsters in the yard. Monsters in the house. Monsters in the hall, beating on your door. Your brothers trapped in his treehouse, so he's not gonna be much help. Youre going to have to get yourself out of this. But where did they come from? How are you supposed to deal with this? Well, certainly not by cowering in your room. Thats for, uh, cowards.
First things first. You need to open the door.
A LOVE LETTER TO 90s ADVENTURE GAMES
...without the accompanying frustration. As fun and well-paced as you generously remember them being. No dream-logic solutions, no hearing the same “those items don't work together” message over and over. HIVESWAP has unique responses for everything you can try. Spend hours trying everything on everything, if you want to - but not because you have to. Learn about the characters by exploring their homes! But like, in a good way! No audio logs split up and scattered around - GUARANTEED.
HAND-ANIMATED IN TWO DIMENSIONS
Strange homes to explore, every room brimming with secrets. The world of HIVESWAP is beautiful and alive, from its hyper-detailed environments to its gorgeous fully-rendered animations. Come take a look!
MUSIC TO MAKE YOU WEEP
An eclectic, ambitious, genre-spanning soundtrack, featuring contributions from Undertale's Toby Fox and, regrettably, at least one third-wave ska song. Also featuring at least one pseudo-revolutionary garage rock duo, with regrets of their own.
WORLDS TO SEE, TEENS TO BE
Play as JOEY CLAIRE, EXTRAORDINAIRE, a teen trapped in her room *and* in 1994. Play as JUDE HARLEY, BIZARRELY, her kid brother, trapped in his treehouse. Play as XEFROS TRITOH, ALIEN REBEL, wait. Aliens?
JUST GETTING STARTED
HIVESWAP: Act 1 is the first of a four-part series set in Andrew Hussie's Homestuck universe, with a companion series, Hauntswitch, to follow. Continue your save from chapter to chapter, then from game to game, to carry your story, choices, friendships and frenemies across them all-then do it again! Once released, HIVESWAP and Hauntswitch will be playable in either order. Haven't read Homestuck? That's fine! This game is set in 1994! Homestuck hasn't even been invented yet!
Although the lyrics of this English-only title scared me off after the first very ugly text boxes, but I found the cutscenes and the nice Nineties references extremely appealing, I kept on gambling - but more to see what a wacky cartoon I was witnessing here instead of an old-fashioned P&C, where the 2D panels with strange changes of perspective and backgrounds partly overloaded with details together with superfluous drop-down menu interaction mechanics (Why does the PC mouse have two buttons, even though only two actions are offered at a time?) shake hands. No Daedalic, but no total failure. Somewhere in between. Style super, gameplay meh.