Unusual Findings, a retro-inspired point-and-click mystery adventure full of 80’s charm, is set to release on October 12th, 2022 on the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. In Unusual Findings, players will take the reins of Vinny, Nick, and Tony as they take on a supernatural threat. You can check out the release date trailer above, along with a few screenshots and details about this beautiful looking retro adventure below:
CORDOBA, Argentina — Sept. 13, 2022 — Unusual Findings, the nostalgic mystery adventure and love letter to life in the ‘80s from developer Epic Llama and publisher ESDigital Games, parties like it’s 1987 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC via Steam on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022.
It’s Christmas time in a small rural town, but thick-as-thieves friends Vinny, Nick, and Tony aren’t thinking about presents. With a cable descrambler in-hand, the boys are just an antenna-twist away from decrypting channels. But instead of age-restricted content, they find a disturbing distress signal from a spaceship crash-landing in the forest outskirts.
Out in the backwoods, things turn gnarly when a colossal alien emerges. Faced with a threat to their families, friends, and very existence, the boys embark on a timeless coming-of-age investigation in the age of VHS rentals, sci-fi worship, and new wave.
Busting at the seams with heart-warming references, clever easter eggs, and even licensed music like “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” by Dead or Alive, Unusual Findings boasts immaculate ‘80s vibes while pushing the point-and-click genre forward and staying true to its roots.
This adventure may be rendered in nostalgic 16-bit art, but leave pixel-hunting in the past with a handy assist mode highlighting all clickable points of interest. Make significant, game-changing choices in a suspenseful tale with full voice acting drawing inspiration from classic films of the era like The Goonies and The Lost Boys. Write your own script en route to dozens of possible endings and outcomes.
Many decisions and dialogue choices directly affect the relationships and story—some puzzles and areas won’t even be seen in every playthrough! Challenge kids at the Laser Llamas Arcade, learn new tricks at the Emerald Sword comic shop, and look for clues at the Video Buster rental store. Rock along to a groovy soundtrack, mash together inventory items for puzzle solutions, and worry not where the journey will lead—just soak up the sights and gameplay of the decade along the way.
“The movies, music, and games of the ‘80s and early ‘90s were more than merely ‘great’—they sparked our curiosity, sharpened our minds, and set the stage for the people we would become,” said Hernan Lopez, game designer at Epic Llama. “If that sounds like you, consider Unusual Findings both our love letter and a way of giving back to the era that made us—an adventure game steeped in warm nostalgia that approaches the genre with modern flourishes.”
Unusual Findings will launch for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC via Steam for USD $19.99 on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. It will support English, Russian, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Polish, and Portuguese text languages, with voice acting in English and Russian.
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