Do you love atmospheric indie games with immersive visual storytelling? You might want to check this one out! Open House Games has announced that their 3D puzzle platformer, A Tale of Paper, is now available on PlayStation 4. For you PC players, a Steam version is slated for an early 2021 release. The developers also have plans to launch a DLC pack for both versions at a later date.
In this charming indie platformer, you play as Line – a paper boy who has magically come to life. He embarks on a journey of “loss and hope”, a quest to fulfill the dream of his creator.
“Can a dream transcend its owner?”
As you traverse through the “atmospheric dreamworld” of A Tale of Paper, you will encounter various roadblocks and “uncommon enemies”. It is your job to learn the different origami transformations that Line can undertake. The different origami forms give you unique abilities that can help you overcome obstacles. However, each transformation has its ups and downs. You must use your wits to effectively explore (and survive) the unique environments that Line finds himself in.
In A Tale of Paper, you are indeed a “small paper boy”. That means everything will be gigantic from your perspective. Everyday items and substances can be huge problems for our paper protagonist. To him, Roombas are behemoths and water is acid. Each level will have “its own ambience and story to tell.” Perhaps, one of the more interesting features of this game for me personally is the focus on visual storytelling. “An experience without text” if you will. As a visual artist, I can understand how challenging this can be. But I also understand how effective it can be when done well.
A Tale of Paper Developers
Pau Tarés from Open House Games states:
“Fans of puzzle platformers will love this game, because it will challenge your imagination and problem-solving skills at every turn.”
He also expresses how the release of their indie platformer on the PlayStation 4 was a “dream come true” for himself and the team. I personally love indie games that focus on narrative. How do you feel about story-driven games like A Tale of Paper? What was the first indie game that touched your heart or emotionally surprised you? Let me know in the comments!