How far would you go for your cat? The upcoming retro indie platformer Boneko looks to answer that question.
The story of Boneko follows a young girl named Bony, who enters an abandoned mansion in hopes of rescuing her friends and her cat Boneko. What she finds inside will surprise her though.
Similar to The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap and Super Mario Odyssey, Bony’s feline friend has transformed into a wearable hat that has strange new powers. Together, they have to explore the mansion in order to find the others, as well as restore Boneko’s original form.
While the powers haven’t been fully fleshed out this early in development, the 2015 prototype gives a bit of insight into what a few of them may be. Alongside being able to attack with what looks like yarn (or maybe a hairball) Boneko can wrap all the way around Bony to perform a ground pound, which only works in certain areas.
Currently, the aforementioned prototype is available for download, but features a much different story and less content. As with most prototypes, there is a fair amount of game breaking bugs as well, with the biggest one being the game crashing when loading a save, notably after a death.
The 2015 version was also made with Game Maker: Studio, while the next iteration of the game is being created using the Unity engine. Based on screenshots and other updates, the art style looks a lot more like modern pixel art games than the original version.
Boneko is still in development for PC, currently being made by indie game designers Maliga and William (Patchouga & Picoid). To follow the games progress head over to the following links: Itch.io, Facebook, Twitter, Cartrdge.
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