In a very packed PAX, amidst the crazy hustle and bustle of all the other indie games bursting out of the woodwork to be shown off at the PAX Rising showcase, was a game about a tiny robot Abi and his friends, just waiting to be shown to the world.
Abi is the story about quite possibly the cutest tiny robot in any media since Wall-E, who is trying to help his not so tiny robot pal DD find his best friend, a tiny white bird.
The game is a heavily story-driven, 2D side-scrolling puzzle game, in which you will need to find the best ways to make it through each stage. You’ll need to work out where to jump… or how else to reach high places, find keys or other ways to open doors, and which switches to turn on when.
Abi is set in a world that used to be full of life and bustling with humans utilising the help of robots to carry out their day to day tasks. The humans worked hard in the pursuit of perfection and immortality, which eventuated in humans becoming machines.
Abi was built with the purpose of being an educator in the absence of parent figures, so Abi isn’t what you would call… equipped for adventure. But Abi clearly has a mind for puzzles!
In Abi you can roll along on his tiny wheels, climb ladders using his tiny arms, or reach things that are a small distance away; being small has it’s perks, as Abi can fit places other robots cannot… but Abi finds himself hindered by heavy doors or boxes.
It’s a good thing that his big blue friend DD is a robot who was designed for industrial production, so DD packs a lot of power.
The art style is quite cute and really backs-up the wholesomeness of the game. Pair this with a really calming soundtrack and I think you’ll slip right into the cute world that Abi and DD exist in.
Hopefully Abi will come out to play early 2017.