Created by From Scratch Studios, a small independent team of two, Etched Memories is a horror game starring a cat with a troubled past. And honestly, as soon as I read that, I had to play it, not to mention the fact that the cat is called Biscuit. Biscuit! The game is still in development, but a demo has just been released to give you an idea of what to expect.
« Waking up in the middle of a stormy night, a gray feline named Biscuit can’t find his mother in sight, » reads the game’s Steam page, which describes Etched Memories as an indie first- and third-person feline simulation game. . « Feel what it’s like to be a Biscuit as he searches for his mom through the memories he’s held on to. »
I have played the demo and although it is quite crude, there is something very nice about sneaking around like a cat. It makes you feel small, in a way that games don’t usually do, as you explore the game’s dark and rainy forest environment. I also love that you can pick up things and research them, like when you study clues in LA Noire, but with a furry paw instead of a hand.
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It’s clear that this demo is a proof of concept, and the developer admits there’s a long way to go. « In the full version of the game, there will be special locations and Easter eggs throughout the map that can be discovered by walking around, » reads the description. « However, keep in mind that this demo will not have these characteristics and the forest will not be as populated. »
No release date has been set for Etched Memories, but I imagine it won’t be out for a while. From Scratch is looking to hire professional character artists and animators to assist with the project. Until then, the demo will have to suffice. I will be following the development of the game closely and hope the creators do justice to the Biscuit story.