Atomhawk Studios pitches The Realm


Kickstarter is quickly becoming the go-to place for developers to fund the games that they truly feel players will enjoy the most. One of the newer projects, The Realm, is the brainchild of Atomhawk Studios, a design company that is famous for their work in games like Mortal Kombat, Dead Island, and Devil May Cry. This is the first completely internal project that the company has undertaken, and so far, it looks like it’s coming along splendidly.

The Realm is a point-and-click adventure game specifically designed for today’s players. The story follows Sarina, a headstrong young girl who has to leave her home village to retrieve a cure for her deathly sick mother. This quest leads her to discover many different lands and characters, including a legendary stone golem named Toru, a “gentle but powerful” creature. Players will work together with Toru, slowly teaching the giant about the world around him while simultaneously leveling up his skills.

The two unlikely companions will travel through wild and dangerous lands in search of a forgotten city, where legend dictates a magical flower grows with immense healing properties.  However, the mysterious ‘Lamphead’ creatures will not let them enter the city without resistance. As of right now, it is unannounced whether Sarina and Toru will actually have to fight these enemies or simply avoid them.

“[The art style] invokes a sense of epic scale and emotional journey,” says Tom Szirtes, lead technical designer for The Realm.”We moved away from a lot of traditional point-and-click things, such as randomly clicking everywhere on the screen to make something happen. Now when you click on a character or an item, all the options pop up over their head. It makes for a much more smooth experience.”

Atomhawk is asking for £195,000 to fund their project, and have already raised over £5,000 of that at the time of this article. If you would like to see this beautiful point-and-click game in action for yourself, head on over to their Kickstarter page and view their video demonstration. If you think it’s something you would like to play, donate a few dollars. As for myself, I think I might just send them $20 or so, because it’s been a long time since I’ve played a really, really good point-and-click game, and this looks like it has a certain artistic edge I’ve been missing.

The Realm project on Kickstarter can be found by clicking here. Different donations amount to different benefits when the game comes out, such as posters or collectible ‘Making-Of’ DVD’s.