Penrose Studios’ casual new story for VR devices has officially launched on Steam. The name of the title is Allumette and it’s about a girl who lives in a city in the clouds. The project sees the young girl having to overcome tragedy to fight for a brighter future.
According to the Steam store description, Allumette is based loosely on “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen.
For a limited time the title is free, and you can get a hold on it by simply downloading it from the Steam store. You’ll need a fairly decent rig to play it, though. An i5, 8GB of RAM, a GTX 1060 and 2GB of free space. It may not seem like a game that requires a lot of graphics processing power, yet it does.
You can get a look at what Allumette plays like and the charming art-style with the launch trailer below.
It’s designed to replicate the stop-motion effect from a lot of claymation films from back in the 1990s. I kind of miss those films but they were expensive to make. Given that 3D rendering and VR has advanced in such a degree that it is, I wonder if we’ll begin to see more stop-motion style projects pop up like Allumette?
The reviews for the VR film have all mostly been positive thanks to Penrose giving away the title for free.
Many of the user reviews note that the graphics are charming and that it feels like a children’s story book come to life.
This is yet another visual VR story piece that centers around giving gamers a slightly interactive movie feel instead of just another gaming experience. I’m curious what other kind of projects we could see in the near future that could take advantage of VR in this way? I get the feeling a Hardcore Henry-style flick in VR would be pretty awesome.
Anyway, you can get your hands on Allumette from over on the Steam store right now. The title will be free for a limited time, so you don’t have anything to lose but time and bandwidth.