's Echo Generation
is a stunning voxel art RPG lite that will sweep you off your nostalgic feet, if you were alive during the late 80s and throughout the 90s. It wears its setting influence(s) on its sleeve, and then some. But can all the cool-kid nods to the best pop-culture carry it all the way through?
Well, that's the question we set ourselves out to answers. Here's a snippet from our investigative findings:
Tell me if you’ve heard or seen this one before: A couple of kids live with their mum in a small town. For five years their dad has been gone, but mum (mom) still sets a place for him at the table, and the family car he used to fix sits unused in the driveway. The kids have no idea what happened to their old man, and mum won’t say a thing about it outside of getting upset. He worked for the local science mob, FST, but beyond that anything else about him is a mystery. They have friends, and they’re all working on making an alien-themed movie out in the cornfields just outside of town. They all also have a treehouse clubhouse.
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One of their neighbours is a tinkering dad who happens to be smarter than anyone at FST, despite the fact he sciences inside of his garage. Meanwhile, the local school principal, also a neighbour, is an odd man dressed in a drab suit with thick glasses. He’s incredibly reclusive. His house, which the kids are able to sneak into, is fastidiously clean and sports a creepy doll collection. He has a locked basement.
Outside on the neighbourhood lightpoles and strewn about the place are Missing Child posters for one of the local boys who hasn’t been seen in quite some time. And finally, amidst the town’s thick air of not everything being right, or normal, the local repair shop, Billy’s Garage, appears to be the scene of a crime only our young heroes discover, and can then investigate.