Randal's Monday is the next Groundhog Day-style point and click adventure from Daedalic, and something of a departure from the fantasy settings of the independent's last few games.
A "geek-inspired adventure", Randal's Monday was developed by Nexus Game Studios, and Daedalic expects to publish it on PC in the third quarter.
The description makes mention of "time loops", "universal collapse" and "talking skulls", which is apparently "just another Monday" for the titular Randal, "who seems doomed to relive that most cursed of days over and over".
A kleptomaniac, Randal wakes up on Monday after a friend's engagement party to find the groom-to-be's wallet and engagement ring in his pocket. He hocks the ring, causing his friend to commit suicide, and is then doomed to relive the same day over and over until he gets it right - or the universe collapses.
The story centres "around geek and pop culture references from the 1990s and early 2000s, and gives a pretty authentic insight into how hard it is to overcome these stupid days of each week". Packed with "cynical humor" and "geek culture references", paying "tribute to a generation of gamers, readers and viewers of subculture media products".
"Players will find countless items and references to things they grew up with. Retro video gaming consoles, anyone? Your favorite movies and TV series from the 80s, 90s and 2000s? It's all in there," Daedalic said.
"Take your time and pixel-hunt each screen for everything that's in there – whereas the adventure gameplay takes care to use all of today's comfort features, of course."
Here's a brief fact sheet, and there's a trailer and some screenshots below. You can check out the website for more details.
- Seven great chapters - gameplay time will depend on how much time you spend in front of the TV in your childhood.
- More than 40 different environments carefully hand-crafted.
- More than 50 characters including repulsive mothers, retired priests and talking skulls.
- Jillions of references and homages to geek culture.
- No zombies (which is a feature nowadays). Whoops, in fact there are some of them... well, ZOMBIES