Civilisation has retreated, leaving once hospitable areas as barren wastelands. And yet in this treacherous landscape hope is found in an old carnival polar bear, abandoned by his masters, and the young mysteriously gifted child who he must protect. This fateful partnership provides the old bear with a new purpose and sets them both off on a perilous journey. They must evade a ruthless clan of hunters who have their own agenda for the boy, all while surviving the unrelenting elements. As the bear and child form an unbreakable friendship, the boy’s true significance is gradually revealed leaving them with only one option: they must pass the cold horizon.
Cold Horizon is a side scrolling exploration adventure with a fascinating story. With an international team, Big Cake Games is a studio with a variety of creative and cultural influences. In Cold Horizon this manifests itself in part due to the visuals that will evoke folk art style’s and the use of ethnic instruments in the soundtrack. The game will throw you into the barely recognisable landscapes of Earth where humans are close to extinction and nature has taken hold of the world.
Gameplay – Navigate each landscape as the polar bear by jumping, running, crawling, swimming and climbing your way past platforming obstacles as well as solving environmental puzzles. Using the young boy’s “gift” in certain scenarios, highlighting the unseen things in the world around you, healing the bear’s injuries, helping solve puzzles and even subduing hostile animals.
Visuals – Hand-drawn animation with Scandinavian folk art influences create a visually unique style for Cold Horizon.
Enemies – Danger will come in a variety of forms including wild beasts and the few remaining humans and their animal counterparts who you can evade using stealth or face in battle.
Featuring striking visuals, a stunning original score and a story that will keep you playing for hours, this is a game not to be missed.
Cold Horizon is currently being developed with the Unity game engine and will be released for Windows and PS4 later this year.