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The Machine is a new dystopian Gameboy title

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The Game Boy is getting some new releases, although some are admittedly re-releases / reskins of retro games. However, some are brand new projects and another is in the works The machine. Published by Incube8 Games, it appears to be the result of a development partnership between Spacebot Interactive and solo developer Ben Jelter.

Ben Jelter in particular seems to be focused on creating unique experiences, and the press release highlights that working on Game Boy projects – with all the limitations that come with it – leads to more creativity and innovation.

Ben Jelter is an independent artist and game developer based in Burlington, VT. His inspirations are surrealism, science fiction, history and game theory.

The Game Boy was Ben’s first console. Making a game on the system would have been a childhood dream if he had thought it possible. Ben enjoys developing Game Boy games because the system’s limitations encourage a process of subtractive design.

The details of the game are still relatively thin outside of the first descriptions and screens, more information is promised for the future. The concept sounds interesting, however, with several promised endings.

In The machine, you have the opportunity to follow numerous different story paths in an original dystopian world and explore the inner workings of a gigantic machine and the people who inhabit it amid a choice that could dramatically shape the future. In this hierarchical society, your place in the world is determined at a young age by an aptitude test, which enables you to experience each playthrough as a factory worker, police officer or more. Get to know people around you and make decisions that can dramatically affect the future of your home and its residents.

It will be a physical release when it finally lands. Let us know in the comments what you think of the initial information and screens.


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