Here's an announcement
to introduce The Eldritch Zookeeper
, an upcoming game that
combines the tycoon elements of a theme park construction game with the ominous
themes of survival/horror. In the game you are tasked with managing a zoo full
of Lovecraftian creatures and then dealing with the consequences when this takes
the inevitable turn for the worse. The game already has
, but not a release date, as this is just listed as coming "soon."
Here are the early details:
A down-on-his-luck zookeeper is fired from
London Zoo due to certain tendencies arsonist tendencies. Apparently, setting
ablaze the Jolly Woodland Creature exhibit is frowned upon. Frowned upon by zoo
management, and presumably the woodland creatures themselves, who are decidedly
less jolly now.
Taking an interview at the only zoo that would offer him one, our unfortunate
zookeeper is deceived by a particularly well-dressed skeleton, and forced to
manage a zoo full of otherworldly eldritch abominations. Surrounded by fangs,
claws, tentacles can our zookeeper escape his curse?
Everyday a brand new monster appears through the ghastly otherworldly portal
that requires housing and feeding, and everyday human guests want to come see
them and not get eaten. Build shops, bathrooms and other amenities for the
comfort of zoo visitors, and keep the monsters peaceful enough to prevent a
zoo-break (also for the comfort of the zoo visitors.)
Taking a mixture of inspiration from classic Bullfrog management games (Theme
Park World, Dungeon Keeper) and modern survival games, The Eldritch Zookeeper is
coming to a variety of platforms very soon!
The Eldritch Zookeeper is designed and built entirely by Matt Luard. Under the
studio name Cranktrain, he previously released the logical puzzler
The Cat Machine, which
successfully threw him into full-time indie game development. Collaborating a
second time with musician and composer Peter
Nickalls, the orchestral soundtrack promises to be amazing.