Nomad Studio, a small Spanish studio, with its first video game "Gris" has reached the popular applause at the Gamescome, the most important European event of video games, that has surrendered to this beautiful proposal, born from an amazing landscape painted with aquarel.
"Gris" was born in three hands: that of Roger Mendoza and Adrián Cuevas, two ex-programmers of Square Enix and Ubisoft who were busy programming "videojuegos de asesinos", and those of the Catalan illustrator Conrad Roset, whose aesthetics was reflected in the game, says Efe Marco Albano, who is responsible for the musical part.
"Music also has a very important role on the narrative level – he argues – because the game has no dialogue, Gris has no voice."
Music, color and programming come together to mimic the one-way journey of his protagonist, who has experienced a traumatic experience and takes the player on his emotional journey.
"Gray", released in December for PC and Nintendo Switch, does not pretend to be "stressful." It is a game that is made "to unlink at the end of the day, although it is an artistic project, it has very clear elements of classic gameplay, there is a challenge," he explains.
The efforts of the makers have focused on "shaping sensations", combined with "games of perspective, colors" and the development of puzzles and other complex tests.
To deepen the story, he adds, it is necessary to listen and observe, not just to overcome all obstacles. Each player completes the story in his own way
The game has a progression based on colors, from reddish tones and pink to a darker atmosphere of lilacs and blues, drawn like a large mosaic formed by watercolor strokes: "The player colors the world in which the protagonist, color has a lot of meaning because it is the scenario & # 39; s changes or marks a path that is not visible, "says Albano.
Designed in two dimensions, the player must find objects and solve puzzles to complete their journey: "The goal is to be a total immersion experience," underlines Gemma Gamarra, the Catalan singer who puts her voice on the soundtrack of the project .
This quirky artistic proposal has captured all the looks of the Gamescom trade show, the most important European event in the video gaming industry, and its success is another proof of the power of the independent scene in the video game industry.
At the same fair, only two years ago, he took his first steps towards Gray & # 39 ;, when the founders of Nomad Studio presented a small demonstration of the video game – in which they had been working for several months – to the American company Devolver. Digital.
This & # 39; publisher & # 39; (closest to a literary publisher but with video games) is one of the most recognizable names – but not the most – of the & # 39; indie & # 39; scene of video games and responsible for titles like & # 39; Hotline Miami & # 39 ;.
"You need more titles like this," explains Albano, because they occur in all the arts: music, photography or film and video games is just another support.
Although "Gris" – who will keep the title in Spanish in his worldwide version – has his "own unique style", it has clear and recognized influences from his authors of other independent video game titles such as "Journey" or "Monument Valley", who received recognition from the audience and critics for their proposals of a relaxed atmosphere and an abstract story.
The strength of the independent sector is such that the German stock market, which closes on Saturday until the tenth edition in which the big players of the video game have participated, has created a space that is exclusively dedicated to this type of project.