According to the promise of a “breakthrough” reveal in a broadcast on G4’s Twitch Stream channel, Yacht Club Games, developer of Shovel Knight, pulled back the curtain to a brand new title called Mina the Hollower.
Described as a bone-chilling action adventure, Mina the Hollower uses a top-down 8-bit art style that strongly evokes the look and feel of Game Boy Color titles, which matches the modern game portfolio with the company’s classic aesthetic (think of the NES style of the Shovel Knight and Mechanical Head’s series) Cyber Shadow).
The Legend of Zelda: The Awakening of the Link is a clear break here, with its dark brooding atmosphere, pixel art, and installation – not to mention Mina’s whip – hinting at Castlevania, Gargoyle’s Quest, and the interest of (whisper it!) Dark souls. That’s how the Yacht Club describes it, at least, apart from the Gargoyle Quest. We only mention it because we love it. The developer also indicates that the game will run at a smooth 60fps.
The project is in production and is primarily funded by Yacht Club itself, which is launching Kickstarter to collaborate with the community, get feedback on different aspects of the game and – as designers “to build a community on Kickstarter, like we did with Shovel Knight,” said director and director Alec Faulkner in the press release. Kickstarter campaign can be accessed through MinaTheHollower.com.
Want to know more about the game? Here is some official information, followed by a series of screenshots:
Enter the terrifying world of action-adventure in Mina the Hollower. Take control of Mina, a popular Hollower embarking on a desperate quest to rescue a cursed island. Hide under dangers and monsters, send enemies into oblivion, and equip yourself with an arsenal of equipment and jewels. Explore a massive world with pixel-perfect graphics, awesome gameplay, monster bosses, and infectious music. Meet an eerie cast of characters, search for secrets in a variety of strange locales, and illuminate the darkness everywhere in Mina the Hollower…
The game is still in early development, so there is no news on an expected release date yet. Test Kickstarter for more details, and maybe even view this space.
Love the look and feel of this GBC style? Did you hope the Yacht Club could try something a little different? Game Boy color is a very good and underrated system which we have a real weak spot – let us know below if you’re in the same boat.