Murasaki Baby is the most disturbing looking indie game that Sony announced during this year's Gamescom, and yet we couldn't take our hands off it.
Developed by Ovosonico, Murasaki Baby is an upcoming indie side-scroller for PS Vita that relies heavily on the uses of touch screen controls. The game's art is fashioned after macabre pen-and-ink artist Edward Gorey.
During our Gamescom's demo, we took control of a young girl named Baby, who's shark toothed mouth sits at the top of her head. Players grab Baby by the hand using the touch screen and then pull her through levels populated by children’s fantasies and fears. At one point in our demo we approached a dark tunnel and Baby refused to progress any farther until we had found a lamp and dragged it over to the darkness to help light her way.
Baby also clings onto a heart-shaped balloon. When she is damaged by an enemy, she'll drop this balloon and players will have to grab it and bring it back to her before it floats away. Players can also use the Vita's back touch pad to change the backgound of the game, which will effect Baby's mood and help her solve puzzles. For example, at one point in the game, we switched over to a thunderstorm environment and made Baby cry, which raised the water levels of a nearby lake and allowed us to board a boat. Then we switch the background to a peaceful windmill setting and spun the windmill to create wind that pushed the sailboat away.
Gamers who like dark and twisted puzzle games should give Murasaki Baby a shot when it releases on the PS Vita next year.