A brand new video game will go to Tove Jansson’s great world of the Moomins, and I’m delighted. Because of launch subsequent yr, Snufkin: Melody Of Moominvalley will star the tootling nomad as he returns from his winter away solely to seek out the Park Keeper has imposed order upon the freespirited valley by constructing parks in every single place. Feels like an issue to be solved utilizing friendship and mischief! It is fairly fairly too, try the trailer under.
That is fairly, that. I do know Moomins principally from the 90s cartoon, solely just a little from the books, however oh it’s totally good. What an odd and exquisite tone. It all the time scared or unsettled me just a little, and I like that. A number of years again, our Graham wrote very properly about how it is enjoyable to consider a Moomin video game, and what any such game should not be.
“It will appear easy then to take any one in every of these tales, or a set of all of them, and make it a quest. Moomintroll would substitute cleanly for nearly any younger boy protagonist in virtually any Nintendo game, for instance. Hemulens might be quest givers, hattifatteners might be enemies, and so forth.
“Please do not. Moomin adventures resist construction, and infrequently comprise any form of goal. Any travels and the occasions that occur throughout them are principally about happenstance, undertaken out of a want to entertain oneself and one’s mates. A quest, a marker, a reward; all of those are antithetical to the spirit of the Moomin tales, that are essentially about nature, and deal with all the pieces its characters do with the identical stage of significance as a tree shedding its leaves. That’s, essential and never vital in any respect, unexpectedly.”
On this specific game, Snufkin shall be exploring an open world, fixing musical and environmental puzzles, doing aspect quests, and, the blurb says, in the end chasing out the Park Keeper and his parks “with the assistance of your trusty harmonica, a little bit of stealth, and the chums you may meet alongside the way in which.”
Snufkin: Melody Of Moominvalley is because of hit Steam in 2023. It will even be on yet-unspecified consoles. It is made by Hyper Video games, the Norwegian studio beforehand behind cooperative puzzle game Mørkredd.