Headup Games has announced another game for the Nintendo Switch: Fromto. It’s a racing game developed by Studio Erikson’s, which happens to feature hand drawn graphics. It’s described as a “childish 2D sandbox racing game”, and if you have no idea what on earth this could mean, watching the reveal trailer should help!
Here it is:
Fromto is primarily a multiplayer game (with both local and online suppported), and can even be played using only one controller. There’s also a Single Player mode, with over 25 levels to tackle.
Here’s some more details and pictures:
Fromto is a horrible, childish 2D sandbox racing game with in game track building. All players race an unfinished track in turn. When everyone fails all players must ‘work together’ to modify the track before they try again. Think strategic, build sneaky routes and trick your opponents with nifty traps and obstacles. Experiment endlessly with tons of track parts and win in unthinkable ways. Play with up to four friends (online or offline) in this action packed living playground. After you ruined all your friendships you can dive into the single player speed run challenges.
Racing in Fromto is turn-based, while in the build round all players are playing together in real time. (Except for hotseat, of course.) During the build rounds you can both add helpful objects as ramps, and also make the track harder for your opponents as the traps you place will be passive when it is your race turn again. This adds a strategic element to the game. Creating a race track together in which everybody wants to win, often results in some hilarious childish chaos!
Erikson grew up to become a contemporary artist fascinated with playing. His talent did not go unseen in the contemporary art world, his work can be found all across the globe. Over the course of the last few years, his work evolved from gigantic sculptures and paintings via animations to games.
It all started with a child’s drawing by developer Erikson himself when he was about 10 years old. In the drawing you follow a small doodle race car along an obstacle course so crazy only a child could imagine. And thus, was the idea for Fromto born.
Now, years later, Erikson has worked on Fromto for the past two years. To preserve the essence of the initial idea he invited two very special people to join his project; his own children Niki (5) and Joep (2). Erikson’s ‘clumsy’ drawing style fits in perfectly. The whole game has been drawn by hand multiple times to make it feel alive. According to Erikson, the game in fact became alive: “In Fromto many things happen I didn’t put in there intentionally. Fromto surprises me, every time I play it.”
Finally, here’s the list of key features and some screenshots:
- Up to 4 players online & local multiplayer
- Single player challenges
- Hot seat mode to play multiplayer with one controller or keyboard
- Super high replayability!
- Online leader board for single player challenges
- Record & replay your gameplay
- Fun to watch!
- Lots of different cars
- Very tuneable gameplay settings
- Full controller support
- Nifty secrets
- Many, many track parts
- Destructible terrain
- Unseen art style partially made by young children
- Unlock cars, obstacles and levels as you progress
- Amazing soundtrack
Fromto (Switch – eShop) comes out this Spring in Europe and North America. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!
Source: Headup Games PR