By Josh Speer / April 4th, 2019
There are some that find games can’t be art, but I’m not among them. Neither is ARTE, a European publisher who is now bringing 3 distinctly artistic puzzle experiences to the Nintendo Switch simultaneously on April 25th. The games are Type:Rider, Vandals and Homo Machina. Though each features puzzle elements, they are all very different games. Type:Rider and Vandals are both developed by Cosmografik. The first is a puzzle platformer that deals with the history of fonts. Vandals deals with street art and allows you to spray paint with your Joy-Con. Meanwhile Homo Machina was developed by Darjeeling, and has you explore the inner workings of the human body. All three sound truly interesting and different, and they look to be very affordable, each at less than $5. If you want to read even more about the games, just check the official press release below!
ARTE Announces Simultaneous Nintendo Switch™ Launch for Homo Machina, Type:Rider and Vandals on April 25
All three puzzle games come to the console as ARTE publishes for the first time on
Paris – April 4 2019 – Publisher and co-producer ARTE has announced their plan to make April 25 a Nintendo Switch™ day with the release of three of their puzzle games on the platform. The critically acclaimed Type:Rider and Vandals, both developed by Cosmografik, will come to the console priced at $2.99 / €3.49 / £3.19 and $3.99 / €4.49 / £4.09, while Homo Machina, the avant-garde title by Darjeeling, will be priced at $2.99 / €3.49 / £3.19.
Vandals is a turn-based puzzle game that lets players explore street art, create their own artwork, and evade the authorities. Along the way, players will discover the evolution of street art through the works of 40 real-life, iconic street artists, and learn how they have influenced urban culture in the iconic street art cities Paris, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, and Sao Paulo. The Switch version will introduce an exciting new feature, the ability to spray paint using the Joy-Cons.
Type:Rider is a 2D platform game that allows players to discover the history and secrets of fonts and characters. Players must guide two dots through the ages of typographic styles and techniques from rock paintings of prehistoric times to the fonts we use today. Type:Rider takes players through different levels, collecting letters of the alphabet and solving riddles in a captivating musical and visual environment.
Homo Machina invites players to see inside the human body, as viewed through the unique aesthetic lens of the work of Fritz Kahn. Gameplay is straightforward and intuitive, the player instructing the on-screen staff to oversee the human body’s many and varied functions – from eating and breathing to controlling emotions and monitoring the nervous system. The game illustrates, with charismatic artwork and animation, poetic narration and uplifting music, the beauty of Kahn’s enduring imagery.
Created in 1992, ARTE is a public service European culture channel and digital network with a focus on creation and innovation. In the last decade, ARTE has co-produced a number of major interactive works, including the games Type:Rider, Californium, Vandals, Homo Machina and Bury me, my Love.
Cosmografik is the brand of Paris-based interactive designer Théo Le Du Fuentes, whose work covers video games as well as animation and toys. His previous game, Type:Rider, earned highly positive reviews and has been downloaded more than 1.7 million times since 2013.Together with a team of creatives, Cosmografik has developed Vandals, a turn-based puzzle game about street art, which released for PC and mobile in April 2018.
Based in Paris and established in 2009, Darjeeling produces high-quality content for new-media platforms. The studio collaborates with a wealth of talent covering directors, photographers, writers, digital artists, game designers and developers, to create compelling stories. The company’s first game, 2016’s Californium, was based on the work of the writer Philip K Dick. Its game Homo Machina, was first released in May 2018 for mobile and explores Fritz Kahn’s unique mechanical visions of human anatomy.
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