Evan’s Remains on Kickstarter Pairs Puzzles, Visual Novels

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

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Charming-looking new Kickstarter project Evan’s Remains pairs puzzle platforming with traditional visual novels to tell the story of one girl’s search for a boy.

Developed by solo Argentinian developer Matías Schmied, Evan’s Remains is a mystery adventure that merges puzzle-platforming with visual novel elements. It follows the journey of Dysis in her attempt to find Evan, a genius who has suddenly gone missing.

From the game’s Kickstarter:

Evan’s Remains combines logic-based platforming with narrative-driven visual novel elements. The game features gorgeous pixel-graphics, and puzzles that must be solved using logic, rather than dexterity or skill. Throughout the game, players will slowly uncover the story of the disappearance of the missing boy: Evan, and the nature of Dysis’ quest to find him.

Evan, the genius boy, has been missing for years.  One day, a letter claiming to have been written by Evan surfaces, stating that he is on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. With unknown motives, he specifically requests a girl named Dysis come to find him.  The player controls Dysis throughout the story, as we learn more about both her and Evan.

The game will switch between puzzle platforming sections and visual novel story elements, during which new mysteries and puzzle mechanics are introduced. According to the developer, the puzzles will rely more on player logic than physical skill, with puzzles becoming more and more complex as the game progresses. The game takes inspiration from Ace Attorney, Danganropa, Ghost Trick, and Yume Nikki.

For those interested in the premise, a playable demo is available on Itch.io. The Kickstarter runs through July 27, 2019.

Evan’s Remains will launch simultaneously in late May 2020 on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC via Steam. Kickstarter backers can choose their preferred platform via survey after the closing of the Kickstarter campaign.

About Leah McDonald

Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son.