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Tala is an autumnal adventure game created with a combination of traditional animation techniques & nature photography.
Tala is an autumnal adventure game created with a combination of traditional animation techniques & nature photography.
521 backers pledged AU$ 16,200 to help bring this project to life.

Stopping to Smell the Flowers

Posted by Matthew Petrak (Creator)
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 I first read this interview between Roger Ebert and Hayao Miyazaki YEARS ago, and this little tid-bit has stuck with me since. The importance of spending time in the moments in between action is such a powerful technique - and it shows in Miyazaki's films. 

There's going to be a couple of moments like this throughout Tala; but they happen as you play through the story. The power of video games is that they're interactive and that the player can choose what to do at any given moment - taking advantage of that is important!  

If you come across a bench in Tala, feel free to sit down and watch the world go by for a while. When you sit down you'll get control of the camera, an extended view of the area, and just getting to watch life go on. 

Of course, in the full game there'll be unique things happening for you to watch. People doing daily tasks and maybe a sneaky easter egg or two.

You can also see the current version of an older scene in that video! It's being extended out into a little marketplace that'll hold a bartering mini-game/puzzle. The storepeople are placeholders, since they're some of the characters that will be based on people who back at the Waratah tier! 

Animal Crossing and ICO are both big touchstones in terms of inspiraton
Animal Crossing and ICO are both big touchstones in terms of inspiraton

 
I've started to get a few photos from friends who I gave prototype stickers to, and this uses is EXACTLY what I had in mind when I designed them. Look at how great it looks. If you dig it, make sure to back at the Bottlebrush tier ($30AUD/~22USD) or above! 

Look!! A potted plant house.
Look!! A potted plant house.
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      Glenn McMath on

      Looks great! It also kinda reminds me of Life is Strange... some nice sitting and watching the world moments in that game too.

    2. Matthew Petrak 2-time creator on

      Snate: Aww thanks so much!! That's a good idea. Subtle little hidden interactions would work pretty fantastically. Hell. I even just had an idea for a hidden Where's Wally/Waldo kind of achievement that'd be fun!

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      snate56 on

      Alright, alright!!!
      I gotta have me some stickers!

      ...and the postcards...

      ...and the pin... ;)

      It would be cool if you were patient and sat there long enough, that a bug or something happens by that you could click on to reveal hidden content.

    4. Matthew Petrak 2-time creator on

      @Mykll That's the first thing I noticed when they sent me that photo. Especially since I have that exact cube hahahah

    5. Mykll Valiant
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      And the first thing I noticed was the Fidget Cube.