We’ve seen The Black Glove mentioned once before from the creators, but this is the first we’ve seen it in action. At first glance, it’s very easy to tell that the developers behind this weird game worked on BioShock at some point during their careers. Mr. Cribbage, the first character we meet, has a body and face that move with the same style of animation. Its first-person viewpoint storytelling is also eerily familiar, and that retro Americana feeling from the BioShock games just pours from the Kickstarter pitch video.
However, the similarities stop there. The Black Glove is not a full-blown action game, and its smaller development team of former Irrational Games’ workers is scaling back the size and scope to match that of recent indie successes like Gone Home and The Stanley Parable. It doesn’t come off at all like a traditional game per se, but rather just a few rooms to bungle around in and experience surreal interactions with skeletons and other awkward beings.
Plus, it even comes with its own retro arcade with an original game! Nice!
So far, it looks… interesting to say the least. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I know plenty of people who eat games like this for breakfast. The allure of the developers’ BioShock experience is bound to help it a bit, but to say that The Black Glove has an uphill battle to reach its $550,000 goal is a little bit of an understatement. Only three games have managed to cross the half-million dollar mark so far this year on Kickstarter, and it is becoming harder and harder to make these things a success.
If you liked BioShock, Gone Home or The Stanley Parable, then absolutely, check out The Black Glove‘s Kickstarter campaign. They are going to need all the help they can get. It’s a shame they launched right after I renewed my self-imposed ban on donating to Kickstarter projects.