Earlier this week, Phoenix Springs, a neo-noir point & click adventure game from developer Calligram Studios went live on Square Enix Collective.
In Phoenix Springs you play as Iris as she finally locates the young man she met in a bar. But something is not right. He he has become a recluse and a billionaire. And most terrifying, he’s old and dying.
Iris’ quest to solve the mystery of this man takes her to Phoenix Springs: a desert oasis, “home to a strange community.” Under the veil of utopian appearances, Iris soon realizes the inhabitants of Phoenix Springs conceal dark secrets that are hard to unveil and harder to believe.
As mentioned above, Phoenix springs is a point and click adventure game. Notably it features branching narratives, a “complex and multi-leveled” story, and of course puzzles like any adventure game.
There’s not much else on Phoenix Springs, and normally when a game is scarce on the information, that’s usually a sign that’s not-so-great. However, there is something so mysterious and weird about this game that I can’t help but be interested in. Suffice to say, I will personally be keeping my eye on it.
Phoenix Springs is in development for PC and Mac. A mobile version of the game is also planned after the release on PC and Mac, which wasn’t divulged. Additionally, Calligram Studios has mentioned bringing the game to PS4 and Xbox One, but that will depend on budget, reception, support, etc.
Phoenix Springs is currently live on Steam Greenlight and Square Enix Collective. For those that don’t know: Square Enix Collective is a curated platform that has been created to act as a service provider to independent developers, either through helping build a community, helping to raise funds via Kickstarter, or with support for releasing games.
Developers who work with SEC always retain the IP and creative control. Every week SEC posts a new pitch to its website from a developer somewhere around the world. Beyond eyeballs and support, these teams are said to be looking for feedback on what works, what doesn’t, and on whether or not the game should pursue a Kickstarter. SEC specifically uses the feedback and votes as a guide to which projects it wants to support.
Below, you can check out Phoenix Springs’ announcement trailer and current screenshots: