"Hello? ... Young? HEY! Listen, you are about to wake upůAnodyne
— Unidentified Voice
is a 2D, Top Down Action Adventure
indie game developed by Jon Kittaka and Sean Hogan during their last years in college.
Players take the role of a white haired human named Young who awakens in a strange world simply called The Land. Young is approached by a cloaked man named Sage, the village elder and is told he needs to save the Legendary Briar from the Evil Darkness. But all is not what it seems and you don't know who you can really trust..Anodyne
takes clear inspiration from The Legend of Zelda
series. Players will explore a huge, nonlinear world filled with very strange locations and people. There are various Plot Coupons
you need to obtain by exploring the world and completing dungeons. You'll collect keys, complete puzzles and other Action Adventure
What sets this game apart is the visuals, tone and atmosphere. The game's tone ranges from tense and frightening, to strange and surreal, to melancholic and sometimes very beautiful.
Anodyne can be purchased directly from the official website
for $9, and it also available on Steam
for $9.99. Interestingly, Kittaka and Hogan themselves have uploaded the game onto Pirate Bay, making it available for free, so one may essentially pick one's price.
Compare to Link's Awakening
and Yume Nikki
, which the game creators have cited as inspiration.
The game provides examples of: