We have published our second game title “Dodo Adventures” as an Early Access on Steam. The idea for the game started during a trip to Mauritius in 2018. Mauritius was a place where the environment and its colonial history provided a great amount of inspiration. Some of the history events were positive and some were not. Also, we realized that one of the most famous extinct bird was originally from Mauritius and used to wander and hatch eggs in Mauritius island. This bird had also relatives in other islands such as Rodrigues, but the name “Dodo” and its rather sad destiny made it the symbol of extinction. The reason to the extinction was mainly caused by humans. In fact, there are many species in the planet earth that are naturally extincted and it is totally normal circle of life. However, it is inevitable fact that the humans have had a huge impact to the loss of habitat of the species and therefore caused many extinctions. Also, humans at that time didn’t care so much if the foreign species they transported to a new place, for example, from Europe caused some problems to the ecosystems where the flightless Dodo lived. The pirates and colonialists probably also ate dodos, since they were easy to catch.
So here we had a little background about the Dodo Adventures. When we got back to Finland, the actual development started.
The experience gives the player a chance to see the extinct bird once again in its endemic surroundings. In order to do that, the player has to travel 400 years back in time to a distant island called “Hamari” using a time machine. However, in order to make the meeting even more interesting, the player has to transform to something else and take the body of an animal. After the player has transformed, the actual adventure and exploration can start. The player can actually see the arrival of the humans as eyes of a dodo bird, meet different species and collect items in order the environment to guide the player further into the game.
Dodo Adventures is a Virtual Reality (VR) and VR only and can be experienced with VR glasses and holding two controllers. The player doesn’t need many buttons and in order to teleport from place to another. The player needs to use a “ballistic” teleportation in order to “blink” from place to another. The whole game play can be played in one hour if you don’t have previous experience. However, when you have finished the game, you can access all the scenes that you have played before using a selection scene when the game launches.
The game can be launched quickly from the tropical scene and the player can also choose to do some meditation, listen to calming music and surrounding sound or just relax and explore the island.
The game can be downloaded on Steam platform and as early access. Early Access means that we are developing the game and the game is not ready yer, but the player can access the game during the development. The game can be downloaded here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1269230/Dodo_Adventures/