For those of us who came of age in the 1980s, there’s a special place in our hearts for ‘kids in danger’ movies. I’m talking about horror films in which children were the protagonists. The Gate, The Monster Squad, and The Goonies were thrilling adventures which were extra special because they featured heroes who could have been…well…me. Considering how many people there are in game development who grew up in the ’80s, it’s frankly surprising that this kind of story isn’t more common. It appears that Cellar Door Interactive had a similar upbringing, because they’ve just announced Rose: Time Apart; a game that taps right into that subject.
Rose: Time Apart is a first-person point-and-click adventure on the Ouya that employs all the tropes of this genre (abandoned house at the end of the street, kids retrieving their lost ball, etc). It’s very early, but based on screenshots and this trailer it appears to have a retro look (hello Macintosh computer!) as well as a retro control scheme. Hey, as long as it works I’m interested.