You may have seen this little game advertised on YouTube like I had before I received the press email, but ANIMAL WELL has received its release date, which will be May 9th, 2024! The developer has confirmed straight out of the gate that the game will fully support the Steam Deck.

ANIMAL WELL is described as an action-platform-exploration game with pixel art graphics and Metroidvania inspirations.

Sometimes it's best to just show you a game to explain it, so without further ado, here's the gameplay trailer for ANIMAL WELL:

Don't worry, we're not 100% sure what's going on here either, but it certainly looks intriguing!

While puzzles are on display here, the game's developer has stated that it's not really a puzzle game, it's sort of its own genre of game that they're dubbing "Open Well".

ANIMAL WELL has been in development for 7 years by solo developer Billy Basso, who quit his job 2 years ago to work on ANIMAL WELL full-time. He created all of the code, art, and music, as well as designed the game himself.

Play as a "non-descript ball" and explore the environment. Find items to help you navigate this world, and interact with a wide variety of animals, some friendly, others not. The game is an open world allowing you to explore areas in any order you'd like, and although there are hostile creatures in the game, there is no "combat" per se.

ANIMAL WELL launches onto Steam on May 9th and will be priced at $24.99/£20.99/24,50€. It will have full support for the Steam Deck at launch, so should run great on our handheld devices.

Are you excited about the launch of ANIMAL WELL in less than 2 months time? Let us know in the comments below!

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Oliver Stogden
Oliver began playing video games at an early age, starting with the SNES console and Commodore Amiga computer. Nowadays, his interest is in the future of portable technology, such as handheld gaming systems, portable power stations/banks, and portable monitors. And seeing just how far we can push these devices.
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