Indie developer Zar21 was inspired by a modern classic for the equally complex and creative automation game Velone: the 2017 Opus Magnum by Zach Barth. But even if one can draw parallels both in terms of art design and certain mechanics, the title distributed by Daedalic should be able to stand on its own two feet with its approach.
It starts with the background story, which the developer describes as follows:
“On the mysterious planet Velone, the player is entrusted by aliens with the rescue of their dying homeland. A collision with an asteroid disrupted the entire energy supply. The player’s job is now to build and program hydraulic mechanisms that will save valuable Velone- Make and place stones to restore energy to the endangered civilization. “
In order to solve the difficult mechanical puzzles, program the Velone stones and master the level, logical thinking and creativity are required. As a reward for each completed puzzle you get new information about the planet Velone, its climate, the population, its technology, its social structures and more.
The main features are given:
- complex mechanical puzzles that can be solved in a myriad of ways for endless replayability
- satisfying gameplay that makes solving puzzles feel extremely rewarding
- a relaxing and meditative atmosphere
- 40 unique levels
Velone is due to appear on PC in 2022. Last current video: Announcement trailer