Videogamedunkey’s first published game will be expensive

Bigmode’s first published game will be a creepy Metroidvania where you play as a faceless blob trying to avoid being eaten.


A few months ago, Jason Yevgeniy Gastrow, better known as videogamedunkey, announced a new publishing company with his wife Leah ‘Leahbee’ Gastrow. Bigmode started in September 2022, with a focus on bringing high-quality indie games to those who would love them the most.


Fast forward to yesterday during Dunkey’s Best of 2022 video and we now know what Bigmode will publish first. Animal Well, the creepy pixel game Metroidvania that has been the passion project of solo developer Billy Basso, will be published by Bigmode.

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“We’re publishing Animal Well, baby!” Dunkey confirmed in yesterday’s video. “This was one of the few games at E3 this year that caught my eye, and after playing it and getting to know developer Billy Basso, we feel so lucky to be publishing Animal Well.”

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Animal Well was announced early last year as a game that aims to recreate the feel of a survival horror game in a Metroidvania. The player is a tiny blob in a dark, creepy world full of creatures. Some are useful and can be manipulated to solve puzzles, while others are just hungry. And they can be hard to spot too – notice the cranes that seem like they’re part of the background but are actually trying to swallow the player. There are also boss battles against giant animals such as seahorses, chameleons and ghost cats.

The player doesn’t really have any weapons, and while you can find several items that will have different uses, your first line of defense against hungry beasts is to run and hide.

Animal Well will also have a special focus on secrets. That is part of the reason why Basso has spent over five years creating Animal Well. The other part is that the engine is completely built from scratch, so it can generate gorgeous pixel landscapes and custom animations you won’t find anywhere else.

Animal Well is coming to PlayStation and PC via Steam sometime in the near future. This game seems perfect for the Switch, so I wouldn’t be surprised to hear about a Switch version sometime if Animal Well sees success on the first two platforms.

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