In recent years I have found myself putting much more effort into celebrating Tim Schafer’s birthday than I have my own. This is definitely something that has happened naturally over time, however I can’t be sure my reality isn’t just a video game, where my end goal is to eventually organise a really great birthday party for Tim every year.
It’s been 16 years since Schafer founded Double Fine Productions and opened their imposing digital doors, although I hear said doors have long since been replaced by several layers of bead curtains, each string applauding any new visitor’s entrance into their HQ. The company’s 2005 debut, Psychonauts, was particularly groundbreaking, and deserves an article of its own, however, no matter the platform or audience, they have always outdone themselves when it comes to developing a game’s mechanics, story and design.
Schafer got his start with LucasArts, working on such classics as The Secret of Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle. It was during this time that he developed a knack for creating gripping stories and characters, a quality all of the Double Fine team, past and present, have certainly upheld.
Thanks to Double Fine, the golden era of LucasArts can be relived in glorious HD, with remastered versions of Day of the Tentacle and the ever so sacred, Grim Fandango. Full Throttle is also being given the same treatment, with a release date scheduled for 2017.
Beyond the world of consoles and the PC Master Race, Double Fine have also taken an impressive leap into the murky realms of Android and iOS gaming. Middle Manager of Justice, seen above, allows players to train a posse of superheroes to fight crime, all from the comfort of an office chair. However, if you’re simply looking to pass some time at work, school or your chosen place of worship, here is a browser based game, here’s another one, and look, there’s another.
Before you take a few minutes to process all of the excitement so far, take a look at the details of the impressive crowdfunding campaign for Psychonauts 2, coming 2018.
Headlander, released in July of this year, is also fantastic, so if you like side-scrolling action games, that will literally make you lose your digital head, please check it out (thank you, Lee Petty).