Truberbrook is Cold War adventure made out of real-life miniatures; coming in March
Truberbrook is a point-and-click about a PhD scientist uncovering a mystery in West Germany. It’s coming to PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.
Truberbrook (or Trüberbrook, if you want to be totally metal) follows in the footsteps of the modern classic The Dream Machine, which we reviewed here on IND13. Like it, Truberbrook has an uncommon design process: it was made entirely with real-life miniature models instead of digitally-created ones. While The Dream Machine used stop-motion animation to record its miniatures onto video, Truberbrook instead uses methods like photogrammetry to import its models.
The result is spectacular, making for enchanting-looking scenes. The real-world lighting used in each scene really makes for a particularly potent visual effect.
Point-and-click adventures live or die by their story, though, and Truberbrook presents an intriguing premise set in 1960s West Germany. You play as American PhD scientist Hans Tannhauser as he arrives in the rural West German town of Trüberbrook. After his paper on physics gets stolen, he attempts to uncover the mystery that surrounds the quiet town and uncovers much more than he bargained for.
Truberbrook is being developed by German studio ‘btf’, and is being published by Headup Games (who we know from The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia). The game originally had a Kickstarter in December 2017, where it got funded within 30 hours by 5,078 backers.
The game will be out on 12 March 2019 for PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. iOS and Android versions are also being considered, but have not been confirmed.
For more information on Truberbrook, visit its website here.
There’s so many indie point-and-clicks lately! Have a look at She and the Light Bearer, a cute and fairy tale-like game from Indonesia. You might also like Rainswept, a psychological detective mystery from India.