Crunching Koalas is an interesting and unique publisher that likes to push the envelope. Many of their titles are unusual, stylish, and full of witty dialogue. Once Upon a Jester was a laugh-a-minute experience that I thoroughly recommend. However, time moves on and new games are released. Determined not to fall behind, Crunching Koalas has announced its latest endeavour, Techno Banter.
Developed by Dexai Arts, this is a colourful game that is influenced by the German Techno scene. With a banging soundtrack, neon-infused visuals, and strange characters, it will be full of surprises. What’s more, the dialogue is guaranteed to make you chuckle as you deal with a never-ending stream of punters wishing to dance the night away.
What’s Techno Banter all about?
As the bouncer, players will face the entry queue of various characters. These seedy individuals are waiting to get into the Green Door Club. Consequently, you decide who gets to come in and party until sunrise, and who will need to be persuaded away. Those not making the cut will often object, and that’s when the “banter” part kicks in. Players will have to choose the wittiest and most clever insults and clap backs to chase them away.
The soundscape and the raw, gritty art style of the game are heavily influenced by the Berlin techno scene. This can be felt in the neon-drenched design of locations like Rainbow Drive, or the Green Door Club. The climatic, bass-heavy and BPM-rich soundtrack is full of tracks composed by real-life DJs, and veterans of famous Berlin clubs like Tresor or Berghain.
When can I get hold of a copy?
Techno Banter sadly won’t be available until the end of the year. However, if you happen to be in Berlin head to the A MAZE festival. Here, Crunching Koalas has a playable demo for you to try out. If, like me, you are not in Germany, then you’ll have to wait a little longer to get your hands on this interesting title.
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