Home Bear Studio is hard at work on Nairi: Tower of Shirin, a new point-and-click adventure game with hand-drawn graphics. Previously announced for Steam, the game is now also confirmed for Nintendo’s hot handheld.
The Nairi mentioned in the title is a young spoiled woman who lives in the oasis city of Shirin. When a “sudden incident” separates her from her cushy life, she is forced to ally herself with the city’s seedy underbelly to survive, specifically with “gangster-turned-scholar” Rex (who is a literal rat).
“We were going for a unique setting and art style, inspired not just by Japanese anime but also the likes of Disney and Pixar,” says Joshua van Kuilenburg, founder of HomeBearStudio. “The game comes across as endearing, rather than ‘childishly cute’.”
Kulienberg dropped a few more hints about the plot: “The poor district is plagued by The White Mask, a criminal who seemingly brainwashes people. And then there’s a conflict which goes way beyond Nairi’s initial plight of simply returning home. There’s an ominous mystery surrounding the titular Tower of Shirin.”
- Enjoy a huge amount of ridiculously cute hand-drawn charming characters and locations
- An absorbing and captivating story
- Collect, trade and combine wacky items
- Solve brain-teasing puzzles
- A beautifully composed soundtrack
Nairi: Tower of Shirin currently has no release date, but we’re assuming it will be out soon. A fully playable demo will be active at GDC in the Another Indie booth.