The gaming industry in the Arab world is extremely fragile. Resources and talent are limited, for one, and we occasionally tend to fall flat in the creativity department. Not true, apparently! A friend of mine has shared with me a game on Kickstarter called Octopus City Blues; a game that's being developed in Kuwait.
Impressive, no? But I still can't shake the fact that this was made in Kuwait. I actually went and refreshed the Kickstarter page a couple of times just to make sure I read it correctly. Kuwait. Freakin, Kuwait. And by an Arab game developer no less. I'm impressed.
"Ghost in a Bottle GmbH is pleased to announce Octopus City Blues, the authentic Octopus City simulation. For people unacquainted with Octopus City simulation genre, the simulation resembles the adventure games of yore, immersing players in a fascinating setting filled with unusual characters. We place special emphasis on exploration, replay value and the consequences of choices.
Assume the role of Kaf Kafkaryan, a cowardly middle-aged octopus blood junkie and tentacle trimmer, living in a city built around a giant octopus. Kaf has been experiencing bizarre dreams about a world populated by twisted creatures. To help the inhabitants of his dreams, he must learn more about the people of the city and explore the underside of the towering metropolis. Along the way he becomes entangled in a conspiracy with far-reaching implications for Octopus City."