"The Captain", a sci-fi adventure game now available on Steam.
We were able to interview Peter and Benny from the developer Sysiac Games.
Please enjoy the behind-the-scenes story of The Captain!
Interview (Part 1)
FHW What made you decide to set the scene in space?
We have always been big fans of sci fi in general and perhaps Star Trek in particular. Space is an empty canvas, anything can happen there.
The various "point and click ADV" and sundry puzzles set throughout the work are fun. Who came up with them?
It's a collaborative effort. We usually begin by writing the story and then you design the puzzles around that. We wanted to stay away from illogical / humorous problem solving. The goal is to get the player thinking about how a certain situation should be handled instead of trying to figure out what we as developers came up with.
The conversations between the crew in "The Captain" are quite humorous. How did you work on character development? Please tell us about any difficulties you had with the script.
I think a light tone through a game with this pacing is prefered and the humor makes the conversation flow in a natural way. I believe the biggest problem we had with this was that we worked on the game for so long (6 years) that the Captain went through a personality transformation during the development. And it's hard to keep the main character true to a set type since the players can choose how to play him and what to say.
Making meditation and the spiritual world into a game stage was a unique idea. Did you have a particular reason to add this element? Please let us know.
We wanted to try something different. The concept of not giving any instructions and just letting the player observe for long periods of time gave a sense of focus that was fun to explore. We have noticed that either you love it or you hate it.
Were there any easter eggs from other sci-fi stories such as Star Wars and Star Trek? Please do share!
We have many references from many different sci-fi stories. The number 42 from Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, the exo-skeletons from Aliens, the uniform has its origin from Star Trek and many many more. I can’t remember them all. If you miss them doesn't matter. I guess it's a declaration of love for the genre.