ARTE Debuts Trio of Nindies on Nintendo Switch™ with Homo Machina, Type:Rider and Vandals
Three puzzle games combine adventure, culture and beautiful art design
Paris – April 25th 2019 – Publisher and co-producer ARTE has just released the critically acclaimed Type:Rider and Vandals, both developed by Cosmografik, as well as the avant-garde title Homo Machina by Darjeeling on Nintendo Switch™. ARTE’s playful approach to culture exploration can be felt in all these three games, which discover the history of typography, global street art, and a Fritz Kahn inspired human body factory.
Vandals is a turn-based puzzle game that lets players explore street art, create their own artwork, and evade the authorities. Along the way, players will discover the evolution of street art through the works of 40 real-life, iconic street artists, and learn how they have influenced urban culture in the iconic street art cities Paris, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, and Sao Paulo. The Nintendo Switch™ version is priced at $3.99 / €4.49 / £4.09.
Type:Rider is an adventure puzzle game that allows players to discover the history and secrets of fonts and characters. Players must guide two dots through the ages of typographic styles and techniques from the rock paintings of prehistoric times to the fonts we use today. Type:Rider takes players through different levels, collecting letters of the alphabet and solving riddles in a captivating musical and visual environment. The Nintendo Switch™ version is priced at $2.99 / €3.49 / £3.19.
Homo Machina invites players to see inside the human body, as viewed through the unique aesthetic lens of the work of Fritz Kahn. Gameplay is straightforward and intuitive, the player instructing the on-screen staff to oversee the human body’s many and varied functions – from eating and breathing to controlling emotions and monitoring the nervous system. The game illustrates, with charismatic artwork and animation, poetic narration and uplifting music, the beauty of Kahn’s enduring imagery. The Nintendo Switch™ version is priced at $2.99 / €3.49 / £3.19.
Created in 1992, ARTE is a public service European culture channel and digital network with a focus on creation and innovation. In the last decade, ARTE has co-produced a number of major interactive works, including the games Type:Rider, Californium, Vandals, Homo Machina and Bury me, my Love.
Cosmografik is the brand of Paris-based interactive designer Théo Le Du Fuentes, whose work covers video games as well as animation and toys. His previous game, Type:Rider, earned highly positive reviews and has been downloaded more than 1.7 million times since 2013.Together with a team of creatives, Cosmografik has developed Vandals, a turn-based puzzle game about street art, which released for PC and mobile in April 2018. Find more information at the official website and Twitter.
Based in Paris and established in 2009, Darjeeling produces high-quality content for new-media platforms. The studio collaborates with a wealth of talent covering directors, photographers, writers, digital artists, game designers and developers, to create compelling stories. The company’s first game, 2016’s Californium, was based on the work of the writer Philip K Dick. Its game Homo Machina, was first released in May 2018 for mobile and explores Fritz Kahn’s unique mechanical visions of human anatomy. Find Darjeeling online at its official website and on Twitter.