Cosmo D Studios have launched their surreal first-person adventure Tales From Off-Peak City, and it's available on PC via Steam and Itch.io, Mac and Linux.
You may be familiar with the name, or a part of it, as Tales From Off-Peak City is a spiritual successor to Cosmo D's games The Norwood Suite and Off-Peak.
Both have garnered some enviable critical acclaim, although the games are certainly not everyone's cup of tea.
Cosmo D's official description reads, "Tales From Off-Peak City Vol. 1 sees players visit the unforgettable street corner of July Avenue and Yam Street, as they plot to obtain a saxophone from longtime pizza-maker (and former saxophonist) Caetano Grosso. This instrumental pursuit will set off a chain of events across the neighborhood, taking players deep into the hidden worlds and private lives of the people living there."
There's a reason why Tales From Off-Peak City is presented as a surreal first-person adventure, if the trailer didn't make that abundantly clear already. Cosmo D's games have a specific style and timing that certainly fits the description.
Tales From Off-Peak City takes place on a single street corner, but there is no shortage of things to do and people to meet. Much like in the game's predecessors, players get to explore, make pizzas, push buttons, end up in places they're not invited in, and so on.
Tales From Off Peak City features a mesmerising jazzy soundtrack that's straight at home in the quirky in-game world.
Note that the game's full name is Tales From Off-Peak Vol. 1, and Cosmo D said its merely the first among many stories in the anthology. Each story will be a self-contained experience, but they will all build towards an over-arching narrative.