A little bit before the site went down I started my let’s play of Double Fine Productions most recent game Headlander. A metroidvania game lead by Lee Petty, the same mind that brought us Stacking. I guess Lee likes the idea of taking over other people because there are some suspiciously similar concepts at play here.
In Headlander you are introduces as the head of the sole remaining biological human, encapsulated in a suit that allows you to jet around sucking off heads and taking over robot bodies to make ends meet.
You do this in a bizarre retro-future world full of robots effectively stoned out of their minds by the influence of the Omega gems and the control of the evil supercomputer Methuselah. For me the game lasted just about as long as it needed to, clocking in at about 4 and a half hours at near 100% completion. I definitely would recommend others check it out, or at least to check out the let’s play.
‘Headlander’? What the hell’s a headlander? I’ve been out of the writing game for three weeks; did the English language change dramatically overnight when I wasn’t looking? Is anything of what I’m writing even making sense to you anymore? Any more so than usual, I mean.
We might never know what went through Double Fine‘s and Adult Swim‘s minds when they made a game called Headlander. But what we do know is that Headlander is billed as a fun, fancy, retro-futuristic Metroidvania-esque adventure game. “Set in a world ruled by 70’s fiction”, if the Steam page is to be believed. Honestly, I didn’t need to know much more than ‘new Double Fine game that is also a Metroidvania adventure’, the rest is just gravy. Not a whole lot of setup needed for this one; I suggest we just… head in.