Dark atmospheric platformer Animal Well launches in May

Animal Well

Publisher Bigmode and developer Shared Memory announced a release date for Animal Well.

The dark atmospheric platformer is launching on May 9th across Windows PC (via Steam), Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 5.

“I started development on ANIMAL WELL seven years ago and spent the majority of my evenings and weekends since that time working on it,” solo developer Billy Basso said. “I quit my day job about 2 years ago to finish the game and couldn’t be prouder of how the game turned out. This has been my passion for a long time, and I’m so excited to finally share it with the world.”

Here’s a rundown on the previously announced game, plus a new trailer:

Explore a dense, interconnected labyrinth, and unravel its many secrets. Collect items to manipulate your environment in surprising and meaningful ways. Encounter beautiful and unsettling creatures, as you attempt to survive what lurks in the dark. There is more than what you see.


Explore – Illuminate The Dark

  • Dense atmospheric puzzle box world with attention paid to every detail
  • Light candles for safety and gradually fill out your map
  • Nonlinear — explore and collect items in whatever order you choose
  • Tons of secrets
  • Solve Puzzles – Observation is Rewarded

Enemies, environment, and items interact in surprising and systemic ways

  • All items have multiple uses
  • Learn how innocuous details can become meaningful
  • The main game is just the beginning. Players will be discovering hidden puzzles for years

Survive – Tread Carefully

  • You must assess for yourself what is safe and dangerous
  • Focus on tension and suspense rather than action
  • You are disempowered, but can make clever use of your environment and items
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