Looking like it should be on the television, Boyz Don't Cry is a strangely-titled, yet gorgeous-looking, new cartoon third-person adventure from Polish developers L'Art. And, with its distinctive appearance, the developers could be onto a real winner here.
Telling the story of a couple of gangsters called Fred and SuPearMan (bear with us here), Boyz Don't Cry is aiming to keep tongue firmly planted in cheek, as the protagonists wage war on drug dealers, uncover a significant number of plot twists, and become embroiled in the conspiracy of the evil-sounding Guy With The Beard. Based on cult Polish crime movie Guys Don't Cry (which is spelt correctly, for some reason), the game should be of particular interest to fans of a good, old-fashioned 2D adventure.
And yes, you read that right – Boyz Don't Cry is in 2D. Not so much ignoring as deliberately rebelling against the increasing number of 3D titles to grace our screens, L'Art have developed their own engine to power the proceedings. And the game looks stunning - as one glance at any of these beautiful screenshots will tell you. With some sumptuous looking stylised artwork, Boyz Don't Cry is one of the nicest looking adventure games in a long time, and shouldn't be dismissed just because it doesn't use pixel shaders or anisotropic filtering.
Helping to set the game apart from other 2D works are the game's cutscenes. Rather than being fully animated, as in most games, they have been done in a comic book style – an individual touch, and one with definite potential. Boyz Don't Cry is also set to be a good length, with five hours of dialogue, fifty characters and an equal number of locations providing plenty of bang for your buck, all part of a sizable-sounding five-hundred page screenplay.
Interface-wise, it's business as usual, so old-school adventure gamers should feel at home with this particular title. In fact, the whole game is what you'd expect from one of the classic adventures of yore, and that's certainly no bad thing. In fact, it makes rather a refreshing change from what we're quickly having to become used to, and so should definitely be a game to watch out for.
As far as getting the game published is concerned, negotiations are ongoing. With support from the European Commission, a UK release is extremely likely, and this only really leaves a question mark over America. Will there be a publisher prepared to take the risk of bringing a 2D game like Boyz Don't Cry to trans-Atlantic shores?
Here's hoping, because it really is looking decidedly special – graphically stunning, more than a little quirky and, most importantly, genuinely funny. Head on over to the official website for more information, and keep checking Adventure Gamers for news on this one – it could just become one of the classicz.