There’s a free PC demo now available for Kokopa’s Atlas, a “cosy, curiosity driven adventure” about a cat-like intergalactic explorer who crash-lands on a uncharted planet and sets about creating a new home.
Kokopa’s Atlas is the creation of HyperMegaPixel, a one-person studio composed of Rafael Martin (unless you also count his five cats). It’s a game Martin designed around whimsical discovery, to recapture the “joy of exploration that often gets lost in our youth” through a mixture of discovery and the process of establishing a new home, complete with crafting, building, farming, and terraforming. All of this takes place in a bright, vibrant world with a diorama-like feel to it,
The game was first announced earlier this year during Wholesome Direct 2021 with a brief teaser. The launch of a Kickstarter campaign today—that’s already more than halfway to its €20,000 goal, less than 24 hours in—comes with new details, as well as the aforementioned demo. Kokopa’s Atlas is planned for release on Switch, PC, and PlayStation 5, with Xbox Series X|S as a stretch goal.
There are lots of great games out there that do a good job of providing players with a neat farming and/or building experience. I believe Kokopa’s Atlas achieves successfully to those same ends, but it goes a step beyond and really captures something magical.
Throughout the design and creation of the game, there have been careful discussions and meticulous planning centered around conveying this re-discovery of the joy of exploration that often gets lost in our youth.
The game is a chance to see and learn and explore and discover and nurture in a very innocent and enjoyably naïve way. As Kokopa and Pollimero uncover a new world together, filled with strange and wonderful things, I hope their journey brings you the same amount of whimsy and joy that we felt as kids, as we saw the world for the first time.Rafael Martin, HyperMegaPixel
The Kickstarter campaign has a variety of rewards available—copies of the game when it’s available, obviously, as well as things like pins, plushies, art books, beta tester access, and the opportunity to have your pet included in the game as an NPC. There’s also the chance to get a Kickstarter-exclusive physical collector’s edition through a partnership with Tesura Games, for either Switch or PlayStation 5. There’s also a Steam page already set up for Kokopa’s Atlas, if you want to support the game and developer by wishlisting it.