Herald is a ‘two-part interactive period drama that plays as a mix between a visual novel and a 3D point and click adventure game’. It currently has two weeks left of its Kickstarter campaign and it’s over halfway reaching its goal of 15 000€.
Herald tells a story of a steward, Devan Rensburg, aboard the merchant ship Herald. The story is based on colonial times in an alternate universe and introduces several non-white characters, including the protagonist. This setting is quite rare for games in general, and I don’t ever remember seeing it in a visual novel (not that I exactly played them all or anything). So my interest was definitely piqued.
I tried out the very short demo. It doesn’t really reveal a lot of the game, just some of the gameplay and graphics. The animated sprites look pretty nice. Gameplay indeed seems to be a mix of point & click adventure and visual novel, adding some lightweight puzzles to the game.
The most important aspect of the game should be the choices that alter the story, just like in most visual novels, but unfortunately the demo is a bit too short to get any glimpse of actual consequences. The Kickstarter page promises character development and moral choices in addition to the branching narrative.
Paying 10€ will give the pledger the first part of the game, 20€ is for both parts. Herald is being developed by a small Dutch team, Wispfire. The game’s website can be found here.
I haven’t been pledging that much on Kickstarter after the big splash of old names had their runs (Jane Jensen, Tex Murphy, Dreamfall Chapters etc.) but now and then I notice something interesting on the smaller budget titles, and Herald is one of them.