Don’t let this adorable snake fool you: Instead of snatching apple cores, it gobbles up entire people. Temple of Snek by Aetheric Games takes the classic Snake game and turns it into a dungeon with puzzles.
We have this and more in Cool WIP, Polygon’s weekly roundup of eye-catching clips and screenshots of works in progress. Each week, the Polygon staff scours the internet for the most interesting games still under construction, to give you a sampler of the coolest up-and-coming projects.
This week we have a game designed to look like Cartoon Network shows in the ’90s, a Star Fox-like racer, a dark mecha game, and a game where you explore the world as a cat along with all your cat friends. Read on for this week’s Cool WIP.
An upgrade from playing Snake on a Nokia
The aforementioned Temple of Snek stars a snake that looks like it was crocheted, and places it in a deep dark dungeon. In-line with previous iterations of Snake games, you’ll grow in length as you eat people, except here, you’ll have to solve a puzzle to get out. You can actually grab it when it comes to early access later this week.
do u like snek puzzles n sploring dunjons n monchin dudes who raid yr temple? u do? then u should wishlist Temple of Snek on #Steam - #EarlyAccess 18th August!#snek #indiegame #puzzlegame #gaming #snake pic.twitter.com/VUxFKfdoir— Snek (@TempleOfSnek) August 12, 2021
It’s like Cuphead, but ’90s style animation
Fumi Games’ Galaxi Taxi looks like Cuphead since it’s animated and is also a bullet-hell — except it features the whimsical trippy worlds that some Cartoon Network shows are known for. This is just a GIF of the game’s hub, but even driving around its world looks straight out of Rick and Morty. There’s no release date for the game yet, but you call follow the developers on the game page here.
Transformers, but make it more Metroid-like
Looking to get your fix of cool mecha? Well, you should check out these dark and twisting creations from Andrew Gilmour. They’re for an upcoming game called Valfaris: Mecha. These robots are surrounded by a foreboding dread — and some Metroid vibes. There’s no release date yet but Gilmour’s page is filled with all sorts of cool bots for you to browse.
Watch out Fox McCloud
I honestly don’t know what’s going on with the text of this tweet from the developers, but the game looks great! Future Reality is a space racing game inspired by the original PlayStation graphics. It looks like a darker, scarier version of a Star Fox game. A short clip posted on the game’s page shows the ship cruising through a tunnel and passing through rounds of sharp teeth. It’s currently being made by a small team, listed on the game’s Twitter page, and you can follow the team’s progress there.
Cat’s are all the rage
From Calico to Stray, cat-based games are currently the cat’s... meow. This game, which doesn’t have a title yet, shows one bicolor cutie running around with its friend following it. It looks like a platformer of sorts. A clip from the game shows the cat jumping around, but when it lands in the water, the cat screams and its eyes bulge out in a cartoony way. While it doesn’t have a name or release date yet, you can follow its maker, Patryk Majgat, on Twitter for updates.