The Cub takes you back to Golf Club Wasteland’s ruined Earth, but this time Demagog Studio isn’t playing around.
The side-on parkour-style platformer, which developer Demagog says channels 90s-era platformers such as The Jungle Book, casts you as a lone human child, potentially the only human native to Earth. We say “potentially” because the child has to have come from somewhere, but we suspect that mystery will be reserved for the game’s closing chapters.
As the child in question, you roam across the wasteland, pursued by the rich remnants of humanity who, when everyone was dying off, used their wealth to clear off to Mars. They’re dead set on finding out where the child game from and why he’s immune to poisons that have rendered Earth uninhabitable.
In other words, there’ll be an awful lot of running though we’re hoping that The Cub is at least a little more forgiving than The Jungle Book, The Lion King and its ilk. Yes, those games were absolutely gorgeous, but they were so unforgiving we came close to flinging the CD-ROM out of the window.
Demgagog and publisher Untold Tales promise plenty of close encounters (the trailer shows a jet-pack wearing human pursuing you with a net) as well as environmental puzzles to mix things up. It looks as it could be a lot of fun – yes, The Last of Us was a great game, but did it let you slide down a giraffe’s neck? Take that, Naughty Dog.
There’s no release date as yet, but The Cub is set for a PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Nintendo Switch release. You can check out the above trailer, wishlist it on Steam here and check out our review of Demgago’s Golf Club Wasteland here.