Think of the Children Gamescom 2017 Interview
Little Bobby’s playing with a feral dog, the BBQ’s on fire, Jen’s eating poisonous berries and the birthday cake still needs icing. It’s just another wonderful day out with the kids, so… Ready! Set! Parent! Hauled before the court for bad parenting and endangering your children, the prosecution present a series of events as evidence that will either condemn or exonerate you: a birthday party at the park, a trip to the beach, a day out at the zoo and many more everyday family activities. Play through each event in flashback to prove your parenting skills, and your innocence, to the judge.
The game is developed by Jammed Up Studios and published by Surprise Attack.
At the Indie Arena Booth of Gamescom 2017, we found Adric Polkinghorne, who talked to us about Think Of The Children, as well as the studio behind the game’s development.
“This is basically a co-op parenting simulator where things have gone wrong,” Adric explained, immediately getting us in the mood of the conversation on the game that was coming up. The game was first developed during a 48-hour game jam in Australia. Right after the game-jam, the team put it up online and it received a lot of attention with a lot of people saying they loved it and wanted to see more.
Surprise Attack soon enough picked up the team and became their publisher. “The theme during the jam was love, power and surprise, so we immediately went with parenting,” he explained. He also told us that they feel as if the game is the spiritual successor of Overcooked and Who’s Your Daddy.
The studio is comprised of six people and they started the studio back in December of 2016. However young the studio may be though, the game is already set to release in a couple months. “For now, we are just finishing this up,” Adric told us, before continuing to also say that the game has been approved for Switch and Xbox One. We were told it will feature online multiplayer and that it will also have great Twitch integration too.
Adric specifically explained that he used to be a streamer himself, so being able to have some things streamlined and nicely placed, really helps with being able to just pick up the game and stream it.
Last but not least, the public beta of the game will be out soon, so you can look forward to that!