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Theropods is a mute adventure game about dinosaurs and spacemen

Theropods' trailer got me all in a lather before I realised it only exists in the purgatory of Kickstarter at the moment, and now you're all going to have to suffer along with me. It looks neat! Maybe we'll see it one of these days. 

Set in a prehistoric world where people and dinos live side by side, though not always as friends, Theropods is a pixel adventure game where a hunter must rescue her tribe from a bunch of arsehole barbarians, all with the help of a stranded fella from the stars. 

While the trailer shows off a bit of action, being an adventure game it's brains rather than brawn that will save the day, with the hunter needing to use the environment to overcome enemies and solve conundrums. There will still be chases and action sequences, however, and they won't be trapped in cutscenes. 

The hunter and her pals haven't developed language yet and communicate mostly through grunts and gestures, which won't be translated into text. Inspired by the likes of Machinarium, the devs—a pair of animators and filmmakers—wanted to tell a story without words, relying on animations and visual cues instead. 

Theropods has been in development since it was conjured up during a two-week game jam in 2015. It's expected out in 2021, but with Kickstarters you never really know. The team's looking for $22,543, just over $6,000 of which has been pledged over a few days. 

Fraser is the sole inhabitant of PC Gamer's mythical Scottish office, conveniently located in his flat. He spends most of his time wrangling the news, but sometimes he sneaks off to write lots of words about strategy games.