Browser game of the week: Osada
This week's browser game isn't really much of a game in a traditional sense, it's more of an experience. Okay, that sounds really stupid and you can punch us for saying it, but there isn't a better way to describe Osada. Maybe you could call it an interactive music video, but that doesn't really work either.
Osada comes to us from Amanita Designs, a studio well known for its artsty, quirky and fantastic games like Samorost and Machinarium. That pedigree doesn't really matter here, though, because as we already mentioned, this isn't a game.
But it is a thing you point and click at, so by a very loose standard, there is something gamey about it. It's also a surreal and bizarre trip across the Americas featuring plenty of weird shit that'll quickly start appearing in your dreams and make you wish you could own your own flying bug-man to ride into the sunset on.
The only thing you'll really do throughout Osada is click on various things to trigger different events and sounds. You can kind of make your own little remix of the songs, choosing when new instruments come in or when a particular thing goes flying off into the difference. It's kind of a hidden object game in that respect -- click on things until something happens and you win.
Winning isn't really that big of a deal here, though; it's more about finding your way to the next screen that'll inevitably be filled with more oddness. It's all rather jovial in the end, a strange trip into the minds of weird things with a neat western-tinged soundtrack to push you along. It's nutty, surreal and filled with enough quirk to cause even the most able-minded among us to second-guess any type of logic that may be at play here, but it's well worth spending a few minutes of your afternoon with. If nothing else, you'll feel a little queasy by the end.
Play it here.
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