“Cloudpunk” in the test: a science fiction game for retro fans

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Retro fans have been waiting for this science fiction game

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Atmospheric science fiction backdrop: the setting for “Cloudpunk” is the metropolis of Novalis

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A city in the clouds, neon lights and an exciting story: In the science fiction adventure “Cloudpunk”, retro fans of “Blade Runner” & Co. get their money’s worth. However, the mood is more important than the playfulness.

In “Cloudpunk” players take on the role of courier Rania. It delivers parcels from A to B – on board a flying car. Because “Cloudpunk” is set in the near future and in Novalis, a city full of billboards, floating highways and almost endlessly high skyscrapers.

The most important rule in Rania’s job is: Don’t ask what’s in the packages! But of course it doesn’t take long before this rule reaches its limits. And so Rania gets into a wild adventure full of bizarre characters with her robot dog during an eventful night shift.

“Cloudpunk”: Simple game without much variety

The graphics of “Cloudpunk” are in the so-called voxel style and are reminiscent of games from the 90s. Retro fans get their money’s worth here. In any case, the atmosphere in “Cloudpunk” is more important than the playfulness – because there isn’t too much variety: On foot and in her flying car, Rania receives new orders and works them off.

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Most of the time players spend in “Cloudpunk” flying – or floating

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Over time, however, the individual deliveries create an interesting story that requires players to make some fundamental moral decisions. What is great and rather unusual for an indie game developed by a small team is that the story is completely set to music with voice output.

“Cloudpunk” is made for science fiction fans

Anyone who loves films like “Blade Runner” will not be able to avoid “Cloudpunk”. The cyberpunk genre, to which both works belong, is currently very much in vogue in the games world – after all, many players are longingly waiting for “Cyberpunk 2077”, which will be released in mid-December. With “Cloudpunk” the waiting time can be bridged more than well.

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“Cloudpunk” by the Berlin developer Ion Lands has been released for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and costs around 20 euros.

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From time to time, players in “Cloudpunk” also walk on foot

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