If collaboration leads to success, then the team that has been put together to create the game SXPD: The Enforcers of Mephistopheles’ Law is off to an excellent start. In the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” One Big Game Company, the world’s first non-profit publisher of video games, David Perry, known for Earthworm Jim, MDK and Shiny Entertainment, Graphic Novel Artist Duke Mighten of Mighten Ink and The Little Chicken Game Company have joined together to create a true comic game hybrid in SXPD. It is coming to Android very soon and you will want to experience it for its artistry.
Update: December 12th, 2014 2:53am PST: It’s been awhile since we last talked about this game but the good news is SXPD has finally been released onto Google Play. You can grab a copy through the link below for $1.99.
Rendered stunningly in black and white with splashes of color, SXPD is a racing game at heart. David Perry the director of the game drew inspiration from the ZX Spectrum classic game 3D Deathchase. That inspiration has culminated into a forty-two page comic game wherein you play the role of a member of the SXPD.
The story/game takes place in some distant future. You live in the 52nd state in America, New Royale. You are part of a private all female law enforcement agency called the SXPD. Why do you need to enforce the law? There is an organization called The Order of the Black Seraphim that has plans for New Royale and from what they seem to be planning, it is not good for the community at large. There is more to the story and you should read it/play it. Which is part of the beauty of this project; it is both a comic book and a game. They are seamlessly integrated into one another. Swipe the screen as you read the story and the next thing you know you are chasing down members of the Black Seraphim in a race to enforce justice.
The development build I have had the privilege to play has exhibited excellent controls and the pursuit cycle is extremely nimble. In the heat of action, controlling the cycle, chasing down enemies and being aware of the varied environments can prove challenging, but that is part of what makes this game amusing and worth experiencing. Getting used to the contrast of the black versus white images may take a little time to get used to but it is not disorienting.
If you are a fan of games or graphic novels or both, SXPD is worth checking out when it becomes available in the Play Store. It was released earlier this year on iOS. The game is a few weeks away from being submitted to the Play Store. Currently the iOS price is $1.99. No word yet on the Play Store price. However, knowing that purchasing the game will benefit less fortunate children around the world should make it that much easier to hit the buy button when the game becomes available.