If you’re tired of single-player slogs – or tedious multiplayer modes that force you to hunt for virtual riches that otherwise cost real money – then The Magnificent Trufflepigs should feel like a breath of fresh air. The new offering from Andrew Crawshaw, the lead designer of Everyone’s gone to the kidnapping, is an independent title that you can play from start to finish in one sitting. Arriving on Nintendo Switch and PC this summer, the pastoral game takes you through the British countryside in search of buried treasure using a metal detector, with just a walkie-talkie for the company.
You play the role of Adam (voiced by Arthur Darvill of Doctor Who fame), who, back in her childhood village, joins a local woman named Beth (Luci Fish of Secure house and Another Eden) to find the missing half of a set of earrings. Along the way, you’ll be doing quite a bit of walking and digging while digging up trash and taking photos of your finds to show Beth, who shares her innermost thoughts with you on the two-way radio.
The setup should immediately feel familiar to anyone who has played Rapture, which came to near unanimous praise in 2016. Described as a visual novel or a radio play, this game rewarded patience by slowly unfolding its apocalyptic sci-fi mystery of a small town exhausted from its inhabitants. The comms element in Trufflepigs also reminds Fire watch, another acclaimed indie that made its way to the Switch in 2018.
The new game marks the first release from Crawshaw’s video game studio, Thunk’d. It is also supported by AMC Games, the video game publishing division of Mad Men and breaking Bad producer AMC Networks, with its subsidiary Sundance TV.