Today I discovered that on Jan 22 for Apple Arcade, and Feb 4 for Switch and PC, there is a game called Nuts coming out. It’s a crazy-looking game that’s all about what I assume is a wildlife photographer or documentary videographer. Players take on this role and must track squirrels throughout a location in order to check out what they’re doing in their day-to-day life. This could be a special species of squirrel or just the normal kind, I’m not quite sure. What I am sure of though, is that the story looks positively bonkers. Check out the game’s trailer below and you’ll see what I mean.
As you can see, not everything is fine in this forest. There are squirrels hiding away to trick you, and lots and lots of explosives. I don’t understand why squirrels need explosives, but I’m also not willing to get out there and question it. Hopefully, they don’t blow me up.
This game has serious Firewatch vibes. If you’ve never played Firewatch, it’s the perfect title to get you ready for this. Everything is relatively normal, but there’s just something that doesn’t feel quite right going on in the background. An unsettling feeling that you might actually be in quite a lot of danger and you just don’t know it.
I love games that look like walking simulators, but take the genre and flip it on its head. It’s like being in the middle of Resident Evil 7 without actually being able to attack any of the enemies. These games raise a lot of questions, and they’re often full of intriguing story and physical puzzles to untangle as you explore the environment.
The key to this game, I think, is going to be the voice not the other end of the phone or radio. In Firewatch it was, and in Nuts, I think that sort of relationship will be pushed even further. We’re going to have horror movie-style revelations and scares. However, in the end, I think there will be at least one relatively nice ending, we’ll just have to do a lot to reach it. I can’t wait to play this game when it launches next month, and I hope you guys are too.