- Feedback on decisions taken The big con, a weird and wonderful nostalgic journey of a game’s 90s is coming.
- It answers questions like how the decade’s adventure games influenced him and what is Rockapella doing there?
- The big con is available for pre-order today from the Xbox Store for Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S and will be available to play on August 31.
I’m writing this moments after we found out that The big con has passed the certification to be on Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S (where you can pre-order it right now!). It makes me a little nostalgic for the last three and a half years of working on the game, so join me on this journey of how we got here, right? (Insert “Wayne’s World” doodledy-doo screen effect here). Excellent.
All we knew when we started was that The big con was going to be a game on a crook. Push people around, talk to people and ultimately rely on the gameplay of the adventure games of my youth – On the day of the tentacle, Zac McCraken, and of course, Monkey island. Games that dealt with puzzles and conversation, and above all, games that made me laugh. Even though it’s fun to be a scammer pushing people around, I was hoping the game would make people feel like smart con artists and get a few laughs along the way.
A lot of the criminal games are set in the ’80s, or the’ 60s, or Los Santos (ahem), but we knew that early on. The big con belonged to the early mid-1990s. It’s a weird and introductory time for the world: the Internet hadn’t fully taken hold and hardly anyone had a cell phone (and those who did were weirdos).
Capture it. If, hypothetically, a teenage con artist came up to you and told you that she wanted to sell you a rare Burblo, you wouldn’t be able to text a friend or quickly Google to see if it was up to par. . You just had to give the kid your money and hope she had enough to save her video store, right? Wait. I’m getting ahead of myself.
We knew the game was from the 90s. We could bring in some beautiful, vibrant colors, vibrant backgrounds and thick lines, and pay homage to the cartoons and comics we grew up with, like “Doug” or ” Ghost World “. We could use words like rad.
But we asked ourselves who is this mysterious crook?
In the 1990s, the fastest growing cultural phenomenon was video rental stores. There were a few mom-and-pop stores, but the big chains were quickly becoming the only VHS rental game in town. It seemed like a great premise: an end of the world event for a teenage girl in a small town.
Thus was born Ali, a naughty young woman, wearing an upside down hat, able to solve any problem with a sharp mind (or a devious hand). Along with Ali came her mother Linda, an arrogant but loving small video store owner who just wants her daughter to someday become a famous trombonist. Then came the gangsters who threaten to take everything away, then the enigmatic swindler Ted who shows her how to steal the money she needs …
And who knew, Ali was pretty funny.
That sort of sharp, non-crass sarcasm suited Ali perfectly, and calling on Erika Ishii to make her heard seemed to do so as well; someone who has a positive attitude under everything she does and can really provide warmth when she needs it.
And then there’s Rad Ghost. Oh, sorry, didn’t I mention that there is a character named Rad Ghost?
Ali’s imaginary friend / the voice in her head / the ghost of a former MTV-VJ is with her throughout her journey as a person to give her advice, support and remind her that power is in it (because, again, it’s totally a super hallucination). When I was describing this, did you imagine Dave Fennoy’s voice? Because we’ve been building this game for three years and let me tell you, I was thinking about Dave Fennoy all the time. So hey, we brought him on board. (I try to look cool but I panic completely). Not big.
So we had some of the best voice actors in the business, an art style that makes people smile, and a trip across the country to save a small town video store. We got to watch people play the game and beat the levels in different ways, choosing who and how they wanted to scam, and laughing throughout it. We must have made some amazing music, and that was before we hired Rockapella to do a music video… this month.
You should be all caught up by now. I know, it’s a lot. It’s a lot of feelings when you look at them all all at once like this. Three years working on a comedic adventure game set in the 90s taught me that there is only one word for this feeling.
The word is rad, folks.
The big con
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Blast your way through America in the 90s as a teenage con artist on a crime-filled road trip adventure. Play as Ali, a curious and sarcastic high school student who abandons the gang’s camp to go on a road trip across the country. But this is not a ride! Ali’s primary mission is to save his family video store from the evil loan sharks who try to shut down their store. Swindle strangers, pickpockets, and crooks across wacky ’90s America. And – it should go without saying – lie to your mom about it all. Choose who deserves to be scammed and who might need a helping hand. The world is your oyster (and hey, pearls are worth a lot!). One scammer doesn’t cheat all scammers your way! Dress up, sneak around, listen to conversations, and learn to approach each brand. Maybe you think you can make enough cheddar cheese just by pickpocketing. Or look for more complex scams that involve break-ins, smooth conversations, and more. It’s up to you to outsmart everyone and lock everything in between you and save your mom’s video store. Coming of Age Comedy If there is one sure-fire way to discover yourself, it’s to go on an adventure. Lucky for you, you have the help of an expert con artist to train you in the elusive art of charm. But a life of crime is no laughing matter! Not unless you turn on the laugh track and turn it into a criminally funny sitcom. Prepare to fight your way through business, hearts, and trouble. And don’t forget to call home every now and then to check with your mom. Sure, you can argue with her sometimes (most of the time?), But you’re a teenager – it’s kind of your job! The Weird and Wack 1990s, the way you remember it Whether you’re a ’90s kid or not, this game is brimming with nostalgia. It gives you the perfect opportunity to relive your own tough years in high school, or if you sadly missed the ’90s, finally check out all the classic teen movies that feel so old and outdated. Plaid, payphones, VHS tapes, and malls – THE BIG CON has all the outrageous fashions you remember (and some you want to forget) from the 1990s. But more importantly, you can ride as much as you want on it. ‘Hormipillar!