Double Fine Productions has announced that Everything is coming to the Nintendo Switch.
It might seem like everything is already available on the Switch, including such classics as Skyrim and Doom, but you can’t say that the Switch has everything until it has Everything, the indie universe simulator from David OReilly.
In case you’ve never heard of this game, Everything is a game about… well, everything. The game starts by generating a universe, and then the player inhabits various objects within that universe.
And when we say objects to inhabit, it’s on quite a wide scale. You start off in something macroscopic like a bear or a ladybug, and then you can either choose to go bigger or smaller. Go bigger and you’ll eventually inhabit galaxies or even the universe itself. Keep going smaller and you’ll eventually inhabit subatomic particles that have only recently been discovered.
Once you inhabit an object it gets added to an in-game encyclopedia, with the goal of the game being to complete the encyclopedia. All the while, various quotes from famous British-American philosopher Alan Watts will be played in Watts’ own voice.
Kinda like this:
Now, you may notice that this game appears to be pretty basic, what with the bears and pigs rolling around vertically instead of actually walking. That’s because OReilly had a team of three people helping him out during development, and certain complicated programming jobs had to be cut in order to get this game out on time back in 2017.
Everything received several nominations for various awards in 2017 and was roundly praised for its innovation. Any criticisms leveled at it were mostly of the fact that it feels more like a tech demo than an actual game.
Still, it’s a fun and educational game that parents can feel good about giving to their kids.
And since Everything is now officially on a Nintendo product, maybe we’ll actually get Alan Watts as a downloadable Smash character in the future. One can only hope.
Everything releases on January 10th.