Today’s is the 18th of May, and that means that it’s Greg ‘Banov’ Lobanov‘s birthday — seeing as he brought us complete indie game gems such as Assassin Blue, Dubloon and the recent Perfection, it only makes sense that today’s indie game of the day is one of his fine creations.
Released in 2007 some time before Assassin Blue was completed and shot Banov to indie stardom, Wolf is a short adventure game with gameplay that gives off a 2D Legend of Zelda vibe — and not just because it includes some of Link’s screams at various points. With an average playtime of 10 minutes (minus the replay value with the commentary unlockable), it’s very difficult to describe what is so right about this game without totally spoiling it.
Featuring very simple controls, you play as Kylie, a citizen of a very small village whom goes out hunting one day, killing a wolf among other animals to gather meat for the community. When you return home and go to sleep after your meal, then things get a bit weird. It’s a great precursor to Assassin’s Blue and served as a sign of great things to come and it’s definitely worth the small amount of time it will take from you to play. I just can’t help but think what this game would be like if Banov recreated and expanded it into a full-length game now though.