19th May 2022 - Publishing/development hybrid Draknek & Friends have just wrapped their second annual Draknek Direct, a mini conference jam-packed with announcements. The puzzling powerhouse has big plans for 2022: sequels, console ports, a new Steam event, and even a grant to help the next generation of puzzlecrafters.
Presentation URL: https://youtu.be/pCzJXu6jZNU (11:40)
Here’s a detailed roundup of everything announced during the event:
Patrick’s Parabox is a recursive puzzle game about boxes within boxes within boxes within boxes. It launched on PC in March 2022 to critical acclaim, and currently holds an ‘overwhelmingly positive’ rating on Steam. Draknek & Friends are publishing the Patrick’s Parabox Switch port.
Switch announcement trailer: https://youtu.be/ouJWmueHiGo (1:02)
Patrick’s Parabox website: https://www.patricksparabox.com/
The team at Draknek & Friends have helped put together a new Steam event: the Cerebral Puzzle Showcase. The event features hundreds of puzzle games, including demos of upcoming titles and a fair few eye-popping discounts. The event is running from 19th-23rd May.
More info: https://www.cerebralpuzzleshowcase.com/
Set your belongings on fire on a beautiful voxel art puzzle island - move onwards, move upwards, and leave nothing behind. Draknek and developer Corey Martin have announced Bonfire Peaks: Lost Memories, three chapters of DLC for this critically beloved puzzle game, each with new mechanics and new puzzles.
In addition, a free photo mode is available now across all platforms.
DLC announcement trailer: https://youtu.be/d6rVGPZA7fg (0:44)
Bonfire Peaks website: https://www.bonfirepeaks.com/
The wait is over! A Monster’s Expedition - the adorable and relaxing open world puzzle adventure for monsters who love to learn about humans - is finally available now on PS4 and PS5.
Additionally, a comprehensive ‘Hint update’ is available now across all platforms, adding hints for every single island in the game and even in-game tips for where to start looking for secrets.
A Monster’s Expedition website: https://www.monsterexpedition.com/
PlayStation store: https://store.playstation.com/concept/10003653
What’s better then one sequel? Two, of course. Sokobond Express is the mashup sequel to Draknek classics Sokobond and Cosmic Express. Draknek have released the first proper peek at the upcoming game, which is scheduled to launch later this year.
Preview video: https://youtu.be/oBzj-zY7ApM (1:45)
Demo now available on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1701330/Sokobond_Express/
Sokobond Express website: https://sokobond.express/
Draknek & Friends are teaming up with production company iam8bit to launch A Monster’s Expedition + Earlier Adventures, a physical cartridge containing classic Draknek titles A Monster’s Expedition, Cosmic Express, A Good Snowman is Hard to Build, and Sokobond, plus vinyl soundtracks for all the games.
Preorders are open now: https://www.iam8bit.com/collections/a-monsters-expedition-earlier-adventures
In order to help the next generation of puzzlecrafters find their way, Draknek & Friends are launching the Draknek New Voices Puzzle Grant, a programme to give funding and guidance to puzzle game developers from underrepresented backgrounds.
Grant website: https://grants.draknek.org/
The game that started it all! Sokobond, Draknek’s elegant chemistry-inspired sokoban puzzler, has received a long-awaited mobile port. It is available now as a premium title on Android and IOS.
Announcement trailer: https://youtu.be/crn4m8SyU38 (0:50)
On the App Store: https://www.sokobond.com/ios
On Google Play: https://www.sokobond.com/android
Sokobond website: https://www.sokobond.com/
Draknek & Friends was founded by developer Alan Hazelden in 2013, and they’ve been creating lovingly crafted, award-winning puzzle games ever since. Their games aim to be elegant and challenging, cultivating persistence, creativity, and logical thinking.
Draknek & Friends website: https://www.draknek.org/