Look at the fever dream of this hand-painted game

The upcoming Sketchy Fables by artist Alle Jong brings together about 8,000 hand-painted artworks. It is a bold-looking experimental game that obviously challenges not only the visual conventions, but also the structure of the game. Described by Jong as a “comic book that breaks up in the landscape,” Sketchy Fables seems to draw inspiration from visual novels, art games, comic books and cartoons, depicting a world for you to explore and find stories.

The game world has a surrealistic color, but at the same time it has reached a kind of bold impressionism. Everyday objects like trees are full of movement, and the visual boundaries are drawn with rough lines and cuts. This cut is considered a flaw in more mainstream games but is used as a tool here.

“There is a main storyline, but nothing is what it seems,” the Steam store page says. A video on Jong’s YouTube shows the in-progress version of the game dating back more than a year. Sketchy Fables has no release date yet.