“I think I am gonna go back to that park.”
Today Is My Birthday is an upcoming classic first-person horror game being developed by Wonder Games and published by Crytivo. According to the information provided on the game’s Steam page, the game offers to provide “a classic horror experience for fans of the genre”. The players will be provided with only a few tools to ensure their survival and overcome “Insurmountable odds” which will involve puzzle-solving as well. The players will have to uncover the mystery of the terrifying and maniacal denizens of Wonder park if they want to escape with their lives.
Today Is My Birthday Plot
Now I know, I was surprised as well. I was expecting a kid’s game when I heard the title, I was not in the least expecting to see a scary clown with a chainsaw in the game’s poster. But yeah, Today Is My Birthday is a horror game, made in the same vein as the Outlast games and Resident Evil 7. Similar to these games, in Today Is My Birthday the player character will be stuck in an enclosed area from which you have to escape by solving puzzles while at the same time dealing with the crazy inmates who will try to kill you.
The game has been through two rounds of crowdfunding on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter. The original crowdfunding was not quite a success, but with the second one, the studio set a higher goal with increased scope. The second round was a success with the studio receiving enough money to start the development.
The studio remained silent after that regarding the development of the game and no news was to be found regarding the game. It was only in November 2019 that Wonder Games, after a tight-lipped silence for around two years, revealed their game. The studio released a trailer along with a closed demo for the game which was available for free. The game is still in development so it will be pointless to criticize the game yet since these problems will definitely be fixed in the future. But, of course, there is still a lot to say about this game and maybe this article might just be enough to pique your interest in the game.
Today Is My Birthday Gameplay
In Today Is My Birthday, you will play as Thomas Wilkes who as a child used to celebrate his birthdays in Wonder Park with his father, who himself worked in the park. The amusement park was destroyed in an earthquake many years ago. Now Thomas returns to the park (Brilliant idea!!) one last time in memory of his father who has recently passed away and it seems the son will follow in father’s steps.
Before describing the gameplay, I would like to mention that the game looks really good. I spite of it being in development, the graphics really impressed me. The lighting was great as well, when it worked, giving an eerie atmosphere to every room. However, there are long sections in the game which are terribly dark and you actually cannot see anything.
Now I personally am not a fan of this kind of horror where I cannot see a single thing. This is the same problem that plagued Outlast where if you don’t have a light source, then sucks for you. You are provided with a torch, but guess what that thing discharges as well and you have to find batteries to power it. I can only hope that the torch will have a better battery life that the camera in Outlast.
One significant improvement upon the classic horror genre that I saw was that the game will allow you to fight back. At one point the player character finds a gun but there are no bullets. Obviously, this means that you, the player, will at one point find the bullets and will have a chance to fight back. As of yet, the gameplay felt really sloppy to me (But again the game is in early development). The demo was shown to be littered with secrets and it seems that the players will have to piece together the story themselves from newspaper clips and notes strewn in the area. While the enemy AI is pretty dumb at the moment, I really liked the environments and felt like exploring them further. I really hope that Wonder Games will be able to make this game work.
I would like to add that the game seems to give homage to 80’s horror movies. You really get the vibe that you are stuck in an 80’s movie. You have got your scary clown character, you have the chainsaw murderer, you have cannibalism, and most importantly you have the campy humor. Yes, by the time demo ended the one thing that stayed with me were the jokes. The game really breaks tension when your character says some terrible joke which has you both cringing and smiling at the same time, and I am not complaining. Most horror games maintain an over-serious tone throughout their gameplay length which really burns me out. But this game at least had me a little inspired if only to hear those jokes.
If the developers can take care of the gameplay issues, especially physics, then I have some hope for the game. Today Is My Birthday is not trying to do something terribly innovative, it is just good-old classic horror and honestly one can never get bored of the survival horror genre. The game seems to take inspiration from the Clock Tower franchise and borrows a few classic elements from Clock Tower.
Today Is My Birthday Release Date
We have no release date for the game or what platforms it will be coming on. At the moment only a PC release seems confirmed since the game is available on Steam. The system requirements for the game, however, had me reeling for a moment.
Today Is My Birthday minimum requirements
Apparently, the minimum requirements for the game are shown as:
- OS: Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows 10
- Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD A8
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: GeForce GTX 650 or Radeon HD 6570 or similar
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 8 GB available space
I mean, maybe, the game will be this demanding. But considering this is an indie title, I believe these specifications are simply a placeholder for the game. Crowdfunded games always pose some sort of risk and come with a factor of uncertainty. It can either fall on the Hollow Knight side or the Yooka Laylee side, we will have to see.