For some reason, I’m really excited about Donut County. It’s like a weird version (or weirder, I guess) Katamari Damacy—you move a hole around the room and try to get stuff to fall into it, and the more stuff you get, the bigger the hole gets. Plus, there are hole-based puzzles, which is not something I thought I’d ever get to write.
The best part is that Donut County just got a release date, and we won’t have much longer to wait.
Donut County is launching on August 28th for PlayStation 4, PC, and mobile. You can get it for $12.99 on console and PC, but the mobile version will only set you back $4.99. Preordering on PS4 will not only get you a buck-fifty discount, but also a dynamic theme.
The gameplay and art style are the immediate draws, but the story and the writing sounds like it’ll give players a reason to see it through. According to the description on publisher Annapurna’s website, “[r]accoons have taken over Donut County with remote-controlled, trash-stealing holes. You play as BK, a hole-driving raccoon who swallows up his friends and their homes to earn idiotic prizes. When BK falls into one of his own holes, he’s confronted by his best friend Mira and the residents of Donut County, who are all stuck 999 feet underground… and they demand answers!”
There is apparently more depth to the gameplay than I realized, too. Combining objects in the hole will actually create new mechanics, like cooking soup or breeding rabbits. How getting rabbits to bump uglies can factor into puzzles and gameplay is one of life’s great mysteries, one that Donut County will finally solve in a few short weeks.
The game’s developer, Ben Esposito, previously worked on indie darling What Remains of Edith Finch and The Unfinished Swan. Plus he had a hand in creating Sonic Dreams Collection, which… Let’s just say that if you don’t know already, Google with caution.